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DHS to Launch Voluntary Program Under New Cybersecurity Framework; Phyllis Schneck Comments

The Department of Homeland Security is set to implement a voluntary program for contractors to bolster computer and network security infrastructures under President Barack Obama’s cyber executive order, Federal News Radio reported Friday. Jason Miller writes DHS’ National Protections and Programs Directorate will introduce the new program on Feb. 14 after …

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Report: House Subcommittee OKs Cybersecurity Defense Bill, Includes Private-Public Sharing Provision

The House homeland security subcommittee has moved to pass legislation to bolster the country’s cybersecurity posture against threats on critical infrastructure, Homeland Security Today reported Wednesday. Anthony Kimery writes the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013, filed by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and …

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Keith Trippie: DHS to Embrace Mobility for Communications

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to mobile devices as the agency’s primary means of communication, Federal Times reported Monday. Andy Medici writes the DHS is also developing security and privacy infrastructures for mobile devices and products. Keith Trippie, executive director for DHS’ enterprise system development office, told a GovDelivery crowd …

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Inspector General Officials Want Cyber Threat Sharing System for Federal Agencies; Suzanne Spaulding Comments

Inspector General officials have proposed a centralized system for government agencies to share cyber threat information and alert each other to potential attacks, Defense One reported Nov. 5. Aliya Sternstein writes the IG wants a management database, calling list and communications monitoring system intended to help the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, …

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NIST Issues Draft Cyber Framework for Service Providers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a draft cybersecurity framework intended to act as guidance for service providers to manage cybersecurity risks, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes the framework calls on companies to report their cybersecurity posture, describe cybersecurity goals, establish priorities to enhance …

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Janet Napolitano: DHS Must Maintain Cyber Focus

Janet Napolitano recommended the Department of Homeland Security continue efforts to build up the nation’s cybersecurity posture as part of her farewell speech Monday, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Phil Mattingly writes Napolitano, who stepped down from the homeland security secretary post after four years, warned future cyber attacks could disrupt the country’s economy in …

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GSA Looks at New Cloud Services Acquisition Model

The General Services Administration is assessing a brokerage concept as an alternative for federal agencies to acquire cloud-based services, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jason Miller writes GSA hopes to acquire cloud brokerage services this summer and complete the proof-of-concept this year as the Department of Homeland Security and another …

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Congress to Deliberate Future Plans for DHS

Both the House and Senate are scheduled to hold a variety of hearings to deliberate future plans regarding the Department of Homeland Security, The Washington Post reports. The department was established as a stand-alone entity in November 2002 with the passage of the Homeland Security Act by Congress. Today, it …

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