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Homeland Security

Situational Awareness for Border Security

October 7, 2014
By George I. Seffers

House Homeland Security Committee chair proposes technology mix for securing the southern border.

Emergency Situational Awareness Looks Ahead

November 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Emergency responders may be able to anticipate unfolding disasters before they have to respond, as a result of a new system that combines situational input with simulation. When floodwaters are rising or a fire is spewing toxic fumes, emergency personnel can simulate in real time how the threat might expand and evolve and plan their responses accordingly.

U.S. Evaluating Legal Protections for Cybersecurity Technologies

November 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

The Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act is finding a new application as it may serve to protect against the potential for lawsuits arising from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework. Lawyers are answering questions from clients about possible legal actions, and the department and institute are working together to ensure developers work with confidence.

Insight, Oversight Dominate Intelligence Priorities

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. intelligence community must innovate and expand its capabilities menu just as critics are calling for greater oversight on its operations.

Cyberspace Is a Top FBI Priority

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The FBI is focusing on cyberspace both as a tool for crime detection and prevention and as a venue for operations.

The FBI Reformats its Intelligence Organization

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Always dependent on vital information for crime-fighting, the FBI has transformed itself into an integrated intelligence organization.

Capability Areas Define Defense Intelligence Themes

September 22, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

New threats such as cyberterrorism complement traditional threats such as weapons of mass destruction among the defense intelligence capabilities underpinning future intelligence activities.

DHS Looks to Replace IDENT

September 17, 2014
By Rita Boland

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to roll out a new central biometric system in the next two to four years.

Cybersecurity Technology from DHS Program Hits Market Two Years Early

September 12, 2014
By Rita Boland

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has transitioned the first technology in its Transition to Practice program to commercial market two years ahead of schedule.

Ramping Up the
 Federal Cloud Against the Insider Threat

October 1, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. government is adopting changes to the cloud computing certification program that will better protect against potential insider threats. The improvements include additional penetration testing, more thorough testing of mobile devices, tighter controls over systems being carried from a facility and more stringent scrutiny of systems connecting from outside the network.

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