Tag Archives: Department of Homeland Security

CACI Receives $700M BPA to Provide National Security Investigations for DHS; John Mengucci Quoted

John Mengucci

CACI International announced on Thursday that the company has been awarded a potential five-year, $700 million multiple-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide national security investigations to the department. The company will provide enterprise technology and support the full range of case types for DHS and their components.

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DHS Selects Mesur.io for Biothreat Data Analysis Tool Development Project

Biothreat Data Analysis

Mesur.io has secured a grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a data analysis platform that would help agency users predict an emerging biological threat or a public health crisis. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based company will perform work for the Silicon Valley Innovation Program's (SVIP) Emerging Needs: COVID-19 Response & Future Mitigation effort. 

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Former CISA Executive Nabeela Barbari Joins National Security Council

Nabeela Barbari

Nabeela Barbari, formerly an executive with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), now leads integrated risk management, national security policy and critical infrastructure security in her new role with the National Security Council (NSC). Previously, Barbari held multiple roles with DHS' National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), CISA's predecessor agency.

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DHS to Hold Sprints on Driving Cybersecurity Response; Alejandro Mayorkas Quoted

Alejandro Mayorkas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is launching a cybersecurity sprint event in support of the Biden administration's efforts to drive cyber response. DHS will hold a series of exercises focused on major IT topic areas such as ransomware, industrial control systems, workforce, election security, transportation security and international-focused efforts.

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US-Israel Research and Development Partnership Posts Solicitation for Homeland Security Projects; William Bryan Quoted

DHS

Interested vendors have until June 15th to submit proposals to the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation on research and development projects for homeland security technologies. The proposals are also required to include research and cooperative agreements between Israeli and U.S. companies. BIRD will accept executive summaries for all proposed projects until April 27th.

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CBP’s Alma Cole: Migrating Network User Identities to Cloud is Key to DHS Zero-Trust Security

Alma Cole

Alma Cole, chief information security officer of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said migrating network user identities to the cloud from legacy systems is key to enabling the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to have a zero-trust security. The official said the department would then be able to control which network portions can be accessed by on-premise and external users.

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DHS Seeks Comments on Cyber Vulnerability Information Collection Effort

TIC 3.0 Use Case Guide

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for input on its plans to collect cyber risk information and recommendations from agencies, companies and individuals in the wake of the SolarWinds attack. In addition, the form is intended to help researchers develop concepts for identifying such vulnerabilities, according to DHS. Comments on the information collection request are due on May 18th.

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DHS Taps University of Washington APL to Create Testing Criteria for COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

UW-APL

The University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL-UW) received nearly $960,000 in funds from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) to devise testing criteria for digital COVID-19 contact tracing tools. UW-APL will also study and create policy considerations for the usage of contact tracing applications to maintain civil liberty and privacy protection, DHS said Monday.

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DOJ, DHS Release Key Findings From Classified Report on Foreign Election Interference

Election Security

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued a joint statement saying they found no evidence that a foreign government compromised election infrastructure to manipulate the 2020 U.S. federal elections. The joint document released on Tuesday includes key findings and recommendations from the classified report. 

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FEMA Unveils Plans to Implement New Cybersecurity Controls; Ted Okada Quoted

Cybersecurity Controls

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has teamed up with information technology organizations under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish cybersecurity controls that could automate security processes. Ted Okada, chief technology officer at FEMA, said the agency intends to adopt a zero-trust security posture and handle as well as compute data at the edge.

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