The House of Representatives passed the Southern Arizona Border Threat Assessment Act on Wednesday to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a full assessment of possible threats that could emerge from the border.
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), the chairwoman of the... Read More »
The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday to authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department to develop open-source software designed to screen travelers by cross referencing law enforcement databases and terrorist watch lists.
The Enhancing Overseas... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Laredo Field Office underwent a change in leadership Tuesday, with a change of command ceremony taking place to formally instate Gregory Alvarez as port director for the Laredo Port of Entry.
Alvarez previously served as the area port director at... Read More »
INTERPOL announced on Wednesday that it apprehended seven internationally wanted terror suspects with the cooperation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of Operation Sunbird II.
Operation Sunbird II spanned all 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations... Read More »
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) chaired a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday to address the federal perspective on the state of U.S. biodefense preparedness.
“Today, we look forward to learning the perspective of federal agencies on the state of our... Read More »
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday to add the Zika virus to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Priority Review Voucher Program.
The legislation, the Adding Zika Virus to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act, S. 2512, would add Zika virus to the... Read More »
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) El Paso Sector arrested a wanted burglary suspect, two known sex offenders and recovered a stolen vehicle last week.
CBP agents working at the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint near Alamogordo, New Mexico, flagged a suspicious looking... Read More »
The United States Army announced a collaboration on Monday between two agencies to combine their efforts to develop new vector surveillance methodologies to detect emerging infections in local mosquito populations and to develop a near real-time recording system to combat such threats.
The two... Read More »
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Thursday that they will host a Homeland Security Day in Silicon Valley on April 29.
The goal of the technology day is to bring together CBP and DHS... Read More »
U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) held a joint hearing in Sherman, Texas, on Wednesday entitled “Cyber Preparedness and Response at the Local Level.”
Burgess is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.... Read More »
Sam Greif, fire chief of the Plano (Texas) Fire Department, told a Congressional panel on Wednesday that it is vital that fire and EMA departments stay aware of emerging cybersecurity threats and develop close working relationships with local law enforcement and emergency managers.
Greif... Read More »
Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted at Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge announced on Thursday that they had managed to apprehend approximately $3.8 million worth of alleged methamphetamine found in a vehicle attempting to enter the United... Read More »
Founded in 2001 to train professionals in biosecurity and disaster preparedness, the Institute for Biosecurity at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice recently told Homeland Preparedness News that the United States needs to continuously improve on its... Read More »
The United States Army Cyber Command announced last week that soldiers and operators at the corps level or below will be shifting towards cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA).
Officials emphasized that CEMA capabilities are both for protection of the homeland as well as assets to be used by... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Wednesday that Rio Grande City Border Patrol agents had apprehended 102 undocumented immigrants.
The apprehension occurred when agents near Fronton, Texas, observed more than 80 individuals crossing the Rio Grande river in rafts. A few hours... Read More »
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on Tuesday regarding various elements of the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) and their responsibilities during cyber incidents.
According to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) 2013 Strategy for Homeland Defense and... Read More »
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) commended the Denver Regional Transportation District (DRTD) on Monday for its dedication to building a strong security program while earning the TSA’s highest rating of “gold standard” for its 2015 baseline assessments.
“I congratulate... Read More »
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations (CFB OFO) at the Rio Grande City Port of Entry announced on Monday that it had arrested a man from Sullivan City, Texas, after finding $865,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin concealed in the car he was driving.
The incident... Read More »
The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) held a three-day meeting last week discussing how to better coordinate various agencies in combating worldwide cybercrime.
The meetings included 67 participants from 30 different countries, including 10 private sector companies.
A... Read More »
Speaking at a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expert consultation on Zika Virus in the Americas in Washington on Thursday, Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) addressed the current state of Zika surveillance in the Americas.
While the ability to... Read More »
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations announced on Thursday that officers at the Champlain Port of Entry had arrested a previously deported man attempting to enter United States.
The man was identified as Idrissa Toure, a 37-year old citizen of Canada, who was... Read More »
The United States is increasingly turning to biodefense as threats against the homeland continue to grow, but the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey's Dr. Raymond Zilinskas recently warned that the larger problem remains that no one knows the true state of American... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Wednesday that agents assigned to the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station managed to arrest three previously deported aliens in a traffic stop.
One of the three arrested has a previous criminal record and is being detained without bond... Read More »
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Wednesday that a new investigational test to screen blood donations for Zika virus is now available in areas with known mosquito-borne transmission of Zika.
“The availability of an investigational test to screen donated blood for Zika virus is... Read More »
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) criticizing the department’s response to the ongoing spread of the Zika... Read More »
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) announced a call to consumers this week to make digital devices an additional target of annual spring cleaning activities.
The NCSA and the BBB encouraged businesses to go through an annual spring cleaning by... Read More »
U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) released statements on Monday regarding the ongoing privacy battle between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
“The government’s decision to drop its case against Apple, however, does not mean that America is ready to... Read More »
The INTERPOL Digital Security Challenge, which took place last week in Singapore, gave participants from 26 countries a scenario that gave them 52 hours to identify a blackmailer demanding a 10,000 bitcoin ransom.
“Cybercrime investigations are becoming more and more complex and this challenge... Read More »
Tenable Network Security, Inc., announced the findings from the Trends in Security Framework Adoption Survey on Monday, noting that overall security confidence is higher for organizations utilizing the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.
“Historically, CISOs have... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced two separate incidents of significance on Monday, including one seizure and one arrest of a possible murder suspect.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a Mexican national over the Easter weekend. The suspect, Sergio Coronado-Mata,... Read More »
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) held a workshop on Friday in Lyon, France, to enhance the capacity of authorities in Iraq to better prevent, detect and respond to biological threats.
“I am confident this workshop will deepen our levels of awareness – not just on... Read More »
In the wake of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak that has killed 17 people in Wisconsin and infected 54 people, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) has requested information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding it’s official... Read More »
The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense’s “National Blueprint for Biodefense” warned that “the United States is underprepared for biological threats,” adding that “biological events may be inevitable, (but) their level of impact on our country is not.”
To combat a biological... Read More »
U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Rick Larsen (D-WA) on Wednesday introduced a bill to help the U.S. keep its competitive edge in the electromagnetic spectrum domain and aid warfighter readiness when needed.
The Electronic Warfare Capabilities Act will aid in getting electronic warfare... Read More »
Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general of Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) and Second Army, recently spoke at the Association of the U.S. Army's Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Ala., emphasizing the importance of cyber security measures in ensuring that operations, independent of the... Read More »