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Weekly Homeland Security Media Reports

09.02 – 08.2014 Virginia Homeland Security Media

Virginia Homeland Security Media

September 2, 2014 – September 8, 2014


Congressional Homeland Security Committee/Sub-Committee Testimony

House Homeland Security Committee Schedule for September 8-12, 2014 – U.S. House of Reps (097.08.2014)


National Homeland Security Policy & Issues

DHS Announces Expansion of Securing the Cities Program to the Washington Region – GSN (09.03.2014)

Wanted by DHS: Breakout Ideas on Domestic Cybersecurity – Information Week (09.02.2014)

Homeland Security Spent Millions on Vehicles It Rarely Used – Government Executive (09.02.2014)


Border Protection / Immigration

Statement by Secretary Johnson about the Situation along the Southwest Border – DHS (09.08.2014)

Obama Blames Border Crisis for Immigration Inaction – Fox News (09.08.2014)

Attkisson: Obama Admin Refusing to Tell Congress Where Illegal Children Went – HS Today (09.04.2014)

Report: Feds Lose Track of 6,000 Foreigners on Student Visas – HS Today (09.02.2014)

Deployed by Gov. Rick Perry, National Guard Adjusts to its New Role on Texas Border – HS Today (09.02.2014)


Surveillance, Public Safety, and Intelligence

DOJ, Intelligence Official Support Bill Ending Bulk Phone Collection – CIO (09.04.2014)

Departments Use Technology to ID Troubled Officers – ABC News (09.04.2014)

‘Eyesight’ Software Scans Surveillance Video for Suspicious Behavior – Emergency Management (09.02.2014)



Hackers Launch Apple ID Phishing Campaign Playing on iCloud Security Worries – CIO (09.08.2014)

Popular Android Apps Fail Basic Security Tests, Putting Privacy at Risk – CIO (09.08.2014)

Just Five Gangs in Nigeria are Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams – CIO (09.07.2014)

HealthCare.gov Breach: The Ripple Effect – Information Week (09.06.2014)

Virginia Welcomes Cybersecurity Start-Ups to a State-Backed Business Accelerator – HS News Wire (09.05.2014)

Retailers Spend Less on Cybersecurity than Other Industries, and it Shows – HS News Wire (09.05.2014)

SANS Institute Offers Updated Security Policy Templates – GCN (09.05.2014)

Cyberespionage Group Starts Using New Max OS X Backdoor Program – CIO (09.05.2014)

Phishing Emails Fool Most Employees. But is this Their Problem or Email’s? – CIO (09.05.2014)

Is it Worth Creating a Pay Scale for Federal Cyber Pros? – Next Gov (09.05.2014)

Growing Cyberthreats Lead to Growing Interest in Cybersecurity Insurance – HS News Wire (09.04.2014)

Global Taskforce Established to Crack Down on Cyber Criminals – HS Today (09.04.2014)

Hackers Exploit Critical Vulnerability in Popular WordPress Theme Component – CIO (09.04.2014)

Twitter Launches Bug Bounty Program – CIO (09.04.2014)

Stats Say Home Depot Hackers Likely Looted Nearly All 2,200 U.S. Stores – Next Gov (09.04.2014)

DHS Gets Dashboard to Drive Continuous Monitoring – GCN (09.03.2014)

Attack Hijacks DNS Settings on Home Routers in Brazil – CIO (09.03.2014)

FBI Probes Possible Russian Cyber Attack on Major U.S. Banks – HS Today (09.03.2014)

Hackers Make Drive-By Download Attacks Stealthier with Fileless Infections – CIO (09.02.2014)

More Attention to Maritime Cyber Issues Needed by DHS, USCG, Port Owners and Operators – GSN (09.02.2014)


Infrastructure Protection & Resiliency

New Device Improves Radiation Detection – HS New Wire (09.08.2014)

Facing Climate Change, Cities Embrace Resiliency – Emergency Management (09.05.2014)

New Orleans Creates Economic Value Out of Environmental Vulnerability – HS News Wire (09.05.2014)

American Cities Leading on Climate Change Preparedness – HS News Wire (09.04.2014)

Los Angeles Thinking of Ways to Shore-Up Aging Infrastructure – HS News Wire (09.03.2014)

Thirteen People Hurt in Chemical Explosion at Nevada Museum – Reuters (09.03.2014)

Report: Virginia Needs Someone to Lead Efforts to Deal with Rising Seas and Flooding – RTD (09.02.2014)



Former Jihadists Effective in Dissuading Would-Be IS Recruits from Joining Group – HS News Wire (09.08.2014)

State Department’s Social Media Campaign against ISIS Questioned – HS News Wire (09.08.2014)

Somalia Government: Expect Terror Attacks to Revenge Militants’ Leader’s Death – Fox News (09.06.2014)

Islamic Extremist Group al-Shabaab Names New Leader – Fox News (09.06.2014)

U.S. Forms an International Coalition to Fight, Defeat ISIS – HS News Wire (09.05.2014)

Snowden Leaks Help ISIS Evade U.S. Intel, Report Says – Fox News (09.05.2014)

Continuation of the National Emergency Notice – The White House (09.04.2014)

New ISIS Threat: America’s Electric Grid; Blackout Could Kill 9 of 10 – HS Today (09.04.2014)

ISIL, Al Qaeda Gaining Ground in Pakistan, Afghanistan – HS Today (09.04.2014)

Al Qaeda Declares New Branch in Indian Subcontinent – HS Today (09.04.2014)

Captured Documents Reveal IS’s Interest in Acquiring Bioterror Weapons – HS News Wire (09.03.2014)

DoS Won’t Confirm if Passports of Americans Fighting with ISIS Have Been Revoked – HS Today (09.03.2014)

ISIS Beheads Second American Hostage – HS News Wire (09.03.2014)

Missing Libyan Jetliners Raise Fears of Suicide Airliner Attacks on 9/11 – Washington Free Beacon (09.02.2014)

ISIL’s Rise Highlights Afghan War’s Shaky Premise – The Diplomat (09.02.2014)

Britain to Crack Down on ‘ISIL Wackos’ – HS Today (09.02.2014)


Emergency Preparedness

Get Ready to ShakeOut! Virginians Can join in Multi-State Earthquake Drill October 16 – VDEM (09.08.2014)

West Coast States Work on Early Warning System for Earthquakes – Emergency Management (09.05.2014)

U.S. Southern Command Shows Off New Disaster Relief Technology – Emergency Management (09.05.2014)

Be Disaster Aware. Take Action to Prepare – FEMA (09.05.2014)

Study Shows ‘Megadrought’ May Soon Hit Southwestern U.S. – Popular Science (09.05.2014)

Lessons Learned from CAPSTONE-14 Earthquake Exercise – EMS World (09.05.2014)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe Wants Hurricane Evacuation Zones not Mass Evacuations – Daily Press (09.04.2014)

How Can Predictive Analytics Improve Disaster Response? – Emergency Management (09.04.2014)

Surry Power Station Will Test Emergency Alert Sirens September 10, 2014 – VDEM (09.04.2014)

Parents Don’t Take Necessary Preparedness Measures, Report Says – Emergency Management (09.04.2014)

Tech Lessons from America’s Biggest Emergencies – Emergency Management (09.04.2014)

Charlottesville Fire Department Recognized by Governor for Technology Use – WVIR NBC29 (09.04.2014)

FEMA Honors Achievement in Community Preparedness – EMS World (09.03.2014)

Medical Registry Systems are Becoming Part of Emergency Preparedness Plans – HS News Wire (09.03.2014)

30 Days, 30 Ways: Disaster Preparedness Game Takes Community Focus – Emergency Management (09.02.2014)

Japan Aims to Predict Earthquakes, but Is It Possible? – Emergency Management (09.02.2014)

Shared Services Agreements [in NC] Aim to Keep IT Operations Afloat in the Next Big Storm – EM (09.02.2014)

How the Sharing Economy is Strengthening Emergency Response and Recovery – Government Tech (09.02.2014)


Public Health

Virus Hitting Midwest Could be ‘Tip of Iceberg’, CDC Official Says – CNN (09.08.2014)

Scientists: Effective Ebola Vaccine May Be Available Sooner Rather than Later – HS News Wire (09.08.2014)

Ricin Toxin Vaccine Shows Promise in a Non-Human Primate Study – HS News Wire (09.08.2014)

Virginia Health Department Warning Hospitals about Ebola Risk – Richmond Times Dispatch (09.07.2014)

HHS Awards $24.9 Million Contract to Accelerate Development of Ebola Drug – HS News Wire (09.05.2014)


Communications & Interoperability

Amid Protests, FirstNet-Related Tactical LTE System Used in Urban Shield Exercise – HS Today (09.08.2014)

New System Allows People to Text 911 Dispatchers in Roanoke – WDBJ CBS7 (09.03.2014)



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