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DHS Org Seeks Flood Response, Resilience Strategies; Daniel Cotter Comments

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The first responders group within the Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology directorate seeks public input that can assist flood-related research and development efforts. FRG seeks answers to a set of questions about data sources, information sharing platforms and emergency-specific support efforts to facilitate future flood response preparation, DHS said Thursday. The queries are part of the group’s National …

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

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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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Report: DOT CTO Maria Roat to Join SBA as CIO

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Maria Roat, Transportation Department chief technology officer, will join the Small Business Administration as chief information officer on Oct. 3, Nextgov reported Tuesday. Roat led DoT’s adoption of cloud computing, data management and enterprise technology approaches to support the department’s operations and service delivery. She is also a former director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. …

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Virginia Concludes Cyber Physical Systems Summit; Brian Moran Comments

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Cyber professionals, government officials, academics, military personnel and industry have concluded a three-day summit on cyber physical system security held in Virginia to address cyber threats to critical infrastructure, Daily Press reported Thursday. Tamara Dietrich writes summit participants discussed cyber risks to critical systems such as power, water and wastewater …

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Nextgov: 9 States Request DHS’ Election Cybersecurity Assistance

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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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Rep. Ralph Abraham Proposes Bill to Hold Federal Agency Heads Accountable for Cyber Breaches

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Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-Louisiana) has introduced a bill that seeks to help federal agencies build up their cybersecurity procedures and hold agency heads accountable for failure to enforce measures needed to prevent cyber attacks. The proposed “Cybersecurity Responsibility and Accountability Act” would direct the director of the National Institutes of …

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

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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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