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Christopher Krebs: CISA’s Volunteer Border Deployment Won’t Impact Agency Operations

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency and 2019 Wash100 awardee, said CISA’s volunteer border patrol work will not affect operations during a Georgetown University Law Center conference, Cyberscoop reported Wednesday. Ten of the Department of Homeland Security agency’s almost 3,500 employees have volunteered for temporary deployment at the southern border and an additional 10 will join the group.

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CISA Unveils New Guide to Secure US Elections

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued its latest list of best practices to enhance election security across the U.S. The document released on Tuesday is intended to assist state, local, tribal and territorial governments in their cybersecurity efforts to protect enterprise networks and election infrastructure. 

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Feds Call for Focus on Supply Chain Security Amid Rise of 5G

Federal cybersecurity officials called on U.S. allies to check the security risks of commercial products and services to support the implementation of 5G across their countries, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The growing presence of Chinese equipment, such as Huawei, across the world could put government networks at risk of interference in the future, according to Christopher Krebs, director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient. 

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DHS Working With Private Sector to Test Industrial Control System Tech

The Department of Homeland Security is collaborating with industrial control system vendors to test products to secure critical facilities such as power plants against cyber attacks, Cyberscoop reported Monday. Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said at the Hack the Capitol conference in Washington, D.C. that the DHS aims to “have much more capability” to detect and mitigate attacks to ICS infrastructure and evaluate ICS products before they enter the market.

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DHS Warns of Data Security Risk Associated With Chinese-Made Drones

The Department of Homeland Security issued an alert saying Chinese-built drones may be transmitting to manufacturers sensitive flight information that could be accessed by the Chinese government, CNN reported Monday. The drones "contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed beyond the company itself,” the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in the alert obtained by CNN.

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DHS Centers of Excellence to Close if Trump Budget Cuts Pass Congress

The Department of Homeland Security may close two Centers of Excellence and delay the planned launch of three other centers if Congress approves President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal, FedScoop reported Thursday. William Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary of DHS Science and Technology Directorate, announced the plan at a recent meeting with the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation.

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CISA Seeking More Funds to Boost Critical Infrastructure Security

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said he wants to use additional funding for fiscal year 2020 to provide more technical assistance to stakeholders to better protect critical infrastructures, FCW reported Wednesday. He said Congress should give the same level of focus on other infrastructures as it does on election security. 

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CISA Defines Critical Functions of Feds, Industry for National Security

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a list of national critical functions to guide the federal government and private sector partners in protecting critical infrastructures. The National Critical Functions document highlights the activities of agencies and organizations that significantly contribute to U.S. national security, CISA said in the document released Tuesday

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