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February 21, 2017
3:33 pm

     African American History Month is a time where we look to the past and honor the contributions of those who’ve come before us. But today, I want to talk to you about the future African American leaders and contributors to the S&T community.
     Here at S&T, we take immense pride in our Office of University Programs and their outreach to Minority Serving Institutions. This relationship with schools such as Howard University, Tuskegee University, and Bowie State University is an important piece of the homeland security puzzle that enables students to participate in building capabilities for homeland security research, and allows us to prepare young, gifted minds to enter the workforce.
     One such capability created by the students at Morgan State University (MSU) offers a very specific help to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The iLaw Enforcement App Assistance Program for Students (iLEAPS) is a smartphone app designed to enable university students, faculty, and staff to quickly contact campus police during a potentially dangerous situation. The app allows the user to quickly report incidents, while at the same time, geospatially identifying their origin to both dispatch operations and campus police officers.
     In connection with local law enforcement and campus police, MSU students conducted several tests on their campus, reporting various types of incidents. For law enforcement, the app offers the ability to view incidents occurring in their vicinity and to coordinate a response with other officers and local dispatch. It saves time and helps law enforcement be more efficient, while also keeping them in constant contact with the user through the app’s chat interface and its ability to share photos between multiple parties.
     So how does this help DHS? Aside from being cool and innovative, it can help us with DHS’ continued effort in its See Something, Say Something initiative. In particular, iLEAPS is designed to coordinate and archive text communications between multiple parties anywhere citizens need to be protected and alert. The app can also be used by civilians to report border crossings or other suspicious activities at the touch of a button on their Apple or Andorid devices. In fact, the MSU team is working to integrate predictive analytic tools into iLEAPS, which would allow the app to send an alert to a user when the conditions seem right for increased illegal border crossing activity in a given area.
     This is but one of many reasons we’re proud to work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) like MSU and we are honored they want to work with us. HBCUs are an important part of African American History Month and an important part of what we do here at S&T.

May 26, 2015
10:24 am

If you were to be stopped on the street and asked, “What does a trusted cyber future look like?” or “What will be the key to improving cybersecurity over the next five years?” what would you say?

Recognizing that cybersecurity is always changing, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is developing security solutions by collaborating with a broad range of cybersecurity professionals around the world to secure our nation’s future.

We recently kicked off our National Conversation’s cyber dialogue – A Trusted Cyber Future –which will run through this fall. I want to encourage cybersecurity professionals – across public and private sectors and globally –  to join the conversation and help us  identify future requirements.

Cybersecurity is not just a government problem or a private industry problem. As our Cyber Security Division Director Doug Maughan likes to say, “Cybersecurity is a global sport.” S&T needs your help to think globally.

If you have an idea or an innovative solution, bring it to our attention! S&T will be using the 2011 Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program and 2014 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategy Implementation Progress Report to help develop the conversation around future cybersecurity research and development (R&D).

During our National Conversation, we plan to highlight technology acceleration from the lab to the marketplace. Our Transition to Practice (TTP) program has been successful in transitioning several federally funded technologies and we’re working hard to include transition opportunities into all our projects.

We are excited about our TTP program and the work we have accomplished in such a short amount of time. On June 9 S&T will present nine of its 2014 technologies at the  TTP Technology Demonstration Day for Investors, Integrators, and IT Companies (I3) – West in Santa Clara, Calif. I would like to invite cybersecurity investors, integrators and IT professionals to see cutting-edge technology that could change an organization’s cybersecurity posture. We look forward to sharing future innovations in cybersecurity.

For cybersecurity professionals, I want to leave you with this thought. The government no longer leads innovation – you do. We need your ideas and best thinking; so join us in creating a trusted cyber future. We look forward to partnering with you and hearing your voice so we can develop security solutions to combat crime, protect our infrastructure and keep our nation – and world – safer.

Dr. Reginald Brothers
Under Secretary for Science and Technology

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