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To improve cybersecurity in the U.S., a whole of government approach isn’t enough – the nation needs a “whole of society” approach to cybersecurity, said Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a speech hosted by Auburn University.






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The government has been trying to apply artificial intelligence to combat the opioid crisis, with projects like real-time mapping of the signs of illegal drug use, and prescription monitoring programs to identify high rates of opioid prescriptions and incidents of “doctor shopping” for the drugs.






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Christopher Krebs under secretary undersecretary DHS Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate NPPD leader CISA cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security, provided an update to Congress today about how CISA is working to secure election infrastructure ahead of the 2020 Presidential election.






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Sens. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, issued a statement on Tuesday urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “pause” activities to spread the use of facial recognition technologies and develop policy that will further inform U.S. citizens about the technology and what happens to the data that it generates.






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Successfully implementing DevOps methodology requires a maturation process and cultural shift for organizations, experts from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advised today.






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Christopher Krebs under secretary undersecretary DHS Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate NPPD leader CISA cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency

Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Kelly reported to the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee today that DHS lacks the right technological systems to keep track of separated families and unaccompanied minors, and has difficulties hiring cybersecurity employees.






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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert on March 1 to warn the public that scammers are spoofing DHS telephone numbers to obtain personally identifiable information and extort money from victims.






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The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice submitted a joint report on election interference in the 2018 elections to President Trump, finding no evidence of any meddling with “a material impact on the integrity or security of election infrastructure or political/campaign infrastructure used in the 2018 midterm elections for the United States Congress.”






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The White House’s new National Strategy for Aviation Security calls attention to a rising concern in aviation safety: the potential for cyberattacks on aircraft, a prospect that might just be as scary as it sounds.






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A bipartisan group of senators urged Trump administration officials in a letter dated today to ban the use of inverter equipment made by China-based Huawei from the U.S. electric grid, citing the same cybersecurity concerns that led Congress to block Huawei network equipment from the U.S. market because of firm’s alleged links to Chinese intelligence services.






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Cloud computing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a request for information (RFI) on Tuesday asking for support in moving systems to the cloud, optimizing its remaining enterprise data center, and gathering comment on the department’s plan. The deadline to respond is March 20.






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The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a presolicitation notice for procurement of Priority Telecommunications Services (PTS) for the agency’s Emergency Communications Division (ECD). The notice does not include a response due date.






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The Consolidated Appropriations Act–the bill agreed to by House and Senate negotiators that could avert another partial government shutdown–features more cybersecurity-related funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), but also further obligations to report to Congress in the coming months on key security-related issues.






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voting, election, election security

With the 2020 national election cycle on the horizon, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., convened a hearing Wednesday to examine the how the United States was working to secure its elections, and despite some partisan squabbling from members over the issue, a senior Homeland Security Department (DHS) official testified that election security is on the upswing.






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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is investing in wearable technology for thousands of dogs that work for the agency to ensure they remain in good health.






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