Tag Archives: Department of Homeland Security

GAO Offers Recommendations for DHS’ Biometric Tech Replacement Program

DHS HART Program

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS to fully implement risk management best practices with regard to its Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) program that seeks to replace its biometric identity management system. Succeeding increments are expected to be implemented in 2022 and 2024.

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Rep. Ted Lieu Presents Bill to Impose Vulnerability Disclosure Policies; Chris Painter Quoted

Rep. Ted Lieu

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., has introduced a bill that would task vendors to have their software products undergo vulnerability assessments by ethical hackers. The Improving Contractor Cybersecurity Act would impose compliance with vulnerability disclosure policies, which lets security researchers study and report vulnerabilities of technologies to be purchased by agencies.

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OIG Report: DHS Should Update Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program Plan

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that the chief information security officer update DHS’ plan for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program to demonstrate how the department will transition to a scalable CDM platform, ensure that components utilize tools to collect CDM data and integrate component data.

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CISA Releases Mitre ATT&CK Mapping Guide for Cyberthreat Intelligence Analysts; Eric Goldstein Quoted

IPC Survey on CMMC

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued guidance meant to help network defenders on how to better use the Mitre ATT&CK framework to analyze and report on cybersecurity threats. CISA teamed up with the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute - a federally funded research and development center operated by Mitre for the Department of Homeland Security – to develop the guidance.

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DOE, DHS to Jointly Address Climate Issues via Carbon Reduction; Kelly Speakes-Backman Quoted

Kelly Speakes-Backman

The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have partnered to jointly mitigate climate-driven issues at DHS facilities. The partnership establishes a framework that would guide joint climate mitigation efforts between the two departments. DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program will offer training and technical assistance to reduce the carbon emissions of DHS operations.

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AT&T Lands Four DHS Task Orders Worth $306M For IT Modernization; Stacy Schwartz Quoted

Stacy Schwartz

AT&T announced on Thursday that it has secured four task orders from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to modernize and transform DHS's telecommunications infrastructure with IP-based networking services. The awards have a combined value of $306 million over 12 years if all options are exercised.

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OIG Urges DHS to Improve Data Collection, Management

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) office of inspector general (OIG) called on DHS to improve data collection and management activities after it had found that persistent data quality issues hamper the department’s daily use of some of the diverse and largest databases to support decision-making processes and mission operations.

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Report: DHS to Issue Two Cybersecurity Directives for Pipeline Companies; Sarah Peck Quoted

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to release cybersecurity regulations for pipeline companies in response to a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline that resulted in fuel shortages in the southeastern U.S. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at DHS will issue this week a directive that would require pipeline operators to report cyber incidents to TSA and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). 

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Kevin Cox: CDM on Track to Field Cyber Dashboard at All CFO Act Civilian Agencies

Kevin Cox

Kevin Cox, Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program manager at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said the program management office is on schedule to implement the CDM dashboard and related capabilities at 23 CFO Act agencies by the end of fiscal year 2021.

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Federal Agencies Launch Efforts to Address National Security, Public Safety Risks of Drones

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Federal agencies are initiating measures to address the potential risk posed by unmanned aircraft systems to national security and public safety amid an increasing number of drones flying near airports and other critical infrastructure. “Remote identification will help law enforcement determine if a drone poses an actual threat that needs to be mitigated,” a spokeswoman for FAA said in a statement.

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