Paris Spotlights Soft Target Security

By William Flynn
The tactics used in the attacks in Paris last week require a recommitment in the homeland to heightening our vigilance of potential attacks. To support this, what were the tactics, techniques and procedures used in the Paris attacks from which we can draw applicable lessons for the United States?

Ten Things: Preparing for When ‘Bad Things’ Happen

In a recent post, legal expert Sterling Miller writes about the critical role SAFETY Act plays in effective emergency preparedness and liability coverage and notes Security Debrief contributor David Olive’s expertise on the subject.

Loaned Executives Needed for FEMA and TSA

The DHS Loaned Executive Program announced two new openings: Senior Advisor, Customer Experience for FEMA and Senior Advisor, Social Media Customer Service for TSA.

The Two Sides of Cybersecurity

By Dan Gerstein
Cybersecurity is a two-sided proposition, requiring both defense of internal networks and the ability to operate effectively in the cyber domain. Securing government networks is certainly necessary, but authorities should not lose sight of the need to couple their defense of America’s networks with appropriate resources dedicated to combating criminal, terrorist and other threats in cyberspace.

Early Thoughts on the Paris Terrorists’ Attacks

There are still many questions that remain to be answered about the Paris terrorist attacks, but so long as there is an internal struggle within Islam and countries where Islamists are fighting each other, we have to expect more events like what was seen in Paris.

As Drone Use Grows, Reps Eye Threat from Bioterrorism

The recent House Homeland Security Committee’s hearing on the threat from bioterrorism raised the troubling threat that drones could be used to deliver deadly pathogens. Do we have the tools to detect biological agents and the drones that might carry them? Nope.

Deal with Illegal Immigration With an Exit-Tracking System

In the debate over how to address illegal immigration to the United States, some have cautioned that a rigorous effort to enforce visa laws can lead to profiling and potentially a violation of civil rights. That’s a fair concern, and it’s one that can be addressed if we provide U.S. law enforcement with the tools to do their job. That means an exit-tracking system.

Biodefense Blue Ribbon Panel Report Sends Strong Messages – Is Anyone Listening?

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense recently released its report following a year-long study of how America can and should address biological threats. It deserves serious attention by policy makers, health practitioners and political pundits. Why? Because the threat and impact of a biological “event” is not receiving sufficient attention.

Improving Customer Service, Security at Customs and Border

Jobs through additional customer spending can be created at our nation’s airports through improved Customs and Border Protection (CBP) customer service if CBP and the private sector work better together on this issue. Moreover, it will improve security.

Hacking the Cybersecurity Labor Force

National Cyber Security Awareness month has been jam-packed with conferences and panels on strengthening America’s cyber readiness. Perhaps the biggest challenge we face is cultivating a qualified cybersecurity workforce.