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

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

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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DHS Unveils Upcoming Roadway Safety Device for First Responders

The Department of Homeland Security has unveiled an upcoming early-warning system that aims to minimize the risk of dangerous vehicle collisions for first responders in emergency scenes. Applied Research Associates will develop the Automated Driver and Responder Alert System to warn approaching drivers within an emergency area, increase visual presence of first responders and provide visual, tactile …

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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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FEMA Report Underscores DHS’ Interagency Emergency Response Efforts

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released the 2016 National Preparedness Report which highlights the Department of Homeland Security‘s efforts to prepare emergency first responders through interagency cooperation. DHS said Monday that FEMA’s report tracked progress from the last five years in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery initiatives. DHS and interagency partners continue to …

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DHS’ Automated Indicator Sharing Program Commences Industry to Govt Cyber Threat Information Exchange

The Department of Homeland Security‘s Automated Indicator Sharing program under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 has become a two-way exchange of information between government and industry partners on malicious cyber acts, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. Scott Maucione writes Andy Ozment, DHS assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, noted that Redwood City, …

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GSA Creates 4 New Schedule 70 Cyber Special Item Numbers

The General Services Administration has established four special item numbers for “highly adaptive” cybersecurity service offerings under GSA’s Information Technology Schedule 70 contracting vehicle to support the White House’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan. GSA said Monday all Schedule 70 vendors that offer penetration testing, incident response, cyber hunt and risk and vulnerability assessment services will …

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