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Public Safety Agencies Fight to Protect Privacy via Cyber Security

The numerous technological advances in security systems in recent years have created new opportunities for growth for improved operational capabilities and for both legal and moral complications Question What is the dividing line between improved security and personal privacy 8211 or is there one

Electronic Medical Records – Potential Benefits of a ‘Health Cloud’

The 21st century world of high tech communications 8211 ranging from the transmission of classified information to social texting and junk mail 8211 has not yet partly because of privacy concerns significantly improved the forwarding of medical records What can and should be done about this

Virtual USA to Enhance Disaster Management

The technological journey from VIPER to Virtual Alabama to Virtual USA is long and sometimes tedious But it is probably the best and perhaps only sure way to take today 8217 s communications systems from the dangerous present to a future that is safer technologically sounder and economically more prudent

Field-Based Patient Tracking: Real-Time Data Sharing Comes of Age

The old saying that the job 8220 8221 isn 8217 t done until the paperwork has been completed 8221 8221 is particularly true if the 8220 paperwork 8221 data 8211 vital signs indications of internal bleeding etc collected at the scene of a car accident or other incident 8211 is

License Plate Readers: Automated Situational Awareness

LPR systems are resented by drivers who are caught speeding and or running stoplights The same technology can be used though to quickly identify stolen cars and for other equally important law enforcement tasks

DHS STEPs Forward to Identify NIMS Technology

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5), which required the development of a National Incident Management System (NIMS) framework to coordinate the responses of local, state, and federal agencies to domestic terrorist attacks, was signed in December 2003. The NIMS framework is based on the Incident Command System (ICS) developed by

First Responder Credentialing: Still a Secondary Priority

As the October 2008 deadline looms for implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), which requires federal agencies to issue new “smart” identification cards to their employees, many agencies are now working tirelessly to comply with that mandate. So-called “Smart Cards” – which incorporate photos, biometric data (fingerprints), a

GIS & GPS: Making ‘Police Presence’ More Precise

“Social Networking,” popularly defined in one sense as the creation of software-enabled virtual communities, has become a significant factor in how most Americans live their professional and personal lives. Many people, both young and old, now spend their days instant-messaging with coworkers and friends, sharing photos and movies with the

Real ID: No Impediment to Law-Enforcement Photo Sharing

The Department of Homeland Security’s recent release of its Final Rule on implementation of the Real Act of 2005 calls for minimum standards for state-issued drivers licenses as one step in a larger effort to make it more difficult for unauthorized persons to acquire and/or create a fraudulent license or


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Article Out Loud – A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

  Full article by Ernesto Ballesteros, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 28, 2024. In this featured article, a cybersecurity state coordinator for CISA explains how cybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. The continuity of government and operations depends on a

Article Out Loud – Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

  Full article by David Winks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024. In this featured article, a cyber defense expert describes the complexities of protecting the power grid from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks. Like a giant spider web, the grid connects power companies and

Article Out Loud – Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

  Full article by Robert Leverone and Darren E. Price, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 14, 2024. In this featured article, two homeland security experts discuss how combating potential threats and avoiding intelligence failures involves identifying the signals and warnings in available information and connecting the dots.

Article Out Loud – Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks

Full article by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 7, 2023.From “Lord of the Flies” to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, significant consequences have been blamed on failures of imagination. In this featured article, a national security and resiliency expert encourages leaders to

Article Out Loud – Unleashing Community Resilience Through Collaborative Leadership

Full Article By Michael R. Valiente, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Elected officials and emergency response personnel form the nucleus of community leadership, a driving force for collaborative relationships with local stakeholders. Find out how community leaders who adopt the tenets of transformational leaders can


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