Updates

Encryption Requirements to Change P25 CAP Approved Equipment List

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a change in the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) listing of grant-eligible radio equipment for first responders. In order to be fully compliant with all P25 CAP requirements, radio equipment that requires encryption must use Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256.

New Training System Improves Airport Screening Efficiency

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) must screen every bag boarding commercial aircraft within the United States. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Office for Public Safety Research developed a training system that not only makes TSOs more efficient, but also maintains their accuracy.

New Brain-Inspired Cybersecurity System Detects 'Bad Apples' 100 Times Faster

Sophisticated cybersecurity systems excel at finding “bad apples” in computer networks, but they lack the computing power to identify the threats directly. Instead, they look for general indicators of an attack; calling them “apples.” These limits make it easy for new species of “bad apples” to evade modern cybersecurity systems. The Neuromorphic Cyber Microscope, designed by Lewis Rhodes Labs in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, directly addresses this limitation.

Transportation Security Administration and American Public University Expand Partnership

American Public University, part of American Public University System, announced that it has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration’s Institute of Higher Education to provide quality, career-relevant academic programs to up to 20,000 TSA employees at 147 airports nationwide.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Course: E0279 Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute is offering a course "Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings." This course will cover the concepts of flood-proofing and retrofitting, regulatory framework, design parameters, benefit-cost analysis, and technical feasibility considerations. This course provides engineering and economic guidance to architects, engineers, and local code enforcement officials in retrofitting existing one- to four-family residential structures situated in flood-prone areas.

DHS Announces $35M Funding Opportunity for New Center of Excellence in Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate announced $35 million in funding opportunities for a new DHS Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense. The goal of the Center will be to research and develop solutions, protocols, and capabilities to support the identification of potential biological threats within the DHS operational environment that could disrupt critical infrastructure supply chains.

Biometrics Report Highlights the Technological Strides Made for Law Enforcement

The use of face detection and recognition has the potential to contribute to the capabilities of future law enforcement applications, such as high volume screening in crowded places, low volume forensic examinations, and crime scene investigations. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Face in Video Evaluation (FIVE) Program provides an independent evaluation of face recognition algorithms for various law enforcement applications.

A New Toolkit for Rapid Bacterial Detection

Finding the right treatment plan for patients who have antibiotic-resistant infections is a costly and time-consuming effort. To assist doctors in rural areas or developing countries, a research team, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, developed a diagnostic kit that is low-cost, portable and easy to use.

Immune Molecule Protects Against Zika Virus Infection in Animal Models

A molecule naturally produced by the immune system protects mice and monkeys against Zika virus infection, an international team of researchers has found. Administering the molecule, called 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), to pregnant mice reduced Zika virus infection in the fetal brain and protected against Zika-induced microcephaly.

New UN Supply Chain System to Slash Delays, Save Lives in Large-Scale Health Crises

In collaboration with partners and as a part of a global supply chain network, the United Nations (UN) emergency food relief agency has set about developing the first-ever information platform to better manage supply chains and efficiently match deliveries with demand in responding to large-scale health emergencies such as pandemic outbreaks.