Homeland Security Blog

Call to Action: 3D Printers to Make Protective Masks

March 31, 2020
Anyone with 3D printing or other additive manufacturing capabilities can help counter the spread of the coronavirus by making N95-style masks. Credit: CDC image

Hobbyists, civic groups, universities, schools, churches and available government agencies could potentially step in and help to make N95-style masks.

Ensuring FirstNet Connectivity During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 25, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Amid the COVAD-19 crisis, first responders are turning more and more to communications through FirstNet, officials say. Credit: Shutterstock/Zoff

The pandemic is testing the capability of the network that supports first responders.

Sandia Initiatives to Protect Energy Grid and Nuclear Weapons

March 23, 2020
Sandia National Laboratories’ Saturn accelerator, viewed through an artistic lens, tests countermeasures used to protect electronics against X-ray radiation from nuclear weapons. Laboratory officials have announced two new initiatives, one to protect the electrical grid, and another to help maintain a nuclear edge. Photo by Randy Montoya

Initiatives focus on defending large U.S. electrical utility systems and developing enabling technical capabilities to help maintain a strategic nuclear deterrent.

Pentagon Leaders Stress Cybersecurity As More Personnel Move to Telework

March 17, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Essye Miller, principal deputy, DOD CIO, speaks at a town hall on the response to COVID-19. Credit: Screenshot of DVIDS video

During a town hall on the response to COVID-19, leaders at the Pentagon stressed the importance of good cyber hygiene while working remotely.

DHS Seeks Biometrics to Identify Individuals in Crowds

March 5, 2020
The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate has announced the third Biometric Technology Rally, which will be used to search for systems capable of identifying individuals in crowds. Credit: Illus_man/Shutterstock

The 2020 Biometric Technology Rally will focus on reliably identifying small, free-flowing groups of individuals in crowded environments, such as airports or ports of entry.

Stavridis Warns of Russia and China Cyber Attacks

February 21, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), is an operating executive for The Carlyle Group and former supreme allied commander of NATO., Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), operating executive for The Carlyle Group and former supreme allied commander of NATO, says the United States is not adequately prepared for the threat level confronting cyberspace.

Potential adversaries target energy and finance as they seek to undermine the United States.

DHS Evaluating Wildfire Sensors

February 10, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology directorate is working with four companies to develop sensors to help thwart wildfires threatening urban areas. Credit: U.S. Bureau of Land Management photo

Over the next six months, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate will assess prototypical wildfire sensor technologies from four companies.

DHS Unveils Successful Smart City Technology Pilot

January 17, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out A Smart City Technology Integration Pilot in St. Louis, aimed at increased interoperability for public safety officials and first responders. Credit: Shutterstock/Rudy Balasko

The effort in St. Louis advances interoperability for first responders.

Science and Technology Directorate's New Impact Series Takes on Spooky Cyber Threats

October 18, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: LuckyStep

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is launching its latest S&T Impact Series case study focused on cybersecurity.

Financial Crimes, Identity Fraud Often Related

September 24, 2019
By Shaun Waterman
FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco speaks at AFCEA International's Federal identity Forum and Expo September 24 in Tampa, Florida. Credit: Shaun Waterman

There’s a new federal player on the field in the identity security game.

Sensors Signal Flooding Dangers

August 27, 2019
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Sensors like those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and Intellisense Systems are developing can help give residents ample notice to evacuate before water levels such as those experienced on the Arkansas River in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, earlier this year. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA, Pfc. Andy Munoz, USMC, and Lance Cpl. Torrio Mays, USMC, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, filled sandbags in effort to create a retaining wall in Twentynine Palms, California, to redirect the flow of water and prevent it from encircling a home in the event of a flash flood in July. Photo by Cpl. Carley Vedro, USMC, At its first Pitch Day, the U.S. Air Force awarded a multimillion dollar contract to Intellisense Systems Inc. for production of the Micro Weather Sensor, a remote, unattended, fully operational weather sensor originally developed for the U.S. Special Operations Command. Photo by Tim Chavez

Deployable flood inundation sensors based on the Internet of Things are being developed to monitor flood-prone areas in real time to rapidly detect them and alert officials, industry and citizens to potential threats.

The Department of Homeland Security's Newest Agency Outlines Its Future

August 27, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The one-year old Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security is coordinating the protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Credit: Shutterstock/Imfoto

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency presents its strategic plan to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure.

DHS to Fund Terrorism Prevention Center of Excellence

July 15, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate is funding a $35 million, 10-year effort to create a research center of excellence focused on preventing and countering terrorist attacks. Credit: deepspace/Shutterstock

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate announces a 10-year, $35 million opportunity to create a Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence.

Congress Raises Privacy and Civil Liberty Concerns with the DHS’ Use of Biometrics

July 11, 2019
 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security takes a closer look at how the government is using biometrics in protecting the nation. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrea Izzotti

The federal government's use of facial recognition and other technologies must be scrutinized, some lawmakers assert.

Russia Continues Information Warfare

July 10, 2019
By Gopika Ramesh
According to a recent study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Russia has not ceased its disinformation efforts. Credit: Shutterstock/Viacheslav Lopatin

The nation is persisting with its disinformation tactics, focusing on Western democracies.

The Department of Homeland Security Looks to Industry for Biometric Solutions

June 20, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security is reaching out to the private sector for ideas about advanced cloud-based biometric technology for immigration and border security.

Latest Request for Information from DHS seeks input on biometric capabilities.

GPS Helps First Responders Rule the Road

June 6, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Unlike standard GPS-enabled map apps, QuickRoute settings include options such as “Use Controlled Opposing Lanes” and “Show QuickRoute Alerts on Map.”, Even with all its special features, the QuickRoute app resembles the map apps first responders are accustomed to from personal use.

DHS S&T and partner Azimuth1 LLC are developing QuickRoute, an app that uses GPS and routing data to provide turn-by-turn directions to address first responders’ special needs.

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.

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