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Senate Proposes $58M Boost to CISA’s Budget to Clear out Risk Assessment Backlog

A Senate panel is moving to provide the Department of Homeland Security with an additional $58 million, to reduce an ongoing backlog of requests for the department’s cybersecurity agencies to provide vulnerability assessments for state and local authorities. The new funding would support the continued reduction of a “12-month backlog in vulnerability assessments reported to […]
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Two DHS Reports Promote an Aggressive Government Agenda for Private Sector Security and Supply...

On November 16, 2020, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) published two reports that were submitted to the Acting Secretary of the Department of...

DHS Will Unveil Upgraded CDM Dashboard During FY2021

The Department of Homeland Security will continue rolling out its Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation program dashboard to more federal agencies during 2021. Currently operating within four smaller agencies, the dashboard is helping DHS achieves its goal of “being able to scale better, being higher performing, better visualization, better analytics than what were originally available in […]
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Christopher Krebs Reflects on Accomplishments During CISA Tenure

In an interview with the ISMG Security Report podcast, outgoing CISA director Christopher Krebs reflects on his time with the agency and its accomplishments. More at Gov Info Security
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DHS Career Official Brandon Wales Named Acting CISA Director

After the widely-anticipated firing of Christopher Krebs as head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the White House has named DHS veteran Brandon...

Lawmakers Back CISA Chief Krebs

Multiple Democratic legislators reacted with concern to reports that Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Director Chris Krebs – who has served in DHS leadership since 2017 and has been at the forefront of federal agencies’ efforts to protect the 2020 election from hacking and disinformation – was to be fired by the White House. Krebs has […]
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DHS and Cyber: What Should Companies Expect?

Megan Brown sits down with one of Wiley’s newest attorneys, Sam Kaplan, former Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to discuss the mission of DHS, cyber tends, and the agency’s relationship with the private sector. Listen to the podcast here
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DHS Says Voting Systems Not Compromised, Amid Departures at CISA

In a recent joint statement, two election committees of the Department of Homeland Security said they found no evidence that voting systems were compromised, describing the recent election as “the most secure in American history.” The statement comes amidst apparently unfounded allegations of election fraud. Bryan Ware, assistant director for cybersecurity at CISA, is leaving […]
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CISA Begins Work on National Network of Cyber Technical Institutes

The DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has begun work with the Science and Technology Directorate on a national network of cybersecurity technical institutes to help meet federal and nationwide cyber workforce needs, as highlighted in a joint report by the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce. The agencies are awarding $2 million to the […]
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DHS, NSA Award Millions to Universities for Cybersecurity Workforce Development Plans

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of West Florida have received grants of $2 million and $6 million, respectively, from the...