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CBP Ignores Mandate Under 2006 Safe Port Act

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began container security device (CSD) examination in 2004, prior to the Safe Port Act of 2006. According to the 2010 Government Accountability Office report Supply Chain Security, “From 2004 through 2009, [the DHS Science & Technology Directorate] spent approximately $60 million and made varying levels of progress in the… Keep Reading

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21st Century Information-Sharing and Communication Requirements Pose Significant Challenges

First responders in the 21st century increasingly face multifaceted active threat scenarios. The complexity of recent national and global attacks, as well as the potential of extreme natural disasters and weather emergencies, challenge those charged with saving lives and ensuring the best possible outcomes during these events more than ever. While the challenges seem more… Keep Reading

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Vacancies, Placeholders, Morale Take Center Stage at DHS

Over the past half decade, there’s been persistent criticism regarding periods when there were delays in filling the many “acting” and vacant positions of top leaders at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the problems that it’s caused. During these periods, DHS had to be run by “acting” placeholders, which isn’t to say these… Keep Reading

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Cybersecurity Takes Pages from Swiss Bank Playbook

Criminal hackers aren’t the only cybersecurity threat American companies are worried about. Edward Snowden’s disclosures regarding National Security Agency (NSA) spying on ordinary citizens, coupled with governmental pressure on private-sector companies to hand over customer data and modifytheir systems to provide backdoor access for government officials, have made many businesses nervous. Not only would such… Keep Reading

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DHS Feeling Pressure to Improve Biometrics Program

President Donald Trump shocked the world January 27 when he signed an executive order temporarily placing severe restrictions on travel to the United States by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. The same order also rescinded the visas of approximately 60,000 visitors already in the United States from those countries. As of the beginning of… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Pandemic Crossroads

When discussing border security and enforcement, the conversations often focus on the smuggling of aliens, narcotics, firearms, currency and other contraband–and for good reason. These important topics require constant attention due to the threats posed to the nation and other countries by the smuggling that occurs both inbound and outbound at our land, air and marine… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE – DIY Bio: Separating Fact from Fiction

Do-It-Yourself biotechnology, or DIY bio, evokes strong feelings, both for and against such activities. On one side is the argument that the proliferation has made sophisticated technology available to those lacking the fundamental understanding of the science and few controls on individual activities, making the chance of an accident or misuse of the technology more… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Hometown Terror in Manchester Marks Dangerous, Significant Shift in Focus, Operational Methodologies

The world has turned a dangerous corner. While certainly the high-water mark (so far) as terrorist barbarism, the May 22 suicide bombing at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England by radical Islamic extremist Salman Abedi against innocent civilians leaving a concert by pop star Ariana Grande  has deeper and more sinister implications. This attack was perpetrated… Keep Reading

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SPECIAL ANALYSIS – Bridging the Divide: How the International Community is Adapting to the Threat of WMD Smuggling

American television shows like "NCIS" and its various locally based variants like "NCIS Los Angeles," "Designated Survivor," the iconic "24," and movies like, "The Sum of All Fears" and "By Dawn’s Early Light," have developed a cult status. They are seen across the world. Their success is down to a simple combination of twothings: the… Keep Reading

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SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Trump Signs Long Awaited Cybersecurity Executive Order, Draft of Which Homeland Security Today First Reported Last Week; Cyber Authorities Weigh In

President Trump today finally signed a long awaited Executive Order (EO) on Cybersecurity, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, the April 27 draft of which Homeland Security Today first reported last week, and which sources familiar with the then draft EO told Homeland Security Today Trump was expected to sign this week. With the… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Terrorism in Europe: Understanding the Pathways of Movement of Jihadists in the Contemporary World

Europe has been a hotbed of terrorist activity in the past decade. In an attempt to further understand the pathways of ideological and jihadi movement of terrorism from the Middle East to Europe, five terrorist attacks was analyzed, and biographical profiles of the perpetrators were created. Ultimately what was discovered was that second generation immigrants,… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Top DHS Official Says A New Roles and Missions Commission on DHS is Urgently Needed Now

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires reauthorizing legislation that will reaffirm and, where necessary, update the department’s organizations and functions. Development of such legislation should begin with a roles and missions commission for DHS. Such a review is not without precedent. With the National Defense Authorization Act of 1994, Congress established the requirement for… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Why Government’s Continuous Diagnostics, Mitigation Program Critical for Both Private, Public Sectors

Almost every week, new headlines come out related to executive orders, frameworks and regulations surrounding cybersecurity impacting both the private and public sectors. For example, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) cybersecurity regulation went into effect on March 1st. It requires New York banks, insurance companies and other financial services institutions regulated… Keep Reading

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IN-DEPTH: Trump’s Revised Vetting Executive Order Praised by Admin, Supporters; Dems, Special Interests Still Say it’s a Ban on Muslims

Monday morning President Trump issued a revised vetting Executive Order which takes effect March 16 that rescinds and replaces his earlier order that has been in limbo in the courts. The new order states, “In light of the Ninth Circuit [Court of Appeals] observation that the political branches are better suited to determine the appropriate… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Critical Infrastructure, Background Investigations and Civil Liberties

No particular threat has the potential to draw the concerns of security practitioners more than the fear of the insider. The concept of the insider threat has prompted a whole cottage industry of background investigationcompanies and service providers. For the vast majority of private sector companies, these background investigation services are workable and generally provide… Keep Reading

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Majorityof Illegals Arrested in Routine ICE Enforcement Actions Are Criminal Aliens; Deportation Ops in Context

Out of the series of routine targeted enforcement operations across the nation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — which began Monday, February 6 in the Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Antonio areas of responsibility — that resulted in more than 680 arrests of convicted criminal aliens and other immigration enforcement priorities,… Keep Reading

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Appeals Court Upholds Federal Judge’s Halt of Trump’s Vetting Executive Order

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday afternoon not surprisingly issued a “per curiam” ruling — meaning a unanimous decision — denying the Trump Administration’s emergency motion for a stay pending appeal of the February 3 temporary restraining order issued by Republican Western District of Washington US District Court Judge James… Keep Reading

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