Cybersecurity

CISA Releases Guide to Help Safeguard K-12 Schools from Cyber Threats

CISA’s report, which was mandated by the K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021, outlined a variety of steps that primary and secondary schools can take to bolster their cyber defenses.

Emerging Tech

DHS Awards $1.1M to Federal Labs in Contracts Seeking ‘Groundbreaking’ Tech

The funding stems from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology directorate.

IT Modernization

Asylum-Seekers Can Now Schedule Entry Appointments in Advance via CBP Mobile App

Customs and Border Protection’s mobile application, launched in October 2020 to streamline access to customs services, now includes a function for migrants to schedule appointments at select U.S. ports of entry.

IT Modernization

CISA to Hold Virtual Meeting on $200M IT Support Contract

Eligible vendors can find a sources sought notice on GSA’s eBuy ahead of the pre-solicitation conference to be held later this month.

Emerging Tech

DHS Calls for Counter-Drone Information to Help Fight Threats

The request for information will help the Department of Homeland Security learn about industry capabilities for counter-unmanned aircraft systems.

IT Modernization

Governments View Open Source as Critical for Enhancing Digital Services, Experts Say

The U.S. government is “still in the process of organizing and coordinating” its own strategy around the use of open source software, according to a CISA official.

Emerging Tech

DHS Tech Office Develops a Portable Gunshot Detection System

The new gunfire detection tool can be deployed in temporary locations and is designed to reduce instances of false positives.

Cybersecurity

DHS Seeks Ideas for Automated Cyberattack Detectors in Annual Notice

The annual solicitation from the Small Business Innovation Research program seeks proposals for addressing seven different technology issues facing the Department of Homeland Security.

IT Modernization

DHS Celebrates Digitization, Streamlining Efforts to Improve Customer Experience

The Homeland Security Department’s list of CX improvements comes in response to the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s December 2021 executive order focused on streamlining public-facing services.

Emerging Tech

GAO: Agencies Need to Conduct Cyber Risk Assessments of IoT, OT Devices in Critical Infrastructure Sectors

A Government Accountability Office report found that the agencies responsible for managing infrastructure in the healthcare and public health, energy and transportation sectors need to better assess their cyber risk mitigation strategies.

Data

TSA Wants to Automate ID Verification at Checkpoint Security

The agency is testing using facial recognition to verify passengers’ information with the information on record.

Cybersecurity

CISA Seeks Information for Potential Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform

The request will help the agency develop the platform to address current challenges related to cyber threat intelligence.

Cybersecurity

Latest Guidance Outlines Customer Responsibilities for Software Security

The guide provides recommendations throughout the product lifecycle, from procurement to deployment.

Cybersecurity

Agencies Push Deadline to Comment on Would-Be Federal Cyber Insurance Program

Insurance companies are pushing for taxpayer assistance to provide coverage in the event of catastrophic incidents.

Cybersecurity

Secret Service’s Zero Trust Plan Must Account for OMB Guidance, Watchdog Says

The Secret Service’s plan for adopting a zero trust architecture model across the agency’s systems has not been updated since the Office of Management and Budget released new guidance in January.

Cybersecurity

Big Tech Tells CISA to Exempt Third-Party Providers from Incident Reporting Rule

Major industry groups clashed on how CISA should define key terms in its rulemaking process to implement the federal incident reporting law.

Cybersecurity

Iranian Hackers Compromised a Federal Agency’s Network, CISA and FBI Say

Actors linked with the Iranian government were able to exploit an unpatched Log4Shell vulnerability—which the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency asked agencies to address by the end of 2021—in an unnamed agency’s network.

Data

ICE Needs More Data to Monitor Foreign Students Taking US Research, Watchdog Says

The data is meant to assess the risk of foreign STEM students and scholars transferring technology from American universities to foreign entities.

Cybersecurity

CISA Highlights Space, Bioeconomy as Possible New Critical Infrastructure Sectors

The agency also suggested existing sectors be consolidated and that there is a need for some agencies to exercise greater authority over private-sector entities.

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