Homeland Security

Cracks in ICE’s access controls increase agency cyber risk, watchdog finds

This isn’t the first DHS agency to come under fire for its access control deficiencies.

CBP wants blockchain capability for its trade portal modernization

The law enforcement agency is conducting market research into distributed ledger technology that could be included in its efforts to update a trade processing portal.

NDAA amendment calls for DOD, DHS to assess cyber threats to border security

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, said his proposal “sets a plan to prevent cyber incidents by reducing the risk of future cyber vulnerabilities” in key border technologies.

Records agency to DHS: Look into your watchdog’s use of text messages 

This comes after a hearing two weeks ago that raised concerns among some lawmakers about how the IG uses and retains records of electronic messages. 

No 'systemic risk' to government networks from latest breach, CISA says

The nation’s cyber defense agency confirmed it was providing assistance to several federal agencies that have been impacted in an apparent global cyberattack.

Experts call for overhaul of 'outdated' critical infrastructure cyber policy

A new report analyzes the federal government’s approach to infrastructure cybersecurity as a key strategy document is getting a rewrite.

AI and China are ‘defining challenges of our time,’ CISA director says

Artificial intelligence’s potential as an “extinction event” for humanity prompted CISA Director Jen Easterly to advise companies to “think about self-regulation” for product security and safety.

Agencies Warn of State-Sponsored Volt Typhoon’s Hacking Tactics

In collaboration with international and private sector partners, CISA released a new advisory warning network defenders of PRC-linked Volt Typhoon’s infiltration tactics. 

Securing U.S. Intellectual Property ‘Top Priority’ for Federal Law Enforcement

The FBI and Homeland Security are emphasizing the need to digitally safeguard tech R&D in the U.S. from state-sponsored adversaries.

Cyber Agencies Unveil Updated Ransomware Guide

The 2023 version offers more detailed, step-by-step guidance and associated recommendations to fortify public and private networks against sophisticated ransomware.

DHS Unveils Departmentwide Body Camera Policy

The new guidance restricts law enforcement agencies under DHS’s authority from using body-worn cameras “for the sole purpose of recording individuals who are engaged in activity protected by the First Amendment.”

Lawmakers Want DHS to Assess National Security Risks of Doxing 

Proposed legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security to “evaluate risks posed to national security and civilian privacy” by the online release of individuals’ personal information.

House Panel Advances Bills to Boost CISA’s Oversight of Open Source Software, Cyber Training

The two measures, which passed the committee with bipartisan support, would give CISA authority across DHS and the federal government.

Officials Warn of 'Power' and 'Failure' of Imagination in AI Regulation

The U.S. should work with allies to continue to innovate in AI capabilities while agreeing on common use cases, administration officials say.

Federal Operation Takes Down Sophisticated Russian Malware

Snake malware has plagued international digital networks for nearly two decades; a joint federal effort finally dismantled the web of espionage spyware.

TSA Says Its Drone Program Won’t Collect Much Info on the Public

The agency is going to use drones to conduct security assessments at airports, transportation incidents and large security events.