Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


DHS addresses southwest border security



DHS addresses southwest border security
Last week Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson released a statement on U.S. southwest border security. Johnson’s statement came after criticism from lawmakers about the increase in illegal immigration at the southwest border. In his statement, Johnson said “I have told our border security and immigration enforcement personnel… Read More

November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month



November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month
November is Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month. Critical infrastructure is a vital, if often forgotten part of life; something everyone relies on. This year, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month will focus on our infrastructure’s increasing reliance on web-enabled systems. During Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, the Department… Read More

DHS, White House release CVE guidance



DHS, White House release CVE guidance
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House recently released guidance on countering violent extremism (CVE). DHS released its plan on October 31, while the White House released their guidance earlier in October. The two documents focus on CVE efforts inside the United States. The White House CVE… Read More

Interagency investigation into phone scams



Interagency investigation into phone scams
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) have joined forces to investigate phone scammers posing as IRS officials. The interagency investigation resulted in indictment of 61 individuals in late October. Timothy Camus, TIGTA deputy inspector general for investigations,… Read More

Updated cyber response plan in the works



Updated cyber response plan in the works
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working on an updated version of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP). The current NCIRP has not been updated for six years. The NCIRP provides a plan for the government’s response to major cyberattacks and is “a nationwide approach to cyber incidents,… Read More

Agencies participate in Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking



Agencies participate in Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking
Today, the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) convened at the White House. This was the final cabinet-level meeting of the PITF during the Obama administration. The PITF reported on the progress made within four priority areas: rule of law, victim services, procurement and… Read More

FEMA releases 2016 National Preparedness Report



FEMA releases 2016 National Preparedness Report
Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the publication of its 2016 National Preparedness Report. The report, which was issued this spring, evaluates core capabilities of U.S. government agencies tasked with providing emergency preparedness and response. FEMA’s report highlights several DHS initiatives,… Read More

Intel agencies investigate election cyber-attacks



Intel agencies investigate election cyber-attacks
Several U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating possible cyber-attacks aimed at November’s presidential election. While the agencies do not have conclusive proof that Russia is involved in a specific plot, officials from the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency (NSA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are concerned. One… Read More

News You Can Use: 09/05/16



News You Can Use: 09/05/16
National Security A new mission for Homeland Security: managing risk, The Hill Coast Guardsmen recall flood rescues in Louisiana, Navy Times Coalition Contributions to Countering the Islamic State, Congressional Research Service Homeland Security Considers Declaring Election ‘Critical Infrastructure’, NewsMax Former senator: Inquiry over Saudi involvement in 9/11 is not over,… Read More

DHS to address election cybersecurity risks



DHS to address election cybersecurity risks
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has promised to address cybersecurity risks within each state’s election systems. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson remarked during a conference call earlier this month that while DHS is not aware of any credible threats to the general election systems, multiple entities are available to offer… Read More