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brma.jpgThis month's discussion at the Bay Area Recovery Managers meeting will focus on the use and concerns regarding mobile devices.  There will be  two great speakers on the topic. Thursday, 23 February 2012, 12:30pm - 03:30pm

>  Leslie Lambert on "The Shifting Threat Landscape and Mobile Device Security"
>  Jeff Fenton on "Security and Other Issues Regarding the Use of Mobile Devices."


QuakeSmart Toolkit

fema_p_811_dvd.jpgQuakeSmart is an initiative that was developed by FEMA NEHRP to help businesses in qslogo2.jpgat-risk seismic communities start and maintain earthquake mitigation efforts. The QuakeSmart Toolkit ( provides actionable and scalable basic guidance and tools to the private sector about the importance of earthquake mitigation and the simple things that they can do to reduce the potential of earthquake damages, injuries, and financial losses. Information contained in this toolkit walks you through a three-step process: 1) identify your risk; 2) make a plan; and 3) take action. The toolkit is not intended to be all-inclusive of available FEMA guidance related to earthquake mitigation and businesses should address all hazards they are exposed to.

This toolkit was specifically developed to encourage businesses to incorporate earthquake mitigation in their decision making and planning process to enhance their all-hazards resilience, particularly from an earthquake event. MORE INFO

If your company is located in the Bay Area you are at risk.  The SF Bay InfraGard chapter is interested in working with your company to help you better understand your risk, Contact:

Small Biz Cyber Planner

planner.jpgThe FCC has launched a Small Biz Cyber Planner, an online resource to help small businesses create customized cybersecurity plans. This is the result of an unprecedented public-private partnership between government experts and private IT and security companies, including DHS, NCSA, NIST, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Chertoff Group, Symantec, Sophos, Visa, Microsoft, HP, McAfee, The Identity Theft Council, ADP and others.

The online tool is available at

DARPA's Shredder Challenge

Shredder_Logo_Small.jpgWin $50,000 and help DARPA understand how to better to recover info from shredded documents ...

The DARPA Shredder Challenge is comprised of five separate puzzles in which the number of documents, the document subject matter and the method of shredding will be varied to present challenges of increasing difficulty. To complete each problem, participants must provide the answer to a puzzle embedded in the content of the reconstructed document.


Emergency Alert System National Test


The Federal Communications Commission's joined by FEMA and the National Weather Service, have announced the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 2:00 PM on November 9, 2011.

FCC Announcement ...

FEMA Announcement ...

Nov 10, 2010 UPDATEFEMA, FCC to Work on Glitches in First National Test of Emergency Alert System, READ MORE

Great CA Shakeout

The 2011 Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill is this Thursday / October 20th at 10:20am

The book covers the complexity of the legal framework for homeland security that has been established to address "all hazards" both terrorism & natural hazards.   MORE INFO

The Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG) 2011 Spring Conference will be held on May 2-5, 2011, in Dallas, Texas.  This event will provide control systems stakeholders from industry, government, academia, international, vendor, and research and development communities with an opportunity to network and engage in discussions related to securing control systems.

RELATED:  U.S. Warns of SCADA Flaws - US-CERT has issued alerts for four different software products used to control hardware appliances at such industrial facilities as nuclear plants and gas refineries.   (READ MORE)  CERT Control Systems Security Program
The Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division will present a webinar "Cybersecurity in the Emergency Services Sector" at 1 p.m. on 20 January.  To register, go to:


The webinar will provide Emergency Services Sector (ESS) managers, practitioners, and first responders with an overview of the cyber vulnerabilities and threats facing the sector, with the purpose of heightening appreciation for the importance of strengthening cybersecurity in the field and at the workplace. 


Additionally, it will review the types of cyber systems and infrastructure that emergency services organizations utilize, and address the threats and vulnerabilities to those cyber resources.  Special emphasis will be placed on ESS unique challenges, and specific steps ESS personnel can take to mitigate cyber risk.



As part of the October awareness month activities, the MS-ISAC is coordinating a joint webcast with DHS and NCSA, along with several other sector-specific ISACs to discuss strategies on how to promote Cyber Security Awareness Month at all levels, including government, businesses and academia, with specific advice about how individuals and entities can be actively involved to help facilitate a safe Internet experience. The goal is to help raise cyber security awareness nationwide and empower citizens, businesses, government and schools to improve their cyber security preparedness and help promote a safe Internet experience.

This webcast is a must-attend for anyone who wants to know how they can protect themselves, their information and their organization from cyber threats.


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