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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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Trump election security meeting results in no new measures

President Trump held a meeting with top advisors on Friday to discuss security for the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, but the only reported result was a statement reiterating the administration's stance that it will not tolerate outside interference.
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…
Election Coverage, Security News, States of Security

State of security: Florida

Who’s on charge: Florida Department of State Secretary Ken Detzner Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., left officials scratching their heads last summer during his re-election campaign when he claimed Florida’s election systems had been hacked and Russian operatives had been free “to move about” in some of the state’s counties and sparked a debate over election security between Nelson…
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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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Cybersecurity trends in 2018

End of the year wrap-ups always want to name a year something, like the “Year of Ransomware” or the “Year of Artificial Intelligence,” but it would be difficult to pin 2018 to a specific threat or trend, as so many reared their ugly heads. With that noted, it is pretty simple to define the year…
Election Coverage, Security News, States of Security

State of security: Georgia

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Brian Kemp Secretary of State Brian Kemp famously said that Georgia didn’t have to worry about its voting systems because they were secure. That was before U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg admonished Georgia officials in September for sticking their “head in the sand” in the face of evidence that…
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