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CBO: DHS Requires $44M for Proposed Bug Bounty Program

The Congressional Budget Office said the Department of Homeland Security's potential bug bounty program would require $44M to implement, Fedscoop reported Monday. A proposed bill, known as the Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act, would task DHS to gather bug information via a bounty program.

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CISA Director Chris Krebs: 2020 Elections Need Paper Ballots

Chris Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, spoke about the importance of backup paper ballots for the upcoming 2020 elections, CNN reported Friday. The paper ballot backups are necessary to perform audits that information technology is not capable of, he said during the DEFCON cyber conference that took place from Aug. 8 to 11. 

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Federal Government to Solicit Anonymous Info on Cyber Vulnerabilities

The federal government is testing the use of a portal through which ethical hackers would report cyber vulnerabilities in software, Cyberscoop reported Friday. Interested contributors would submit input via SecureDrop, an open source software that allows individuals to anonymously submit input such as information on cyber weaknesses.

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FEMA Tests National Emergency Alert System

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a national trial to test the Emergency Alert System, a service designed to notify U.S. citizens on national emergencies, Techcrunch reported Wednesday. The system reached radios and televisions across the country with the message “This is a test of the National Emergency Alert System.”

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DHS S&T, Israel Gov’t Form Cargo Security Program Partnership

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate has partnered with the Israel government's Ministry of Public Security to carry out an initiative that seeks to address concerns in maritime and border cargo security. The Low Cost Disposable Electronic Seals Pilot program aims to create technologies that will work to protect cargo shipments from tampering attempts and optimize supply chain security processes, DHS said Tuesday

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Nonprofit Group to Offer Cybersecurity Support to 2020 US Presidential Campaigns

A group of cybersecurity experts formed a nonprofit organization to protect U.S. presidential campaigns from foreign interference. U.S. CyberDome will offer cybersecurity services to campaigns for the 2020 presidential elections, the organization said Tuesday. Jeh Johnson, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, chairs CyberDome’s board of advisers.

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