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DHS launches first-ever cyber safety review board

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the establishment of the Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB), as directed in President Biden’s Executive Order 14028 on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. The CSRB is an unprecedented public-private initiative that will bring together government and industry leaders to elevate our nation’s cybersecurity. “The Biden-Harris Administration has taken …

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DHS announces new cyber requirements for transportation owners and operators

DHS’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced two new Security Directives and additional guidance for voluntary measures. This guidance has been implemented to strengthen cybersecurity across the transportation sector in response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to surface transportation systems and associated infrastructure. These actions are among several steps DHS is taking to increase the …

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DHS launches hiring program to recruit new cyber talent

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched the Cybersecurity Talent Management System (CTMS), a new personnel system enabling DHS to effectively recruit, develop, and retain the US’s top cybersecurity professionals.  CTMS will enable DHS to fill mission-critical cybersecurity positions by screening applicants based on demonstrated competencies, competitively compensating employees, and reducing the time it takes …

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DHS selects Northeastern University to lead Centre of Excellence project

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced the selection of Northeastern University to lead a consortium of US academic institutions for a new Centre of Excellence for Engineering Secure Environments from Targeted Attacks (ESE). S&T will provide ESE with a $3.6 million grant for its first operating year of a ten-year grant period.   “Researching and developing science and technology solutions …

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DHS announces second Security Directive for pipeline owners and operators

In response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems, DHS’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced to pipeline owners and operators that the transportation of hazardous liquids and natural gas needs to implement a number of urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions.  The Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) advised TSA on cybersecurity threats to the pipeline industry, as well as …

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US Government launches one-stop website for ransomware defence

This week, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ), together with federal partners, have launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware. StopRansomware.gov establishes a one-stop hub for ransomware resources for individuals, businesses, and other organisations, created to help private and public organisations mitigate their ransomware risk. “As …

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Secretary Mayorkas announces Jen Easterly as CISA Director

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement today on the confirmation of Jen Easterly as Director of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): “I congratulate Jen Easterly on her confirmation as Director of CISA. Jen is a brilliant cybersecurity expert and a proven leader with a career spanning military service, …

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DHS announces expansion of Securing the Cities (STC) Program

The Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) has announced the expansion of its Securing the Cities (STC) program to two additional metropolitan regions, Boston and New Orleans. This expansion will assist these regions with building capabilities to detect, analyse, and report nuclear and other radioactive materials.  “We are committed to working …

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Secretary Mayorkas urges protection against ransomware for small businesses

This week, the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas urged small businesses to proactively guard against the growing threat of ransomware during a virtual event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  “We recognise and appreciate the fact that small businesses comprise the backbone of our Nation’s economy,” said Secretary Mayorkas, speaking to the virtual audience of approximately 1,500 small and medium-sized business owners. …

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