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- 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."

DHS Cybersecurity

- 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.

Did You Know That?

- 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.

Crate Expectations for Cargo Security Strategy

- 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.

Cooperation, Not Convergence

- 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.

Critics Call for DHS Overhaul

- 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).

Is the Free Market Best for Homeland Security?

- 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.

Crate Expectations for Cargo Security Strategy

- 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.

Massachusetts: Port Security

- A bill (S.B. 1349) has been introduced that would require the state government to devise regulations for the safe transport of hazardous materials in the state’s ports. The state would also be required to regulate the staffing and safe operation of escort vessels and equipment.

Port Security

- A bill (S. 1594) introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-FL) would require that the U.S. Coast Guard establish an international committee to develop guidelines for the safe and secure handling and transportation of especially hazardous cargo to the United States. The bill would also require the government to establish a strategic plan to use assistance programs to assist foreign ports and facilities that lack effective antiterrorism measures in implementing port security antiterrorism measures.

Food Safety

- A bill (S. 1804) introduced by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) would require that the government devise a strategy for addressing attacks on the nation’s agriculture and food supplies. The bill would direct the government to carry out vulnerability assessments of the agriculture and food system; implement mitigation strategies to protect critical production areas from diseases, pests, and poisons; ensure that the nation is prepared to respond to a terrorist attack, disease outbreak, or other disaster affecting the agriculture and food system; and assist states with food and agriculture protection activities. Under the bill, the Secretary of Agriculture would be required to develop a national veterinary stockpile, a national plant disease recovery system, a national plant diagnostic network, and a national food emergency response network.

Mukasey Wins Approval

- The new attorney general will replace Alberto R. Gonzales who left the post in August.

Congress Probes the Terrorist Watch List

- Government investigators recommend strengthening the quality of the watch list data and its redress system.  (Updated)
 




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