Homeland Security Blog

Automation Boosts App Security Testing

July 1, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Capt. Liaquat Ali, USAF, deputy director of AF Connect, speaks to airmen about the Air Force Connect mobile app at the Air National Guard training and education center. Capt. Ali's team at the Pentagon rolled out the innovation, which allows both public and restricted-access communications on personal mobile devices. Photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, ANG, The U.S. military depends on secure apps for information sharing. U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Chandler Baker

Under a joint pilot program, verifying the security of mobile application software for use within the federal government no longer needs to be time consuming or expensive.

DHS Funds U.S. Small Business Research

June 11, 2020
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Unified communications benefit from mobile access and multi-use smart technologies such as smartphones and tablets to enable personnel to conduct their mission tasks. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released

More than two dozen research contracts have been awarded to small businesses to participate in phase one of the DHS S&T Directorate's SBIR program.

Primaries Present Initial Test of Cybersecurity Efforts

June 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency put in place a cyber situational awareness room on Tuesday to support state and local governments' voting primaries. Credit: Shutterstock/Melinda Nagy

DHS agency works to support states’ voting security amid the pandemic and civil unrest.

Senate Hearing Puts FCC Ligado Decision in the Crosshairs

May 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Dana Deasy, chief information officer, U.S. Defense Department, pictured speaking at the Pentagon last August, testified before the Senate as to the risks to GPS of allowing Ligado to operate in a nearby spectrum. Credit: DOD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Carroll

DOD CIO attests that allowing the company’s cellular network puts the military’s satellite navigation operations at a big risk.

CMMC Takes Aim at Supply Chain Security

April 23, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Anatolii Stoiko

The supply chain is under siege, and the CMMC may be the key to securing it once and for all.

Connections Are Key to Making CMMC Work

April 23, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Ty Schieber, chair, CMMC Accreditation Body, promises to post "a tremendous amount of information" on his office's website over the next couple of days, while speaking at the AFCEA Virtual CCMC Symposium., Robert Hanson, senior cybersecurity advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, warns that simple unrecognized security breaches could imperil valuable data, speaking at the AFCEA Virtual CCMC Symposium.

The relationship among contractors must strengthen to ensure that CMMC accomplishes its goals.

Homeland Security Systems Aid COVID-19 Response

April 16, 2020
Posted by George Seffers
The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate has released a review of systems it developed and fielded that are now contributing to the COVID-19 response. Credit: Corona Borealis Studio/Shutterstock

Four systems developed by the Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate contribute to COVID-19 response efforts.

Covid-19 Threat Update Issued Jointly by U.K. and U.S. Security Agencies

April 8, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: angellodeco/Shutterstock

A joint advisory published today shows that a growing number of cyber criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak for their own personal gain.

Call to Action: 3D Printers to Make Protective Masks

March 31, 2020
Anyone with 3D printing or other additive manufacturing capabilities can help counter the spread of the coronavirus by making N95-style masks. Credit: CDC image

Hobbyists, civic groups, universities, schools, churches and available government agencies could potentially step in and help to make N95-style masks.

Ensuring FirstNet Connectivity During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 25, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Amid the COVAD-19 crisis, first responders are turning more and more to communications through FirstNet, officials say. Credit: Shutterstock/Zoff

The pandemic is testing the capability of the network that supports first responders.

Sandia Initiatives to Protect Energy Grid and Nuclear Weapons

March 23, 2020
Sandia National Laboratories’ Saturn accelerator, viewed through an artistic lens, tests countermeasures used to protect electronics against X-ray radiation from nuclear weapons. Laboratory officials have announced two new initiatives, one to protect the electrical grid, and another to help maintain a nuclear edge. Photo by Randy Montoya

Initiatives focus on defending large U.S. electrical utility systems and developing enabling technical capabilities to help maintain a strategic nuclear deterrent.

Pentagon Leaders Stress Cybersecurity As More Personnel Move to Telework

March 17, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Essye Miller, principal deputy, DOD CIO, speaks at a town hall on the response to COVID-19. Credit: Screenshot of DVIDS video

During a town hall on the response to COVID-19, leaders at the Pentagon stressed the importance of good cyber hygiene while working remotely.

DHS Seeks Biometrics to Identify Individuals in Crowds

March 5, 2020
The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate has announced the third Biometric Technology Rally, which will be used to search for systems capable of identifying individuals in crowds. Credit: Illus_man/Shutterstock

The 2020 Biometric Technology Rally will focus on reliably identifying small, free-flowing groups of individuals in crowded environments, such as airports or ports of entry.

Stavridis Warns of Russia and China Cyber Attacks

February 21, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), is an operating executive for The Carlyle Group and former supreme allied commander of NATO., Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), operating executive for The Carlyle Group and former supreme allied commander of NATO, says the United States is not adequately prepared for the threat level confronting cyberspace.

Potential adversaries target energy and finance as they seek to undermine the United States.

DHS Evaluating Wildfire Sensors

February 10, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology directorate is working with four companies to develop sensors to help thwart wildfires threatening urban areas. Credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management photo

Over the next six months, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate will assess prototypical wildfire sensor technologies from four companies.

DHS Unveils Successful Smart City Technology Pilot

January 17, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out A Smart City Technology Integration Pilot in St. Louis, aimed at increased interoperability for public safety officials and first responders. Credit: Shutterstock/Rudy Balasko

The effort in St. Louis advances interoperability for first responders.

Science and Technology Directorate's New Impact Series Takes on Spooky Cyber Threats

October 18, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: LuckyStep

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is launching its latest S&T Impact Series case study focused on cybersecurity.

Financial Crimes, Identity Fraud Often Related

September 24, 2019
By Shaun Waterman
FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco speaks at AFCEA International's Federal identity Forum and Expo September 24 in Tampa, Florida. Credit: Shaun Waterman

There’s a new federal player on the field in the identity security game.

Sensors Signal Flooding Dangers

August 27, 2019
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Sensors like those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and Intellisense Systems are developing can help give residents ample notice to evacuate before water levels such as those experienced on the Arkansas River in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, earlier this year. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA, Pfc. Andy Munoz, USMC, and Lance Cpl. Torrio Mays, USMC, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, filled sandbags in effort to create a retaining wall in Twentynine Palms, California, to redirect the flow of water and prevent it from encircling a home in the event of a flash flood in July. Photo by Cpl. Carley Vedro, USMC, At its first Pitch Day, the U.S. Air Force awarded a multimillion dollar contract to Intellisense Systems Inc. for production of the Micro Weather Sensor, a remote, unattended, fully operational weather sensor originally developed for the U.S. Special Operations Command. Photo by Tim Chavez

Deployable flood inundation sensors based on the Internet of Things are being developed to monitor flood-prone areas in real time to rapidly detect them and alert officials, industry and citizens to potential threats.

The Department of Homeland Security's Newest Agency Outlines Its Future

August 27, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The one-year old Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security is coordinating the protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Credit: Shutterstock/Imfoto

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency presents its strategic plan to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure.