Air & Infrastructure

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.

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.

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.

FOIA Request Delivers New CBP Data on Customer Complaints, Compliments

Newly released data from Customs and Border Protection shows that for calendar year 2014, the agency received more than 7,200 complaints and compliments, more than 30% of which were related to employee conduct.

Problems Continue with FOIA Backlog at DHS

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives individuals the right to access information from the federal government; however, some agencies are doing a better job at responding to requests than others. I am currently part of the DHS FOIA backlog.

A Congressional Hearing ‘Do-Over’ Done Very Well

A few weeks back, I recommended that the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies have a “do-over” of a hearing where the subject was private sector interaction with DHS S&T. The reason I recommended this was because the most successful private sector program at S&T – the SAFETY Act implementation – was never mentioned. On July 28, the same Subcommittee held that “do-over.”

After TSA Airport Failures, Security Versus the Economy

The recent DHS Inspector General test of TSA airport screening processes revealed a 95% failure rate. To improve, tradeoffs will have to be made, and they all have costs. How much the failure rate changes will depend on how much people will want to pay.