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DHS, FBI Issue Malware Report on North Korean Cyber Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security in partnership with FBI identified the malware potentially used by the North Korean government to hack into federal and industry targets. The agencies released the Malware Analysis Report on Wednesday providing information on the malware variant, called HOPLIGHT, which is linked to the Pyongyang-tied cyber attack HIDDEN COBRA. “DHS and FBI are distributing this MAR to enable network defense and reduce exposure to North Korean government malicious cyber activity,” the report states. 

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Senators, Representatives Introduce Cybersecurity Grant Program Legislation

Senators Mark Warner and Cory Gardner and Representatives Derek Kilmer and Michael McCaul unveiled a bicameral and bipartisan bill pushing local, state and tribal governments to boost cybersecurity and threat defenses. The State Cyber Resiliency Act allows the Department of Homeland Security to create a grant program to modify, apply and develop measures against cyber threats, the office of Sen. Mark Warner said Monday.

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Report: Trump Eyes TSA Chief David Pekoske for Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Role

The Trump administration is expected to appoint David Pekoske, head of the Transportation Security Administration, as the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, CNN reported Wednesday. Two administration officials revealed that Pekoske will succeed Claire Grady, who has served as interim DHS deputy secretary the last two years. 

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Working With DHS to Explore Potential Border Security Roles

Acting Secretary of Defense and Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan has said the Department of Defense is working with the Department of Homeland Security to identify the former’s potential roles involving border security, Military Times reported Wednesday. Shanahan expects the DoD to "do more" based on the volume of migrants trying to cross the southern border and “how much the situation there has deteriorated.”

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GAO Reports on DHS High-Risk Requirements Progress

The Government Accountability Office has published a report to highlight the Department of Homeland Security’s progress in addressing risks since establishment in 2002. DHS continues to modernize and coordinate its different functions to meet leadership commitment, action plan and monitoring requirements under GAO’s high-risk list, the accountability agency said Wednesday. These functions include acquisition, information technology, financial and human capital management.

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DHS S&T, Israeli Police Deploying 3D Visualization Tool for Crime Investigations

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate teamed with Israeli police to develop an interactive 3D tool for visualizing crime scenes or car crashes, DHS said Tuesday. The 3D-Hawk platform, designed by Israeli firm B-Design3D, is comprised of high-definition video equipment, a smart phone and a laptop containing software that converts footage into 3D models.

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DHS Looking to Copy DoD Cyber Strategy to Secure Agencies

The Department of Homeland Security is replicating a strategy used by the Department of Defense to help agencies improve cybersecurity and protect networks, CyberScoop reported Monday. Paul Beckman, chief information security officer at DHS, said the agency is exploring DoD’s Cybersecurity Service Provider model, which is guiding the Pentagon to identify internal security centers to support cybersecurity operations of agencies. 

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