Cybersecurity

New cybersecurity bill authorizes DHS to ramp up incident response efforts nationwide

The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act gives the Department of Homeland Security a range of opportunities to bolster cybersecurity preparedness at the state and local level, including and technical assistance services.

People

Former DHS acting IG pleads guilty in software scheme

A former acting top watchdog at the Department of Homeland Security pleaded guilty in a scheme to steal case management software from multiple federal agencies in order to create a new system to sell back to the government.

Workforce

DHS launches new program to recruit, train climate professionals

The program, designed to recruit recent graduates as well as current federal employees, is one of the department's efforts meant to focus DHS on adapting to climate change.

Acquisition

Darryl E. Peek II

Director of Operations, OCIO/OCTO, Department of Homeland Security

Acquisition

Amanda L. Day

Enterprise Cybersecurity Awareness and Training Lead, Department of Homeland Security

Acquisition

Kelly Moan

Senior Security Engineer, Cyber Solutions Division, MGMT/OCIO/OCISO, Department of Homeland Security

Federal 100: Jim McLaughlin

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Cybersecurity

Missed deportee fingerprints spark legislation

A new bill would force DHS to digitize all fingerprint records in the wake of an embarrassing oversight report.

Cybersecurity

Officials: Yearly budgeting stifles cybersecurity

Current and former officials argue that a one-year budgeting cycle impedes government cybersecurity and IT modernization.

IT Modernization

NPPD still hopeful on infrastructure protection

After a year, DHS remains optimistic that a proposed reorganization to link cyber and physical security operations will move forward.

Cybersecurity

Privacy groups slam DHS social media proposal

A coalition of civil liberties groups has objected to a proposed policy to collect social media information from foreign travelers.

IT Modernization

DHS S&T goes for second on tech accelerator

DHS' research arm has opened a second round of its tech accelerator project for emergency responders' gear.

CBP: RFID doesn't work if you're in the wrong line

IT can accomplish only so much, Customs and Border Protection finds as it focuses on the human factor.

DHS CISO eyes shift from perimeter defense to data protection

Federal agencies are investing heavily in perimeter network defense, but in five years DHS' chief information security officer hopes to see a lot more spending on defense of data.

Cybersecurity

Panel hits DHS on fusion centers

Designed to enable information-sharing among law enforcement agencies at various levels of government, fusion centers have instead become 'part of the problem,' Senate panel charges.

Cybersecurity

Why branding matters -- even in government

More focus on building and enhancing the employer brand could help agencies find and keep talent.

Cybersecurity

Cyber executive order close, Napolitano says

DHS head defends the need for executive action on cybersecurity, but says it won't include some things that 'only legislation can do.'

Cybersecurity

Agile development faces entrenched resistance

Policies and guidance help move agile development along, but agencies are struggling with challenges rooted in cultural issues.

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