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Nov
2014

DHS ANNOUNCES THE 2015 CYBER STUDENT VOLUNTEER INITIATIVE

DHS ANNOUNCES THE 2015 CYBER STUDENT VOLUNTEER INITIATIVE

Press Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Press Release

Nov. 24, 2014
Contact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security today announced the launch of the 2015 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for current two- and four-year college students. Beginning in the spring of 2015, more than 75 selected students will complete volunteer assignments supporting the DHS cyber mission at department field offices in over 50 locations across the country.

“The DHS mission in cybersecurity offers opportunities for the best and brightest of our nation’s cybersecurity talent,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “Through the Department’s Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative, students gain firsthand experience in applying their skills directly to our wide-ranging efforts — from helping to defend the Nation’s cyber networks against attacks to going after criminals who exploit innocent members of the public.”

Through this initiative, student volunteers currently pursuing an undergraduate degree related to cybersecurity will gain invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to the cybersecurity work performed across DHS. In addition to supporting activities such as cyber threat analysis, digital forensics, network diagnostics and incident response, selected students will participate in mentoring and professional development events with DHS managers and senior leaders.

The Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative was created in April 2013 and was expanded in 2014 to feature 70 student assignments across 23 states. Students selected for the current cohort will complete assignments at one of the following organizations: Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or U.S. Secret Service.

For more information about the Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative, including the selection and application process, visit Secretary’s Honors Program.

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Nov
2014

19 November 2014 Homeland Security Council Meeting

19 November 2014 Homeland Security Council Meeting

19 November 2014 Homeland Security Council Meeting Agenda:

HLS Agenda 19Nov14

Oct
2014

Governor Scott Walker Joins Experts at Annual Cyber Security Summit

Governor Scott Walker Joins Experts at Annual Cyber Security Summit

20141008_083946Milwaukee – Today, Governor Scott Walker participated in the second annual Wisconsin Cyber Security Summit. The summit brings together national and international cyber security experts to discuss and provide guidance on how states, businesses and individuals can better protect against cyber-attacks.

“The State of Wisconsin takes cyber security very seriously,” said Governor Walker. “We continually work to improve upon and strengthen our cyber security systems and proactively guard against ever-changing attacks. Cyber security is everyone’s responsibility and this summit is an important opportunity to identify top priorities for agencies and businesses to ensure they are well protected and prepared for any and all cyber-attacks.”

Wisconsin has been a leader of incorporating cyber security into emergency planning. Governor Walker recently expanded the role of Major General Don Dunbar, who is Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor, to include serving as the senior state official for cyber security matters. Major General Dunbar is leading a team with representatives from several state agencies to focus Wisconsin’s cyber security program on deterring threats through common sense steps, establishing a solid line of defense, and treating cyber-attacks through collaboration by all State partners. The second annual Wisconsin Cyber Security Summit features speakers from the National Campaign for Cyber Hygiene.

Governor Walker declared October as Cyber Awareness Month.

Oct
2014

The 2013 Annual Report On Homeland Security

The 2013 Annual Report On Homeland Security

2013 HSC Annual Report ImageThe purpose of this annual report is to advise and educate the public on the activities, objectives, and achievements of the Homeland Security Council (HSC).

Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor and the 15 member Council is responsible for advising the governor, coordinating state and local prevention and response efforts, and producing periodic reports on the state of homeland security in Wisconsin. The Council works with local, state, federal, and tribal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private industry to improve citizen and community preparedness. The governor is responsible for appointing Council members. Additionally, a member of the governor’s staff is invited to attend and participate at each meeting.
Wisconsin’s HSC was initially created by Executive Order #7 on March 18, 2003 to address the State’s ability to prepare for and respond to threats to Wisconsin’s homeland security. The initial council was set at seven members to include the Wisconsin Homeland Security Advisor, Department of Transportation – Division of Wisconsin State Patrol, Department of Health Services – Division of Public Health, Department of Military Affairs – Wisconsin Emergency Management, Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigations, Department of Administration – Capitol Police, and the Office of Justice Assistance.

The 2013 Annual Report On Homeland Security

Sep
2014

17 September 2014 Homeland Security Council Meeting

17 September 2014 Homeland Security Council Meeting

17 September 2014 Homeland Security Council Meeting agenda:

HLS Agenda 17Sep14