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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said today it is “encouraged” by quick Federal agency responses to its May 18 emergency directive to patch or unplug several vulnerable VMware products from agency networks, but did not provide any hard figures on whether agencies met CISA’s May 24 deadline to take action.

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Cybersecurity
CISA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today issued an emergency directive to Federal government civilian branch agencies running several VMware products to apply updates to those, or remove them from agency networks until updates can be made.

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The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program – for several years a bedrock asset in the government’s bid to improve Federal agency cybersecurity – is having a decisive impact in furthering agency work on requirements of the Biden administration’s year-old Cybersecurity Executive Order (EO), new research findings from MeriTalk shows. Long before the 2021 Cyber […]

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social media, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn

Prior to the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, several Federal agencies were found to have used “open source” data for obtaining information about the impending incident, with details emerging as early as November 2020. 

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Yemi Oshinnaiye speaking during his panel on DCOI

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has appointed Yemi Oshinnaiye to serve as its next chief information officer (CIO), an agency spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.

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DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded Amentum a five-year contract worth up to $260 million to produce and deploy prototypes that target emerging and uncrewed air, land, maritime, space, and cyber threats for the agency.

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DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to replace its Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) with a modern platform to better share information with Federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international, and private sector decision-makers and first responders.

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FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Lytwaive Hutchinson will be stepping down from her position, a FEMA spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.

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supply chain

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is partnering with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to promote a call to action for organizations to focus on protecting information and communications technology (ICT) supply chains, under the banner “Fortify the Chain.”

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Bipartisan members of the House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI), which is the U.S. Secret Service’s Federally-funded training hub for digital evidence and cybercrime investigations.

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Federal agencies are showing urgency and pushing hard to meet challenging zero trust security implementation deadlines following rollout of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) zero trust strategy in January, government and industry experts agreed during a March 15 webinar hosted by MeriTalk and Merlin Cyber.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded a seven-year, $199 million contract to Accenture Federal Services to support the agency’s Information Technology, Technology Solutions Division (IT TSD).

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently issued a $340 million solicitation to establish Multiple Award (MA), Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (DIIQ) contracts within four distinct domains for services related to platform as a service (PaaS), hyperautomation, collaborative services, and visualization.

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big data

Carlene Ileto, deputy chief data officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), explained the agency’s data strategy and data governance approaches at a Feb. 23 virtual event organized by FCW, and emphasized how DHS is aiming to use data for making evidence-based decisions.

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election security

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has hired Mona Harrington as deputy assistant director of the National Risk Management Center (NRMC), which houses CISA’s election security team.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has added 22 new fields of study to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for enhancing contributions of nonimmigrant students studying STEM subjects.

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Reps. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., and Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., are seeking more information on efforts by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) efforts to reduce security risks to Federal networks through the use of multi-factor authentication (MFA).

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Kenneth Wainstein, the Biden administration’s nominee to become undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), fielded questions on several tech-related issues from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee at a Jan. 12 committee hearing to consider his nomination.

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Coast Guard

A bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., is asking Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the agencies’ ability to meet their responsibilities as co-Sector Risk Management Agencies (SRMA) to detect, prevent, and respond to cyber threats to critical transportation infrastructure.

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DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it is launching a new edition of its Hack DHS program – a bug bounty program started in 2019 – to identify potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities within certain DHS systems.

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