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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.
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...
This month, readers of Security Management Magazine -- published by ASIS International -- were shocked when they saw the following headline on the cover: RUN, HIDE, DON'T FIGHT. The article, written by Michael Dorn, a CEO of a security consulting firm specializing in K-12 school security, is based on a study...
The case of Timothy Allen Lloyd offers a good example of how psychological stressors and triggers can play a role in malicious insider attacks. It is also the very first insider sabotage case investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. For 11 years, Lloyd worked his way up the corporate ladder...
One month after a 29-year-old ISIS sympathizer drove a rented truck down a Manhattan bicycle path, killing eight people and injuring a dozen more, major metropolitan areas around the country are frantically working to conduct inventories and risk assessments of major pedestrian thoroughfares that could be targeted by vehicle...

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