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NIST, agencies to host Cybersecurity Innovation Forum



NIST, agencies to host Cybersecurity Innovation Forum
In September the National Institute of Standards and Technology will host a three-day forum on cybersecurity innovation. The event will focus on trusted computing, security automation, cyber information sharing, and research. The 2015 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum was planned in coordination with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of… Read More

State releases 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report



State releases 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report
This month the State Department released the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. This is the 15th year the report has been published, and it is also the 15th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. On July 27, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah… Read More

Whole-of-government needed to counter ISIL



Whole-of-government needed to counter ISIL
Earlier this month, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Honorable Christine E. Wormuth spoke at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on the need for whole-of-government collaboration to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In her remarks, Wormuth stressed that combating ISIL is not… Read More

Agencies to improve transport of radioactive materials



Agencies to improve transport of radioactive materials
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a notice regarding the finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the NRC and the Departments of Homeland Security and Transportation. The interagency agreement defines the agencies’ efforts and responsibilities in the safe transportation of radioactive materials. The notice was published… Read More

DHS to form new WMD office



DHS to form new WMD office
Recently it was announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning on creating a new office to focus on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) defense. The new office would be a “one-stop shop” that would create departmental unity between the DHS offices currently addressing WMD threats. In his… Read More

OPM, others investigate cyber incident



OPM, others investigate cyber incident
Last week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)  announced the findings of the interagency investigation into a recent cyber incident involving federal background investigation data. OPM discovered the data had been compromised in May, after which OPM and the interagency incident response team began to analyze what data may have… Read More

Cyber exercise tests whole-of-nation response



Cyber exercise tests whole-of-nation response
In June, U.S. Cyber Command, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hosted a Air Force Staff Sgt. Presky, left, Army Master Sgt. McCarthy and civilian personnel concentrate on exercise scenarios during “Cyber Guard 2015″ in Suffolk, Va., June 11, 2015. Partners from across… Read More

Anti-ISIL strategy to include civilian and military agencies



Anti-ISIL strategy to include civilian and military agencies
Yesterday, President Obama met with military and civilian leaders to discuss the strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The strategy includes multiple elements of American power, including military, intelligence, diplomacy, and economic development. The President acknowledged that countering ISIL will be… Read More

Updated National Military Strategy released



Updated National Military Strategy released
The Pentagon recently released a new National Military Strategy. This is the first update to the National Military Strategy since 2011, and follows the release of the 2015 National Security Strategy in February, as well as the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. The updated strategy reflects the new global security situation, which… Read More