Homeland Security Blog

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.

Mariners Needed for Navigation Study

December 6, 2017
The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a study through March 31 on the Waterways Analysis and Management System.

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners for a study of navigation requirements in the Pacific Seacoast System. 

DHS Competition to Uncover Emerging Biothreats

October 17, 2017
The Department of Homeland Security needs innovators who can use existing data to identify biothreats, such as viruses, bacterium, pathogens and biological toxins. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences)

Successful concepts will explore connections between multiple readily-accesible data sources to develop real-time insights that can improve public safety responses to emerging threats.

DHS to Host Industry Day for Trace Detection

October 6, 2017

The two-day event will encourage discussions about how to advance novel sampling techniques, including the possible applications of optical trace explosives detection.

Coast Guard Pivots to Innovation in Hurricane Response

September 12, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, USCG, deputy commandant, Mission Support, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

The Coast Guard is challenging its current information system and leaning in to technology and the way people seek help today.

The Laws for Border Control Already Exist

September 12, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Panelists discuss immigration policies during the FCEA Homeland Security Conference.

Immigration enforcement legislation has not changed, but the results have.

DHS Tests Touch-Free Fingerprint System

August 17, 2017
The Homeland Security Department is testing a new contact-free fingerprinting technology at select airports.

While contact-based fingerprint technology has existed for some time, non-contact fingerprinting is still a new frontier.

Institutions of Higher Learning and Active Shooter Preparedness

August 1, 2017
By Bill Sullivan
Bill Sullivan, professor of safety, security and emergency management at Eastern Kentucky University, suggests solutions for preventing active shooter and other attacks in schools.

The use of technology to identify threats can deter violence.

NASA Funds UAV Detection and Tracking Research

July 24, 2017
SwellPro's waterproof drones shoot video both above and below the water. In an effort to keep airspace safe, NASA is funding research into UAV system detection and tracking.

Researchers at North Carolina State University are launching a project to find new ways to detect and track unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace.

Insider Threat Training Now Required for Federal Contractors

May 31, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

Beginning today, all cleared government contractors must complete insider threat employee awareness training prior to being granted access to classified information and every year thereafter.

Good News, Bad News for Federal Mobile Security

May 4, 2017

A DHS report to Congress indicates that security has improved even as threats have increased.

Border Surveillance System Upgrade Reaches Full Operational Capability

April 11, 2017
The Remote Video Surveillance System upgrade has achieved full operational capability.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection has determined the Remote Video Surveillance System upgrade has achieved a full operating capability.

DHS Invites Industry to Test Critical Infrastructure GPS Technology

February 13, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate has announced an opportunity for manufacturers of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment used in critical infrastructure to test their products against GPS jamming and spoofing.

The GPS Testing for Critical Infrastructure (GET-CI) event, to be held April 17-21, at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, is the first in a series of test opportunities.

DHS S&T Has Money to Award for Innovation, New Technologies

By Katie Helwig
Douglas Maughan from the Department of Homeland Security speaks to AFCEA committee members.

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has money to award for innovation and new technologies to help safeguard the homefront. The DHS seeks entrepreneurs with a passion for the mission, who demonstrate collaborative problem solving characteristics and who are poised for growth.

Securing the Infrastructure Within the Nation's Critical Infrastructures

October 31, 2016
By David Young

November marks the Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience month. The strongest assembled securities available today can't fully safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure assets. But the good news is that these vulnerabilities are front and center on official radars and primed for increased attention. 

DHS Has More Than 120 New Cyber Hires

Ooctober 21, 2016
By Julianne Simpson

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson gave a report on the department’s progress in cyber hiring, announcing more than 120 new employees.

U.S. Coast Guard Announces Commissioning of Sixth National Security Cutter

September 28, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
The Coast Guard's national security cutters are 418 feet long and have a top speed of 28 knots.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the service's sixth national security cutter, Munro, will be commissioned April 1, 2017, at the Smith Cove Terminal in Seattle.

First Responder Communication Platform Now Available

August 8, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security has made the Next-Generation Incident Command System globally available.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has announced the Next-Generation Incident Command System, an information sharing tool for first responders, is now available worldwide.