Tagged: protection

Whole Community, Any Hazard: The Updated National Planning Frameworks

FEMA’s newly updated National Planning Frameworks were released late last week, including updates to comply with PPD-21, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, and EO 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, among others. The five frameworks, Prevention; Protection; Mitigation; Response; and Recovery, were last updated in May of 2013 and aim to foster a...

2015 National Preparedness Report

In 2011, President Obama issued the  Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness with the goals of “strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation.” The President’s directive, summed up in...

New Study Shows Hospitals Were Unprepared For Superstorm Sandy

Nearly two years ago, Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast claiming 72 lives and nearly $50 billion in estimated damage. Within the 40 counties declared disaster areas of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, hospitals were found to be ill-prepared. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Inspector General Office...

How Safe are our Federal Properties and Employees?

On May 21st, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the testimony of Mark Goldstein, Director of Physical Infrastructure Team, which informed on the work of the Federal Protective Service (FPS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security. Goldstein’s remarks constitute one of four testimonies heard at the May 21,...

American Values at Risk: The Impacts of Climate Change on National Landmarks

The impacts of climate change can be devastating to U.S. infrastructure; the natural disasters it induces (rising seas, floods, droughts, wildfires, etc.) can damage buildings, sever power lines, contaminate water, and destroy agriculture. Most of these assets are easily repaired or replaced, but what about damage done to infrastructure that...

Senate Report: Target’s Negligence Allowed Massive Theft of Shopper Data

On December 19, 2013, news broke that 110 million Target customers had their personal data stolen from the Target network. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has released a report detailing exactly how this breach occurred, and has made recommendations to prevent such massive theft in the...

Power Grid Needs a Cybersecurity Boost: Bipartisan Policy Center Report Finds Weaknesses in U.S. Critical Infrastructure Protection

In February, the Co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, together with the National Homeland Security Project, published a report of findings on the security status of the nation’s electricity infrastructure. Protecting this power grid from cyber attacks is critical to national security in an environment where...

Condition and Performance Evaluation of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

Following the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prepared empirical reports for Congress detailing the condition, performance, and future investment needs of the nation’s transit systems. This 2013 Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance report is the tenth in a series...

DoD DSB Report: Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies

The DoD Defense Science Board (DSB) released this month a new report entitled, “Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies.” The report, created by the DSB Task Force on the Assessment of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring and Verification Technologies, remarks on the growing importance of “persistent surveillance” of global nuclear proliferation...