Homeland Security Blog

2019 Is the Year of Activity for Federal IT Security

April 24, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer, Office of Management and Budget, describes the information security thrusts the federal government will undertake during her keynote address at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington.

The federal government is planning several concurrent measures to improve its information technology security this year.

Collaboration Can Curb Adversarial Threats

April 17, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Rear Adm. Christian Becker, USN, commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), discusses the defense industry’s role executing the Chief of Naval Operations “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0” during a combined AFCEA and NDIA event. SPAWAR works closely with industry to provide the tactical networks, space systems and C4ISR technology assets and services U.S. Navy fleet operators require. U.S. Navy photo by Rick Naystatt/Released, While on active duty as deputy commandant of mission support for the U.S. Coast Guard, Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, USCG (Ret.), spoke with attendees at the 2017 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference. Photo by Mike Carpenter, Conferences offer members of the private and public sectors to meet face-to-face to discuss opportunities and solutions while building trust. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Defeating hostile threat attempts depends on building effective private-public partnerships.

First Responders Look for Advanced Haptic Interfaces

March 26, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A screenshot depicts the virtual reality environment for the EMS scenario for the NIST Public Safety Communications Research Division’s Haptic Interfaces for Public Safety Challenge. Credit: PSCR, The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) is looking to build off of virtual reality capabilities by adding in haptic interface-based solutions for first responders. Credit: PSCR

The emerging tactile technology could provide key information to firefighters and other public safety officials during crises.

DHS and Israel Seek Homeland Security Proposals

March 11, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and Israel’s Ministry of Public Security are searching for companies or academic institutions in each country to work together on first responder systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles, border protection and systems to fight cyber crime. Credit: charles taylor/Shutterstock

The two countries need advanced technology partners.

DHS, FAA and NASA Preparing Drone Traffic System

February 25, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood

UAV management infrastructure will help protect the airspace.

Silicon Valley Technology Transitions to Border Security

February 13, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Automated machine learning expedites the development of predictive models ensuring they are up to date., DataRobot makes it easy for all users, including those who lack a background in data science, to understand how a machine learning model was built and explain to others why a model made the prediction it did.

Three startups developing technologies with the DHS S&T Directorate Silicon Valley Innovation Program successfully transitioned products to Customs and Border Protection.

EAGLE Next Gen Offers Small Business Opportunities

December 19, 2018
Everett Kaneshige, chief strategy officer for broadband and telecommunications for the State of Hawaii (l) and Tom Lawless, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) region IX coordinator, test satellite connectivity in remote areas affected by the Kilauea volcanic eruption. DHS has announced a new approach to information technology modernization, which opens new opportunities for industry, including small businesses. Credit: Grace Simoneau/FEMA

The Department of Homeland Security's decision to alter course on the EAGLE II contract is seen as a win-win for DHS and for industry, including small business.

DHS Ups Its Drone Detection Game

December 11, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
To protect the nation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is pursuing multiple drone intrusion detection research and development efforts. Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Yupa Watchanakit.

Working with researchers, the Department of Homeland Security is finding ways to spot and protect against unmanned aerial vehicles.

Directorate Reorganizes for Efficiency

October 4, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
The RoboCup competitions are an opportunity for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to work with other government agencies to bring emerging technologies to fruition faster. Courtesy of DHS S&T., Credit: NB2 by geralt

DHS no longer has the luxury of time to do traditional R&D.

DHS, NIST Standards for Rescue Robots Gain Momentum

October 3, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s benchmarks are helping public safety officials by providing clear rules for evaluating how well robots perform tasks. Photo credit: DHS S&T

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have created 30 benchmarks for comparing autonomous systems.

Developing Technology to Keep the Bad Guys Out

September 26, 2018
By Shaun Waterman
Credit: Shutterstock/jijomathaidesigners, Panelists at the 2018 Federal Identity Forum discuss the creation of a center to stop terrorists from entering the country.

Federal officials work to create a National Vetting Center to stop terrorists and other threat actors.

Researchers Create Chemical Sensor With Legos

June 29, 2018
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have created a nerve gas detector using a smartphone, a box made of Legos and a chemical sensor. Credit: University of Texas at Austin

A smartphone and a box of Legos can be used to build a nerve agent detector.

DHS Aims to Improve Cybersecurity and Survivability

May 24, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: fuyu liu/Shutterstock

The critical infrastructure has become broader and more vulnerable to cyberspace adversaries, according to the DHS Cybersecurity Strategy.

DHS S&T Awards IoT-related Contract

April 30, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Ionic Security Inc.’s prototypical plug-in for video surveillance systems is the first to successfully complete testing under the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program. Ionic will move to the pilot deployment phase of the program. Credit: simell1968/Pixabay

Ionic Security is the first company to successfully complete prototype testing as part of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's Silicon Valley Innovation Program.

DOE Seeks Exascale Supercomputers

April 9, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
The U.S. Department of Energy has released a request for proposals for at least two next-generation exascale supercomputers. Credit: dlohner/Pixabay

The new systems will provide 50 to 100 times greater performance than the country's current fastest supercomputer.  

A New Front in Information Warfare

March 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The domain of information warfare has shifted from being a military battlefield to affecting all aspects of society, experts say. Credit: vchal/Shutterstock

The U.S. government and citizens must prepare to defend democracy and assess the truth.

Cybersecurity Technologies Ready for Launch

March 14, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
The DHS outlines capabilities that are ready to take the next step into the marketplace. Credit: ra2studio/Shutterstock

Two annual guides are available about technologies now ready for prime time.

Small Businesses Find Big Opportunities at DHS

By Beverly Cooper
The DHS has a multitude of components and missions that pull together to protect the nation., Carla Thomas, DHS industry liaison, shares some of the many ways the DHS works with industry during a briefing of the AFCEA Small Business and Homeland Security committees. She is seen here with Small Business Committee Chairman Sukumar Iyer.

The DHS has a strong focus on the partnership aspect of the buying process and offers industry many avenues to engage as a result.

Enemies Work to Vault Threat Barriers

January 26, 2018
By Beverly Cooper

Pulling the right organizations and people together can provide a formidable buffer against growing technological threats.

DHS Helps Secure First Responder Apps

December 19, 2017
A DHS pilot project has secure mobile apps used by first responders. Credit: geralt/Pixabay

The Securing Mobile Applications for First Responders pilot project discovered potential security and privacy concerns.

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