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DHS Launching R&D Projects on 5G Mobile Security; Christopher Krebs Quoted

Christopher Krebs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a research and development effort focused on mobile security as the country works to roll out 5G infrastructure. William Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology, said S&T is currently working with the private sector in efforts to secure U.S. telecom infrastructure.

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DHS Taps SecureKey to Create Alternative Social Security Number Identifier

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The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has selected SecureKey Technologies to develop a blockchain-based technology for the social security number system under a $193K award. Under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program, SecureKey will create and implement an alternative SSN identifier that does not expose personally identifiable information. 

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DHS Gets DOI’s Help to Assess P25 Public Safety Equipment; Sridhar Kowdley Quoted

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The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has authorized the Department of the Interior to assess first responder technologies under a DHS-led effort. DHS said Wednesday that its Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program independently evaluates first responder equipment for compliance with P25 requirements.

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Trump Eyes Nomination of Sean Plankey as DHS Asst Director

Sean Plankey

President Trump plans to nominate Sean Plankey to serve as assistant director for infrastructure security at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Plankey currently serves as principal deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response at the Department of Energy (DOE). Before DOE, he held the role of director for cyber policy at the National Security Council

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DHS Continues Efforts to Integrate AI Into Contractor Performance Assessment System

AI Integration

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is continuing a prototyping effort focused on using artificial intelligence to help improve a system designed for managing data on contractors’ past performance. The DHS Procurement Innovation Lab will work with 10 agencies to assess seven AI technologies intended to modernize the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) and simplify its data management operations. 

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DHS Issues Homeland Threat Assessment; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report about national security threats facing the country based on insights collected from DHS’ operational and intelligence components. “When the American people read this [Homeland Threat Assessment] they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime,” said Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary

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Final Rule Exempts DHS Insider Threat Program System of Records From Certain Privacy Act Provisions

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a final rule exempting parts of the Insider Threat Program System of Records from several provisions of the Privacy Act. Under the final rule, the updated system of records covers all individuals who have or had access to information, networks, equipment, systems or facilities of DHS as well as records from any office, component or program of the department.

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Kenautics Gets DHS Funding to Develop Underwater Tracking Tech

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Kenautics Inc. has secured $157,800 in funds from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Maritime Object Tracking Technology solicitation to build a tracking system for marking and monitoring objects underwater. The company proposed to repackage its handheld Diver Navigation and Imaging System into a ruggedized buoy that can be deployed from air, land or sea under harsh conditions. 

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Karen Evans: DHS Consolidates Network, Security Operations Centers

Karen Evans

Karen Evans, chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said DHS is merging its security and network operations centers to keep systems operational as analysts respond and investigate a cyber incident. She said DHS is considering ways how to staff the newly formed network operations security center with federal and contract employees. 

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