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Former Govt Officials Push for DHS Cyber Reorganization

Some former government cybersecurity experts said at a House committee hearing held Wednesday they believe Congress should elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to protect federal networks, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Joseph Marks writes House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul asked a panel of four cyber specialists during the panel meeting …

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House Bill Seeks to Classify Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure

Three House Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill that would classify election systems as critical infrastructure in an effort to protect U.S. elections from future international cyber attacks. The Securing America’s Future Elections Act was introduced in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential elections, Rep. Mark Pocan’s (D-Wisconsin) …

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Thomas Bossert: Trump Administration to Pursue Federal IT Modernization

Thomas Bossert, an adviser to President Donald Trump on homeland security and counterterrorism, has said the Trump administration will pursue information technology modernization projects as part of efforts to secure federal networks, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Meredith Somers writes Bossert said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies-hosted cybersecurity forum …

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Reports: Trump Picks NSA Veteran Rob Joyce as White House Cyber Coordinator

President Donald Trump has chosen Rob Joyce, head of the National Security Agency‘s Tailored Access Operations division, to serve as the next White House cyber coordinator, Nextgov reported Monday. Joseph Marks writes that Joyce will oversee cybersecurity policies and initiatives in the federal government. Joyce has worked for more than two decades at NSA …

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OMB: Federal Agencies Reported 30,899 Cybersecurity Incidents to DHS in FY 2016

A report from the Office of Management and Budget says federal agencies reported 30,899 cybersecurity incidents to the Department of Homeland Security‘s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team during fiscal year 2016. Grant Schneider, acting federal chief information security officer, wrote in a White House blog post that the annual Federal Information Security Modernization …

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Senate Bill Would Expand DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program

Senators Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) have introduced a bill that seeks to expand the Defense Department‘s scholarship program for college students pursuing cybersecurity degrees. Kaine’s office said Thursday the DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017 would provide $10 million to DoD’s scholarship fund for fiscal year 2018. The bill would …

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James Comey Highlights FBI’s Cyber Strategy at Boston Conference

FBI Director James Comey has outlined the bureau’s five-point strategy to mitigate cyber intrusions during his speech at a forum held Wednesday at Boston College. Comey said the bureau implemented several initiatives to boost operations and hiring practices; clarify investigative measures in U.S. and foster cooperation abroad; and sanction malicious cyber behavior, according to an …

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Members of Obama’s Cyber Commission Urge Trump to Execute Cybersecurity Recommendations

Three members of a cybersecurity commission that former President Barack Obama established under a 2016 executive order have called on the Trump administration to implement its recommendations to build up the federal government’s cybersecurity posture, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. The Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity released a report in …

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DHS Finalizes Draft Cyber Breach Notification Guidance

The Department of Homeland Security has crafted a set of guidelines on how government agencies can notify affected individuals in the event of a cyber breach, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Nicole Ogrysko writes the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee approved a final draft of the guidance during a committee meeting held Feb. 21 …

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