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House Votes to Authorize DHS Office to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction

House lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill that authorizes an office within the Department of Homeland Security to leverage necessary tools to counter biological and chemical threats from evolving weapons of mass destruction.

The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018 would assign the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office to handle operations to protect the U.S. from WMD threats, the department said Wednesday.

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Trump Issues Executive Order to Deter Foreign Election Interference

President Donald Trump has released an executive order that aims to protect U.S. elections from potential foreign interference. A White House fact sheet published Wednesday says the executive order would authorize sanctions and other measures against foreign individuals found to have engaged in election interference.

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Equifax Acknowledges IT Shortcomings in GAO Audit Report on 2017 Data Breach

Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax has acknowledged that its failure to identify and patch a critical software vulnerability, and correctly configure a crucial security system led, in part, to the massive 2017 data breach that compromised the personal information of millions of Equifax customers, the Government Accountability Office said in a recently-published audit report.

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Report: DHS Names Mark Kneidinger as National Risk Mgmt Center Deputy Chief in Series of Exec Moves

Mark Kneidinger, director of federal network resilience division at the Department of Homeland Security’s office of cybersecurity and communications, has been named deputy director of the National Risk Management Center, Federal News Radio reported Monday. He will serve as deputy to Bob Kolasky, who was appointed director of the center in August.

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DHS Secretary Issues Warning Against Cyber Attackers: ‘We Will Respond’

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, a 2018 Wash100 awardee, on Sept. 5 delivered a speech at George Washington University highlighting “a worldwide outbreak of cyberattacks and cyber vulnerabilities,” and describing cyberspace as “the most active battlefield” whose coverage “extends into every single American home.” Secretary Nielsen also talked about new Department of Homeland Security initiatives launched in response to these threats, including inter-agency partnerships to hold cyber attackers responsible. “We will respond. And we will respond decisively,” Nielsen declared.

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House Passes Bill to Increase DHS’ Public Transparency; Rep. John Carter Quoted

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would assign chief data officers to the Department of Homeland Security, as a way of promoting digital transparency. Rep. John Carter's, R-Texas, Department of Homeland Security Chief Data Officer Authorization Act would appoint a chief data officer for each of the department's 22 components, the congressman's office said Wednesday.

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DHS S&T, USCG Hold Contest for Boater Safety Applications

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is working with the U.S. Coast Guard's Research and Development Center to administer a boater safety competition. Participants in the U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge are tasked with developing concepts to help the USCG locate people in bodies of water, DHS said Wednesday.

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House Passes Bill to Codify DHS Continuous Diagnostics & Mitigation

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would support the development of the Department of Homeland Security's Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program. The Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act would require the government to develop procedures for systemic cybersecurity risk reporting, regularly deploy new technologies and implement a strategy to grow the program, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas' office said Tuesday.

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Kirstjen Nielsen, Foreign Counterparts Issue Joint Statement on Encryption at Five Country Ministerial

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and counterparts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.K. have issued a joint statement that lays out a framework to engage and discuss with industry the challenges and benefits of encryption.

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