Homeland Security

Lieberman: No kill switch in new bill

A wide-ranging cybersecurity bill introduced by Sen. Joe Lieberman would revamp FISMA and establish executive oversight of critical infrastructure security but would specifically forbid shutting down the Internet.

FEMA loses 7 years' worth of major official reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency lost its entire database of post-disaster reports for 2003 to 2010 due to a computer server failure, according to a new audit.

Cybersecurity bill is first of several to target federal IT

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled a new bill armed with weaponry to safeguard government IT.

Twitter, Facebook are part of new terror alert system

The Homeland Security Department has set up a new Twitter account and will be issuing alerts on its Facebook page and website as part of its new national terror alert system to replace the color-coded threat system.

After SBINet: DHS' new border control strategy

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the results of a year-long reassessment of the controversial SBInet electronic border surveillance system program.

PIV card use about to be mandated

The White House is about to issue new enforcement rules for the use of high-tech identification cards for government employees and contractors.

Amazon to stop hosting WikiLeaks

Amazon has agreed to stop hosting the WikiLeaks site, which reveals classified and sensitive information.

Fusion centers hampered by limitations of DHS nets, IG says

The Homeland Security Department's ability to share intelligence information through IT with state and local authorities is improving, but still has significant gaps, an audit finds.

Navy tests telework tool for reserves

A CAC-enabled mobile access device could provide secure remote connections from any computer to resources inside the Navy network for Reserve personnel not on active duty.

Satellites come to the rescue when ground systems fail

Responders in disaster areas are relying on mobile satellite connections more frequently for IP data connections than for voice.

Potential privacy problems keep popping up

The Homeland Security Department's various security programs keep privacy advocates on their toes.

Both sides should win in public safety network battle

First responders could benefit from the innovation of commercial carriers in establishing a nationwide public safety network. Can we ensure they do not have to fight for access?

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