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07/25/2017   Security Focus Vulnerabilities
[slackware-security] tcpdump (SSA:2017-205-01)
07/25/2017   Security Focus Vulnerabilities
SEC Consult SA-20170724-1 :: Open Redirect issue in multiple Ubiquiti Networks products
07/25/2017   Security Focus Vulnerabilities
SEC Consult SA-20170724-0 :: Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) issue in multiple Ubiquiti Networks products
07/25/2017   Security Focus Vulnerabilities
[RT-SA-2017-008] Unauthenticated Access to Diagnostic Functions in REDDOXX Appliance
07/25/2017   SecurityFocus News
Enterprise Intrusion Analysis, Part One
07/25/2017   SecurityFocus News
Responding to a Brute Force SSH Attack
07/25/2017   SecurityFocus News
Data Recovery on Linux and <i>ext3</i>

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Can you answer the ERP quiz?
These 10 questions determine if your Enterprise RP rollout gets an A+.
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07/25/2017   SecurityFocus News
WiMax: Just Another Security Challenge?
07/25/2017   SecurityFocus News
Time to Squish SQL Injection
07/25/2017   SecurityFocus News
Lazy Workers May Be Deemed Hackers

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Can you answer the ERP quiz?
These 10 questions determine if your Enterprise RP rollout gets an A+.
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07/25/2017   SecurityFocus News
The Scale of Security
07/25/2017   SecurityFocus News
Hacker-Tool Law Still Does Little
07/25/2017   Security Focus Vulnerabilities
QEMU 'hw/9pfs/9p-local.c' Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
07/24/2017   Trend Micro Security
Despite efforts on the part of enterprises to educate staff and enhance their ability to prevent infection, ransomware attacks still persist.Despite efforts on the part of enterprises to educate staff and enhance their ability to prevent infection, ransomware attacks still persist.
07/24/2017   Trend Micro Security
Social media has become a critical factor supporting the dissemination of fake news.Now that this concept has garnered so much attention across the globe, it’s time to take a closer look at the inner workings of fake news.
07/24/2017   Sophos Security
Your daily round-up of some of the other stories in the news
07/24/2017   Forbes Security
The men and women who help defend your computers and data against digital threats are a vigilant bunch, but criminal hackers still find ways to avoid detection. Sometimes for a very, very long time.
07/24/2017   Sophos Security
Microsoft's lawyers have gone after the the hacking group's web domains - with some success
07/24/2017   Sophos Security
Canonical's announcement of the end of support for Yakkety Yak is a good reminder that it's worth keeping an eye on your other devices to make sure they're up to date, too
07/24/2017   Trend Micro Security
Organizations manage risk in three ways: they accept it, they take out insurance against it, or they take active measures to diminish its potential impact. These active measures commonly include deploying or enhancing (or removing) technology, updating policies and procedures, instituting training and awareness programs, revising their third-party agreements, and in some cases, modifying their...
07/24/2017   Forbes Security
Cops now investigating malware targeting individual Mac owners.
07/24/2017   Sophos Security
Would you contribute to sites like Glassdoor if law enforcement could demand that the company turned over your ID details?
07/24/2017   Trend Micro Security
Hackers can make a number of easily identifiable mistakes.Hide your phones, hide your laptops ‘cause they’re hackin’ everyone out here! For the 20th year, on July 26 and 27, thousands of cybersecurity executives, researchers and enthusiasts will descend upon Las Vegas for Black Hat 2017, including some of Trend Micro’s finest. Throughout the week, Trend Micro experts and researchers can be found sharing...
07/24/2017   Forbes Security
Simply collecting every bit of online data to identify threats has proved to be more burdensome than beneficial. Intelligence agencies should utilize social media when it comes to combating terrorism.
07/24/2017   Sophos Security
What happens when a wearable or embedded medical device tells a different story to someone suspected of a crime?
07/24/2017   Sophos Security
From ATM crooks upping the ante with infrared and Orpheus' Lyre, the Windows security hole to Google wants you to give up SMS, and more!
07/24/2017   Security Focus Vulnerabilities
Google Android Kernel Trace Subsystem CVE-2017-0605 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
07/24/2017   Security Focus Vulnerabilities
Samba CVE-2017-7494 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
07/24/2017   Security Focus Vulnerabilities
Adobe Flash Player APSB17-17 Multiple Use After Free Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities
07/23/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 23, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON— This tragedy demonstrates the brutality of the network of which I often speak. These smugglers have no regard for human life and seek only profits. The Department of Homeland Security and its partners in the U.S., Mexico and Central America will continue to root out these smugglers, bring them to justice and dismantle their networks.

The dedicated men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement not only investigate and help prosecute horrific incidents like this but they and their U.S. Customs and Border Protection colleagues work hard day and night, 365 days a year, to prevent senseless deaths and injuries like these. They put their lives on the line to rescue and save the lives of those who attempt the treacherous journey north on the network of abuse and death.

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07/23/2017   Sophos Latest Virus Alerts
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07/22/2017   Forbes Security
The riveting tale of how law enforcement officials across four sovereign nations came together to perpetrate the biggest takedown in the history of the dark web, taking down seasoned deep web black markets AlphaBay and Hansa in a single sweep.
07/22/2017   Sophos Latest Virus Alerts
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07/21/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 21, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON—All 180 airlines and more than 280 last-point-of-departure airports around the world have implemented the first phase of enhanced security measures as outlined in Secretary Kelly’s June 28th remarks.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has lifted the restrictions on large personal electronic devices for the ten airports/nine airlines in the Middle East and North Africa, which were announced in March. These airports and airlines have successfully implemented the first phase of enhanced security measures.

There are currently no airlines under restrictions for large personal electronic devices. Airlines worldwide have implemented additional security measures that ultimately make the global aviation community more secure.

The quick and decisive action taken by airlines, nations, and stakeholders is a testament to our shared commitment to raising the bar on global aviation security. Airlines were able to implement the necessary enhanced security measures because of the close coordination and extensive communication between aviation partners and the DHS/TSA.

To learn more please see the fact sheet and Q&As.

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07/21/2017   Trend Micro Security
If you conduct a search on the Web for the number of languages spoken around the world, you’ll see numbers ranging anywhere from 6,000-7,000. I figure I’m doing okay since I can speak English and Spanish, sign the English alphabet, recite the Greek alphabet, and read music. There are roughly over 1.2 billion web sites...
07/21/2017   Sophos Security
Apple's latest updates include a patch for the vulnerability that could have attacked your device's wireless hardware
07/21/2017   Sophos Security
How would you feel about your insurer or your finance company having access to data about your driving and where you go?
07/21/2017   Sophos Security
Twitter's moves to tackle abuse on the platform seem to be making their mark - but there's a way to go before everyone feels safe there
07/21/2017   Forbes Security
The Game of Thrones season seven premiere has been pirated around 90 million times - more than five times as many views as the official viewing figures.
07/21/2017   Forbes Security
Financial institutions have historically held the upper hand as they benefit from enterprise-wide investment strategies in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. But as the technologies become more pervasive, the question is, how long will this last?
07/21/2017   Forbes Security
Microsoft wants to kill the 30-year-old SMBv1 network file-sharing protocol that played a role in the destructive WannaCry and NotPetya malware attacks, but companies don't seem ready to let it go. On many corporate networks more than half of Windows computers still have this protocol enabled.
07/21/2017   Forbes Security
Bad things could happen to your data when you install on your smartphone a third-party replacement part.
07/21/2017   Trend Micro Security
Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for...
07/21/2017   Sophos Security
GhostCtrl, being distributed by rogue versions designed to look like legitimate apps, can monitor what you do and lock up your device - beware!
07/21/2017   Forbes Security
What are you doing today to shore up your defenses against the next cyberattack?
07/21/2017   Forbes Security
Strong encryption can't save WhatsApp from censorship, as China has just proven.
07/20/2017   Forbes Security
North Korea would keep developing nuclear weapons and ICBMs despite any sunshine talks as suggested by its chief rival South Korea. It sees no practical reason not to proceed.
07/20/2017   Forbes Security
From legitimate website designer to alleged dark web drug mastermind of AlphaBay, Alexandre Cazes footprints can be found across the web.
07/20/2017   Forbes Security
Cops have thousands of passwords of dark web users after commandeering the Hansa market and taking down AlphaBay, the biggest Tor-based market of all.
07/20/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 20, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly discussed his top priorities for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the Aspen Security Forum. In a discussion with NBC News’ Pete Williams, Secretary Kelly highlighted DHS efforts to confront transnational criminal organizations by reducing drug demand, raise global aviation security standards, and bolster cybersecurity.

Key excerpts from the conversation are below and you can watch the full conversation here.

 

Secretary Kelly at Aspen Security Forum

 

Secretary Kelly on stamping out transnational criminal organizations by reducing drug demand:

“…the profits that come out of that drug market are fantastic and as a result the countries to our south, Mexico and further south, suffer terribly because of the violence and the trafficking, and the production…As Americans we should be ashamed of ourselves that we have done almost nothing to get our arms around drug demand…to try to influence the lives of folks who live in places like Central America, we work very very hard to inject investment, certainly U.S. help…”

Secretary Kelly on raising global aviation security standards:

“We can actually use this crisis as a way to raise global aviation security …In my view globally, at least of those final points of departure…we are raising aviation security as opposed to just going after one single threat.”

Secretary Kelly on bolstering cybersecurity:

“…The name of the game is coordination within our government at every level… and then fantastic partnerships with the commercial tech industry…”

Secretary Kelly on the DHS reauthorization:

“…I truly believe that it’s time to do this. One of the things I am hoping for is that we can really start looking at the efficiencies in the department…”

Secretary Kelly on the DHS workforce:

“ …For 45 years I benefited from serving under men and women who are the most amazing people in our society, the 1% as we say that serve in the U.S. military…when I came to this job I was really really pleasantly surprised at all of the patriotism, all of the dedication, all of the focus on protecting the nation is not just in the U.S. military…the men and women, particularly the law enforcement organizations…are incredibly dedicated people doing incredibly dangerous things and every one of them loves their job.”

 

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07/20/2017   Forbes Security
On the two-year anniversary of the Iran Nuclear Deal, President Trump reluctantly certified that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal that prevents Iran from attaining an atomic weapon. But he really didn’t want to. And may not do so again.
07/19/2017   Forbes Security
The London Stock Exchange through its Borsa Italiana arm is collaborating with IBM - ‘Big Blue’ - to build a blockchain solution to “digitize" the issuance of securities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe. It aims to open up new opportunities for trading and investing.
07/19/2017   Forbes Security
Does artificial intelligence pose a threat to human rights? Or do humans threaten the objective rights of the sentient robot? As technology grows to develop a conscience of its own, we will need to further evaluate our relations with it.
07/19/2017   Forbes Security
Attacks over Bluetooth take advantage of glaring vulnerabilities in Segway hoverboard.
07/19/2017   Forbes Security
Remember MySpace? Sure you do, it was one of the hottest sites on the Web ten years ago. But did you remember to delete your account when you stopped using it?
07/19/2017   Forbes Security
AI-powered Facebook Messenger bot, life doesn’t have to work this way. AI-powered Facebook Messenger bot allows people to pay bills from one place, turn their credit card on or off at will, and set spending limits to fit their budget, travel and lifestyle directly from Facebook.
07/19/2017   Trend Micro Security
This year’s Black Hat® conference is right around the corner. Now, amazingly, in its 20th year, Black Hat is one of the world’s top gathering of information security professionals. Friends in the industry refer to this as “Security Summer Camp” and it’s true, between the training, briefings, arsenal, and business hall, Black Hat is chocked...
07/18/2017   Forbes Security
Using this product, I might actually fall in love with my old iPad all over again.
07/17/2017   Trend Micro Security
While it sounds similar to Business Email Compromise, Business Process Compromise is an entirely new beast.Picking a security vendor for your managed service business should be about business model alignment, not product cost. If you’re a seasoned managed service provider (MSP), you are already very familiar with the benefits of the pay-as-you-go business model. In fact, it’s most likely how you sell your services to your customers. But, have you...
07/17/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 17, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

 

Additional Visas for Temporary Workers Provided Until End of Current Fiscal Year

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers will be able to hire up to 15,000 additional temporary nonagricultural workers under the H-2B program under a final rule that the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor submitted to the Federal Register today. To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it cannot employ H-2B nonimmigrant workers during fiscal year (FY) 2017.

After consulting with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly determined there are not enough qualified and willing U.S. workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural labor to satisfy the needs of some American businesses in FY 2017.

“Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses at risk of significant harm due to a lack of available seasonal workers,” said DHS Secretary John Kelly. “As a demonstration of the Administration’s commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap.”

The H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker program was designed to serve U.S. businesses unable to find a sufficient number of qualified U.S. workers to perform nonagricultural work of a temporary nature. Congress set the annual H-2B cap at 66,000. A maximum of 33,000 H-2B visas are available during the first half of the fiscal year, and the remainder, including any unused H-2B visas, is available starting April 1 through September 30. On March 13, 2017, USCIS received sufficient H-2B petitions to meet the full FY 2017 statutory cap of 66,000. In May, Congress delegated its authority to the Secretary to increase the number of temporary nonagricultural work visas available to U.S. employers through September 30. The Secretary took the intervening time to consult with the Secretary of Labor on the issue and to properly develop this rule in accordance with Congressional requirements.

Starting this week, eligible petitioners for H-2B visas can file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and must submit a supplemental attestation on Form ETA 9142-B-CAA with their petition. A new tip line to report general H-2B abuse and employer violations has also been established.

Details on eligibility and filing requirements will be available in the final rule and on a new uscis.gov webpage to be published when the final rule is posted for public inspection. This page will also include information on how individuals can report abuse in the program.

If members of the public have information that a participating employer may be abusing this program, DHS invites them to submit information to ReportH2BAbuse@uscis.dhs.gov.

 

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For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook(/uscis), and Instagram (@USCIS).

 

07/14/2017   Trend Micro Security
Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for...
07/14/2017   Trend Micro Security
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07/12/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 12, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly met with Bahraini Interior Minister Lt. General Sheikh Rashed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa to discuss the Department’s cooperation with the Bahraini Ministry of Interior on regional security issues and efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Bahrain relationship.

Secretary Kelly and His Excellency Sheikh Rashed discussed the importance of continuing security cooperation, particularly as it relates to challenges Bahrain faces from regional threats. Secretary Kelly and Sheikh Rashed spoke about the need to increase information sharing between the Department and Ministry of Interior, and Secretary Kelly offered his support to work with Bahrain in the fight against terrorism.

The Department of Homeland Security is committed to continuing to work with the Bahraini Ministry of Interior in the furtherance of our shared international security interests.

 

Secretary Kelly greet Bahrain’s Minister of Interior Lt. General Sheikh Rashed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa

Secretary Kelly greet Bahrain’s Minister of Interior Lt. General Sheikh Rashed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa (DHS Photo/Jetta Disco)

 

Secretary Kelly and DHS leadership meet with representatives from Bahraini Ministry of Interior (DHS Photo/Jetta Disco)

Secretary Kelly and DHS leadership meet with representatives from Bahraini Ministry of Interior (DHS Photo/Jetta Disco)

 

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07/12/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 12, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - The fiscal year 2018 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill released by the House Appropriations Committee today prioritizes the most pressing issues facing our Department.  It supports critical aviation security, disaster relief, cybersecurity, and immigration enforcement measures, which are all essential to protecting our nation and preserving our way of life. It also includes physical and technological efforts to safeguard the southwest border.  Most importantly, this bill supports the men and women of the Department, who work tirelessly and selflessly every day to keep our citizens secure, and empowers them to do their sworn duties.  I want to thank Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter on his work on this bill, and I urge the full committee to act swiftly so this bill can be considered by the full House.  Additionally, I would urge the Senate to support a similar bill quickly.

 

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07/12/2017   InfoWorld Security
When it comes to tracking down the bad actors behind malware and ransomware, cybersecurity firms are turning to linguists.
07/11/2017   InfoWorld Security
Some of the largest companies in the U.S. have been targets of hackers, including Yahoo, JP Morgan Chase and TJX. Watch as we detail the top 15 breaches and their overall impact on customers or employees.
07/11/2017   Department of Homeland Security
07/11/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 12, 2017

2318 Rayburn House Office Building

Good morning, Madam Chairman and Members of the Committee. My name is Denis Onieal, and I serve as Acting Assistant Administrator at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Acting United States Fire Administrator responsible for managing the United States Fire Administration (USFA) at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC). It gives me great pleasure to be here today to discuss the functions of the USFA.

Background

In 1974, Congress passed the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act that established the USFA and the National Fire Academy (NFA) to help decrease tragic loss due to fire and to promote the professional development of the fire and emergency medical services (EMS) community.

The USFA focuses on supplementing, not duplicating, existing programs of training, technology and research, data collection and analysis, and public education. Over the years, the USFA has adjusted to the constant changes and challenges facing the fire and EMS community - from all hazards to terrorism.

From the DHS/FEMA perspective, it’s important to recognize that every emergency, every Federal disaster, starts with a local emergency response. The fire and emergency services responded to 25 million local emergencies last year. To the extent that a community has well-trained, well-led cadre of fire and emergency responders, the emergency stays local. During incidents so large that the local forces are overwhelmed, the emergency becomes a disaster, triggering State and Federal response, assets and costs. It is in the interest of both DHS and FEMA to keep local emergencies local through fire department data analysis, fire prevention, public education and response.

In the case where the local responders are overwhelmed, it is important that the local forces integrate seamlessly with outside help – State and Federal – using the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System. Not properly prepared and trained, the local forces will not integrate well with State and Federal assets resulting in increased loss of life and property and increased criticism of DHS/FEMA efforts. Through its training, data collection and analysis, research, and public education/prevention programs, the USFA helps prepare local first responders to protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards by partnering with State and local fire and emergency services and stakeholders to achieve the desired outcomes:

  1. Reducing all-hazards risks through preparedness, prevention, and mitigation.
  2. Promoting response, local planning, and preparedness for all hazards
  3. Enhancing the fire and emergency services capability to respond to and recover from all hazards
  4. Advancing the professional development of fire service personnel and other people engaged in fire prevention and control activities (Public Law 93-498).

Because of our collective efforts with fire and emergency services stakeholders in public safety education, fire prevention programs, inspections, fire and building code initiatives, and installation of smoke alarms and residential sprinkler systems, fire related deaths in the United States declined 11 percent from 2006-2015. In addition, the number of on-duty firefighter fatalities has decreased 28.9 percent during the same period. The USFA is committed to promoting health and safety for all of the Nation’s firefighting and EMS communities.

Strategic Framework

The USFA identified five broad goals as a framework to implement our mission: to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness and response.

These goals provide strategic and operational direction:

  1. Reduce Fire and Life Safety Risk through Preparedness, Prevention and Mitigation
  2. Promote Response, Local Planning and Preparedness for All Hazards
  3. Enhance the Fire and Emergency Services’ Capability for Response to and Recovery from All Hazards
  4. Advance the Professional Development of Fire Service Personnel and of Other People Engaged in Fire Prevention and Control Activities
  5. Establish and Sustain USFA as a Dynamic Organization

The USFA actively supports these goals in partnership with the fire and EMS community. We continue to evaluate and institute new initiatives as needed based on the current climate and existing challenges.

Trends and Challenges

While we have made great strides, the analysis of international and domestic fire statistics show the United States fire problem remains among the worst in the industrial world. There are a number of factors that contribute to the Nation’s fire problem beginning with the changing nature of the fire threat. Today, the intensity and severity of residential fires due to building construction, home design and furnishing materials, make safe evacuation more difficult than in the past.

The USFA works with partners to develop tactics and to update and revise curriculum and programs to effectively fight the evolving threat of residential fires.

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

There has been a rapid escalation of severe wildfire behavior over the past two decades. Consequently, there are increased risks to responders and citizens, greater home and property losses, higher costs, and larger threats to communities and landscapes. Drought contributes to these impacts. As communities continue to expand into wildland areas, the number of buildings damaged or destroyed in wildland fires increases. We must continue to assist communities in reducing risk and mitigating the impact of WUI fires.

The USFA plays an active leadership role in several intergovernmental and coordinating bodies including the Wildland Fire Leadership Council and provides subject matter expertise to the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group. Since the release of the National Strategy and the National Action Plan, the USFA works with WUI partners to continually promote and implement the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.

The NFA provides six different courses to help fire departments and local communities contend with the growing risk of fire in the WUI. The courses focus on mitigation through community awareness, land use planning, adoption and code enforcement, and preparation of evacuation plans.

The USFA also developed a toolkit to assist fire and EMS departments with educating themselves and their communities about wildland fire threat and risks along with mitigation strategies. The toolkit contains community risk assessment tools, information on Fire Adapted Communities, related codes and standards, outreach mitigation materials, specialized community planning, and land use resources. There is also access to current research articles, links to local training for citizens and responders, and wildfire safety tips and messages to share through social media. This collection of WUI resources assists fire departments, community organizations, local governments, emergency managers, and citizens alike to strengthen the way their city, town, or community prepares for a wildfire emergency.

Demographics

As the population of older adults increases, National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data show that their risk of fire death increases. As the “baby boomers” begin to age, there is a projected increase in the number of fire and emergency medical services calls. The USFA is adjusting its training and programs to prepare for this shift in demographics. The use of residential sprinklers and smoke alarms together are a highly effective way to mitigate this increased risk. We are working diligently to promote the installation and use of residential fire sprinklers.

All Hazard Response

Between 2011 and 2015, fire and emergency services responded to an annual average of 142,490 technical rescues (such as vehicle extrications, swift water rescues and high-angle rescues) and 1,515 explosive bomb removals. It is not commonly known but about 20-25 percent of bomb disposal teams are part of fire departments. To provide perspective, in 2015 about 25 million incidents were reported to NFIRS. Of these, 64.5 percent were rescue and EMS; 4.5 percent were fires; 3.6 percent were hazardous conditions with no fire; and all other types of incidents accounted for 27.4 percent. The fire and emergency services have evolved well beyond a fire focus to encompass all hazard response.

Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incidents (AS/MCIs)

Over 500 people have been killed in the Unites States in AS/MCIs since the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. AS/MCIs occur locally and impact fire, EMS, and police departments. The ambush on Dallas police offices on July 7, 2016 is an example of a collaborative effort where a Dallas Fire Department Captain and crew entered the active shooter scene to save police officers. The initial commanding officer for the Dallas Fire Department, Chief Tami Kayea, is a graduate of the NFA’s Executive Fire Officer Program. She publicly attributed her success in managing the initial response to that tragedy to the training she received at the NFA.

The USFA recognizes that it is essential to be at the forefront of this increasing demand on emergency providers by ensuring we offer educational and training materials to ensure incident safety. We clearly have a role and responsibility to all emergency responders for fire and fire-based EMS.

Fiscal Impacts

Thousands of Americans die each year, tens of thousands of people are injured, and property and business continuum losses reach billions of dollars. There are huge indirect costs of fire, such as temporary lodging, medical expenses, psychological damage and negative environmental impacts. The direct loss by fire in 2015 included 3280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries and $14.3 billion in property loss. Someone is injured by fire every 34 minutes, killed every two and a half hours every day in America.

It is imperative to evaluate all aspects of USFA programs to realize the most effective way to do business. This evaluation is necessary at the Federal, State and local levels. The idea of maximizing limited resources to achieve optimal results is important for the sustainability of the Nation’s fire service and the livelihood of our communities. The USFA cooperates with others in the development of data collection tools to identify the location of at-risk populations and local fire and emergency trends. As instructor fees and student travel stipend costs increase, the NFA has begun converting some of its courses from residential delivery to mediated on-line delivery. While on-line training does increase costs, it also increases the number of people trained. Additionally, it makes NFA training available to those who cannot travel to the NETC.

Current Programs and Key Initiatives

The USFA programs and key initiatives are in support of the efforts of local communities to reduce the number of fires and fire related deaths and injuries. We champion Federal fire protection issues and coordinate information about fire programs.

National Fire Academy (NFA)

The NFA promotes the professional development of the fire and emergency services response community and other allied professionals engaged in fire prevention and control activities. We deliver training and education to first responders and community leaders to assist in the preparation and response to all emergencies. As a result, first responders are better prepared to manage hazards at the lowest possible level. The NFA provides a variety of education and training opportunities for command level fire officers, emergency managers, emergency responders, technical staff, and other allied professionals such as architects and engineers.

In Fiscal Year 2016, NFA provided 3,737 course offerings, reaching 103,257 students. Courses are delivered in classrooms at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC), and in classrooms throughout the United States in cooperation with State and local fire training agencies and colleges and universities. The NFA also has a robust system of online instructor mediated and self-study courses.

Students who attended NFA courses reported that courses have improved job performance and increased professional development. Through feedback from the NFA’s long-term, follow-on evaluation survey, 94.4 percent of students reported that their NFA course work helped increase their skills and enhance their job performance; and 90 percent of supervisors of students indicated that the information gained from the courses helped improve performance within their departments.

NFA continues to face the challenge of reaching America's estimated 1.3 million firefighters with meaningful education and performance-improvement training. In recognition of this challenge and need to further reach into a changing workforce, the NFA implemented significant curriculum enhancements that include mobile computing, webinars, podcasts, online training, and mediated online education and other adjuncts to classroom delivery.

Public Education and Awareness

The USFA serves as an information conduit to the fire, emergency services and allied professional communities. We distribute research findings and information through multiple channels including social media, our web site, the Learning and Resource Center, national radio and print, and other outreach efforts that directly reach our fire and emergency services’ practitioners. Critical issues such as community risk reduction, prevention, firefighter health and safety, the WUI, human trafficking and critical infrastructures are disseminated to our colleagues and partners every day. Our educational outreach effort create prevention and life safety infographics (i.e., graphics without words) for people with limited English language abilities. These tools help our fire departments get information about life-saving practices to large and small communities throughout the country. The USFA also leads the Fire is Everyone’s Fight (FIEF) national initiative to unite the fire service, life safety organizations and professionals in an effort to reduce home fire injuries, deaths and property loss by changing how people think about fire and fire prevention.

Data Collection and Analysis

The USFA assists State and local entities in collecting, analyzing and disseminating data and special reports on the occurrence, control, and consequences of all types of fires, emergency medical incidents, and other emergency activities through the efforts of the National Fire Data Center (NFDC). The NFDC tracks firefighter fatalities and conducts an analysis of the fatalities that occur each year.

The USFA is in the process of modernizing the NFIRS data entry browser tool along with other NFIRS web tool applications in order to improve overall system reliability, performance, ease of data entry, and system administration by fire departments and state users. The goal of the modernization is to make the software more user friendly and encourage further participation. The modernization will integrate user access to the NFIRS Data Warehouse which has been in use by USFA for several years and is now being rolled out to an increasing number of states and departments. The NFIRS Data Warehouse provides a much larger suite of standard reports and the ability to create new reports or modify existing ones. Data warehouse users are able to access, share, and compare incident data among departments, States, and nationally. Use of the data warehouse has allowed USFA to track data quality issues in near real-time and therefore improve the data used for annual analyses and data distribution. This tool assists USFA and the Nation’s fire service in identifying trends, developing focused prevention, and mitigating programs and measures.

Research and Technology

Supporting the DHS Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate, USFA staff serve as subject matter experts for first responder needs as they relate to firefighter health and safety. Working in collaboration with public and private partners, the USFA develops projects, provides technical expertise, and serves as federal liaison to the fire community for initiatives of mutual interest such as emergency vehicle and roadway safety, firefighter occupational health and safety, emergency medical services (EMS) issues, residential fire sprinklers, and smoke alarms. Some of the Federal agencies we partner with include the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Non-governmental partners include the NFPA; International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), National Volunteer Fire Council, International Fire Service Training Association, and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

An example of this collaboration is the partnership with FEMA’s Mission Support office which resulted in the development and installation of fire sprinklers in temporary housing for disaster survivors. The USFA partnered with CPSC to conduct research on new smoke alarm technology and focused on the modernization of the 40 year old alarm devices for greater effectiveness and safety. We collaborated with the ORNL on the development of new technologies to detect direct current to protect responders from electrocution. The USFA is also working with the IAFF on a study of occupational violence to firefighters and EMS to find ways to mitigate attacks on first responders.

Emergency Response Support

To enhance response capacity and capability at the state, local, and tribal levels, the USFA supports the development of Type 3 All Hazard Incident Management Teams (AHIMT). Currently, there are 128 Type 3 AHIMTs strategically located in 44 states within the ten FEMA Regions. These teams are all-hazard responders and manage incidents ranging from wildfires to hurricanes to terrorism incidents. The Type 3 AHIMTs have been able to manage incidents that formerly utilized the National Type 1 or Type 2 Incident Management Teams, producing the same outcomes at a fraction of the costs. The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) recognizes the operational value of Type 3 AHIMTs, considers them part of their response resource base, and has incorporated USFA’s training and development program into their core training requirements for future credentialing of Type 3 Incident Management Teams.

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program Roles and Responsibilities Framework

At the recommendation of the Government Accountability Office, the USFA signed an agreement with FEMA’s Grant Programs Directorate in December 2016. This agreement provides a framework for each component’s role and responsibility to improve the management of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This collaboration is ongoing and will be reviewed and evaluated by Assistance to Firefighters Grant and USFA staff to ensure quality grant program management.

Conclusion

Madam Chairman, thank you for your time today. I appreciate the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of United States Fire Administration and the hard work of our staff. Today we know that annual losses from floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters combined, by comparison average just a mere fraction of fire loss. Your continued support is instrumental as we work together for a fire safe America. I am happy to answer any questions the Committee may have.

07/07/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

Remarks as Delivered

 

MEXICO CITY - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Mexican Secretary of Government Osorio Chong held a press availability to discuss the continued partnership between the two nations. Secretary Kelly’s remarks as delivered below:

I want to thank Secretary Osorio Chong and his team for hosting me today. We had a good, substantive conversation about our shared security priorities.

I have had a wonderful three days in Mexico, meeting with many members of the Mexican government.  I’d like to also thank President Peña Nieto, Secretaries Videgaray, Meade, and Osorio Chong, General Cienfugeos, Admiral Soberon, and Attorney General Cervantes for taking the time to meet with me.

I cannot stress enough how valuable the U.S.-Mexico relationship is to each of our nations, and I know Secretary Osorio Chong -- and everyone I have met with over the past three days — agrees.

When I signed on as Secretary of Homeland Security, President Trump and I had a long conversation about our nation’s partnership with Mexico. The President has been very clear about his desire to work with Mexico on many of our shared issues. 

You can see the Administration’s commitment to this partnership in Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s significant interactions in Mexico, including one visit he shared with me a few months ago.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions will also be meeting with his Mexican counterpart in a couple of weeks.  These connections are an expression of the President’s intent to create stronger, durable bonds between our countries.

Mexico and the United States have a history of partnership, and it is natural for the two countries to work together to solve common problems in the region. We've had excellent operational cooperation in the security and law enforcement missions for years. Our intention now is to make those ties even stronger.  We recognize that our prosperity and security are intertwined, and that criminal networks grow in influence and power when our two countries do not work together. As a practical matter, that means looking towards new agreements where we can share information, training, infrastructure, and planning resources. We will accomplish this with mutual trust and support.

Mexico has taken the regional lead in economic development of the Northern Triangle – having just cohosted the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central American with the U.S.  They have also been coordinating with us on increasing efficiency to speed legitimate trade and travel across the most productive border in the world.  

We are also working together to defeat the scourge of illegal drugs, with special emphasis on the heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl that is flooding the hemisphere and resulting deaths in both our countries.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to travel to the southwest part of the country, to meet with General Cienfuegos and Admiral Soberon.  There I had the chance to talk with the soldiers and Marines working to eradicate mountainous poppy fields. As a former general, it was good to be out talking with the troops.  Particularly these troops, who put their lives on the line to stop the production and transfer of drugs that otherwise would make their way into the U.S. bringing the accompanying violence and death.

The United States lost 60,000 people to drug overdoses just last year, and the toll in Mexico among citizens and law enforcement agents and officers has also been very high. I acknowledged to my counterparts that America’s insatiable appetite for drugs is the cause of much of the turmoil on their side of the border.   I pledged to continue to work with our government – and anyone else who can help in this fight – to address drug demand reduction in the U.S.

Once again, thank you Secretary Osorio Chong, for your hospitality today.  I look forward to continuing our solid working relationship and meeting with you again soon.

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07/07/2017   Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: 
July 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

On Wednesday and Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met with President Enrique Peña Nieto and other senior Mexican government officials in Mexico City. Discussions with the President, Secretaries Videgaray and Meade, and Attorney General Cervantes focused on security, trade facilitation, immigration control, drug interdiction, drug demand reduction in the United States and joint efforts to confront transnational organized crime. Secretary Kelly will meet with Secretary Osorio Chong on Friday.

Secretary Kelly, with other U.S. cabinet officials, has met regularly with the Government of Mexico in order to expand cooperation and align strategies on issues of mutual interest.

“Mexico is a great partner to the United States,” said Kelly. “We are actively discussing how we can jointly combat illicit traffic across our shared border, such as illegal immigration coming north, and bulk cash and firearms flowing south. We are also examining how we will use technologies, data-sharing, joint training and harmonized business practices to improve trade and legal travel between our countries, making it faster, more efficient and more secure.”

This is Secretary Kelly’s second trip to Mexico since becoming the Secretary of Homeland Security in January.

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