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National Security Strategy released



National Security Strategy released
President Trump announced the new National Security Strategy (NSS) on December 18, saying “With every decision and every action, we are now putting America first.” The NSS is supported by four pillars – protect the homeland, promote American prosperity, preserve peace through strength, and advance American influence. The new NSS… Read More

Cybersecurity order finally released



Cybersecurity order finally released
On May 11, the Trump administration released the long-delayed Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The order calls for government agencies to follow best cybersecurity practices and holds agency leaders accountable for security breaches. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly spoke about… Read More

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month



January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
President Obama recently declared January 2017 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In his proclamation, the President spoke of slavery’s role in U.S. history, and the continuing role it plays, saying “the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking still tears at our social fabric.” The President also spoke… 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

Cyber Commission requests your input



Cyber Commission requests your input
The White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity has posted a request for information (RFI) regarding cybersecurity in the digital economy. The Commission’s RFI explains their goal, stating that “Steps must be taken to enhance existing efforts to increase the protection and resilience of the digital ecosystem, while maintaining a… Read More

Directive focuses on cyber incident coordination



Directive focuses on cyber incident coordination
Today the White House released a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-41) focused on U.S. cyber incident coordination. PPD-41 sets forth principles governing the federal government’s response to any cyber incident, whether involving government or private sector entities. The new directive also establishes lead federal agencies, lays a structure for coordinating broader… Read More

Executive Order presents comprehensive approach to atrocity prevention



Executive Order presents comprehensive approach to atrocity prevention
On May 18 the White House released an Executive Order that presents a comprehensive approach to atrocity prevention and response. The Executive Order continues the interagency Atrocities Prevention Board that was established via Presidential Study Directive-10 in 2012; lays out support from executive departments, agencies, and offices; and updates and… Read More

Executive Order establishes cybersecurity commission



Executive Order establishes cybersecurity commission
Today the President signed an Executive Order establishing a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. In his remarks, President Obama said the new commission was created “in order to enhance cybersecurity awareness and protections at all levels of government, business, and society.” The Commission is formed within the Department of Commerce,… Read More

White House sets international cybersecurity standards



White House sets international cybersecurity standards
Last month the White House released a new strategy to improve the U.S. government’s participation in the development and use of international standards for cybersecurity. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel announced the report detailing the new strategy. The report was authored by a working group within the National Security… Read More

White House establishes Interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell



White House establishes Interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell

President Obama announced the completion of the review of U.S. hostage policy on June 24. The President also announced the creation of an interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell aimed at improving how the government develops hostage recovery plans...