Tag Archives: Department of Homeland Security

CBP Unveils Website for Consolidated Biometrics Vetting Operations; Diane Sabatino Quoted

Diane Sabatino

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a website to modernize the agency’s biometrics-based entry and exit passenger vetting operations. CBP created the website as part of its Biometric Entry-Exit initiative focused on verifying personal identities at ports of entry. The new site presents information on the CBP program including 3D models and data.

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CISA, MS-ISAC Issue Alert on ‘Emotet’ Malware

Emotet Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have released an advisory on a new kind of malware called Emotet that spreads through phishing emails. CISA said in the alert published Tuesday that Emotet is a form of Trojan virus with “worm-like” elements that can impact an entire network.

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DHS Gets DOI’s Help to Assess P25 Public Safety Equipment; Sridhar Kowdley Quoted

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The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate has authorized the Department of the Interior to assess first responder technologies under a DHS-led effort. DHS said Wednesday that its Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program independently evaluates first responder equipment for compliance with P25 requirements.

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Trump Eyes Nomination of Sean Plankey as DHS Asst Director

Sean Plankey

President Trump plans to nominate Sean Plankey to serve as assistant director for infrastructure security at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Plankey currently serves as principal deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response at the Department of Energy (DOE). Before DOE, he held the role of director for cyber policy at the National Security Council

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DHS Issues Homeland Threat Assessment; Chad Wolf Quoted

Chad Wolf

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a report about national security threats facing the country based on insights collected from DHS’ operational and intelligence components. “When the American people read this [Homeland Threat Assessment] they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime,” said Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary

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Final Rule Exempts DHS Insider Threat Program System of Records From Certain Privacy Act Provisions

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a final rule exempting parts of the Insider Threat Program System of Records from several provisions of the Privacy Act. Under the final rule, the updated system of records covers all individuals who have or had access to information, networks, equipment, systems or facilities of DHS as well as records from any office, component or program of the department.

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Kenautics Gets DHS Funding to Develop Underwater Tracking Tech

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Kenautics Inc. has secured $157,800 in funds from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Maritime Object Tracking Technology solicitation to build a tracking system for marking and monitoring objects underwater. The company proposed to repackage its handheld Diver Navigation and Imaging System into a ruggedized buoy that can be deployed from air, land or sea under harsh conditions. 

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Karen Evans: DHS Consolidates Network, Security Operations Centers

Karen Evans

Karen Evans, chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said DHS is merging its security and network operations centers to keep systems operational as analysts respond and investigate a cyber incident. She said DHS is considering ways how to staff the newly formed network operations security center with federal and contract employees. 

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DHS Taps Two Companies for Network Modeling Tech Dev’t

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded SecureLogix and Achilles Heel Technologies a total of $1.96 million in funds through Phase II of the Small Business Innovation Research program to build technologies that will support dynamic network modeling capabilities for emergency communication and risk management networks. SecureLogix will continue the development of a modeling tool that will assist 911 decision makers.

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