The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved two bipartisan bills that aim to strengthen the U.S. cybersecurity posture. The committee passed the proposed DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2018, which directs the Department of Homeland Security to institute a task force to act as a cyber incident response team that would protect the virtual systems of public and private sector entities and critical infrastructure, the office of Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said Wednesday.Read More »
A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill contains a provision that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to attack drones that threaten national assets, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Unveiled the same day, the provision is part of H.R. 302 which aims to provide the FAA with aviation safety funds to cover a five-year authorization period.Read More »
Soraya Correa, chief procurement officer at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Radio in an interview published Tuesday how DHS' procurement innovation lab helps personnel and other agencies streamline the acquisition process through the boot camp. “People walk out of the course not only understanding what our innovative techniques are, but encouraged and motivated to go out and innovative and be innovative in the constructs of the Federal Acquisition Regulations,” Correa said of PIL’s boot camp.Read More »
Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has confirmed the addition of eight members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Nielsen said in a statement published Tuesday the new HASC members will guide the council in meeting its mission of addressing emerging threats to homeland security.
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.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »