Homeland Security


Thousands of DHS Personnel Notified of Data Breach

The Department of Homeland Security this week began notifying up to tens of thousands of employees, contractors and others with a DHS security clearance that their personal data may be at risk. The notifications began on Monday, according to an online statement, after officials learned of a vulnerability in software used by a vendor to […]


Reports about the potential for biometric scanning to usher in a new age of super snooping have prompted a retort from the industry itself, as one CEO used an interview with InfoSecurity.com this week to throw cold water on research from Carnegie Mellon University and argue that people – not face scanners – are the source of privacy breaches. 

The words “cyber war” were in the headlines this week, as controversy and debate about the leak of confidential diplomatic cables by Wikileaks reached a fever pitch. As speculation turned to the fallout from the ongoing publication of documents, the U.S. government laid the groundwork to prevent similar breaches while two browsers announced changes for upcoming builds. Read on for the full week in review.

A secretive volunteer group that tries to track terrorists and criminals on the Internet went to the Defcon hacker conference this past week in hopes of recruiting information security experts, but it will first have to overcome some skepticism. Read the full article. [IDG News Service]

The Obama administration gets a chance to demonstrate its cybersecurity leadership as three top guns from the executive branch – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt and FBI Director Robert Mueller – address the RSA conference in San Francisco next week. Read the full article. [GovInfoSecurity.com]

A bill set to be introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would make wholesale changes to the way that the federal government handles information security, including the establishment of a Nation Officer for Cyberspace, which would sit right below the president. According to a story on SearchCompliance.com, the bill, known as the Information and Communications Enhancement Act, also contemplates an overhaul of the controversial FISMA legislation.

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