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DHS News

U.S. Border Patrol to eliminate nine interior stations across the country

Budget pressures and a change in mission leads to cuts in U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Border stations in California, Montana, Idaho and Texas face closures that will affect 48 border patrol members.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 09:05pm EDT
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Witness to border shooting testifies to grand jury

umberto Navarrete told The Associated Press that he testified for about 90 minutes at a San Diego courthouse and told the grand jury he thought the border officials' actions were excessive.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 07:28pm EDT

OMB to expand vendor offices after initial successful tests

The Veterans Affairs Department said it saved $40 million by using this centralized approach to managing contractors. vendor management organizations also help agencies buy more strategically. OFPP plans to expand strategic sourcing and sets a $2 billion savings goal by 2015.

Thursday - 07/12/2012, 05:43am EDT
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Conference to explore agencies use of big data

How is the government using big data currently?

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 01:43pm EDT

DHS teams hunt for weaknesses in federal cyber networks

The Federal Network Security branch is performing Red and Blue teaming exercises to expose the soft spaces in agency networks and harden them. DHS has conducted five Red Teams and 28 Blue Team exercises in 2012. Federal CIOs and CISOs must request the Red Teams to analyze their networks. The agency receives a report on the biggest risks it faces.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 05:16am EDT
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DHS hires 8 senior officials since fall 2011

Mark Weatherford became undersecretary for cybersecurity last fall. Since then, he has hired eight senior officials to fill high-profile positions.

Monday - 07/09/2012, 08:06am EDT

Obama assigns new responsibilities for keeping government connected in case of emergency

In an executive order issued Friday, President Barack Obama laid out an all-hands-on-deck approach to developing policies for preserving government communications in the event of a national disaster or emergency. The order creates the Executive Committee on National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications or NS/EP communications to be staffed with high-ranking officials from eight agencies and departments

Friday - 07/06/2012, 09:20pm EDT

DHS reports surge in cyber attacks against critical infrastructure

In 2011, companies reported 198 cyber incidents to the Homeland Security Department a nearly 383 percent increase above 2010, according to a June 28 report from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). Companies reported nine such incidents in 2009., when DHS opened ICE-CERT to help protect private-sector operators critical infrastructure from "emerging" cyber threats.

Wednesday - 07/04/2012, 05:15pm EDT

DHS' Coose leaving for the private sector

The director of the Federal Network Security Branch becomes the fifth senior-level official to leave in more than a year. Danny Toler will assume his responsibilities at least in the interim.

Monday - 07/02/2012, 05:38am EDT

TSA no-show angers lawmakers as they get few answers about TWIC

Program to provide identification cards for maritime workers lags behind a similar DoD effort, and is causing decade-long problems.

Friday - 06/29/2012, 05:52pm EDT

Human behavior leads to security risks in cyberverse

The department responsible for keeping the government safe from cyber threats could use some help of its own when it comes to securing mobile devices.

Friday - 06/29/2012, 09:46am EDT

DHS hones dynamic approach to securing agency computer networks

Homeland Security releases policy and guidance on how departments and vendors will implement continuous monitoring and get away from static reports on the cyber health of their systems. DHS is hoping Congress approves a $200 million funding request to buy five different commercial cyber tools, a dashboard and a security data warehouse in 2013.

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 05:20am EDT
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Cyber bill tracker

The pressing need for cybersecurity legislation has led to widely divergent paths in the House and Senate. The House has opted for a more incremental approach, while the Senate has crafted comprehensive legislation

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 02:47pm EDT

DHS gets serious about continuous network monitoring

Homeland Security is getting serious about making sure all federal agencies get on board with continuous network monitoring. Keeping a vigilant eye out is the best way to fend off cyber attacks, DHS officials say.

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 09:25am EDT

DHS hires DoD expert to coordinate interagency cyber efforts

Rosemary Wenchel is the new deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity coordination at DHS. She replaces Adm. Mike Brown, who retired in January.

Friday - 06/22/2012, 02:58pm EDT

House bill extends TSA intel sharing to mass transit

The Transportation Security Administration already shares intelligence it collects with airports. Now a House bill would expand TSA's intel sharing to local mass transit systems as well.

Friday - 06/22/2012, 02:23pm EDT
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Coast Guard contract officer sentenced in $150K fraud case

Lt. Danielle Daniese Ferreira, 36, of Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty to obtaining thousands of dollars from Coast Guard repair contracts that she oversaw. Her co-defendants channeled money into two accounts owned by Ferreira and her spouse.

Friday - 06/22/2012, 10:05am EDT

Agencies struggle to grasp mobile cybersecurity

NIST, DHS experts say protecting smartphones and tablets shouldn't be any different than securing typical desktop or laptop computers. DHS will release mobile security reference architecture to help agencies understand common concepts. NIST is updating security control guide with 250 new requirements, including mobile controls.

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 10:37am EDT
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Agencies with virtualized computer systems open to cyber attacks

Federal agencies running virtualized computer systems might be vulnerable to a new cyber attack. The warning comes from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

Monday - 06/18/2012, 08:35am EDT

DHS improving aim to stop counterfeits at the borders

The Homeland Security Department is taking a two-pronged approach to protecting the federal supply chain. The first addresses the DHS mission cargo crossing into the U.S. The second is an interagency effort to ensure the government is working together on investigations. DHS said seizures of counterfeit goods at the border increased by 20 percent in 2011.

Monday - 06/18/2012, 05:26am EDT
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