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Obama Announces Cyber Exec Order In State Of The Union

President Barack Obama signed a widely-anticipated executive order Tuesday aimed at facilitating cybersecurity information sharing between the government and the private sector, Reuters reports. Obama announced the order in his State of the Union address Tuesday, saying the U.S.’ adversaries are seeking to attack the country’s power grid, financial institutions …

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CBP Chief David Aguilar Retiring

David Aguilar, head of Customs and Border Protection, will retire at the end of March after a three-year term as the agency’s acting chief and a 31-year career with U.S. border agencies. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did not name a successor in announcing Aguilar’s retirement, Government Security News reports. …

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Rep. Mike McCaul to Discuss DHS Congress Oversight With Panel Leaders

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) is not planning to consolidate the chamber’s number of panels overseeing the Department of Homeland Security, The Hill newspaper reports. McCaul told reporter Jordy Yager he plans to discuss jurisdictional issues with other committee chairman in an attempt to avoid overlap. Yager …

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Report: Agencies Looking at Draft WH Cyber Order

The White House is seeking approval from agencies for a draft executive order on responsibilities for cybersecurity management and enforcement, AOL Government reports. According to Colin Clark and Henry Kenyon, the executive order is intended to mirror the goals of the Lieberman-Collins bill, which the Senate rejected. AOL Defense obtained …

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Congress to Deliberate Future Plans for DHS

Both the House and Senate are scheduled to hold a variety of hearings to deliberate future plans regarding the Department of Homeland Security, The Washington Post reports. The department was established as a stand-alone entity in November 2002 with the passage of the Homeland Security Act by Congress. Today, it …

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DHS Data Network Named Primary Non-Defense Info Resource

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano release a directive Friday aimed at reducing the distribution of classified information on terrorism, NextGov reported. The directive will position DHS’ Homeland Secure Data Network as the U.S. government’s primary non-defense, secret level classified information network, according to NextGov. It will also synchronize federal standards …

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Govt. Officials Meet to Discuss Cyber Attack Scenarios

A special briefing for lawmakers occurred last Wednesday to explain possible scenarios of a cyber attack on U.S. infrastructure, Federal News Radio reported. John Brennan, White House deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism, lead the briefing. An interagency team of 11 officials from defense and civilian agencies …

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TSA Appoints New Members to Security Advisory Panel

The Transportation Security Administration has appointed 24 new members to its Aviation Security Advisory Committee, established in 1989 after the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. The panel advises the agency and gives recommendations for improving airport security methods,  equipment and procedures. “One of my main priorities since joining TSA has …

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Michigan Kicks Off Cyber Security Awareness Month

The eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month was kicked off Oct. 7 at the Michigan Cyber Summit when the state hosted both Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder hosted the event and announced a “Cyber Initiative” in which …

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