Homeland Security


Former wartime blimp refitted for border surveillance

Customs and Border Protection is testing an aerostat used in Afghanistan along the Arizona-Mexico border.

DHS wants to 'change the game' on public safety network

Faced with a need to upgrade aging, stovepiped tactical communications networks and reduce costs, DHS is looking for a “game changing approach.”

NYPD, Microsoft unveil all-seeing downtown surveillance system

The Domain Awareness System analyzes data from thousands of cameras, sensors and crime databases in real time, delivering a comprehensive view of threats and activity.

Avatar screens border-crossers in Arizona

CBP is testing a system that uses speech recognition and voice anomaly-detection software to detect signs that a traveler might be lying.

Securing the grid is crucial, but Chicken Little claims don’t help

Senators' claims that critical infrastructure is vulnerable to a "few keystrokes" belie its resilience and obscure the real threats.

License plate scanners: Useful tools, but what about all that data?

The systems, which can capture up to thousands of images per hour, are increasingly popular with police but are raising privacy conerns.

Cloud mapping tools to aid first responders during disasters

Esri's GIS public information maps will be made accessible on Microsoft's cloud-based disaster portal.

AC/DC 'Thunderstruck' worm and the rise of infrastructure attacks

The NSA's chief says attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure increased 17-fold in two years, while Iran's nuclear program continues to be a target.

Unified comm is the next step in 911's evolution

The FCC and Transportation Department are working to establish a transition path to the next generation of 911 services.

FBI mulls how to build database of tattoos

The FBI asks experts for suggestions in how to add tattoos to its databases of fingerprints, DNA, voice signatures and iris scans.

Government reach for secure electric grid exceeds its grasp

The government efforts to secure the nation’s electric grid from cyberattack are hampered by a cumbersome regulatory system and inadequate enforcement, a Senate panel is told.

Federal ID cards: Iris imaging in, fingerprint swiping out

NIST proposed new options for using iris recognition as an alternative to fingerprints in federal Personal Identity Verification.

Data center project could make DHS what it was meant to be

The department's multiyear consolidation lays the foundation of its future as a data-driven department.

DHS moves forward on cloud-based IT services

DHS is overcoming hurdles in culture and component stovepipes, says CIO Richard Spires

McCain’s retooled Secure IT act still a privacy threat, critics say

The controversial bill has been amended to protect civil liberties, but fails to win over critics who see it as an expansion of military authority and a threat to personal privacy.