Standards Organizations: A Helpful Road Map for Emergency Responders

by Diana Hopkins -

Where are standards these days? And who (or what agency) decides on them, determines their content, announces and implements them, and - if necessary and permitted by law - enforces them?

Proven Reliability: Always the Most Essential Consideration

by Diana Hopkins -

EMS Buyer Beware! Price is always an important factor in the purchase of high-tech systems and devices, but the first and absolutely most important factor must be performance. In other words, it either works as advertised, or it does not.

The Intro 650 Debate: NYC's Controversial Threat-Detector Legislation

by Diana Hopkins -

Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Council say that passage of Intro 650 is essential to protect NYC from future terrorist attacks. Opponents see fatal flaws in the bill, and want answers to some important questions.

Proactive Standards Development for Emergency Responders

by Diana Hopkins -

Anything worth doing is worth doing well - and in accordance with established standards not only acceptable to experienced professionals but also recognized by the community at large as both valid and necessary.

The Highway Watch Program: Homeland Security on the Open Road!

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

The innovative DHS/ATA "Highway Watch" program enlists tens of thousands of professional drivers as "Irregulars" in the homeland-security volunteer community and, as a bonus, makes the nation's highways and byways safer for all Americans.

The Need for a National Port Readiness Standard

by Gavin O'Hare -

A terrorist attack on a U.S. seaport could be much more costly, in lives as well as dollars, than the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the WTC Towers. The DOD Readiness Reporting System could be a good model for a DHS maritime-security variant.

Telecommuter Security and the Rules Governing Remote Enemy Access

by Thomas Kellermann -

The Age of the Telecommuter collides head-on with the rapidly escalating threat of cyberterrorism. The hackers have motivation, experience, and a tested game plan. Most information-security officers do not.

Terrorism: The Cyberspace Battleground

by Thomas Kellermann -

Yesterday's hackers have become today's cyber criminals, & tomorrow could be cyber terrorists. Technology marches on, providing new opportunities both for human progress and for those fixated on destroying Western civilization and the infidel economy.

Beans, Bullets, and Boxcars: DOD and the Private Sector

by Luke Ritter -

The first question a President asks in times of international crisis is "Where are the carriers?" The first question contingency planners ask is "Where are the cargo ships?" Meanwhile, warfighters are asking "How much fuel & ammunition do we have?"

Funding Strategies for EMS Decision Makers

by Mary Ungar -

The huge increase in responsibilities assigned to EMS managers in recent years requires additional funding, and additional time as well. The latter is hard to come by, but DHS and HHS grants will provide significant new funding resources.