INFORMATION

Site Map - Homeland Security

Numbers

- The percentage of state homeland security directors who declared themselves satisfied with the actionable quality of the intelligence they receive from the federal government

State Perspective - New York

- Interview with James W. McMahon director of New York's Office of Homeland Security.

Sharing Critical Info with DHS Gets Easier

- A look at country risk ratings, DHS works on information sharing, and an interview with the head of the New York Office of Homeland Security.

What’s Behind Country Risk Ratings?

- A look at country risk ratings, DHS works on information sharing, and an interview with the head of the New York Office of Homeland Security.

Numbers

- Percentage of large wastewater facilities surveyed by the Government Accountability Office that said they had completed or were still conducting a vulnerability assessment

Management of US-VISIT Evaluated

- US-VISIT calls for various measures, such as digital photos and biometrics, to ensure that persons entering the U.S. are correctly identified and not on watch lists

A Clear Shot at Chemical Plant Security

- Cyber war games, US-visit evaluated, and chemical plant security concerns.

Terrorist War Games Focus on IT

- Cyber war games, US-visit evaluated, and chemical plant security concerns.

Jamming Terrorists with Technology

- Detonating an improvised explosive device using a remote trigger like a cell phone or remote-controlled car is a fairly simple task. Preventing the bomb from exploding using localized jamming technology is an equally simple task, but currently first responders at the state and local levels are not given access to these types of technologies, says Howard Melamed, president and CEO of Cellantenna Corp, which distributes similar devices.

Drug Companies Gain from BioShield II

- BioShield also provided for grants to modernize existing biomedical and behavioral research facilities and construct new ones. It gave authority to the federal government to procure critical drugs using specially designated funds. In addition, BioShield amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to allow specific drugs to be introduced to the public prior to FDA approval, provided the Homeland Security Secretary determined that a national emergency merited the use of such drugs.

Water Security on Tap

- Water utilities look to security basics, drug companies gain from BioShield II, and the use of jamming technologies to thwart terrorists.

States Share Criminal Justice Information

- The brief, entitled Protecting Privacy in Integrated Justice Systems, notes that some states are taking proactive steps toward privacy protection. It highlights Illinois, where the governor set up a group devoted to setting up privacy rights protection policies.

Suicide Bombers at the Gate

- Too much attention has been paid to assessing vulnerabilities and reacting to each new accident. We need to rethink risk mitigation in the light of the new threat paradigm.
 




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