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DHS Unveils Third Biometric Tech Competition

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate has started to accept proposals for an annual challenge that seeks to encourage industry in building biometric recognition technologies for security checkpoints.

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DHS Allots Over $1B for Fiscal 2020 Public Safety Projects

The Department of Homeland Security is investing almost $1.8B in grants under a new funding opportunity for fiscal year 2020 public safety efforts. The FY 2020 grants support security projects across transportation authorities; local, tribal, territorial and state government bodies; nonprofits and commercial firms, DHS said Friday.

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DHS Names Four Industrial Partners for Wildfire Security Effort

Four companies will help the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate address cybersecurity challenges related to the fire safety of smart cities. The Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation Labs effort will leverage research of these new partners to develop new wildfire sensors over a six-month period, DHS said Wednesday.

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DHS CISO Paul Beckman Advises Use of Multifactor Authentication

Paul Beckman, chief information security officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said agencies must adopt multifactor authentication to prevent unauthorized access, Cyberscoop reported Tuesday. Beckman said at the Zero Trust Security Summit that he uses a second factor as an additional layer of security for email account logins. Second factor examples include authentication text messages.

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DHS to Evaluate Capability of AI Prototypes to Gain Insights From Contractor Past-Performance Records

The Department of Homeland Security is set to test in late January nine system prototypes as part of the first phase of a project that seeks to develop artificial intelligence-based platforms that can be used to collect, analyze and visualize information in a governmentwide system containing contractors’ past-performance data, FedScoop reported Thursday.

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DHS’ Christopher Krebs on Iran’s Potential Cyber Retaliation

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in a podcast Thursday that an immediate attack from Iran’s cyber threat actors would have occurred by now in retaliation for the death of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani as a result of a drone strike, Fifth Domain reported Saturday.

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DHS S&T Backs Stranger Labs for Digital Credential System Dev’t

Cambridge, Mass.-based information technology firm Stranger Labs has received $197K in funds from the Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate through the Silicon Valley Innovation Program to build a tool that will enable the online verification of digital credentials.

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DHS, TSA to Hold Aviation Security Tech Industry Day

The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration will host an industry day on Feb. 12 to collaborate with industry and discuss a request for information on self-screening platforms for aircraft passengers.

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