Homeland Security

Why Modernization Is Key to National Cyber Strategy

The president’s executive order on cybersecurity emphasizes systems modernization and cloud as a first step toward emphasizing protection of data rather than the network itself.

What’s New

Proactive Resilience: The Future of Cybersecurity

Today’s state of the art in cybersecurity is operational resilience – the ability to keep operating in the midst of a disruptive attack. Tomorrow’s state of the art is what Carnegie Mellon CERT’s Summer Fowler calls “prosillience” – the ability to anticipate and adapt before disruptions strike. Here’s how we’ll get from now to then.

How Machine Learning is Helping Combat Insider Threats

The massive volumes of security that data agencies now collect to root out potential insider threats can overwhelm resources and complicate real-time search and analytics. Are new tools needed to help agencies pinpoint insider anomalous behavior and patterns?

What We’re Reading

DHS needs better information security practices, audit says

The Department of Homeland Security needs to up its game on information security, according to an audit released last week.

Private sector auditor KPMG conducted after-hours walkthroughs of employee workstations in the department’s Office of Financial Management and the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and found sensitive information — like passwords — left out and unattended.

DHS Nurtures Wearable Tech for Responders

Ten startups will be working on EMERGE 2016, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s program supporting research and development of wearable technology for first responders. EMERGE 2016 expands on last year’s pilot that accelerated the delivery of the latest innovative wearable technologies for first responders by bringing startups, accelerators and strategic partners together in a common research and development effort.

Census Announces Test Plans for 2017, 2018

The Census Bureau will forge ahead with its plans to tally and mark addresses in fiscal 2017 and with its 2018 tests to ensure that new technologies and methodologies are ready for the decennial census in 2020.