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GAO: OPM Completed Actions on 11 US-CERT Recommendations for Data Security Controls

The Government Accountability Office has evaluated the Office of Personnel Management’s efforts to implement the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team’s 19 recommendations to build up information security controls and practices following the data breaches in 2015 and found that OPM completed actions on 11 recommendations. GAO said in a report published …

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DHS CIO Richard Staropoli Steps Down

Richard Staropoli, chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, has resigned from his post, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. His resignation came three months after he was appointed by President Donald Trump to replace Luke McCormack in the CIO role. Stephen Rice, principal deputy CIO at DHS, told information …

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George Mason University-Led Consortium to Manage DHS-Funded Criminal Network Analysis CoE

The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has selected George Mason University to lead a consortium of academic, government, laboratory and industry partners that will operate a new Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center of Excellence. DHS said Wednesday the center will work alongside federal, state and local law enforcement agencies …

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Senate Bill Would Establish Security Requirements for Internet-Connected Devices

Four senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would require federal suppliers of internet-connected devices to ensure that their products are free of “hard-coded passwords” and cyber vulnerabilities, patchable and comply with industry standard protocols. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 calls for the Office of Management and Budget to …

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Proposed Bill Would Require DHS to Deploy ‘Smart’ Border Security Tech Platforms

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced legislation that would direct the Department of Homeland Security to field “smart” border security technologies along the southern U.S. border. A press release posted Thursday on Rep. Will Hurd’s (R-Texas) website stated that the Secure Miles with All Resources and Technology Act would also …

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18F Launches Interagency Project to Accelerate Govt Adoption of Commercial Tech

The General Services Administration‘s 18F organization has introduced an interagency project to help federal agencies implement commercial software products faster through an updated authority-to-operate certification process, FCW reported Thursday. Project Boise aims to update the federal government’s software security compliance process that require an agency to obtain an ATO and comply …

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House Bills Would Require DHS to Restructure Cyber Operations, Report Vulnerability Disclosure Process

The House Homeland Security Committee has passed two bills that would reorganize the Department of Homeland Security‘s cybersecurity operations and require DHS to report how the government discloses cyber vulnerabilities, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act would rename the cyber operations division within DHS’ National Protection and Programs …

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DHS Hosts Electronic Jamming Exercise for First Responders

The Department of Homeland Security has hosted a weeklong event for public safety and private organizations to test multiple strategies and technologies designed to identify, locate and address illegal communication systems jamming. DHS said Tuesday nearly 300 participants from across the U.S. took part during the 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise that was …

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