Kansas Jewish Center Shootings Reveal New Dangers of ‘Lone Wolves’

From NBC News: Hate groups” that call for discrimination or violence based on race, religion or sexual orientation are rightly considered dangerous, but it is the “lone wolf” attacker inspired by their venomous messages that poses the greatest threat of mayhem, experts say…The killings of three people near Jewish community centers in Overland Park, Kansas, […]

New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

From The New York Times: The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said. The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the controversial surveillance program represents […]

C-Suite Needs to Get a Grip on Cyber Risks

From ZDNet: For the business enterprise, the virtual world is a vague world being that much of the C-Suite is only concerned with the bottom line, according to former U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. Speaking at the Kaspersky Lab summit on enterprise IT security on Tuesday morning, Ridge reflected that […]

DHS plans for single awards under $6B cyber contract

From The Federal Times: Competition under the Homeland Security Department’s $6 billion cyber contract will be especially fierce over the coming months, with fewer than expected awards for continuous monitoring products and services. Rather than selecting multiple winners for its upcoming string of task orders, DHS is expected to make single awards.

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years

From Bloomberg: The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

City Braces for One-Year Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombing

From The Washington Post: Boston and its surroundings braced for an emotional week that begins Tuesday with a large ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, medical personnel and others affected by the attack. It will be a chance to mourn the dead and remember the bloodshed, but also to proclaim that what is perhaps the […]

DHS Officials Broke Hiring Rules, Watchdog Alleges

From The Washington Post: Top hiring officials at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency broke federal civil service laws when they tried to hire three politically connected but unqualified candidates who were favored by the agency’s then-commissioner, a government watchdog charged Tuesday. The human resources office was warned that choosing the candidates, political appointees […]

How Big Data Could Help Law Enforcement Catch Bulk Cash Smugglers

From NextGov: Gold-plated handguns. Million dollar pieces of art. Exotic wildlife. These and other ostentatious symbols of wealth were reportedly found at some of the properties formerly owned by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman – Mexico’s top drug kingpin. But it was the bulk cash, mostly in carefully stacked $100 notes, that caught my attention. Reports […]

DHS Seeks Next-Gen Security Operations Center

From The Federal Times: The Homeland Security Department is laying the foundation for a next-generation security operations center, one with more sophisticated technologies for thwarting cyberattacks. The Next Generation Enterprise Security Operations Center, or NextGen ESOC for short, would revamp DHS’ current security operations center, which today provides 24/7 continuous monitoring, analysis and reporting of […]

Senate Confirms Two Key Department Of Homeland Security Nominees

From HS Today: The Senate Monday confirmed the nomination of Dr. Reggie Brothers to be the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for Science and Technology and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Frank Taylor to be DHS Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis. Brothers is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research […]