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Software Tool Trains First Responders to Deal with Complex, Dynamic Situations

December 4, 2013
By Henry S. Kenyon

First responders across the nation may soon be using a virtual training technology that allows multiple types of personnel, such as firefighters, police and paramedics, to train together. The prototype system is currently undergoing live tests with first responders to further refine the program before it is released to federal and state agencies some time in 2014.

McCormack Appointed CIO for DHS

Luke J. McCormack has been appointed as chief information officer for the Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

Open Source Cybersecurity Software Receives Thumbs Up

July 25, 2012

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has unveiled an open source cybersecurity tool for information sharing across the Internet.

Wenchel To Head Up DHS Cybersecurity Post

June 27, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Rosemary Wenchel has been appointed deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

Locatis Appointed to DHS Cybersecurity Post

April 30, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has appointed Michael W. Locatis III assistant secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

Agile Cyberthreats Require Flexible Security

February 28, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

Although not claiming victory, the DHS has made some serious headway in improving cybersecurity, according to panelists discussing the topic at the DHS 2012 Information Technology Industry Day in Washington, D.C. Experts said the threats have not disappeared but rather have changed, and various DHS agencies have been learning how to better handle them.

Diminishing Dollars Mean Different Procurement Practices

February 28, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

Members of the two morning panels at the DHS 2012 Information Technology Industry Day hammered home the need all DHS agencies have for information sharing and information security within a mobile environment; however, the agencies continue to face slow processes to put these capabilities into place.

DHS CIOs Reveal IT Successes, Challenges and Requirements

February 28, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

Richard Spires, chief information officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, kicked off DHS Industry Day by declaring that it is time to find the balance between the IT needs of individual DHS agencies and leveraging IT throughout the department as a whole. The department needs to take a "shared first" approach to commodities and then look at unique technologies the individual agencies need.

FEMA Searches for a Few Good Advisers

February 21, 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is looking for the next members of its National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC provides external guidance on issues ranging from terrorist response to federal preparedness.

Experts to Discuss Budget Constraints and Homeland Security

February 8, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

Protecting any nation's citizens and institutions is difficult under any circumstances, but today's economic limitations make this task even more challenging. Government and business leaders will meet at the end of this month to tackle this topic during AFCEA International's 11th annual Homeland Security conference. Conference discussion topics include cloud computing, cyberwar, procurement, wireless broadband and social media. Small businesses' interaction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also will be explored. Coverage will begin on February 28.

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