Tag Archives: DHS

House Committee Votes to Pass $865M Funding Boost for CISA; Rep. Jim Langevin Quoted

Jim Langevin

The House of Representatives' committee on homeland security has voted to approve an amendment that adds $865 million to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's funds. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., presented the amendment to a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which would boost CISA's cybersecurity funds if passed.

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DHS Tasks Texas-Based Small Business to Develop Small Drone Tracker in Urban Canyons

Cobalt Solutions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Texas-based small business Cobalt Solutions funding to develop its Urban Canyon Detection Tracking and Identification of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles system. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II award tasks Cobalt to keep working on a system that uses commercial 5G signals to find adversarial small UAVs in urban canyon environments, DHS said Monday.

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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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Federal Acquisition Security Council Issues Final Rule on Supply Chain Risk Info Sharing

Supply Chain Security

The Federal Acquisition Security Council (FASC) has released a final rule to facilitate the sharing of information on supply chain risks and exercise its authority to recommend issuance of orders requiring the removal of IT products and services from executive agency information systems or exclusion of covered articles from future procurements.

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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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GAO Reports on Federal Use of Facial Recognition Tech Systems

Facial Recognition

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) surveyed 24 Chief Financial Officers Act agencies on their use of facial recognition technology in fiscal year 2020 and found that 18 of those agencies reported using FRT for one or several purposes. GAO reported that 16 agencies said they are using the technology for cybersecurity or digital access.

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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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CISA Eyes Industry Partners for 2021 President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition

Cybersecurity Competition

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is exploring potential sources of support services for a national competition that aims to recognize the best cybersecurity professionals in the federal government. Specifically, CISA wants information from interested companies that can assist CISA and its cybersecurity division and capacity building subcomponent with facilitating the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition

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DHS Taps Oceanit to Develop Sensor Spoofing Detection Tech; Kathryn Coulter Mitchell Quoted

Kathryn Coulter Mitchell

Oceanit Laboratories has received a Department of Homeland Security grant to develop spoof-resistant sensor technology under the Small Business Innovation Research Program. DHS said Monday the Honolulu-based company will aim to create a prototype for the second phase of its sensor spoofing detection and correction project.

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DHS Seeks Technologies to Perform Crowd Counting, Analysis; Tyler Mackanin Quoted

Tyler Mackanin

The Department of Homeland Security’s science and technology (DHS S&T) directorate is seeking proposals for technologies that can perform crowd count and analysis aimed at providing first responders with enhanced situational awareness. The technologies will be considered for inclusion in the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory’s (NUSTL) market survey intended for law enforcement and emergency response agencies, the DHS said Friday. 

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