Department of Homeland Security

White House’s All-Inclusive Cybersecurity Directive – What does it all mean?

By Sarah Austin   On Tuesday, July 26 The White House unveiled a new policy directive specifying how the federal government will react to growing and rapidly evolving cyberthreats.   The new directive implements principles from February’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Most importantly, it reinforces the White House’s policy that cybersecurity is a team effort.   Under the new directive, the FBI will be responsible for coordinating the response to an immediate threat, and the Department of Homeland Security will be responsible for managing the effects after an attack occurs. The directive will also require the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to keep an updated list of contact information to assist those impacted by a cyberattack and report it to the proper authorities.  

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White House To Issue Cybersecurity Executive Order Tomorrow

White House officials plan to unveil the President's much anticipated cybersecurity executive order tomorrow during a briefing at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The order would establish a voluntary program in which companies operating critical infrastructure — such as electrical grids and nuclear power plants — work with the federal government to help develop cybersecurity best practices and standards.

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DHS Publishes Two New Privacy Impact Assessments

The Department of Homeland Security published two new Privacy Impact Assessments today. Both PIAs were conducted because personally identifiable information will be collected by particular government agencies.

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DHS Releases Social Media Privacy Compliance Review

The Department of Homeland Security recently released a privacy compliance review that assesses all social media accounts associated with the department. The review found most accounts to be in compliance with privacy requirements as outlined in previously released Privacy Impact Assessments; however, the review also noted that some practices could be improved.

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Departments of Homeland Security and Defense Look to Synchronize Efforts on Cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense both have their own strategies for cybersecurity, which often compete for responsibility. The departments hope to synchronize efforts, situational awareness and information sharing. DHS director Rear Adm. Michael Brown stressed the importance of cooperation between the departments, as well as the development of a new chain of command to address leadership issues before an emergency occurs.

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