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    President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Thomas Bossert, president of risk management consulting firm CDS Consulting and senior fellow of the U.S. Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, to be his assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism. The transition team said Tuesday Bossert will advise the incoming U.S. president and coordinate the cabinet’s process to create policy on homeland security, counterterrorism and …

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    The Senate has confirmed James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and former chief of the U.S. Central Command, as defense secretary under President Donald Trump’s administration, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. Rebecca Kheel writes Trump signed a waiver legislation to exempt Mattis from a law that requires the Defense Department‘s civilian leader to be out of military service …

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    Andrea Thompson, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former national security adviser to the House Homeland Security Committee, will assume the roles of deputy assistant to the president and national security adviser to the vice president. The White House said Wednesday Thompson, who most recently worked as director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, has more than 25 years …

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    The House on Tuesday passed a bill that seeks to increase cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on cybersecurity initiatives. Reps. John Ratcliffe and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) introduced the U.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act in a push to establish a cybersecurity grant program for joint research-and-development ventures between U.S. and Israeli organizations, Ratcliffe’s office said Tuesday. The introduction …

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    John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said that he plans to retain the former Obama administration’s critical infrastructure designation to U.S. election systems as part of cybersecurity efforts, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday. Morgan Chalfant writes the designation expanded federal protections for election infrastructure to cover polling and vote tabulation stations, storage facilities, information and communications technology. …

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    The budget proposal that President Donald Trump is due to release in the coming days could shrink the federal workforce at a scale that has not hit the government since World War II, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Damian Paletta writes that the proposed spending for fiscal year 2018 could reduce the federal workforce that …

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    Melissa Hathaway, a senior adviser at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, has said President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order will require 14 new reports on various cyber-related areas, BankInfoSecurity reported Thursday. The former White House cybersecurity adviser noted that agencies will need to allocate time and personnel to meet reporting requirements, which Hathaway believes could delay and distract …

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    John Kelly, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said a DHS-led interagency effort helped prevent the WannaCry ransomware from spreading to new computers across the U.S., Nextgov reported Wednesday. “We defended the country from the biggest cyber onslaught in history and we were successful in keeping it out of our country with the exception of a …

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    Christopher Painter, coordinator for cyber issues at the State Department, will step down at the end of the month after six years in the job, Nextgov reported Monday. Painter was one of the officials who urged nations to comply with rules regarding the cyberspace such as agreements to not hack other countries’ cyber emergency responders …

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    The Department of Homeland Security has selected Arizona State University to lead a consortium of academic, industry, government and laboratory partners that aims to optimize DHS’ operational efficiency. DHS said Monday the new Center of Excellence for Accelerating Operational Efficiency’s will receive $3.9 million to fund its first year of operations in a 10-year grant period. “As lead …

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    Ralph Goodale, Canadian minister for public safety and emergency preparedness, met with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in Washington to discuss U.S.-Canada cooperation on efforts to safeguard both countries against national security threats. Nielsen and Goodale also discussed other topics such as cybersecurity, migration, cannabis and opioid, preclearance and irregular migration during their meeting, the Canadian government said Monday. …

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    Tom Bossert, homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, has resigned from his post, Reuters reported Tuesday. An administration official said John Bolton, the newly appointed national security adviser, reportedly requested Bossert’s departure as the former works to form his own team. Sarah Sanders, a spokeswoman for the White House, confirmed Bossert’s resignation in a …

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    Rob Joyce, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, will step down from his position to rejoin the National Security Agency, Reuters reported Tuesday. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a media roundtable during the RSA Conference that National Security Adviser John Bolton would appoint Joyce’s successor. The Washington Post reported Joyce joined the National Security Council after …

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    Coast Guard Rear Adm. Douglas Fears, formerly senior director for resilience policy at the National Security Council, has been named homeland security and counterterrorism adviser and deputy assistant to President Donald Trump. “Fears brings more than three decades of experience across a range of vital homeland security areas including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and disaster response to …

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    The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has updated an online portal used to submit and solicit industry proposals. DHS said Thursday the modernized Long Range Broad Agency Announcement website offers information on criteria for R&D project evaluation and a list of requirements that align with the S&T Industry Guide and the department’s component priorities.  “LRBAA is a great …