IT Preparedness: At Long Last, a Major DHS Priority

In today’s complex world, information technology (IT) systems serve as both the intellectual libraries and operational brains of virtually all components of the vital infrastructures of businesses, utilities, and the organizations and agencies of all levels of government. For this reason, among others, the maintenance, protection, and preservation of IT

NLE 2011: Successful Learning, Plus Partnership Building

Question: What do Boston’s church bells and the Mississippi River have in common? Answer: Both survived the greatest earthquake in U.S. history (the San Francisco quake pales in comparison). The 200th anniversary of the New Madrid disaster was remembered, appropriately, earlier this year by FEMA, NEMA, CUSEC and an estimated

The New PLAN: Government Alerts Enter the 21st Century

The old saying that, “No matter where you go, there you are,” has become the new Golden Rule for emergency-alert notifications, thanks to the combined efforts of the FCC, FEMA, and the commercial U.S. cellular industry. That is the PLAN, anyway. But it works better if IPAWS is OPEN to

‘IT Security for Knuckleheads’: Ten Basic Steps

The still misunderstood, and sometimes even frightening, term “Cyber Security” has entered the common vocabulary in force in recent years. It is generally agreed that the lack of cyber security is dangerous, and potentially catastrophic. But there are a number of common-sense guidelines to follow to protect an organization’s, or

Ham Radio – An Emergency Tool for Public Health

Many citizens served their communities heroically in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and some of their stories are well known – but most of them remain untold.  One of the still relatively unknown heroes is a legally blind New Orleans jazz musician, who also happens to be an amateur radio

DHS – Moving Forward; And Moving Out

An expeditious start, clear directions, and a detailed road map to the future augur well for an ambitious new slate of initiatives, both domestic and international, for the overworked and not always adequately funded Department of Homeland Security.

The TSP Program – A Valuable Insurance Policy

According to research conducted in 2003 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Communications System (NCS), less than 10 percent of the nation’s approximately 7,500 9-1-1 call centers – more formally called Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) – were participating at that time in what is called the Telecommunications

Terrorism: The Cyberspace Battleground

Yesterday’s hackers have become today’s cyber criminals, & tomorrow could be cyber terrorists. Technology marches on, providing new opportunities both for human progress and for those fixated on destroying Western civilization and the infidel economy.

Cyber Attacks: The Need for Resiliency

Ability of private businesses & public agencies to resume operations following a major disaster used to be taken for granted. That is no longer the case, particularly since hackers & terrorists discovered the damage that could be caused by modern technolo


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