Homeland Security

DHS' updated infrastructure plan emphasizes systems resiliency

The National Infrastructure Protection Plan, updated by DHS, puts greater emphasis on the resiliency of critical systems, particularly IT systems, according to a GAO evaluation.

First responders connect via DHS online network

The Homeland Security Department hopes 500,000 local, state and federal first responders will join a new online professional network DHS has created for them.

DHS to hire 170 IT employees during next 18 months

Richard Spires, the CIO of the Homeland Security Department, said today his IT workforce will almost double by October 2011.

Cloud computing is not always helpful in data recovery

Post-disaster data recovery is easier now, but it still can be difficult to get managers to buy in, says a former CISO for DOJ.

How can we be at cyberwar if we don't know what it is?

Before plunging into a Cold-War style cyber arms race with our online enemies, the United States needs to decide just exactly what cyberwar is, who should fight it and how to do it.

DHS officials defend progress on SBInet border system

Two days after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano froze some spending on the SBInet virtual fence system at the Arizona border, DHS officials say the system is providing needed capabilities.

FCC national broadband effort gets Web site

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a new Web page today designed to provide information about the efforts to create a national broadband plan for public safety.

State fusion centers look to expand beyond counterterrorism efforts

Shortly after the first fusion centers were established, federal and state officials realized two things: First, the fusion concept could be extended beyond counterterrorism. And second, federal grants were a powerful force in shaping fusion centers.

With fusion centers, privacy is a serious — and touchy — subject

Agencies involved in fusion centers say they take privacy seriously. But they're reluctant to say much else about the subject.

Broadband plan would make FCC a player in cybersecurity framework

Under the National Broadband Plan released today by the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC would gain responsibilities for ensuring the safety of privately owned communications infrastructure.

Former TSA employee charged with infecting databases

A former Transportation Security Administration data analyst has beenn charged with injecting malicious code into two TSA databases last year, about a week before his employment was about to end.

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