Washington – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Wolf Tombe was honored on March 20 at the 24th Annual Federal one hundred Awards Gala.”This important achievement is a result of the efforts and dedication exhibited by Mr. Tombe and his staff,” mentioned David V. (a lot more)
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Posted by: Lars Anderson, Director, Public Affairs
At the end of each week, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.
Flood Safety Awareness Week
Next week, we’re teaming up with NOAA to bring you National Flood Safety Awareness Week. Floods are one of the most common hazards in the U.S., and while spring brings the promise of warm weather and longer days, it also brings a variety of threatening conditions like heavy rain, flash flooding, and rapid snowmelt (for those of us who received any) that can increase your flood risk.
So be sure to follow the blog and our social media channels March 17 -23 for flood safety information and tips along with the steps individuals, families, and businesses can take to protect their families and homes from flooding. But you don’t need to wait until next week for the info – you can visit Ready.gov/floods today for the rundown on flood safety, as well as FloodSmart.gov for information on the benefits of flood insurance.
Internship Opportunities for NYC Graduate Students
I wanted to highlight an opportunity for graduate students seeking internship opportunities in the New York City area.
The John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service is the first student fellowship in New York City government devoted specifically to emergency management. The program provides graduate students in New York City-area universities a nine-month paid fellowship (approximately 20 hours per week) in an agency of New York City government, including NYC Office of Emergency Management. If you or someone you know are interested, be sure to apply online.
The application period closes on April 1, so be sure to apply today. For more information, visit the NYC Office of Emergency Management website.
Share your thoughts on these topics
In case you missed it, there’s still time to share your thoughts and ideas on our new topics on our collaboration site:
- Creating Model Emergency Management Plans – We’re looking for your input on what schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship should consider when developing and implementing a comprehensive emergency management plan and how students and staff can best be trained to follow them. Whether you’ve played an active role in developing your community’s local emergency management plans or simply have ideas on how best to do this, your ideas will help others learn from your success.
- Seeking input from Indian tribal governments – We’re seeking your thoughts on the procedures for Indian tribal governments to request emergency and major disaster declarations. As part of an amendment to the Stafford Act, federally recognized Indian tribal governments now have the option to make a request directly to the President for a Federal emergency or major disaster declaration, or to seek assistance, as they do presently, under a declaration for a State. We’re looking for your feedback on how these requirements and factors may or may not be appropriate as applied to requests from Indian tribal governments during the pilot program. Your thoughts will be influential in the development of the pilot program to process declaration requests from Indian tribal governments.
Visit our online collaboration site to share your thoughts and comments on these two topics or any of our other open topics.
Photo & Video of the week
Belmar and Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Towns of Belmar and Lake Como got together to hold their 40th St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
CAPTION: Far Rockaway, N.Y., March 11, 2013 — The FEMA for Seniors program visited the Young Israel Wavecrest & Bayswater Senior Center. Community Relations Specialist Lloyd Weston gave a presentation on disaster preparedness and discussed the importance of preparing a document folder and disaster supply kit. K.C.Wilsey/FEMA
Happy St. Patrick’s Day… And may the luck of the Irish be with you!
Have a safe weekend!
Washington – U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the LosAngeles/Extended Beach seaport seized a shipment containing 445 counterfeit “Beats by Dr. Dre” headphones and 28 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) that violated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on February 5. (far more)
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By Mark Weatherford, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity
Today, we are more connected to the Internet than ever before. We depend on a vast array of interdependent networks for communication, travel, powering our homes, running our economy, and obtaining government services. With so much of our daily lives dependent on cyberspace, cybersecurity has become an increasingly important part of DHS’ mission, just as it has become a larger priority for state and local governments, businesses, and individuals.
DHS continues to demonstrate our commitment to building the best cybersecurity team in the world by recruiting some of the most talented and experienced professionals available. Since its creation, the Department has increased its cybersecurity workforce by more than 600 percent while working with universities to develop and attract talent through competitive scholarships, fellowships, and internship programs.
When I joined DHS about six months ago, I quickly realized that we could build on the strong foundation of the Department’s cyber workforce with new skills and leadership to grow and adapt in the face of an evolving cybersecurity environment.
It’s impossible to mention all of the dedicated cybersecurity professionals at DHS, but I’d like to highlight a few recent additions that have propelled us to higher standards and increased our capability as a department:
- Mike Locatis is the new Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications and comes to DHS from the Department of Energy where he was the Chief Information Officer. He has a breadth of cybersecurity and communications experience across nearly every level of government and the private sector and has a history of charting organization transformations in the federal government.
- Rosemary Wenchel has joined us as the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Coordination. She will coordinate joint cybersecurity efforts between DHS and the Department of Defense. Rosemary will also work with the Science and Technology Directorate to ensure the Department’s cybersecurity research and development efforts are fully coordinated with policy and operations. She served previously in DOD where she was responsible for Departmental activities pertaining to policy development, guidance, and oversight of Information Operations.
- John Streufert joined DHS in January as the Director of our National Cybersecurity Division (NCSD). John came to DHS from the Department of State (DOS), where he earned national accolades for the successful implementation of state of the art security solutions in federal departments, and transformed DOS’ security posture while enabling it to execute a world-wide mission.
- Larry Zelvin just joined us as Director of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, DHS’ 24×7 center to coordinate cyber awareness across government and the private sector. Larry has experience at the National Security Staff and the DOD, where he has led interagency and stakeholder outreach related to operations.
- Dr. George Moore is the new Technical Director for NCSD and also comes to us from the Department of State. Dr. Moore is a renowned expert in areas of standards and security controls and will be helping develop programs to bring new levels of security to the Federal Government
- Danny Toler is our Director of Network Resilience and a recognized expert in transitioning IT delivery toward solutions that are more holistic and integrated. Danny came from the Department of State, and his leadership will be crucial in helping us develop cloud and managed security service solutions that result in new levels of efficiency across the government.
- Ron Hewitt is the new Director of the National Communications System. A recently retired Rear Admiral from the U.S. Coast Guard, Ron has an incredible track record of bringing together diverse communities to work together toward a common goal, particularly in the areas of information technology, communications, and first responders.
- Tom Baer has come aboard as the Deputy Director of US-CERT. Hailing from the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he was their Chief Information Security Officer, Tom is an expert in the areas of forensics and analysis and, with impressive leadership credentials, he is charged with broadening outreach efforts and intergovernmental coordination for US-CERT.
These new members of our vast cybersecurity team bring a wide array of experience and skills. Building on the successes of our strong and robust team, we are taking the DHS cybersecurity program to new levels that will ultimately enhance the security and safety of our nation.
Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for DHS
Washington-U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the European Union (EU) these days announce the mutual recognition choice between CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program and the EU’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program was completely implemented January 31. (a lot more)
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Posted by the Cease.Assume.Connect.™ Campaign
Handful of events attract significantly more on the net clicks, views, and downloads than the Olympics, but athletes are not the only ones getting ready for London.  With the 2012 Summer season Olympic Games just about the corner, cyber criminals and on the net scammers are certain to be on the prowl, hoping to take advantage of Web customers who let their guard down with offers of discounted tickets, free merchandise, exclusive videos, or breaking news.
Hackers frequently take benefit of huge, highly-publicized events and well-known news stories to get users to click on fraudulent links and unknowingly download malware or other viruses onto their computers, clever phones, tablets, and other wireless devices. Hackers quite often use search engine optimization tricks to ensure that malicious web pages appear on a search outcome web page for specific search phrases, and use clever tricks to convince World-wide-web users to give out their credit card and personal material.
- Update and run anti-virus and anti-spyware software regularly
- Use spam filters and firewalls
- Only download apps and software program from reputable sources – if you can’t confirm where it is coming from, do not download it
- Never click on hyperlinks promising deals that you weren’t expecting, and scrutinize hyperlinks very carefully when browsing for Olympic-associated pages
- Don’t open emails from unknown people or organizations or that have attachments or links, and in no way click an embedded hyperlink in an unsolicited email
- Under no circumstances deliver your private facts or credit card numbers unless you can verify a site’s authenticity
Don’t forget, if it sounds also decent to be accurate, it probably is. For significantly more details on safeguarding your computer system and your self, visit the Quit.Consider.Connect.™ campaign.