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Phyllis Schneck: DHS Needs Cyber Professionals to Help Secure Govt Networks, Natl Infrastructure

Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, has said DHS is in search of professionals who possess diverse skills to help the government secure federal networks and critical infrastructure in the U.S. She wrote in a blog entry posted Tuesday that DHS also released a pair …

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Nextgov: 9 States Request DHS’ Election Cybersecurity Assistance

The Department of Homeland Security has received requests from nine U.S. states to help scan online voter registration databases and assess the security of poll machines, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Aliya Sternstein writes DHS spokesman Scott McConnell told Nextgov that the department offers election officials various services such as information exchange on cyber incidents and on-site …

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DHS Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Score Up 3 Percentage Points in 2016

The Department of Homeland Security has recorded a 3-percentage point increase in an employee morale survey that involved responses from 408,000 employees across 80 agencies conducted from April through June, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey ended a six-year declining trend with a rise …

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Lisa Monaco: DHS Offers Cybersecurity Support to State Election Administrators

Lisa Monaco, the president’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, said the Department of Homeland Security has reached out to state election administrators to offer cybersecurity support and boost public confidence in voting systems, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Jared Serbu writes Monaco told a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum audience the …

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White House Issues Cyber Incident Coordination Policy

President Barack Obama has issued a new directive to establish principles that will govern the federal government’s response to malicious cyber activities in the public and private sectors. The Presidential Policy Directive-41 designates the departments of Justice and Homeland Security as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as federal lead …

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DHS Unveils Federal Assistance Program to Empower Local Communities Against Violent Extremism

The Department of Homeland Security will invest $10 million in a federal assistance program that seeks to provide local communities with resources to help counter violent extremism. DHS said Wednesday the Countering Violent Extremism grant program for fiscal 2016 was developed to help empower state, local and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions …

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House Committee Requests Briefing on DoD, DHS Silicon Valley Tech Offices

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has sent letters to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asking them to brief the panel about the offices their departments established in Silicon Valley, California. The panel told Carter in a letter published Tuesday they want information on the goals, mission and functions …

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Sen. John McCain Calls for Faster US Cyber Deterrence Action

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote to three federal officials to remind them of existing legal measures that McCain said the government should adopt to deter hackers who target U.S. infrastructure, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday. Cory Bennett writes McCain has asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to explain why the Obama administration has delayed cyber …

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White House Supports Cybersecurity Info Sharing Bill

The Obama administration has endorsed the approval of a bill that would allow private companies to exchange cyber threat information with federal agencies, The Hill newspaper reported Thursday. Cory Bennett writes the White House praised Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for their efforts to address many privacy concerns in amendments to the Cybersecurity …

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