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DHS Doubling Efforts to Protect 2020 US Elections

The Department of Homeland Security will double its efforts to deter hackers and foreign influence campaigns for the upcoming elections in 2020, when President Trump expects to run for re-election, CNET reported Thursday. Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, said they are “doubling down for 2020" to protect election systems and the public. 

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Sens. Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio Calling for ‘Threat Assessments’ on Foreign-Made VPNs

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter Thursday to the Department of Homeland Security calling for the potential ban of foreign-made virtual private networks for use by government employees. Wyden and Rubio are urging Christoper Krebs, director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, to conduct a threat assessment on the national security risks that come with government employees using browsers that run on VPNs created by foreign companies.

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DOJ, DHS Report Foreign Interference Had No Impact on 2018 Elections

The departments of Justice and Homeland Security issued a joint report indicating that alleged foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections had no material impact on election infrastructures or candidates. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen submitted the report to President Trump, DOJ said Tuesday.

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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard: House Democrats Propose DHS Support Efforts Amid Limited Budget

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives' Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, listed a number of democrat-supported border security proposals. The proposals intend to balance investments within the Department of Homeland Security given a limited budget, Roybal-Allard's office said Wednesday.

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Christopher Krebs: CISA’s Return to Full Operational Capacity Could Take Weeks

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said it could take weeks for the agency to become fully operational again, FCW reported Friday. Krebs noted the newly created DHS agency’s initial contingency plan can only aid operations for one to two weeks amid the shutdown which resulted in a lapse of funding.

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Christopher Krebs Explains Rationale Behind CISA’s Directive on DNS Tampering Campaign

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has explained the reason behind CISA’s move to release its first emergency directive about Domain Name System tampering activities. Reports from FireEye and Cisco Talos revealed that malicious actors gained access to accounts that regulated DNS records and “made them resolve to their own infrastructure before relaying it to the real address,” Krebs wrote in a blog post published Thursday.
 

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Former Top Federal Officials Warn Trump Admin of Shutdown’s Long-Term Effects

Former Homeland Security officials requested the Trump administration to end the ongoing partial government shutdown as it may soon put national security at risk and create other issues lasting years, The Hill reported Thursday. Jeh Johnson, former Homeland Security secretary under the Obama administration, described the shutdown as “a security crisis” that's causing stress, hardship and anxiety across federal agencies.

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DoD, National Guard Working to Improve How States Respond to Cyber Threats

The Department of Defense is working with the National Guard on a new plan to help states and federal agencies improve coordination and information sharing during a cyber emergency, Fifth Domain reported Tuesday. Defense officials described the plan as a concept of operation providing a framework for how the federal government can share information to state officials and agencies to improve their cybersecurity.

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DHS’ Christopher Krebs Issues Directive to Address Domain Name System Tampering Campaign

The Department of Homeland Security has released an emergency directive to guide federal agencies how to address Domain Name System tampering activities. Attackers compromise DNS by targeting user credentials, altering DNS records and accessing valid encryption certificates that allow them to decrypt the redirected traffic, Christopher Krebs, director of DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, wrote in the directive released Tuesday.

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