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Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

When Kirstjen Nielsen was tapped by President Trump to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after her boss John Kelly moved to the White House as chief of staff, lawmakers and cyber pros hailed her reported cybersecurity chops. So far, the actions taken during her short tenure have been a mixed bag. While Nielsen…
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Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

Mulvaney told Nielsen to talk election security outside Trump’s earshot

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney allegedly warned former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to keep 2020 election security off of President Trump’s radar shortly before she left office. It “wasn’t a great subject and should be kept below his level,” a New York Times report cited Mulvaney as saying. Mulvaney’s…
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DHS Secretary Nielsen resigns

Kirstjen Nielsen, whose background in cybersecurity sparked praise when she was named Department of Homeland (DHS) Secretary, reassigned Sunday. “This afternoon I submitted my resignation to @POTUS and thanked him for the opportunity to serve in his administration. It’s been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov,”…
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Trump may oust Nielsen at DHS

President Trump may soon give the boot to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, lauded on her nomination for her cybersecurity experience. Nielsen, who has been long-rumored to be unhappy in her role, has faced criticism from the president over a number of issues, including enforcement of the administration’s immigration policy and Trump…
Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Security News

DHS’s Nielsen says elections systems secure, no evidence of nation-state interference

Despite the myriad concerns around safeguarding election systems, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday the 2018 midterms are likely the most secure election the U.S. has conducted and reiterated that the DHS has no evidence that any nation-state is currently infiltrating election systems. At a Council on Foreign Relations meeting, Nielsen…
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Trump boots Secret Service chief in DHS shakeup

A day after Kirstjen Nielsen was reportedly dismissed as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, President Trump abruptly fired the director of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Randolph “Tex” Ailes and named USSS Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Operations James Murray to replace him. “United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles has…
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