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DHS, Partners Conduct Emergency Response Tests Along US-Canada Border

The Department of Homeland Security science and technology directorate has collaborated with Canadian organizations to test emergency response technologies and protocols along the Michigan and Ontario border. DHS said Tuesday the fourth leg of the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiments at the Blue Water Bridge crossing will work to test cross-border broadband and wireless networks, electrocardiogram …

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Luke McCormack: DHS Seeks ‘Ready Access’ to Tech Through Agile Development, Open Source Buys

The Department of Homeland Security is looking at agile development and open source software approaches for its technology acquisition and implementation initiatives, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes DHS has kicked off five pilot programs for the Citizenship and Immigration Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Immigration and Custom Enforcement …

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DHS Seeks to Automate Critical Infrastructure Data Exchange

The Department of Homeland Security wants public input on its proposal to implement an automated system for voluntary exchange of data between critical infrastructure operators and government agencies. DHS said in a Federal Register notice published Thursday it aims to transition the current Protected Critical Infrastructure Information Program from paper-based documentation to an electronic format. DHS created …

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DHS to Hold Public Meetings on Voluntary Standards for Cyber Info Sharing & Analysis Organizations

The Department of Homeland Security will conduct a two-day public meeting in May in Anaheim, California, to tackle the draft voluntary standards on the operations of cybersecurity-focused information sharing and analysis organizations. DHS and the ISAO Standards Organization will meet with standard working groups and their heads on May 18 …

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz: Agencies Strive to Meet Security Updates Deadline

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has pointed up the struggle of various agencies in implementing security patches on time for critical vulnerabilities, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Meredith Somers writes Chaffetz told committee members at a hearing Wednesday that 39 out of more than 360 vulnerabilities …

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DHS Creates Mobile App Development Playbook for Agencies

The Department of Homeland Security has released a guide for federal agencies to develop, test and implement mobile applications. DHS said its Mobile Application Playbook aims to help agencies streamline the process for managing protected apps across their life cycle while adhering to agency policies. “MAP addresses the challenges of mobile application development and deployment within the government, provides solutions …

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Agencies Seek Greater Cyber Commitment Through Ongoing Acquisition Programs

The General Services Administration and the departments of Defense and Homeland Security aim to help strengthen the cybersecurity of federal information technology assets through their acquisition vehicles, the E-Commerce Times reported Monday. John Higgins writes DHS issued a request for proposals on a potential $395 million contract that will cover IT protection, monitoring …

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Phyllis Schneck: ‘Einstein’ Program Helps DHS Gain Cyber Situational Awareness

Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security for cybersecurity and communications, has said DHS is ready to help secure federal networks with the National Cybersecurity Protection System, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Greg Otto writes Schneck told an Intel Security-sponsored forum that the department uses the system, nicknamed Einstein, to gain situational awareness …

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Suzanne Spaulding: DHS NPPD Directorate to Adopt ‘Cyber & Infrastructure Protection’ Name in Awareness Push

The Department of Homeland Security‘s National Protections and Programs Directorate will adopt the new name of “Cyber and Infrastructure Protection” in a push to expand about its identity to its workforce and other interested stakeholders, Federal Times reported Friday. Aaron Boyd writes the organization composed of 18,000 federal employees and contractors will work to …

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