DHS Partnership Bulletin

Our Colleagues at DHS have published the latest edition of their Partnership Bulletin.  Below are excerpts that you may find interesting and of use.

Coming Soon: Enhanced Cybersecurity Services

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) program will unveil a new service offering in early 2016. Be on the lookout for the January 2016 DHS announcement, which will include details on how the service works and how customers can subscribe. In the meantime, please visit the ECS Website or contact ECS_Program@hq.dhs.gov with questions.

Just Released: National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Research and Development Plan

DHS announced the release of the National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) Research and Development (R&D) Plan earlier this month. The National CISR R&D Plan is one in a series of deliverables required by Presidential Policy Directive 21 and represents the culmination of a two-year, collaborative process involving public and private stakeholders from across the critical infrastructure sectors.

The purpose of the National CISR R&D Plan is to identify National CISR R&D priority areas that inform R&D investments, promote innovation, and guide research activities across the critical infrastructure community including within the Federal government. Completion of the National CISR R&D Plan represents a significant accomplishment and its public release sets the stage for Plan implementation.

If you have any questions about the Plan or would like to participate in the Implementation Roadmap process, please email CISR-R&D@hq.dhs.gov.

Secretary Johnson Announces Update to the National Terrorism Advisory System

On December 16, 2015, Secretary Johnson announced an update to the National Terrorism Advisory System. For more information view the fact sheet or visit the NTAS Webpage.

Planning and Response to an Active Shooter: Policy and Best Practices Guide

The second edition of the Planning and Response to an Active Shooter: Policy and Best Practices Guide is now available to the public. The publication, which has been divided into two parts, contains guidance to help people prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. It is intended to be used by all who might be involved in an active shooter incident, including law enforcement agencies, facility tenants, and the public. For more information, please visit the DHS active shooter preparedness Webpage.

Dams Sector Releases Security Guidelines

The Dams Sector recently released a new publication, the Dams Sector Security Guidelines, that consolidates effective industry security practices into a voluntary framework for owners and operators to select and implement security activities and measures that promote the protection of personnel, public health, public safety, and public confidence. The Guidelines are intended as a valuable resource to security directors and facility managers with varying levels of security knowledge, particularly those employed by small- and medium-sized owners and operators.

The publication can be accessed through the HSIN-CI Dams Portal or by requesting a copy from the Dams Sector-Specific Agency at dams@hq.dhs.gov.

2016 National Homeland Security Conference

The National Homeland Security Association is hosting the 10th annual National Homeland Security Conference on June 28–30, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. The conference brings together more than 1,000 attendees from the homeland security and emergency management disciplines, representing local, state, and Federal government; military; and the private sector. Visit National Homeland Security Association for more information and to register.

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