Homeland Security


White House sets strategy for international cyber behavior

Document lays out framework for interagency and international cooperation to establish norms for responsible behavior in cyberspace.

Under cybersecurity plan, agencies would answer to DHS

An administration proposal would give security authority over federal systems to DHS and establish a national breach notification requirement, but provides little authority over privately owned critical infrastructure.

Intell office developing analysis tool to help find needle in a haystack

The intelligence community has a few data-mining and data analysis systems in place that make life easier for analysts who must wade through vast amounts of data to identify threats.

US-CERT warns of vulnerability in industrial control systems

An advisory says a flaw in Iconics' Genesis32 and BizViz could allow "remote arbitrary code execution with privileges of the current user."

White House cyber plan would expand role of DHS, private sector

Cybersecurity legislation being proposed by the Obama administration favors public/private cooperation over regulation and gives DHS oversight of FISMA.

Bin Laden's lair gives intell teams a lot of data to decipher

Investigators from 10 agencies are digging for usable intelligence from the vast amount of material taken from the terrorist leader’s compound.

FBI posted a perfect record on snooping requests in 2010

The court that reviews the FBI’s requests for secret electronic surveillance of U.S. residents granted 100 percent of them in 2010, raising concerns that it’s merely rubber-stamping the requests.

FBI spyware documents show depth of surveillance

Electronic Frontier Foundation finds that the FBI uses computer spyware to track suspects.

What WikiLeaks tells us about the inevitability of insider threats

Technology, policy and operational control can help, but can anything guarantee that someone won't go rogue?

Federal IT security workforce could double in 5 years*

A survey of C-level executives predicts that the federal IT security workforce will double in the next five years, but budget squeezes and a shortage of qualified workers might make that a tall order to fill.

Bin Laden could run but ultimately not hide from technology

Terrorist leader Osama bin Laden's low-tech approach kept him hidden for years. But being off the grid eventually helped expose him, and new technology assisted in finding him.

Bin Laden's 'treasure trove' of data could be tough to crack

One expert says good encryption could keep Osama bin Laden's data unreadable, but others say the Navy SEALs were prepared for extraction.

DOD aims to make classified networks WikiLeaks-proof

Defense Department officials are implementing new procedures to protect the secret-level classified network from the kind of breaches that lead to WikiLeaks exposing diplomatic cables last year.

Mozilla won't ice Firefox plug-in for DHS

Mozilla politely rejected the Homeland Security Department's order to remove a plug-in that lets Firefox users evade anti-piracy efforts.

At New Orleans Jazz Fest, first responders tune in to multiband radios

DHS goes to New Orleans to conduct its latest test of Harris radios that will allow police, firefighters and emergency response personnel from multiple jurisdictions to communicate.