NanoSonic and Shelby Specialty Gloves are working to make their firefighter gloves more affordable and more widely known. In 2011, NanoSonic responded to a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate solicitation for improved firefighter gloves and worked with Shelby Gloves to design and market the product. […]

Extreme vetting will require better, smarter data, according to Donna Roy, executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Information Sharing and Services Office. She spoke at MeriTalk’s Big Data Brainstorm.






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The day before the election, the White House and other Federal agencies are getting ready to mitigate and strike back if necessary, in the event of a state-sponsored cyberattack against the United States. Ann Barron-DiCamillo, former director of the Department of Homeland Security’s computer emergency readiness team, said the denial-of-service attack against Dyn in October “had all the signs of…a drill.”






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The Department of Homeland Security identified Mirai as one type of malware used in a recent cyberattack that brought down major websites, according to a statement from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.






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Cyberattacks directed at the Internet domain name management company Dyn affected several major East Coast websites on Friday, causing slowdowns. “We still don’t know who is responsible,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. “Figuring out the why is also of vital importance.”






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Thirty-three states have sought out the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for cybersecurity services, according to Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at DHS.






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Ninety percent of disasters involve some form of flooding, according to the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. In order to better prepare for these disasters, S&T’s First Responders Group is creating a National Flood Decision Support Toolbox.






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About 10 states have reached out to DHS’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications to ask questions and provide feedback on its cybersecurity services, according to Neil Jenkins, director of the Enterprise Performance Management Office at DHS. He said there has been an uptick in outreach because of the impending election.






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The Technical Guidelines Development Committee’s cybersecurity working group doesn’t know what to focus on in terms of voting security less than two months from Election Day. “It’s not clear where to go or whether our group should do anything on this,” said member David Wagner, computer science professor at the University of California-Berkeley.






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Strategic plans and scorecards are essential to effectively budgeting their cybersecurity needs, agency officials said. Michael Johnson, CIO of the Department of Energy, said the agency uses the DOE Cyber Strategy for information sharing and safeguarding, using multifactor authentication, and focusing on research and development.






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