march 2009

Updates

Northrop Grumman Presents $125,000 in Research Grants to Auburn University

Northrop Grumman provided two research grants to Auburn University, one to the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering and the other to the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Updates

Anne Arundel Community College Begins Security Training for Construction Workers

This training will teach workers how to build the sensitive and secure buildings needed to house government agencies and/or homeland-security companies relocating to the area as part of the federal base-realignment initiative.

Updates

Dallas Hosts Nation's First Integrated Training for Medical and Public Health Responders 4-8 April

Meet expert faculty and national leaders in public-health emergencies who will be on hand with the latest in emergency response & coordination while also discussing clinical care, leadership skills, volunteer-management practices & response-team issues.

Updates

Top-Ten U.S. Fire Rescue Department, Miami-Dade, Selects NICE Inform for Its Emergency Communications Center

The NICE solutions will be used to record and manage 911 and radio emergency communications, as well as VoIP admin phone lines, in the dispatch center.

Updates

San Antonio Police Department Deploys 3D Laser Scanner to Enhance Homeland Security and CSI Capabilities

The Leica ScanStation 2 is extremely versatile 3D laser scanning system which has many capabilities that include scanning, analyzing, measuring, and diagramming scenes.

Updates

Belgium Reinforces Child Protection with Gemalto's Solution as Part of National eID Program

The program consists of a dedicated eID card for children under 12 that includes specific features intended to increase their security in emergency situations.

Reports

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Releases Its Annual Report on Internet Crime

"This report illustrates that sophisticated computer-fraud schemes continue to flourish as financial data migrates to the Internet." FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Shawn Henry.

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Updates

Secretary Napolitano Rolls Out Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Efficiency Review Initiative

The DHS Efficiency Review plan encompasses simple common-sense reforms as well as longer-term systemic changes. Initiatives are broken down into 30-, 60-, 90-, and 120-day groupings indicating when implementation will begin.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Develop Points of Distribution Guide, Video, and Independent Study Course for State/Local/Nongovernmental Partners

FEMA and USACE are making available to partners several new user-friendly tools to enhance state and local abilities to stand up and operate Points of Distribution (PODs) during and immediately after disasters.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Releases Conficker/Downadup Computer Worm Detection Tool

The department's United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) developed the tool that assists mission-critical partners in determining if their networks are infected.

Healthcare

Everyone Must Go: The Anatomy of an Evacuation

by Joseph Cahill -

Louisiana, New Orleans, and four state parishes teamed up to review the damage wrought by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike - then used the information gained to plan, prepare for, and actually respond to future weather disasters.

Updates

Three-Thousand US School Campuses Now Protected by Federally Certified Anti-Terrorism Technology

Rapid Responder provides first responders with instant access to response plans and valuable site-specific information before they get to the school which saves critical time in an emergency.

Preparedness

Mexico's Narco-Civil War: Porous and Perilous - The U.S./Mexican Border Situation

by Joseph Trindal -

The escalation of drug-cartel violence in Mexico is rapidly becoming a clear & present danger to the United States itself and, if not checked, will soon evolve into a major national-security challenge for the Obama administration's homeland-security team.

Updates

Toxin Alerting Building Systems LLC Completes Installation of Chemical and Radiological Protection Platform for Prudential Financial

Prudential's headquarters will be monitored for toxins, detection of which will trigger a predetermined set of Concept of Operations (CONOPS), specific to the type & concentration of the toxin, to appropriately secure the company's employees & buildings.

Updates

Thales's LibertyTM Multiband Land Mobile Radio Available Under GSA Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)

The LibertyTM Multiband LMR enables federal, state, local, and U.S. Department of Defense agencies to communicate across all public-safety bands (136-174 MHz, 380-520 MHz, 700 MHz, and 800 MHz) using a single portable radio.

Commentary

Pamper and Protect: A Professional's Guide to Personal-Security Details

by Derrick Mayes & Cynthia Tsai -

The armed forces protect the nation, the Secret Service protects the president, and gated communities protect the affluent. But who protects the movie stars, the world-class athletes, the company CEOs, and other VIPs?

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Freedom of Information Act: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Has Taken Steps to Enhance Its Program, but Opportunities Exist to Improve Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness

GAO says that DHS could increase efficiency through the implementation of internal monitoring and oversight, component-specific training, online status-checking services, the electronic dissemination of records, and electronic redaction.

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Department of Health and Human Services Names David Blumenthal as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

As the National Coordinator, Dr. Blumenthal will lead the implementation of a nationwide interoperable, privacy-protected, health-information technology infrastructure as called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Updates

PIV (Personal Identity Verification) in The Enterprise, Latest Physical Access Technologies, Are Focus of Smart Card Alliance at ISC West 2009

"Converging systems using the PIV card standards can help enterprises dramatically reduce the risk of security breaches and save resources," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.

Updates

Spacenet Expands Satellite Communications Options for Government Organizations With New FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 Certified Encryption Solution

"Spacenet has always been focused on meeting the network security requirements of our customers and offers integrated government-grade AES/Rijndael encryption," said Spacenet Vice President of Government Services Mike Mazza.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano Announces Major Southwest Border Security Initiative

These border initiatives are designed to crack down on Mexican drug cartels through enhanced border security. This plan calls for additional personnel, increased intelligence capability & better coordination with state, local & Mexican law enforcement.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Influenza Pandemic: Sustaining Focus on the Nation's Planning and Preparedness Efforts

GAO has conducted a body of work over the past several years to help the nation better prepare for, respond to & recover from a possible influenza pandemic. GAO found that leadership roles & responsibilities need to be clarified, tested, and coordinated.

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Updates

NetWitness Launches Online Intelligence Service Enabling Customers to Protect Against Emerging Threats

This new service provides radar-like visibility of threats being discovered elsewhere on the Internet, and allows customers to easily identify, prioritize, and remediate their responses.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Sends a Disaster Team to North Dakota to Cope with Major Spring Flooding

Advance Emergency Response Teams (ERT-As) are used to respond quickly to unfolding disaster events, bringing to states and communities the expertise provided by available federal resources, including disaster response & recovery programs, planning, etc.

Updates

PandemicFlu.gov Issues Interim Guidance on Cleaning Transit Vehicles and Facilities During a Pandemic

Guidance is offered for cleaning aircraft, passenger railway cars, international points of entry, and EMS (emergency medical services) transport vehicles.

Healthcare

The EMS Role in Chemical-Release Incidents

by Joseph Cahill -

Few if any EMS agencies anywhere in the world are properly equipped to cope with the accidental or intentional release of lethal nerve agents. But there are several ways to keep the death toll low while also protecting the first responders themselves.

Preparedness

DHS - Moving Forward; And Moving Out

by Kay C. Goss -

An expeditious start, clear directions, and a detailed road map to the future augur well for an ambitious new slate of initiatives, both domestic and international, for the overworked and not always adequately funded Department of Homeland Security.

Updates

VeriChip Corporation Enters Into Development and Supply Agreement, Valued at More Than $3 Million, with Medical Components Inc.

Scott R. Silverman, Chairman of VeriChip, said, "This significant agreement with Medcomp is a major validation of our technology for healthcare applications above and beyond our core market of patient identification."

Updates

Universal Detection Technology Receives Purchase Order From Miami-Dade Police Department for Bioterrorism Detection Equipment and Training Kits

Universal Detection Technology has received a purchase order from the Miami-Dade Police Department for its five-agent bioterrorism detection equipment. The equipment is capable of spot detection of anthrax, ricin toxin, botulinum toxin, plague, and SEBs.

Updates

Hi-Tech Solutions Ltd. (HTS) Announces Fully Enclosed All-in-One License Plate Recognition System

The new system is a fully enclosed unit containing all the hardware and software required for a full LPR system package, and requiring only a power supply.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Updates Its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Website

This upgrade is an effort to improve public education and to provide information to emergency managers about the Nation's alerts and warnings.

Updates

Samsung GVI Security: The Security Market Is Changing; Security Industry Must Also Change

"We are assisting our customers as they navigate through a fast-changing and, at times, confusing environment," stresses Joe Restivo, COO of Samsung GVI Security. "We're earning their respect every day by reducing their overall costs of doing business."

Updates

Secretary Napolitano Signs Research Sharing Pact with Germany

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano & German Minister of Education & Research Annette Schaven signed an agreement that will facilitate science and technology research collaboration in homeland/civil-security matters between the two nations.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces That Weapons 'Busts' Near U.S.-Mexico Border Show Heightened Alertness

Three recent weapons seizures in Arizona and Texas highlight the Department of Homeland Security's heightened emphasis on tracking and intercepting illegal guns and ammunition near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Healthcare

The Friendly Neighborhood Chemical Weapons Store

by Adam Montella -

It doesn't take much money, time, or a genius IQ to build a clumsy but extremely effective chemical weapon that could kill thousands of people. But a pickup truck would be needed to haul "the makings" from the local warehouse or agricultural combine.

Healthcare

NIMS & ICS - A Road Map for U.S. Health Departments

by Raphael Barishansky -

Implementation of the guidelines undergirding new national anti-terrorism policies will be a major challenge for state & local health departments. But the end result will be a better coordinated and much more effective national healthcare community.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: National Cybersecurity Strategy - Key Improvements Are Needed to Strengthen the Nation's Posture

This report discusses the recommendations made by GAO that address the shortfalls related to key aspects of national cybersecurity strategy and its implementation.

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Updates

Spectroscopic Area Monitoring (Berkeley Nucleonics Model 1035 areaSAM) with Isotope Identification and Email/Text Messaging

New firmware upgrades allow users to set up multiple email addresses to receive ANSI N42.42-compliant reports. This feature set is upgradable in the field and is being offered to existing areaSAM users at no additional cost.

Reports

Public Health Preparedness: Strengthening CDC's (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) Emergency-Response Capabilities

The key findings in this report summarize FY 2007 Terrorism Preparedness & Emergency Response (TPER)-funded public-health preparedness accomplishments and priorities as CDC continues to move forward toward its preparedness goal.

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St. Louis University School of Public Health Announces an Online Masters Program in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness

Earn a completely distance-based Online Masters Degree or Certificate, or a Hybrid MPH or PhD degree in Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness through the Institute for Biosecurity at Saint Louis University School of Public Health.

Updates

DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Science & Technology Directorate Establishes Two New Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs)

"FFRDCs enable us to use private-sector resources for long-term research & development needs in a way that supports our mission and uses taxpayer dollars in a fiscally responsible way," said acting Under Secretary for Science & Technology Bradley Buswell.

Updates

ENCRYPTX Strengthens Offerings to the Federal Government Through Addition to the Department of Defense's GSA SmartBuy Contract

The Ultralock (now DeviceDefender) provides affordable, transparent & controllable detection, management & encryption of PC removable drives & media, and has been approved by the Department of Defense DARTT team & is included on the DOD SmartBuy Contract.

Updates

iLOOKABOUT Partners with Patriot Properties

The agreement provides for full integration of iLOOKABOUT StreetScape with Patriot's AssessPro Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) application.

Healthcare

Pandemic Preparedness: Strategies to Protect the State Workforce

by David G. Henry -

H5N1 avian influenza has recently resurged in Southeast Asia, scientists continue to warn that the next pandemic, based on all scientific data, is inevitable.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Announces One Million Workers Now Enrolled in Vital Port Security Program

"Enrolling one million workers in less than 18 months is a testament to the collaborative efforts of TSA and the United States Coast Guard on this important maritime security effort," said Gale Rossides, acting administrator, TSA.

Commentary

Is Al Qaeda Seeking Weapons of Mass Destruction

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Some pundits and some politicians seem to think the war on terror is over, or almost over. But new evidence suggests that it is not, and will not be, over until the terrorists say it's over - and that day may still be a long way off.

Updates

South Korea Awards ICx Technologies a Mass Spectrometry Contract With an Estimated Value Of Up To $40 Million

The contract is for the development of a chemical & biological mass spectrometer (CBMS) for use in military reconnaissance vehicles. ICx Analytical Instruments will work with ICx BioDefense to deliver a premium-class biological & chemical detection system

Healthcare

Bioterrorism Exercise: A Taste of the Real Thing

by Stephanie Ostrowski & Crystal Castillo -

Food poisoning - whether intentional or accidental - can have lethal consequences. In either case, it is CDC's job to find out what caused it, what treatments are recommended, and how it can be contained.

Updates

Craig Fugate to Be Nominated as Administrator for Federal Emergency Management Agency

President Obama has announced his intention to nominate Craig Fugate as FEMAs new administrator.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) and DOD Need to More Effectively Manage the Stockpile Life Extension Program

GAO was asked to assess the extent to which NNSA and the Department of Defense (DOD) have effectively managed the refurbishment of two other weapons - the B61 bomb and the W76 warhead. This report summarizes the findings of GAO's classified report.

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Updates

Intelagard's On-Demand Radiological Decontamination and Recovery Approach Technical Brief

Rapid, efficient, and cost-effective recovery is critical to reduce public health risks, minimize economic impacts, restore public confidence, and, in the case of an intentional incident, minimize the spread of fear thus discouraging further incidents.

Updates

ILC Dover Adds Removable Head Band and Quick-Loc Belt Upgrades to Their Sentinel XL CBRN PAPR System

ILC Dover received NIOSH approval on an anti-microbial/removable headband and quick release belt for their Sentinel CBRN PAPR, which allows agencies a wide degree of flexibility to protect against a range of threats.

Updates

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Announces Two New Schlage Power Supplies UL294-Listed

By providing low-voltage filtered and regulated power for a broad range of access-control devices and panels, the new Schlage power supplies meet the needs of both the security and access-control market segments.

Reports

Disaster Recovery: Past Experiences Offer Recovery Lessons for Hurricanes Ike and Gustav and Future Disasters

This report from the GAO summarizes the lessons learned from past disasters & how they provide a potentially valuable source of information for all levels of government seeking to meet the many challenges involved in recovering from a major disaster.

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Updates

President Obama Signs 2009 Proclamation Naming March 'Red Cross Month'

March has officially been declared American Red Cross Month by order of a Presidential Proclamation signed by President Barack Obama in ceremonies marking the 66th time the month of March has been celebrated in honor of the organization.

Updates

Economic Recovery Money Will Create Jobs While Making America Safer

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released some details of the projects being funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, recently passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama.

Updates

Philadelphia Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Conducts First Avian Flu Response Exercise

CBP's Port of Philadelphia conducted its first Avian Influenza-response exercise at Philadelphia International Airport to evaluate its procedures to secure the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza-H5N1 pandemic in the bustling international passenger airport

Updates

SAMSUNG GVI Security SHR-8000 DVRs Lower-Cost, Easier-to-Use 36x Alternative to PC-based DVRs

The new SHR-8000 Series DVRs let users simultaneously review playback in real time while also recording in real time. The new DVRs achieve real-time Full D1 resolution at 480IPS high-quality recording for any demanding security application.

Reports

U.S. Department of Education Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Learning

This Action Guide for Emergency Management at Higher Education Institutions has been developed to give higher education institutions a useful resource in the field of emergency management.

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Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Releases the 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

The 2009 NIPP replaces the 2006 version & provides the unifying structure for the integration, into a single national program, of a wide range of efforts for the enhanced protection and resiliency of the nation's critical infrastructure and key resources.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Announces IS-700.a NIMS (National Incident Management System) Introduction Training Course

This course, which introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System, is geared for individuals with emergency-management responsibilities including prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation operations.