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The Best Laid Plans

- The best laid emergency plans can go awry if they fail to incorporate certain critical steps and principles.

Government Investigators Smuggle Bomb Components Past Airport Security

- GAO says publicly available parts and knowledge could be used to assemble a bomb during an aircraft flight and do significant damage.

Introduction to Homeland Security

- 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.)

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."

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.
 




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