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DHS Allots $475M for Fiscal 2021 Competitive Grants; Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will invest $475 million in seven competitive grant programs filed under fiscal year 2021. DHS said Friday that it will use these funds to finance anti-terrorism and disaster recovery projects of nonprofits, private companies and non-federal government agencies. The allotment adds to nearly $1.5 that DHS is investing in non-competitive grants for disaster resiliency efforts.

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Government Website to Serve as One-Stop Hub for Ransomware Resources; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) have unveiled a new website to serve as a central hub of federal cybersecurity resources to help U.S. companies and public sector organizations protect their networks from ransomware attacks. Attorney General Merrick Garland said DOJ is working to bring all tools to counter ransomware attacks through the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force.

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Senate Unanimously Approves Jen Easterly as CISA Director; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Jen Easterly

Jen Easterly, President Joe Biden's nominee for the director position at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), was confirmed in a unanimous Senate vote Monday. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, described Easterly as a cybersecurity professional with military, civil service and industry experience and noted that they will work together in efforts to address urgent cyber and physical threats to critical U.S. infrastructure.

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House Lawmakers Want CISA to Take Tougher Approach to Critical Infrastructure’s Cybersecurity; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

House lawmakers have called on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to take a more robust approach to oversee the cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure amid recent ransomware attacks. Mayorkas said CISA is taking a prudent approach to spending its increased budget. 

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TSA Requires Pipeline Industry to Report Cybersecurity Incidents; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has instructed owners and operators of U.S. pipeline systems to submit reports about any potential and confirmed breaches to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The order is part of efforts by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help the sector respond to cyber threats, following the May 7th Colonial Pipeline hack.

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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Encourages Small Businesses to Increase Ransomware Defense

Alejandro Mayorkas

Small and medium-sized businesses are urged by Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award, to strengthen defense against cyber attacks as ransomware threats continue to escalate and the "backbone" of U.S. economy serves as the target of cyber actors. DHS aims to onboard 200 cyber personnel by July 1st. 

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DHS to Hold Sprints on Driving Cybersecurity Response; Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a cybersecurity sprint event in support of the Biden administration's efforts to drive cyber response. DHS will hold a series of exercises focused on major IT topic areas such as ransomware, industrial control systems, workforce, election security, transportation security and international-focused efforts.

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Alejandro Mayorkas: DHS to Increase Minimum Cyber Spending to 7.5% Via FEMA Grant Awards

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said DHS will raise the required minimum cybersecurity spending through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant awards from 5 percent to 7.5 percent, reflecting a $25 million increase across the country. He said DHS has started to assess and implement additional capabilities, including potential new grant initiatives. 

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DHS Head Alejandro Mayorkas Eyes Cyber Grant Spending Increase, Anti-Ransomware Campaigns

Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and 2021 Wash100 Award winner, plans to raise minimum spending for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants focused on cybersecurity in a push to drive cyber awareness. DHS said Monday that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will oversee the implementation of potential cyber-focused grant programs as part of Mayorkas’ initiative.

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Executive Mosaic Names 2021 Wash100 Award Recipients; Cast Your 10 Votes TODAY

2021 Wash100

Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, has announced the recipients of the 2021 Wash100 Award. “We are thrilled to honor the winners of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic. With the announcement, Executive Mosaic will begin to accept votes for this year’s Popular Vote Rankings.

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