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[5 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,796 views]
Most People Don’t Understand Cyber Threats, Says Former DHS Chief

–By Ben Worthen–
March 3, 2010
Michael Chertoff, who ran the Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, says there’s a reason that computer security isn’t up to the threat posed by cyber criminals: Doing it right is too complicated for most people.
A large part of the problem “is that the solution is inaccessible to the average consumer,” Mr. Chertoff said in an interview at the RSA conference in San Francisco. While it’s generally possible to secure a computer and protect one’s personal information. often those measures require technical expertise beyond …

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[30 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 2,593 views]
Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Ed Wall Hopes to Bridge the Gap

–December 30, 2009–
–by Eric Holdeman–
Ed Wall recently assumed the role of Wisconsin’s emergency management administrator. State directors come in many shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Wall comes with a law enforcement background. This might suit him well as he integrates emergency management and homeland security within his department.
Wall started his public service career in 1982 while in college in Connecticut working full time as an EMT. As a college senior he was hired at the Meriden, Conn., Police Department. He worked almost four years there as a patrolman, then five as …

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[22 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 1,820 views]
Investor Interest in Homeland Security Runs High

– hs today–
– by David Silverberg–

DHS stabilization, long-term programs and political emphasis produce promise of returns
Investment bankers and venture capitalists are displaying greater attention to  homeland security companies and the sector is offering promising returns, according to John Mack III, executive vice president, head of mergers and acquisitions and co-head of investment banking for Imperial Capital LLC, a brokerage and investment banking firm.
“Investors are showing significant interest,” Mack told Homeland Security Today in an interview yesterday, Oct. 21, at the fifth annual Homeland Security Investor Conference in Washington, DC. The …

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[16 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 2,063 views]
Secretary Napolitano Announces $88 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Non-Intrusive Inspection Technology at Ports of Entry

Release Date: October 14, 2009
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced $88 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) equipment—enhancing border security by expanding U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) capabilities to scan commercial traffic for contraband through X-ray and other imaging technologies.
“These cutting-edge technologies will help us better detect threats at our nation’s borders while expediting legitimate travel and trade,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The Recovery Act has infused critical resources into local economies …

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[16 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 16,154 views]
DHS consults on business continuity standards

–continuity central–
US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced that three business continuity standards have been proposed for adoption by PS-Prep.
PS-Prep is the 9/11 Commission-recommended program aimed at helping the private sector to improve preparedness for disasters and emergencies. Under the program private entities — including businesses, non-profit organizations and universities — will be able to receive emergency preparedness certification from a DHS accreditation system created in coordination with the private sector.
“Preparedness is a shared responsibility and everyone—including businesses, universities and non-profit organizations—has a role to play,” said …

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[7 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | 1,813 views]
DHS to Seek New Contracts for Northern Border Security Projects

–hs today–
–by Mickey McCarter–

Although CBP will pass over current SBInet contract for northern border, SBI chief anticipates exercising additional years on it
When establishing its next major border security projects along the US northern border, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not intend to use its virtual fence contract with the Boeing Co., confirmed the head of the program in an interview with Homeland Security Today.
DHS contracted Boeing to place cameras along the US northern border in areas near Detroit, Mich., …

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[18 Sep 2009 | Comments Off | 2,360 views]
Bust of Decade-Long Airline Narco-trafficking Ring Raises Questions About Security

–hs today–

by Anthony L. Kimery

Thursday, 17 September 2009

‘And inside these suitcases … could just have easily been put bombs, bomb-making components …’Past and present US counterterror authorities told HSToday.us Wednesday that the arrest of 23 individuals indicted for drug trafficking who allegedly were part of a narco-smuggling ring of American Airlines employees in the US and Latin America for nearly a decade indicates serious gaps in airline security – especially employee screening and monitoring.According to the San Juan, Puerto Rico US Attorney, this drug trafficking organization – …

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[16 Sep 2009 | Comments Off | 1,756 views]

–continuity central–
Following a 60-day review of the US Homeland Security Advisory System, the HSAS Task Force has given its findings.
The Task Force report is structured around six major themes:
#1 Enduring Merit of a Dedicated Terrorism Advisory System
In the view of the Task Force, a national threat warning system for terrorist attacks is as central now as it was when today’s system was established in 2002.
#2 Two Audiences – The Public and ‘Institutions’
The Task Force members agreed that there are two primary audiences for the Homeland Security Advisory System. The current …