Cybersecurity

TSA Opens Registration for Public Meeting on Cybersecurity Regulations

The agency’s advisory committee typically meets behind closed doors, but they are required to hold at least one public meeting per year. 

Cybersecurity

CISA to Focus on Water, Education and Health Sectors Over the Next Year 

The agency contributed to the release of security requirements for the transportation sector this week and is expected to issue cross-sector performance goals for critical infrastructure companies’ voluntary adoption next week.

IT Modernization

New ‘More Flexible’ TSA Screening Systems Debut in Las Vegas

A collaboration between the TSA and Homeland’s Science & Technology Directorate yields compact baggage screening.

Cybersecurity

Commercial Availability, Consequences Best Approach for Post-Quantum Transition

Ann Cox, the lead at the Department of Homeland Security’s research office, emphasized community engagement and technological needs for a successful quantum-resilient future.

Cybersecurity

Why CISA Won’t Release ‘Public’ Comments on Upcoming Performance Goals

CISA officials often stress their non-regulatory role, but Congress keeps trying to give the agency regulatory responsibilities.

News

CISA Names Acting Head of National Risk Management Center to Permanent Role

Mona Harrington, who previously served as the executive director of the Election Assistance Commission, has been the acting assistant director of CISA’s NRMC since March. 

Cybersecurity

CISA Announces DC Event for Public Input on Incident Reporting Regulations

The effort aims to give officials a greater understanding of cyber threats and the ability to defend U.S. critical infrastructure against cascading impacts when attacks occur.

Cybersecurity

CISA and FBI Say Malicious Cyber Activity is Unlikely to Compromise Election Infrastructure

The joint public service announcement said “extensive safeguards in place” make it difficult for bad actors to interfere in upcoming midterm elections.

Cybersecurity

National Cybersecurity Review Begins for All Levels of Government

Answering the survey—based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework—is mandatory for certain grant recipients.

Cybersecurity

Treasury Seeks Comment on How to Structure a Cyber Insurance Program

The Department’s Federal Insurance Office—together with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency—is soliciting feedback in preparation for a report to Congress.

Cybersecurity

Coast Guard Must Address Cyber Workforce Needs, Watchdog Says

The agency is only fully implementing seven out of 12 best practices, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Cybersecurity

CISA, NSA Guidance Tries to Reduce Alternatives for Securing Industrial Control Systems

Policymakers in Congress and the administration are grappling with how to set a performance bar for companies' mitigation of cyber threats against critical infrastructure they own, while allowing flexibility the companies say is needed to run their operations.

IT Modernization

DHS to Begin Electric Vehicle Adoption for Law Enforcement

The Mustang Mach-E model is currently undergoing cybersecurity risk tests.

Cybersecurity

CISA Plans to Measure the Effect of Coming Standards on Industry’s Cybersecurity

But big companies want to avoid agencies’ use of related performance goals in new regulation.

Cybersecurity

Whole-of-Government Effort Targets Iranian Hackers

An unsealed indictment from the Department of Justice accompanied  sanctions and an advisory with international allies warning against government-linked Iranian hackers.

Ideas

Border Agency Deactivates Regional Twitter Account that Promoted Homophobic Tweet

The agency shut down the Twitter account for its West Texas regional office, saying “unauthorized and inappropriate content” was posted on the account on Saturday.

Cybersecurity

CISA Requests Input on Terms Already Defined by Incident Reporting Law

The agency is embarking on a rulemaking process to implement the law, which requires those who make ransomware payments to report them to the government. 

News

DHS Launches 'Largest Customer Experience Hiring Initiative’ with Hundreds of Technologist Positions

The agency’s recruitment initiative comes in response to President Joe Biden’s 2021 executive order seeking to streamline the “government-to-customer delivery process.”

Cybersecurity

How Simple Claims of Election Interference Can be Enough to Prompt Real-World Threats

Federal officials remain on guard against foreign meddling in U.S. elections, as CISA and other agencies work to strengthen partnerships and intelligence sharing efforts with state and local election administrators.

IT Modernization

DHS Report Offers Electromagnetic Pulse Protection Measures for Critical Infrastructure

The report uses approaches for safeguarding the National Public Warning System as a blueprint for defending other vital systems and services from electromagnetic pulses.

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