Category Archives: Alejandro Mayorkas

DHS secretary says US faces ‘a new kind of warfare’

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said national security and homeland security are now more interconnected than ever before, largely driven by the fact that U.S. adversaries can execute attacks “with a keystroke.” In a speech Monday, Mayorkas said that global interconnectedness and the willingness of nations to unleash digital attacks that have international ramifications has […]

DHS halts Disinformation Governance Board amid strong backlash

The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that it is pausing its plans for a Disinformation Governance Board, and its appointed leader submitted her resignation. DHS said it had intended the board to be an “internal working group” designed to ensure the agency’s disinformation work “protects free speech, civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy.” The […]

DHS establishes its own bug bounty program, offering outsiders $500 to $5K for discovering flaws

The Homeland Security Department is launching a bug bounty program to invite researchers to probe its systems for flaws, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday. Under the “Hack DHS” initiative Mayorkas discussed at the Bloomberg Technology Summit, ethical hackers would receive between $500 and $5,000 for identifying vulnerabilities, depending on their severity. The department would […]

Seven years later, DHS set to roll out dramatic changes to system for hiring cyber pros

Soon, a cybersecurity professional at the Department of Homeland Security could make as much money as the vice president of the United States, $255,800 — or more, up to $332,100, if they’re in a geographic market where that salary makes the offer competitive. It’s just one feature of a dramatic overhaul of how DHS hires […]

US to increase scrutiny on cryptocurrency, federal contractors in effort to slow hacking

U.S. officials unveiled a suite of cybersecurity initiatives Wednesday, from cracking down on illicit cryptocurrency usages to increasing transparency about data breaches, as part of an ongoing White House effort to slow rampant cybercrime. The Justice Department signaled it will increase its focus on illicit use of virtual money, which is frequently used in ransomware […]

Biden administration officials push Congress to shape breach reporting mandates

U.S. cybersecurity officials are seeking to put their stamp on cyber incident reporting legislation, wading into debates on Capitol Hill about questions like how swiftly companies must report attacks to federal agencies — and what happens if they don’t. The head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency testified at a […]

Apple, JPMorgan Chase bosses among industry heads set to gather at White House for cyber ‘call to action’

President Joe Biden will huddle Wednesday with industry leaders to issue a “call to action” on cybersecurity and make “concrete announcements” to counter the fundamental causes of cyberattacks, according to a senior administration official. It’s a star-studded afternoon gathering scheduled to include the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon […]

DHS boss Mayorkas encourages hackers to join government during Black Hat speech

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas encouraged attendees at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference to collaborate with the agency on defining the future of cybersecurity policy. “We need your creativity, your ideas, your boldness, and your willingness to push limits. We need you to help us navigate a path that has not yet been […]

DHS to hire 200 more cyber pros as Biden administration grapples with hacking threats

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday that it intends to hire 200 new cybersecurity professionals by July as the Biden administration aims to curb ransomware attacks affecting U.S. corporations, as well as foreign espionage operations. In a speech Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the cyber recruiting was part of “the most […]

Mayorkas pledges to modernize US cyber-defenses after their failure to detect alleged Russian spies

A suspected Russian hacking campaign exposed glaring shortcomings in the U.S. government’s approach to cybersecurity, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Wednesday while promising to harness federal resources to improve public and private-sector defenses. Mayorkas pledged to improve nearly every major facet of DHS’s cybersecurity work, from helping federal agencies recover from hacks to thwarting […]

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