Updates

CISA Releases Toolkit to Promote Public Safety Communications and Cyber Resiliency

To assist public safety agencies, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) created the Public Safety Communications and Cyber Resiliency Toolkit to provide guidance and resources supporting the ability of communications networks to withstand damage and minimize the likelihood of a service outage. The toolkit is intended to identify and address emergent trends and issues, consolidate resources, educate stakeholders at all levels of government, and propose mitigations to enable resilient public safety communications.

CISA Launches New Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced the standup of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC), a new agency effort to lead the development of cyber defense operations plans, and to execute those plans in coordination with partners from the federal interagency, private sector, and state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) government stakeholders to drive down risk before an incident and to unify defensive actions should an incident occur.

Free Psychological Wellness Resources for Fire Departments

Emergency responders face a variety of physical and behavioral health challenges every day. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) provides free tools and resources to help fire and emergency medical services departments foster a safety culture and support the mental and physical health of their members.

Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the 2021 hurricane season in effect, emergency managers, shelter managers, and public health professionals are taking measures to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 among people who seek safety in a disaster shelter during severe weather events. Find tips and resources to help prepare and lower the risk of infection while staying safe in a shelter.

CERT Train-the-Trainer Course Now Available Online

The Emergency Management Institute will deliver two virtually facilitated offerings of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer in August and September. The audience for the course is CERT Basic Training course managers and instructors.

As Drone Popularity and Potential Risk Soars, so too Does S&T Preparedness

The popularity of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or drones, has grown as the cost has become more affordable. Their nefarious capabilities continue to increase, as well. They can attain high speeds and move in three dimensions with the potential to carry dangerous payloads, smuggle contraband, and conduct illicit surveillance. The applications are endless, which creates a formidable challenge for national security agencies. Adaptation is key to ensuring resilience. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is supporting counter-unmanned aircraft systems research, testing, training, and evaluation across multiple DHS missions and components.

Saving Lives (and Breath) on the Wildland Fire Line

One of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) main mission focus areas is supporting the development of technologies that vital first responders need to stay safe. S&T and its partners contributed to the design and testing of a new Wildland Firefighter Respirator, which is currently being developed by TDA Research Inc. This has the potential to be a big leap forward in the fight against wildfires.

DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators (2nd Directive)

In response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the issuance of a second security directive that requires owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement a number of urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions.

DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY 2021 Preparedness Grants

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the final allocations for $475 million for seven Fiscal Year 2021 competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the almost $1.5 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced earlier this year, total nearly $2 billion in FY 2021 to help prepare the nation against man-made threats and natural disasters.

United States Government Launches First One-Stop Ransomware Resource at StopRansomware.gov

As part of the ongoing response, agencies across the U.S. government announced new resources and initiatives to protect American businesses and communities from ransomware attacks. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), together with federal partners, have launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware. StopRansomware.gov establishes a one-stop hub for ransomware resources for individuals, businesses, and other organizations.