Partnerships are required across all levels of government, the private sector and internationally to share information about emerging cybersecurity threats and how to stop them, and coordinate mitigation efforts in response to cyber incidents.
Last week, cybersecurity experts from the public and the private sector gathered in Atlanta for the eighth annual Government Forum of Incident Response and Cybersecurity Teams (GFIRST). More than 1,600 cybersecurity professionals from various federal agencies, state and local governments, and private businesses discussed a range of cyber-related issues from cyber intelligence to social networking. Participants had the opportunity to hear from some of the biggest names in the business, including Executive Chairman of RSA Art Coviello and founder of Black Hat and DEFCON Jeff Moss.
Representatives of DHS’ United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) demonstrated both their current capabilities and future initiatives, including the development of the Advanced Malware Analysis Center, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program and Cloud Service Provider Cyber Incident Response program, which help government and private sector entities respond to cyber incidents. The event also provides DHS with the opportunity to broaden the skill set (in the company of some of our top cybersecurity minds) necessary to keep pace with the ever-changing cyber landscape.
The annual GFIRST provides a great opportunity for government and private sector leaders to convene and evaluate the evolving cyber threats we deal with on a daily basis and the necessity of a team approach to cyber incident response. Director of Research at the SANS Institute Alan Paller noted at GFIRST that as we are busy addressing and mitigating current threats, others are continuously coming to our awareness. That is why forums like GFIRST where we can share experiences and best practices are absolutely critical to building stronger partnerships.
We’re confronting some new realities in cyberspace and we need some new thinking and new energy. Our message begins with a simple concept: to ensure cybersecurity for all of us, each of us must play our part. We know it only takes a single infected computer to potentially infect thousands and perhaps millions of others. I hope that this gathering and others reaffirm our collective commitment to ACT – Achieve Cybersecurity Together.
This morning, I joined Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern, and representatives from Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League, as well as New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chief Operating Officer Nuria Fernandez and New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerry Houer to unveil a new sports Public Service Announcement (PSA) as part of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) "If You See Something, Say Something(tm)" public awareness campaign.
Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and the National Hockey League are joining together for the first time to help DHS deliver an important message to their millions of fans: if you see something that doesn't look right, report it to appropriate authorities.
The PSA will feature referees and umpires from baseball, soccer, basketball, football and hockey. It encourages everyone to be vigilant for things that don't seem right - an unattended bag or package, a vehicle that seems out of place or suspicious behavior or activity. Starting this fall, fans will see the new PSA in stadiums nationwide. You can also view the PSA on our redesigned website here.
At DHS, we believe that homeland security begins with hometown security. Security is a shared responsibility, and each citizen has a role to play in identifying and reporting suspicious activities.
So, while you're watching the game, remember - if you see something, say something.
Recent developments in high-speed, wireless communications technology have presented an opportunity to provide public safety members with enhanced capabilities to share information and communicate during emergencies and day-to-day operations. The Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 12 members of the First Responder Network Authority, or “FirstNet,” marking an important milestone in the implementation of a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).
The DHS Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) has been actively involved in implementing the NPSBN. As one of three Federal representatives on the FirstNet board, Secretary Napolitano will work with her Federal counterparts and the appointed members of the Board to ensure the successful deployment, governance, and operations of the NPSBN. This diverse Board includes experts in the fields of public safety, technology, network operations, and finance, and represents those who are committed to ensuring that our first responders have access to a secure, reliable, and dedicated interoperable network.
CS&C is working to ensure that our stakeholders have the information and assistance they need to prepare for network deployment in their areas. To that end, CS&C is offering on-site support through its Technical Assistance Program to assist users with broadband technology and early planning for its use in public safety operations. In addition, we are assisting states in incorporating broadband planning into their Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans through workshops around the country.
The establishment of the FirstNet Board represents an important milestone in the implementation of the NPSBN, and I look forward to continuing to work with our stakeholders to ensure the success of the NPSBN.
Hace algún tiempo, USCIS decidió hacer realidad uno de los proyectos de servicio a la comunidad hispana más ambiciosos de nuestra agencia hasta el momento: el sitio Web en español uscis.gov/espanol. Con el transcurso del tiempo, hemos diversificado nuestras ofertas hasta incluir el servicio de Twitter en español, y hoy nos sentimos especialmente orgullosos de presentarles Compás, el nuevo blog en español de USCIS.
Este espacio virtual lo dedicaremos a desarrollar los temas de mayor actualidad en USCIS. En él mantendremos información actualizada y específica sobre los ofrecimientos e iniciativas de nuestra agencia. Compás será un punto de referencia consistente, claro y directo para la comunidad hispana dentro y fuera de los Estados Unidos. Nos sentimos muy entusiasmados de haber honrado una vez más nuestro compromiso con el público, abriendo otro canal de comunicación. Compás es, ciertamente, un paso adelante en nuestra meta de servir.
En nuestro primer blog hablaremos sobre la discreción procesal recientemente anunciada por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés) llamado Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia.
Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia: ¿Quién puede ser considerado?
Hoy, el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos comenzará a recibir solicitudes de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia. La acción diferida es una determinación discrecional para diferir la deportación de un individuo como un ejercicio de discreción procesal. Aunque no provee un estatus legal ni es un vehículo hacia la residencia permanente o a la ciudadanía, los individuos que reciban acción diferida no serán removidos de los Estados Unidos por un período de dos años, sujeto a renovación, y podrán también solicitar autorización de empleo. Si quiere ser considerado para este proceso usted debe demostrar que:
- Llegó a los Estados Unidos antes de los 16 años de edad
- Ha residido continuamente en los Estados Unidos por un período mínimo de cinco años antes del 15 de Junio del 2012, y ha estado presente en EE.UU. a esa fecha
- Tenía menos de 31 años a la fecha del 15 de junio de 2012
- Entró Sin inspección antes del 15 de junio de 2012 o su estatus legal de inmigración expiró al 15 de junio de 2012
- Está asistiendo a la escuela, se ha graduado de la escuela superior, u obtuvo un certificado de finalización de escuela superior, posee un Certificado de Educación General (GED, por sus siglas en inglés), o ha servido honorablemente en la Guardia Costera o en las Fuerzas Armadas de los Estados Unidos
- No ha sido encontrado culpable de un delito grave, delito menos grave de carácter significativo, múltiples delitos menos graves, o representa una amenaza a la seguridad nacional o a la seguridad pública
- Estuvo presente en EE.UU. el 15 de junio de 2012 y al momento de presentar su solicitud de acción diferida ante USCIS
Si cumple con las pautas mencionados anteriormente y quiere presentar su solicitud de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia ante USCIS, usted tendrá que:
- Reunir los documentos que evidencien que cumple con las pautas establecidas
- Completar los formularios I-821D y I-765 y la Hoja Explicativa I-765WS
- Enviar a USCIS los formularios y el pago de tarifas ($465 en total)
- Visitar su Centro Local de Asistencia en Solicitudes de USCIS para su cita de toma de datos biométricos.
Luego de solicitar, usted podrá verificar el estatus de su solicitud en línea. Para más información, visite la página www.uscis.gov/accióndiferida de nuestro sitio Web para las últimas noticias y actualizaciones acerca de este proceso.
Today, USCIS will begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Under this process, USCIS will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. While this process does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred will not be removed from the United States for a two year period, subject to renewal, and may also receive employment authorization. To be considered for this process, you must show that:
- You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
- You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
- You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
- You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained your certificate of completion from high school, have obtained your general educational development certification, or you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
- You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat
- You were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
If you meet the above guidelines, and want to submit your deferred action for childhood arrivals request with USCIS, you will need to:
- Collect documents as evidence you meet the guidelines
- Complete USCIS Forms I-821D, I-765 and I-765 Worksheet
- Mail USCIS the forms and fees (total $465, accompanying Form I-765)
- Visit your local USCIS Application Support Center for a scheduled biometrics services appointment
After you file, you will be able to check the status of your request online. For more information, visit our website for the latest news and updates on this process at www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.
Chemical facilities across the country research, produce, process, and store chemicals that help support our food, medicine, energy, and fuels. However, if they fall into the wrong hands, many of the important chemicals used at these facilities could present security risks. DHS is committed to working with public and private sector partners to build preparedness for accidents and instances where these products could be used with malicious intent.
Last week, representatives from international, public and private sector participated in the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore to discuss ways to improve security at chemical facilities. At the meeting, I spoke about the importance of the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, which works to secure high-risk chemical facilities through risk-based performance standards.
Since the inception of CFATS, more than 1,800 facilities have removed chemicals of interest, and more than 900 other facilities have reduced their holdings of chemicals of interest to levels resulting in the facilities no longer being considered high-risk. These actions have helped reduce the number of high-risk chemical facilities located throughout the nation.
Implementing a program of the size and scope of CFATS is no small task. We’re working every day to make it more effective and efficient. Collaborating across government and industry, we will continue to improve security at the nation’s chemical facilities in order to safeguard our communities.
For more information on chemical security, visit www.dhs.gov/chemicalsecurity.
Take a look at www.DHS.gov. Notice anything different?
Over the past several months, the Department of Homeland Security has been hard at work to bring you a new and improved website. Today, DHS officially launched its new website and retired the old one.
What Did We Do?
DHS and its web team have completely redesigned www.DHS.gov from the inside out to make it more user-friendly and easier to navigate by creating a simplified and unified approach to DHS.gov’s content. The new website design incorporates user feedback and current web practices and will allow DHS to better provide valuable information, help you find what you need, and make it easier for visitors to engage with DHS.
Here are a few highlights for you to see:
- Visit the new Topics pages, each with their own Resource Directories to relevant information
- Use the How Do I? sections to find answers to commonly asked questions
- Learn how to Get Involved with agency activities for the public
- Go to the About DHS section o learn about DHS’ budget, leadership, organization, career options and history
- See the new multimedia page and photos of DHS at work in the News section
- Use the improved search engine to quickly find relevant search results
The website also includes plenty of unseen improvements in the technical setup and hosting of the site that make our online communication more cost-efficient, help us execute a customer-focused strategy for web-content management and allows us to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology.
Now go take a look!
On August 7, I met with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Office of Nuclear Security Director Khammar Mrabit to sign the DHS-IAEA Practical Arrangements, representing an important step forward in the enhancement of the global nuclear security framework.
The Practical Arrangements build upon the extensive collaborative relationship between DHS and the IAEA, outlining the importance of strengthening nuclear security, and denoting four key areas for cooperation. These areas include: the implementation and development of guidelines for the IAEA Nuclear Security Series of publications that provide international guidelines and best practices related to nuclear security; collaboration on the standards, testing, characterization, and evaluation for nuclear detection instruments; providing expertise to the Nuclear Security Support Centres and Academic Research Initiatives as they pertain to radiation/nuclear detection; and cooperation in the development and review of nuclear forensics related best practices and guidelines.
Since July 2011, DNDO and the IAEA have been working together to develop a joint work plan identifying areas for DHS-IAEA cooperation on nuclear security. DNDO is responsible for coordinating the U.S. government’s interagency efforts to develop the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA), a layered defense against nuclear and radiological terrorism.
The Department of Homeland Security just redesigned its website and now you can take a look and offer your feedback before we officially launch the new website within the next two weeks and retire the old one.
The feedback period has now ended. Thank you for your comments and suggestions.
Visit the new Topics pages, with their own Resource Directories to relevant information
- Use the How Do I? sections to find answers to commonly asked questions
- Learn how to Get Involved with agency activities for the public
- Go to the About DHS section for to learn about DHS’ budget, organization, career options and history
- See our new multimedia page and photos of DHS at work in the News section.
Why Did We Redesign the Site?
Our new website design was guided by user feedback and best practices in user-centered design. The goals of the redesign are to simplify and unify DHS.gov’s content and create a more consistent look and feel throughout the site.
At the new DHS website, we are aiming to:
- Provide valuable information
- Help you find what you need on the DHS.gov with better navigation and improved content
- Make it easier for visitors to engage with DHS
In addition, there are plenty of unseen improvements in the administrator interface that make our online communication more cost-efficient, help us execute a customer-focused strategy for web-content management, streamline customer access to DHS services and improve our web content management.
We plan to adopt an improved search engine at launch. That means at the preview.dhs.gov site, onsite search function does not work yet. If you use the search box, your search results will return you to the “old” DHS.gov site for now.