Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

US-VISIT system faces challenges at land borders

As reported by FCW covering the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, “officials fear that installing the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) system at hundreds of land-crossing border points could be even more challenging than doing it for airports.” http://www.fcw.com/geb/articles/2004/0119/web-usvisit-01-23-04.asp Article formerly posted at...

Outsourcing our security

Contrary to public assumption that nuclear facilities, ports, and other sensitive sites were overseen by the best in the business, Washington is outsourcing these jobs to the best of competitive bidders. Analysts estimate that private contractors could outnumber government employee’s four to one with growing concern that government oversight and...

E-mail Scam cites Homeland Security

A cleverly disguised e-mail scam traced to Pakistan claims that bank deposit insurance is being suspended due to national security concerns. Federal agents warn not to click on any links or give personal information and to report this and any similar types of e-mails to lert@fidc.gov”>alert@fidc.gov. Details of the scam...

Security and liberty still at odds

The U.S. government has yet to reconcile the balance of national security and civil liberties according to a new report from the Andrus Center for Public Policy. The report highlights the dangers of secrecy in government breeding a skeptical public. To read more go to http://www.idahostatesman.com/story.asp?ID=59449 Article formerly posted at...

NIST- Computer Security Incident Handling Guide

NIST released new Computer Security Incident Handling Guide This publication seeks to help both established and newly formed incident response teams. This document assists organizations in establishing computer security incident response capabilities and handling incidents efficiently and effectively. http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-61/sp800-61.pdf Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_250

US Conf of Mayors releases new report on HS Funds

The US Conference of Mayors has released its second report highlighting problems in the dispersement of Homeland Security funds. The report sites that 76 percent of cities still have not received monies to fund programs for first responders. To read the report, go to Tracking Federal Homeland Security FUnds sent...

Proliferation Challenges after Iraq

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Reves Center for International Studies of The College of William and Mary co-sponsored a recent report that was based on an Eisenhower National Security Series workshop. The report, “Proliferation Challenges after Iraq,” addresses questions about individual countries pursuing weapons of mass...

Newly established Homeland Security Center

The newly established Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events is headquartered at the University of Southern California and is funded for three years by a $12 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Faculty will focus on issues of risk analysis; emergency response...

PA Crime comm. unveils online prevention program

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has unveiled a new online program on terrorism awareness tips. The program outlines terrorist’s behavior and activities and how to report these activities to the authorities. To read more, go to http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/7756987.htm Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_248

New advisory service for national emergencies

On January 21st, the Dept. of Homeland Security and Los Angeles-based Operation HOPE, Inc., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for initiating a new financial advisory service to help individuals through the process of regaining control of their financial lives after disasters. To read more, see http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/press_release/press_release_0336.xml Article formerly posted...