Homeland Security

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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Secretaries Mayorkas and Ramondo release joint statement on US cybersecurity infrastructure

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo released a joint statement on the issuance of preliminary cybersecurity performance goals as directed by President Biden’s National Security Memorandum, “Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems.”  “Today, we are delivering on the first step of the President’s National Security Memorandum (NSM) objectives to strengthen the cybersecurity of our Nation’s critical …

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US Coast Guard commissions 44th fast response cutter

The USCGC Glen Harris (WPC 1144) became the US Coast Guard’s newest fast response cutter during a commissioning ceremony on Friday 6th August at Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon. The Glen Harris will be home ported in Manama, Bahrain, and serve at U.S. Patrol Forces Southwest Asia. Adm. Linda Fagan, the vice commandant of the …

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President Biden signs new order to boost critical infrastructure cybersecurity

US President Joe Biden has just signed the Memorandum on Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems. With growing high profile attacks such as Solar Winds and Colonial Pipeline, the new order is intended to ensure further protection of critical infrastructure such as the electricity networks from ransomware and general cyberattacks. The order has two …

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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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DHS extends REAL ID full enforcement date

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from 1st October 2021 to 3rd May 2023 due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. The pandemic has significantly impacted states’ ability to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and …

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New Homeland Security Director General announced

The new Director General for Homeland Security at the Home Office and Senior Responsible for Counter Terrorism is Chloe Squires, replacing Tom Hurd who stepped down last month. “The number one priority of government is to keep people safe and Chloe’s wealth of experience working in national security will be invaluable to this mission,” said …

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Secretary Mayorkas addresses US cybersecurity resilience

On 31st March, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, outlined several steps the department and its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency would undertake in the next 60 days to address gaps in cybersecurity. Mayorkas said the department is launching a series of so-called 60-day springs. “Each is focussed on the most important …

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