Preparing for the Worst in Cyber Security

The high-tech professionals entrusted to protect and preserve a company’s – or country’s – IT networks do not always recognize that their first operational priority should be the protection of their own equipment, specifically including detection and encryption systems and devices.

Mass Prophylaxis: The Brass Ring of Public Health Preparedness

It sounds like a mission impossible, but U.S. public health officials are determined to find a way to provide pandemic medications, within 48 hours, to everyone within a major metropolitan area endangered by pandemic influenza or a potentially lethal bioterrorism attack.

Questions of Preparedness: A Spring of Tragedy for Law Enforcement

The murder of a police officer is both a community and personal tragedy. Better equipment and improved training are helping to improve survivability, but society’s criminal element has access to the same equipment and the result has been an increase in law-enforcement fatalities.

Field Testing or LRN Laboratories - Why Not Both?

First responders & emergency managers must make many difficult decisions. One of the most consequential involves choosing between the field testing of potential biological agents at the scene of an incident & the safer but slower option of waiting for verified lab results.

Worst-Case Scenario: Pakistan Falls to the Taliban

Israel & India could be first in the line of fire if the resurgent terrorist group gains control of Islamabad’s nuclear arsenal, but the United States would not be immune from attacks that could potentially evolve into a global nuclear holocaust.

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.

Isolation, Quarantine, and the Compression of Time

At one time it took 80 days to go around the world. It now takes only one day. The speed of person-to-person communications has dropped from several weeks to instantaneous. Unfortunately, medical capabilities have not moved forward at quite the same pace.

A Change in Fashions for the Well-Suited Responder

  Today’s first-responder community is continually searching for the most effective technology to provide protection during a hazardous materials or WMD (weapons of mass destruction) incident. However, because most incidents

The Beslan School Massacre: A Threat with No Easy Solutions

The 2004 Chechen massacre of almost 400 students, parents, and teachers at Beslan School Number 1 shocked the entire world. The United States learned numerous lessons from that horrifying incident – but has yet to translate them into its own preparedness plans.
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