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DHS Looks to Build In-House Contract for Agile Development

The Department of Homeland Security is working on an in-house contract focusing on agile development to accelerate the modernization of information technology for the agency and its components, Nextgov reported Tuesday. The effort comes after Homeland Security Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa unveiled the third iteration of the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading-Edge Solutions contract in December.

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DHS Official Emphasizes Importance of Partnerships in Gov’t Cybersecurity Effort

The head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program has said that the CDM team seeks to collaborate with client federal agencies to determine cybersecurity solutions appropriate to their unique organizational requirements. CDM Program Manager Kevin Cox told Federal News Network in a recent interview that “we want to make sure we are working with the agencies to understand” what they need to strengthen their systems and networks against cyber threats and “in the long run meet those requirements,” Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

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DHS Calls for Research Into Holding Supply Chain Firms Accountable for Security Lapses

The Department of Homeland Security has published a research strategy that identifies capability gaps affecting the integrity of U.S. data infrastructure, Nextgov reported Thursday. The document, prepared by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, points out multiple cybersecurity topics or themes where private or public researchers can focus their efforts. One such area of research involves ensuring the accountability of supply chain firms for security lapses.

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House Committee Allots $39.7B for Homeland Security; Rep. Hal Rogers Comments

The House Appropriations Committee has released its bill to allocate $39.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security during fiscal year 2015. The Homeland Security Appropriations bill is meant to prioritize counterterrorism missions, threat-targeting activities and tactical equipment, the committee said Friday. The House is set to consider the …

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DHS to Hold October Cybersecurity Awareness Event; Essye Miller Comments

The U.S. Army is set to discuss cybersecurity policies, practices and training during an annual cybersecurity awareness event in October. The Department of Homeland Security will hold the 2014 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multistate Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the U.S. Army said Monday. Margaret …

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GAO Calls for Additional Revocation Process Oversight at DHS, DOD, ODNI

The Government Accountability Office has urged the the Defense and Homeland Security Departments and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to implement additional oversight of their personnel security revocation process. GAO said Sept. 8 that it found inconsistencies in how the three departments monitor data related to the number of employees who received security …

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Qualys’ Billy Rios: Procurement Process Key to Stopping Cyber Attacks on Federal Facilities

Billy Rios, director of threat intelligence at Qualys, has called for increased effort to protect private industry and federal industrial control systems over existing security regulations in place, FCW reported Friday. Mark Rockwell writes that a paper Rios presented during the Black Hat cybersecurity convention in August revealed backdoors, hard-coded …

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