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FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Medical Device Cyber Management

The Food and Drug Administration has released a draft guidance to provide recommendations that seek to help companies address cyber risks in medical devices prior to the submission of premarket applications for their products. FDA said Thursday the recommendations in the guidance document aim to facilitate the review process for premarket submissions and reduce the risk of patient harm associated with devices with cyber vulnerabilities.

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DHS, NASA Jointly Develop AI First Responder Support System

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate collaborated with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop an artificial intelligence system geared to help first responders process large amounts of information. Built under S&T's Next Generation First Responder Apex program, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis or AUDREY works to manage first responder data in emergency situations, the DHS said Tuesday.

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DHS Reports Increasing Agency Compliance With Email Security Directive

Thomas McDermott, the Department of Homeland Security’s deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy, recently said that more and more federal agencies are complying with the requirements of Binding Operational Directive 18-01, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. The DHS issued BOD 18-01 on Oct. 16, 2017, requiring government agencies to implement a variety of cybersecurity policies including Domain-Based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance, an email security protocol.

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DHS Aims to Address Supply Chain Risks in Federal Acquisition via New Task Force; Chris Krebs Quoted

The Department of Homeland Security’s national risk management center will create a new information and communications technology task force to help address risks to the supply chain, Federal News Network reported Monday. ​The report said the task force is expected to work on efforts to reduce such risks in the federal acquisition process in 2019.

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FBI Director Warns Senate of Threat Posed by Drones

FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that vulnerable targets in the U.S. could be attacked with the use of drones, Reuters reported Wednesday. Wray told legislators during a Senate committee hearing on Oct. 10 that such an attack is possible because drones can be purchased and operated easily.

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Jeanette Manfra: DHS Aims to Strengthen Cyber Workforce

Jeanette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, told Federal News Network in an interview published Tuesday that DHS prioritizes efforts to build up its cyber workforce through education. Manfra, assistant secretary for the national protection and programs directorate at DHS’ office of cybersecurity and communications, said her office will assess this month whether personnel need to undergo the Federal Virtual Training Environment and other courses.

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