Daily Headline : ID issues \ Identity Theft
11/25/2007 - Foreigners that refuse to be fingerprinted upon arrival will be deported.
Homeland Security: Homeland Security
11/16/2007 - The final version of the ASIS International Threat Advisory System Guideline is published.
News & Trends: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
11/16/2007 - GAO auditors came up with a set of best practices that regional governmental bodies can adopt. They include making sure to have representation from diverse jurisdictions and stakeholders, developing strategic plans with quantifiable goals, and finding out how to take advantage of federal grants.
Homeland Security: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
11/16/2007 - The best laid emergency plans can go awry if they fail to incorporate certain critical steps and principles.
Daily Headline : Airport Security
11/15/2007 - GAO says publicly available parts and knowledge could be used to assemble a bomb during an aircraft flight and do significant damage.
11/14/2007 - In the crowded world of security textbooks, there is still room for a definitive guide to homeland security. Introduction to Homeland Security attempts to fill that gap by, in the authors' words, presenting a "background and working knowledge of disciplines, players, and organizations that are part of this nation's homeland security efforts." It manages to nominally achieve this goal, but largely through content harvested from the Internet and summaries of government legislation, with some original writing appearing as well. These multiple sources of material create a tapestry of uneven writing styles and subject treatment--some important issues get little or no discussion, while other less pertinent issues are examined in detail. (Al Qaeda merits nary a mention, but landfill security gets a full page.)
Cybersecurity: IT Security
11/14/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made many improvements in its information security program, according to the agency's Inspector General (IG). However, he notes in a new report that the agency still lacks "an accurate and complete system inventory."
Cybersecurity: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
11/14/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made many improvements in its information security program, according to the agency's Inspector General (IG). However, he notes in a new report that the agency still lacks "an accurate and complete system inventory." An effort is being made to create such an inventory with assistance from an outside contractor, but without an inventory in place, the IG was unable to determine whether systems have been properly certified and accredited. Read the report.
News & Trends: Best Practices \ Case Studies
11/14/2007 - A national response plan that establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to domestic incidents has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security. The plan was developed with private industry help and incorporates best practices and procedures from incident management disciplines. @ Get it via SM Online.
News & Trends: Border Security
11/13/2007 - In a draft national cargo security strategy, the Department of Homeland Security sets a "zero-tolerance policy" toward the arrival of weapons of mass destruction at U.S. borders. The goal is to inspect 100 percent of "designated high-risk" cargo.
Cybersecurity: IT Security
11/13/2007 - Amit Yoran, who served as director of the National Cyber Security Division in the Department of Homeland Security until he stepped down late last year, has some unconventional views on how IT and physical/operational security departments should be structured in the corporate world. "Tech Talk" recently talked with him about those views.
News & Trends: Homeland Security
11/13/2007 - If, as the saying goes, a camel is a horse designed by committee, then the only question unresolved by critics of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is whether the agency has one hump or two. But it's not too late to reengineer this domestic dromedary, according to a new paper by the Heritage Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
News & Trends: Public-Private Partnerships
11/13/2007 - Does the free market work when it comes to private-sector homeland security? That's the question put on the table in a new report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The report does not answer the question but lays out the reasons why business might not at first provide adequate security and the ways in which the government might induce better behavior.