Homeland Security Blog

Government Agencies Must Remove Certain VMware Products

May 18, 2022
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued an emergency directive requiring federal agencies to apply VMware updates or remove specific VMware products from use until protective updates can be applied given four possible exploitable vulnerabilities that could allow cyber marauders to cause significant harm. Credit: Shutterstock/rafapress

The vulnerabilities are seen as an "unacceptable risk" to federal agencies.

DHS Counter-Jamming Exercise Serves Dual Purpose

May 5, 2022
By George I. Seffers
This flag waving over JamX previously soared over Ground Zero beginning two days after September 11, 2001.  The JamX event, coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security, offers lessons learned for enhancing tactics, techniques, procedures, technologies and training to counter electronic signal jamming that could interfere with military and emergency response missions. Photo provided by the Department of Homeland Security

Cell On Light Trucks plays an unusual role.

NORTHCOM/NORAD Eyes Emerging Cruise Missile Defense Solution

April 25, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Glen VanHerck, USAF, commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, pictured addressing cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy on April 20, warns that it is not the speed of adversarial hypersonic weapons that is the problem, but their maneuverability. Credit: NORTHCOM/NORAD

Commander cites emerging hypersonic, ballistic missile threats to the homeland as the need for more advanced solutions.

Driving the Future of 5G Development and Innovation

April 4, 2022
By Sandra Jontz
Mohan Tammisetti, senior vice president and COMSovereign’s chief engineer, demonstrates a prototype of the company’s portable, compact, easily deployable standalone communications system at the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Living Innovation Lab at George Mason University. The standalone 5G wireless network hardware, available as a backpack or housed within a durable Pelican case, is powerful enough to keep an entire city’s secure communication needs up and running., Vikram Adhikari, a third-year computer science PhD student studying at George Mason University’s Department of Computer Science, demonstrates his research of applying a multitude of sensors and cameras in a simulated vehicle. His work studies how analytics, a copious collection of data and the use of sensors can predict—and more importantly curtail—distracted driving.

Research by George Mason University and partners to accelerate delivery of 5G-enabling technologies.

European Crises Weighs on Defense Commands Amid Continued Tech Innovation

February 25, 2002
By Kimberly Underwood

Homeland defense requires technological and capability advancements during active protection.

Biometric Capability Expands at U.S. Airports

January 25, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer at Dulles International Airport in Virginia holds up a camera used for facial biometric process. The agency is deploying biometric identity solutions to six more international airports in the southern United States. Credit: CBP

Several more airports will add advanced facial recognition solution, easing the international arrival process.

DHS Seeks Automatically Activated Body Cams

December 13, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has released a request for information on body cameras that can be automatically activated when triggered by surrounding events. Credit: Lutsenko_Oleksandr/Shutterstock

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate will collect technical information on which products on the market have this capability. 

DHS and NIST Offer Guidance on Quantum Security Risks

October 4, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
Quantum computing advances in the coming years are expected to offer benefits while also posting a threat to national security. Guidance offered by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is designed to mitigate that threat. Credit: graphicINmotion/Shutterstock

“Quantum computing will be a scientific breakthrough. It is also expected to pose new data privacy and cybersecurity risks.”—Alejando Mayorkas, secretary of homeland security.

DHS Testing Shows Masks Complicate Racial Picture on Facial Recognition

August 26, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
A facial recognition tablet takes a photo of a passenger boarding an international flight during the Sept 2018 launch of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection biometric exit pilot at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. U.S. CBP Photo by Glenn Fawcett

The best facial recognition systems work very well but showed increased racial disparities in performance when the volunteer subjects wore face masks.

Technology Helps Ensure There’s No Safe Harbor for War Criminals

August 24, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
An HSI investigator works with facial recognition software. Photo courtesy U.S. ICE

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has sought to harness the power of innovation to identify perpetrators who might be in, or be traveling to, America.

Introducing the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

August 5, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Cyber Command cyber warriors and a French cyber professional collaborate during a July 21 training exercise, Cyber Fort III, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The Command, along with federal agencies such as the FBI, NSA, DOD and the Department of Justice, will be collaborating with the new Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative to broaden U.S. cyber defenses. Credit: U.S. Cyber Command/Josef Cole

The Department of Homeland Security’s CISA forms new cyber defense organization.

U.S. and EU To Collaborate Against Ransomware

June 24, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (c), speaking to European Union counterparts in Portugal on June 21 during the U.S.-E.U. Ministerial Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs, has announced that the Department of Homeland Security and the EU will form a working group to examine ransomware attacks. Credit: DHS

The organizations are forming a working group to strengthen ties in the fight against adversarial cyber activity.

Atlantic Council Releases Report on the Geopolitical Impacts of Emerging Technologies

May 26, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Atlantic Council researchers emphasize that the technological revolution, which shows no sign of stopping, will reshape societies and geopolitics “in novel and even unanticipated ways.” Credit: Shutterstock/Yurchanka Siarhei

The United States must take action now if it wants to “a freer, more secure and more prosperous world” in a decade.

NIST Develops Prototypical Radio

April 12, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
A prototypical radio developed by NIST researchers helps fill a gap for first responders between push-to-talk radios and cellphones. Credit: Glenn Highcove/Shutterstock

Many of the 4.6 million U.S. public safety personnel still use traditional analog radios, in part because of the high cost of transitioning to cellphone technology.

DHS Awards Contract for Biological Threat Data

April 5, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded a contract to Mesur.io to use its Earthstream platform to provide data on potential biological threats, including pathogens. Credit: Fotomay/Shutterstock

The Mesur.io will adapt the Earthstream Platform to provide data that tracks metrics related to an outbreak or emergence to predict risks of a biological threat.

App Aids in Emergencies

March 8, 2021
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
This innovative GPS capability takes into consideration the special needs of emergency vehicles, including size and required turning radius.

An innovative navigation app addresses first responders’ special vehicle requirements to help them find the best route.

U.S. Coast Guard Adds Assets to Indo-Pacific Region

March 3, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The newly commissioned National Security Cutter Midgett conducts sea trials on February 25. The U.S. Coast Guard needs to be more nimble in the Pacific region. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries, The U.S. Coast Guard is facing additional challenges, especially in the Pacific, says Vice Adm. Linda Fagan (l), USCG, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, pictured presenting Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander, Coast Guard 14th District, with a Legion of Merit award during a ceremony on the U.S. Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Hawaii, in June 2020. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir

The maritime service faces “unprecedented threats” in the region.

Criminal Cryptocurrency Is Not Small Change

February 16, 2021
By Maryann Lawlor
Credit: Aleona/Shutterstock

Like the rest of society, felons are using the latest technology not only to steal cash but also to launder it.

Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation Announces Awards

January 14, 2021
Posted by: Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/sdecoret

The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation announced awards for two collaborative projects.

DHS Test Shows Biometrics Work With Face Masks

January 5, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Biometrics systems tested by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate effectively identify most individuals even when they wear face masks. Credit: SergeyTinyakov/Shutterstock

The Biometric Technology Rally evaluated the ability of biometric systems and matching algorithms to reliably collect and match images of individuals wearing an array of face masks.