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Kirstjen Nielsen: DHS Aims to Provide Critical Infrastructure Cyber Support via ‘Security as a Service’ Program

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said DHS might directly deliver cybersecurity services to energy companies, airports and other critical infrastructure operators under a new White House cyber strategy, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Nielsen told reporters at the RSA Cybersecurity Conference in San Francisco that the cyber strategy will …

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Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone: US military ready to deter peer adversaries in cyberspace

Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, the White House’s nominee to lead the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, has said the U.S. military is prepared to launch cyber attacks on peer adversaries’ critical infrastructure through network intrusions during a future conflict, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday. “We face a challenging and volatile threat environment, and …

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DHS Forms Sector Coordinating Council With Election Industry Members

The Department of Homeland Security and the Election Assistance Commission convened Wednesday with election stakeholders to organize a coordinating body for sector-specific policies, strategies and activities. The meeting with election industry representatives as well as local and state election officials worked to launch an industry-led Sector Coordinating Council to be …

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Sen. Ron Wyden Urges White House to Implement Federal Election Cybersecurity Measures

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has called on the White House to implement several actions as part of efforts to protect federal elections from hacking and other cyber attacks by foreign governments. Wyden told Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, in a letter published Tuesday that the …

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House OKs Bill to Revamp DHS Cyber Mission

House lawmakers have approved through a voice vote a bill that would reorganize the Department of Homeland Security‘s cybersecurity functions, The Hill reported Monday. The legislation would elevate DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate into a standalone agency from its current status as a component within department headquarters. NPPD would be …

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Senate’s Draft Appropriations Bill Includes $1.8B for DHS Cyber Operations

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R- Mississippi) has proposed a draft bill that would allocate $1.8 billion for the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber operations unit, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The appropriations bill includes $713 million in funds to update and maintain federal computer networks’ cybersecurity, $341 million to safeguard banks, airports …

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GAO: DHS Risk Assessments Help Critical Infrastructure Owners, Operators Take Security Measures

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Homeland Security performs risk assessments for critical infrastructure across the three sectors – nuclear reactors, materials and waste; critical manufacturing; and transportation systems – that GAO evaluated. GAO said in a report published Monday that DHS incorporates the three risk elements …

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