Archive for October, 2010

Concept of a preparedness capability gap

Above is a fuzzy capture of an illustration from page 7 of a GAO PowerPoint entitled,  “FEMA has made limited progress in efforts to develop a system to assess national preparedness efforts.”  The original can be found at http://www.gao….

ICS-CERT has released Alert ICS-ALERT-10-301-01 – Control System Internet Accessibility

The ICS-CERT has recently received several reports from multiple independent security researchers who have employed the SHODAN search engine to discover Internet facing SCADA systems using potentially insecure mechanisms for authentication and authoriz…

DHS Statement on Increased Security Precautions

“As a precaution, DHS has taken a number of steps to enhance security. Some of these security measures will be visible while others will not. The public may recognize specific enhancements including heightened cargo screening and additional security at…

EMP and solar storms—a fine line between resilience and overreaction

USA Today published a story this week regarding the threat of solar storms and Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that highlighted an issue inherent in homeland security more broadly—how to walk the line between resilience and overreaction. The piece summar…

Perspectives on Preparedness: Nudging us forward bit by bit

On Wednesday Mark Chubb offered a considered critique of the recently released Report to Congress: Perspectives on Preparedness (large PDF).  In particular Mark noted, “It is not too hard to imagine myriad new federal strings being attached to …

Readout of Secretary Napolitano’s Visit to Colorado

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Denver to highlight the vital role of DHS’ federal, state and local government and law enforcement partners, the private sector and the Amer…

FiberNet to replace power station in wake of second statewide phone outage

Earlier this month, the state Public Service Commission started an investigation of an Oct. 10 outage that affected FiberNet customers in West Virginia.

Computer Glitch Delays Continental/United Flights

A computer outage delayed several Continental/United flights on Wednesday.

Train system outage affected five states

An information technology system failure at Norfolk Southern caused Virginia Railway Express trains on the Manassas Line to come to a halt Friday morning, Norfolk Southern officials said.

Beyond 72 hours

I had an interesting conversation with a new colleague today. The new public information officer in our office asked me how emergency managers settled on 72-hours as the threshold value for disaster kits. Why, she wondered, was 72-hours the magic numbe…