Tag Archives: Department of Homeland Security

Military Spending Growth Post-9/11 Transforms Private Companies Into Federal Contractors

Pentagon

The 9/11 attacks resulted in funding increases for departments of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security (DHS) to help counter small terrorist networks and improve national security to prevent future attacks. According to government spending data, private companies operating in and around the region saw an average annual increase of 15 percent in federal contracting from 2001 to 2011.

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DHS Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity Talent Management System

Cybersecurity Talent

The Department of Homeland Security is requesting public comments on an interim rule that seeks to establish a new system to help address challenges when it comes to hiring and retaining cybersecurity professionals. DHS said the Cybersecurity Talent Management System will reflect a shift from conventional practices used to recruit, develop and compensate federal civil service personnel and is designed to adapt to changes in its cybersecurity mission, cyber work and talent market.

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DHS, CBP to Deploy Planck-Built Small UAS For Additional Test & Evaluation

SVIP Phase 5 Award

San Diego-based autonomous drone maker Planck Aerosystems will help the Department of Homeland Security deploy a small unmanned aircraft system in a controlled environment for testing and evaluation. DHS said Tuesday that Customs and Border Protection agents will use Planck-built sUAS along with launch-and-recovery equipment in different operational scenarios under a Silicon Valley Innovation Program Phase 5 agreement with the company.

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DHS Seeks to Advance Assessment of Industry Compliance With Cyber Hygiene Requirements

Cyber Hygiene

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is carrying out a pathfinder assessment to chart a course forward as it works to further advance the process of evaluating vendors’ compliance with cyber hygiene requirements. “Our end goal is to have a means of ensuring a contractor has key cybersecurity and cyber hygiene practices in place as a condition for contract award,” the DHS notice reads.

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Senate Committee Releases Federal Cybersecurity Report

Federal Cybersecurity

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has issued a 47-page report outlining a list of recommendations to improve the cybersecurity posture of federal agencies. The Senate panel’s Federal Cybersecurity report recommends that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) direct agencies to adopt a risk-based budgeting framework for information technology investments.

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Chris Inglis Backs Creation of Cyber Statistics Bureau Within DHS

Chris Inglis

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis has expressed support for a plan to establish a bureau of cyber statistics that would collect and analyze data related to cyberthreats and cyber incidents. The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) initially proposed the idea of establishing the bureau. King is co-chair of the CSC and Sasse serves as a commissioner. 

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CBP to Terminate 2 Border Barrier Construction Contracts

Border Wall

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is canceling two contracts for border wall construction projects in the Laredo sector in Texas. The move came more than a month after DHS unveiled its plan for funds the previous administration was planning to use for border barrier projects.

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MetTel To Provide Internet Protocol Services To The SEC; Robert Dapkiewicz Quoted

MetTel

MetTel announced on Wednesday that the company was selected by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to provide Internet Protocol Services (IPS) under the General Services Administration (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract. The selection illustrates that the company’s federal practice is growing. Since last year, MetTel has won contract awards from over a dozen federal organizations totaling over $2 billion in total contract value after all options.  

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Government Website to Serve as One-Stop Hub for Ransomware Resources; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) have unveiled a new website to serve as a central hub of federal cybersecurity resources to help U.S. companies and public sector organizations protect their networks from ransomware attacks. Attorney General Merrick Garland said DOJ is working to bring all tools to counter ransomware attacks through the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force.

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