Homeland Security Blog

States Struggle to Adapt Their Identity Management Under COVID-19 Conditions

September 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock/Golden Sikorka

The federal government, meanwhile, turns more to research centers for contracting identity solutions.

FBI Upgrades Biometric Technologies

September 8, 2020
By George I. Seffers
FBI officials indicate the bureau's next-generation iris recognition system could be fully operational by October. Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

The bureau adds iris recognition and altered fingerprint detection.

Public and Private Sectors Team to Fight Election Interference

August 26, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/ozrimoz

Government and industry, particularly social media, are collaborating on efforts to reduce the effect of foreign disinformation on the November election. But their task is daunting.

People Watching Provides Pandemic Insights

August 24, 2020
By George I. Seffers
New York City was one of the early hotspots for the spread of COVID-19. New York University researchers funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation have been studying human behavior near medical facilities to help inform policies on pandemics and other potential disasters. Credit: GagliardiPhotography/Shutterstock

Researchers are studying people’s behavior as they leave healthcare facilities to help develop localized disease-transmission models that can be applied to areas such as cities. 

DHS to Hold Virtual Industry Day for COVID-19 Solutions

August 12, 2020
Posted by George I. Seffers
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate intends to hold a virtual industry day next week seeking solutions to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo credit: U.S. Army

The topic call is seeking commercially available technology solutions to address pandemic-related needs.

An Umbrella Approach to National Emergency Preparedness Is Needed

August 4, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A COVID-19 patient is treated in a quarantine room by health care workers garbed in personal protective equipment. The pandemic has laid bare the shortcomings in U.S. national security emergency preparedness, and experts state that only a national effort will remedy the problem. Credit: Shutterstock/Mongkolchon Akesin

National security emergency preparedness is lacking a critical national approach, says a team of experts.

Consortium Researches 911 Communications Interoperability

August 4, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Response personnel at 911 call centers nationwide will benefit from research to improve the interoperability and compatibility of Next-Generation 911 systems. Credit: Photo by U.S. Department of Commerce

DHS Center of Excellence will develop a framework and process for testing interoperability of Next-Generation 911 systems.

Securing Against Possible Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks

July 29, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Firefighters from 502nd Civil Engineering Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph conduct an exercise in June 2019 to improve the base's resiliency. The San Antonio region is also preparing for any possible electromagnetic pulse events, which could be detrimental to power and operations. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell

Leaders at Joint Base San Antonio and the region are mapping a path to protect critical infrastructure.

DHS Tool Helps Plan for and Counter Bomb Attacks

July 24, 2020
Army National Guard Chaplain Lt. Col. Henry Roberson (center) gives communion to search and rescue workers across the street from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the site of a 1995 terrorist attack caused by a fertilizer bomb. The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate is building a modeling tool that will help officials plan for and counter attacks at special events. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Marvin Krause, U.S. Air Force

HExCAT helps public officials to plan for and counter attacks at special events, such as parades, elections, sporting events and inaugurations.

Natural Threats Dominate Transatlantic Jam Session Findings

July 10, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Wth

The pandemic and climate change, along with Russian and Chinese manipulation, challenge the free world as experts in global security convene online.

Automation Boosts App Security Testing

July 1, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Capt. Liaquat Ali, USAF, deputy director of AF Connect, speaks to airmen about the Air Force Connect mobile app at the Air National Guard training and education center. Capt. Ali's team at the Pentagon rolled out the innovation, which allows both public and restricted-access communications on personal mobile devices. Photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, ANG, The U.S. military depends on secure apps for information sharing. U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Chandler Baker

Under a joint pilot program, verifying the security of mobile application software for use within the federal government no longer needs to be time consuming or expensive.

DHS Funds U.S. Small Business Research

June 11, 2020
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Unified communications benefit from mobile access and multi-use smart technologies such as smartphones and tablets to enable personnel to conduct their mission tasks. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released

More than two dozen research contracts have been awarded to small businesses to participate in phase one of the DHS S&T Directorate's SBIR program.

Primaries Present Initial Test of Cybersecurity Efforts

June 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency put in place a cyber situational awareness room on Tuesday to support state and local governments' voting primaries. Credit: Shutterstock/Melinda Nagy

DHS agency works to support states’ voting security amid the pandemic and civil unrest.

Senate Hearing Puts FCC Ligado Decision in the Crosshairs

May 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Dana Deasy, chief information officer, U.S. Defense Department, pictured speaking at the Pentagon last August, testified before the Senate as to the risks to GPS of allowing Ligado to operate in a nearby spectrum. Credit: DOD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Carroll

DOD CIO attests that allowing the company’s cellular network puts the military’s satellite navigation operations at a big risk.

CMMC Takes Aim at Supply Chain Security

April 23, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Anatolii Stoiko

The supply chain is under siege, and the CMMC may be the key to securing it once and for all.

Connections Are Key to Making CMMC Work

April 23, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Ty Schieber, chair, CMMC Accreditation Body, promises to post "a tremendous amount of information" on his office's website over the next couple of days, while speaking at the AFCEA Virtual CCMC Symposium., Robert Hanson, senior cybersecurity advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, warns that simple unrecognized security breaches could imperil valuable data, speaking at the AFCEA Virtual CCMC Symposium.

The relationship among contractors must strengthen to ensure that CMMC accomplishes its goals.

Homeland Security Systems Aid COVID-19 Response

April 16, 2020
Posted by George Seffers
The Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate has released a review of systems it developed and fielded that are now contributing to the COVID-19 response. Credit: Corona Borealis Studio/Shutterstock

Four systems developed by the Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate contribute to COVID-19 response efforts.

Covid-19 Threat Update Issued Jointly by U.K. and U.S. Security Agencies

April 8, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: angellodeco/Shutterstock

A joint advisory published today shows that a growing number of cyber criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak for their own personal gain.

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.