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Site Map - Homeland Security

State Perspective - Oregon

- Interview with Ken Murphy, director of Oregon Emergency Management.

IT security problems at DHS.

- The Department of Homeland Security's IT efforts are plagued with inefficiencies and problems, from an "organizationally weak" CIO office and the reliance on outdated technical systems to the need to outsource some benefits and payroll functions to other agencies. Those charges are leveled by Democrats on the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee in a recent report, America at Risk: Closing the Security Gap. @ The report is available at SM Online.

Israel to Vote on Detention Law Extension for Security Suspects

- Israel moves to extend detention of security suspects with minimal oversight.

From Small Clues to Big Picture

- One lesson from 9-11 is the need to better connect the dots of intelligence data to see the picture of any looming threat. The Transportation Security Coordination Center is attempting to do just that.

DHS wireless worry.

- The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Inspector General (IG) recently slammed the agency for not implementing "adequate security controls to protect data transmitted on wireless networks and devices." The IG's report called DHS's wireless policy incomplete and also pointed out that none of the wireless systems in use has been certified or accredited, though DHS security policy mandates this. @ The full report and a response from DHS Chief Information Officer Steven I. Cooper are at SM Online.

The Right Mailroom Milieu

- Reaves said the Web site contains information gathered from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security, and other government agencies.

Counterfeiting

- A new secure Department of Homeland Security RFID has been touted as one of the most promising technologies for large-scale tracking and security of products. The Product Safety Task Force (PSTF), a coalition of businesses involved in the healthcare supply chain, now says that an RFID-based "electronic track-and-trace system" could be used to improve security in, and thwart counterfeiting of, pharmaceuticals. While bar codes might be used as an interim step, RFID transponders, or tags, would eventually be placed on all individual products, according to a PSTF white paper. "Serialized product 'license plates'" would uniquely identify items throughout the supply chain, allowing items to be traced from point of manufacture on, allowing the verification of a product's authenticity.

Keystone to Antiterror Fight

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State Perspective - Massachusetts

- Interview with Juliette N. Kayyem, Massachusetts' undersecretary of public safety for homeland security.

Quick Bytes: Technology grants

- The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $9 million in grants to 12 information technology projects under the Information Technology and Evaluation Program (ITEP), which aims to improve information-sharing capabilities. The projects, selected from 113 proposals, include an Arizona program to enhance wireless security for first responders, a port security communications network in Rhode Island, and an XML-based facial imaging system for use by law enforcement and other first responders in North Carolina. @ Learn more about ITEP by visiting SM Online.

Technology grants

- The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $9 million in grants to 12 information technology projects under the Information Technology and Evaluation Program (ITEP), which aims to improve information-sharing capabilities. The projects, selected from 113 proposals, include an Arizona program to enhance wireless security for first responders, a port security communications network in Rhode Island, and an XML-based facial imaging system for use by law enforcement and other first responders in North Carolina. @ Learn more about ITEP by visiting SM Online.

Industry Focus

- The final version of the ASIS International Threat Advisory System Guideline is published.

Volume Speaks Volumes about Homeland Security

- Can you guess which of the following groups, offices, and councils are part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)? The Homeland Security Council. The Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. The Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office. The Terrorist Threat Integration Center. The Homeland Security Advisory Council. The answer is the Homeland Security Advisory Council, but don't feel too bad if you were wrong (the others, respectively, are under the White House, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency). The creation of the DHS centralized many functions related to terrorism and homeland security, but others remain in separate departments. Security professionals who would like to understand these various functions and how they fit together may want to get the Homeland Security Deskbook, a looseleaf volume by the attorneys at Venable LLP that explains the organization of homeland security functions both within and outside the DHS. Link to the bookseller.
 




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