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Dan Verton is the Executive Editor of Homeland Security Magazine. He's an award-winning journalist and author, and has covered defense, intelligence, cybersecurity and homeland security in Washington, D.C., for the past 21 years. He holds a master's degree in journalism from American University and is a former intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps.
A new study of active shooter incidents released this month by the FBI shows that, on average, those who carryout mass shootings display four to five "concerning behaviors" that are observable to bystanders in the months leading up to the attack. "As an active shooter progresses on a trajectory towards violence,...
First it was a massive cyberattack by North Korea against Sony Pictures Entertainment in late 2014 that crippled the company. Now it is a systematic series of ongoing cyberattacks against the nation’s critical infrastructure by Russia that threatens to cripple the nation. These two seemingly unrelated attacks in cyberspace share...
Editor's Note: This is the fifth installment of an occasional series of feature stories exploring some of the most important insider threat cases in U.S. national security history. Those familiar with the satellite television service DirecTV know that it takes more than an account with DirecTV, a satellite dish and...
Fred Leland, the director and principal trainer for Law Enforcement & Security Consulting and an active Lieutenant with the Walpole Police Department in New Hampshire, warned about the shortcomings in police training for active shooter response in 2010. "The training is not up to par when it comes to dealing...
The White House on Monday published President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget, which calls for major spending cuts to domestic government programs while boosting defense and homeland security funding. Here's a quick rundown of notable homeland security, cybersecurity and IT spending. DHS The Budget requests $46 billion in discretionary appropriations for DHS,...
Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., this week introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. government from contracting with companies that use equipment or services from Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE. The two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they are proposing the bill...
It happened again. Less than a month after Hawaii emergency officials sent an erroneous missile warning to the public and just hours before Congress was set to hold a hearing on how to prevent such incidents, the National Weather Service and private firm AccuWeather botched a tsunami warning test across...
The Transportation Security Administration plans to deploy new security technologies this year that agency officials say could significantly enhance passenger screening at both airports and passenger rail stations across the country. TSA plans to expand testing and evaluation of new 3-D imaging systems, known as Computed Tomography systems, to several...
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have failed to verify the licenses for thousands of shipments of dangerous radiological materials—the same materials sought by terrorists to develop dirty bombs—that arrive at U.S. airports across the country from overseas. This gaping hole in our nation's border security has gone on for...
Two senior civilian leaders of Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency have resigned and a third has been fired as a result of the January 13 false alert that sent the entire state running for cover from a fictitious incoming missile. Administrator Vern Miyagi and executive officer Toby Clairmont stepped down Tuesday...

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