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Yesterday, 60 Minutes aired a segment on a targeted lobbying effort that weakened the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) ability to go after drug distributors. The Washington Post tells the story in detail: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/investigations/dea-drug-industry-congress/?hpid=hp_rhp-banner-low_deanarrative-hed%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.9392b41c9543
Photo Credit: JABIN BOTSFORD/THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES Two members of the CHHS staff, Senior Policy Analyst Maria Bernadzikowski and Research Assistant Jonathan Lim are currently deployed assisting the victims of Hurricane Irma and Harvey, respectively. Bernadzikowsi is deployed to Tallahassee, FL where she is working out of the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate with the Volunteer and Donations Management heads in the Florida counties most affected by Hurricane Irma. She has also been supervising support under the Emergency Management Assistant Compact (EMAC) - determining assignments and tasks, coordinating with stakeholders, and fulfilling reporting requirements. She has also worked to provide ...Read More
CHHS is pleased to release the online edition of its Fall 2017 Newsletter. The Newsletter commemorates our 15th Anniversary celebration, and highlights the Center's extensive program work over the past year. You can find the Fall 2017 Newsletter here. Please be sure to check out our past editions, and sign up for our mailing list to ensure you receive hard copies of all Newsletters.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger discussed Federal Disaster Relief programs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in an appearance on CSPAN's Washington Journal.  Watch the clip here.
CHHS will be offering its nationally-recognized "Maximizing Organizational Resiliency: COOP for Public Entities” course on December 7-8, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. Information on the course can be found here here. Registration is available here. Please see our redesigned COOP page for more information on CHHS Continuity of Operations (COOP) services.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger has been chosen as an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Global Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). The Institute for Global Health (IGH), is dedicated to improving global health by conducting innovative, world-leading research in Baltimore and around the world. For more information about IGH, click here. 
WJZ-TV (CBS) in Baltimore aired a segment commemorating the Center for Health and Homeland Security on its 15th Anniversary. Watch it here.
On May 23, 2017, CHHS was proud to facilitate a full-scale exercise with the Maryland Region V Hospital Coalition. For more information: FSE Press release 2017  
The article is published in Elsevier's Online Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. The article is available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128093245011445.
The Masters of Science in Law (MSL) program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is featured in The Washington Post Graduate Education Guide Spring 2017.  On page 10, MSL Instructor and CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker is quoted on the need for the degree program in the developing field of Cybersecurity Law and Policy.  
Maryland Carey Law offers two online degree programs: a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Law and a Master of Science in Homeland Security and Crisis Management Law. Both programs provide subject matter specialists the legal and regulatory knowledge to help their organizations gain a competitive advantage. The programs will give them the legal training they need, increasing their skill and depth. Senior CHHS Staff have developed these degree programs, serve as instructors for the courses and offer hands-on support to students. For additional information about cost and enrollment, click here Both online programs are enrolling now for classes beginning February 6, ...Read More
by Trudy Henson with Birch Barron As 2016 came to a close and many were focused on a year-end countdown, health officials were paying attention to a different tally: the alarming rate of drug overdose deaths, which nearly tripled between 1999 – 2014, and continued to increase for synthetic opioid deaths in the last few years. The findings, written about extensively in a CDC report, underscore the need for “intense attention and action.” But how can public health partners make that action most effective? "Solving the heroin and opioid addiction problem will require a united effort," says Birch Barron, CHHS ...Read More
Senior Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee, JD, MPH, CPH has published his first scientific research article as lead author, to appear in the August 2016 2016 issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention. The article, "Intention and willingness to drive drowsy among university students: An application of an extended theory of planned behavior model," which can be viewed here, is summarized as follows: A web-based questionnaire was used to assess the utility of constructs from the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and the Prototype Willingness Model (PWM) to predict intentions and willingness to engage in drowsy driving in a sample of 450 university students. Those students ...Read More
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CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger and CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Preeti Emrick will be presenting at the 39th Annual Health Law Professors Conference on Friday, June 3rd in Boston, MA from 8:15-9:30am. The presentation is entitled "U.S. Public Health Law: Archaic or Relevant in the Context of Ebola?" For more information on the event, see http://www.aslme.org/the-39th-annual-health-law-professors-conference.
CHHS would like to congratulate Senior Staff members Birch Barron, Joseph Corona and Lisa Crow, who have this year earned recognition from the International Association of Emergency Managers by being among the group of professionals designated Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®).  This is the highest honor of professional achievement available from the Association which has in its membership more than 9,000 emergency managers representing professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters. All three qualified as a CEM® by submitting an extensive credentials package giving personal and professional background achievements and successfully completing a Management ...Read More
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Press Release April 13, 2016 Partnering with the Maryland Emergency Response System (ERS) and hospitals from five counties across the southern and D.C. metro portions of Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) facilitated a full-scale exercise today that helped prepare the region for a medical surge event. The scenario for today’s exercise was a complex coordinated attack where simultaneous attacks, including explosives and gunshots, occurred at three sites across the region. The attacks resulted in hundreds of severely wounded patients, casualties, and worried-well, being triaged and transported to area hospitals. This scenario gave participants ...Read More
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From Cyberwire.com: http://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-daily-2016-03-30.html CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker explains the NIST Framework to Cyberwire, as well as discusses why it has gotten a positive endorsement by both public and private entities, on their March 30, 2016, Daily Podcast.
From the Cyberwire.com: http://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-daily-2016-03-24.html CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Ben Yelin appeared on the Cyberwire Daily Podcast to discuss rights to privacy in cyberspace.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/03/23/travel-security-increased-in-wake-of-brussels-attack/ CHHS Academic Program Manager Michael Vesely explained to WJZ TV that coordinated efforts across jurisdictions and levels of government are key as terrorists attempt to stay one step ahead of security officials for their story "Travel Security Increased In Wake Of Brussels Attack."
From the Cyberwire.com: http://www.thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-daily-2016-03-18.html CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Ben Yelin appeared on the Cyberwire Daily Podcast to discuss the Snowden leaks of 2013 and their continuing impact on the privacy vs. security debate.  His comments were also included in the CyberWire Week-in-Review 3.14.16 – 3.18.16 Podcast.
From the Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-likely-to-pick-srinivasan-or-garland-for-supreme-court-2016-3 and the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/mar/16/merrick-garland-profile-supreme-court-nominee-career CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger praised President Obama's SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland, citing his handling of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing case. Greenberger was also mentioned by WhiteHouse.gov for their blog What They're Saying about President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee on the various news outlets and legal experts who discussed the nomination, and appeared on the Baltimore Sun podcast Roughly Speaking.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/03/07/hack-the-pentagon-will-examine-weakness-vulnerabilities/ CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker talked to WJZ about why the U.S. government would invite hackers to take aim at the Pentagon for their story "‘Hack The Pentagon’ Will Examine Weakness, Vulnerabilities." Rauschecker also talked about Hack the Pentagon with the Cyberwire.com for their Daily Podcast on March 21, 2016.
From Cyberwire.com: http://www.thecyberwire.com/cw-podcasts-week-in-review.html CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker appeared on the Cyberwire podcast February 19, 2016 to discuss security on the cloud, and was featured on their week-in-review podcast February 26, 2016. On March 11, 2016 he spoke with Cyberwire on the FTC's role in cyber regulation.
From NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/will-obama-use-executive-order-close-guantanamo-bay-n524821 CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger emphasized a decision by President Obama to use his executive powers to close Guantanamo Bay prison would "be the result of political calculation in the midst of a presidential campaign rather than concerns about the constitutionality of such an action."
From Cyberwire.com: http://www.thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-daily-2016-02-17.html, South Korean TBS Radio: http://tbsefm.seoul.kr/efm/Primetime/listenagain.jsp and WBAL TV: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/security-civil-liberties-experts-clash-over-iphone-debate/38058242 CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker discussed the legal and policy implications of Apple's refusal to create a program to help the FBI retrieve data from the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone with several news outlets. Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was also interviewed by WBAL TV on the topic.
From Roughly Speaking: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/dan-rodricks-blog/bal-roughly-speaking-supreme-court-bernie-sanders-story.html CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger talked with Dan Rodricks regarding the coming battle between President Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over the replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
From UMB News: http://www.umaryland.edu/news/archived-news/february-2016/newspressreleaseshottopics/cybersecurity-symposium-covers-law-and-policy.php Expanding its educational outreach, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) held a comprehensive symposium this month entitled “The Law and Policy of Cybersecurity.” The event, co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Maryland Carey Law), was held at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. Aimed at legal and cyber professionals in the Baltimore and D.C. region who were interested in expanding their knowledge of critical issues, challenges, and legal developments surrounding cybersecurity, the one day Symposium was a first for CHHS. Under the direction of ...Read More
From WBAL TV: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/cars-found-abandoned-in-commuter-parking-garage/37930294 Explaining how cars abandoned can create safe-havens for potentials attackers or terrorists, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger appeared on WBAL TV for their investigation into local commuter lot car removal policies.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/02/09/u-s-security-officials-warn-isis-may-attempt-attack-this-year/ CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger explained to WJZ TV how citizens can play a role in preventing terrorist attacks in the U.S.
From Maryland Carey Law: https://www.law.umaryland.edu/about/features/feature_details.html?feature=442 Eleven Maryland Carey Law faculty members received a special recognition award from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), for their work in developing Freddie Gray’s Baltimore, an eight-week course that explores the causes of and possible solutions to the unrest in Baltimore last spring. “[The course’s] success is a testament to what we can do — and the speed with which we can do it — when we harness the passion, the dedication, and the commitment of this UMB community,” said UMB President Jay Perman during a ceremony marking the university’s observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ...Read More
From CyberWire: http://www.thecyberwire.com/cw-podcasts-daily.html CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker appeared on the CyberWire Daily Podcast on 2/9/16 to explain the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's mission related to cyber.
From WBAL Radio: http://www.wbal.com/article/140447/3/law-professor-says-mayors-request-for-outside-counsel-in-police-probe-warranted CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with WBAL Radio following the publication of an Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun encouraging the use of outside legal help during the Baltimore City Police Department's civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/01/29/fbi-washington-high-on-isiss-attack-list/ CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst and Academic Program Manager Michael Vesely spoke with WJZ TV regarding terrorist threats in D.C., specifically lone wolf attacks.
From Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-wilmerhale-doj-20160128-story.html CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger wrote an opinion piece for the Baltimore Sun expressing the importance of funding outside legal teams to address the current DOJ investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department - a move that would save the City time and money in the long run.
From MD Carey Law: http://www.law.umaryland.edu/about/features/feature_details.html?feature=443 More than 150 students, professors, advocates and others packed the Moot Court Room at Maryland Carey Law for an intense, thought-provoking conversation about the rise of Islamophobia in light of recent terrorist events spanning several continents. “Misconceptions and negative rhetoric are at an all-time high for the Muslim community,” said second-year student Faiza Hasan, who organized “Combating Islamophobia—Constitutional Issues Affecting Muslim Americans and Asian Americans in a Post-9/11 World,” a discussion timed to coincide with the anniversary of Korematsu v. United States, the Supreme Court decision that upheld the internment of Japanese Americans in the interest ...Read More
From CyberPoint LLC: https://www.cyberpointllc.com/news/news_the-cyberwire-debuts-new-podcasts.html CyberWire, a Baltimore based cybersecurity news service, recently announced the roll-out of daily podcasts that will include commentary by cyber experts on current events and pressing industry issues.  CHHS is one of three inaugural academic and research partners for the podcasts, which will feature our very own Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker. Read the press release from CyberWire's parent company CyberPoint, LLC. Rauschecker's first appearance on the podcast focused on education in the law and policy of cybersecurity on January 21, 2016. On January 27, 2016, he discussed cyber war.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/01/07/bge-warned-to-boost-security-to-keep-out-hackers/ Following a cyber attack that caused a blackout in Ukraine, CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker was interviewed on the potential for similar attacks, and their consequences, in the United States.
  Press Release: The Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) announces the promotion of Michael Vesely, JD to Academic Program Manager. The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) announces that Michael Vesely, JD, has been promoted to Academic Program Manager. CHHS is at the forefront of groundbreaking emergency preparedness and homeland security education. Director Michael Greenberger, along with various staff members providing their industry expertise, have developed and deployed multiple courses and specializations at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Through the development of academic coursework CHHS is able to offer ...Read More
CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker wrote about the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) which recently passed the United States Senate. Check it out here.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with Slate about the recent shootings at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado, and the law behind domestic terrorism. Check it out here.
From Daily Record: http://thedailyrecord.com/2015/11/20/md-cybersecurity-council-begins-work-to-curb-risks/ CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by the Daily Record regarding his role on the newly formed Maryland Cybersecurity Council and the state's critical cyber infrastructure vulnerability for the article "Md. cybersecurity council begins work to curb risks."
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke yesterday with WJZ-TV in Baltimore about Maryland safety concerns in the wake of the Paris attacks. Check it out here.
On November 9th Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo, in coordination with UMB Environmental Health and Safety, facilitated a Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning workshop for the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). COOP Planning is an organizational effort to ensure the capability exists to scale-down business operations and seamlessly continue essential functions under adverse conditions. The workshop was attended by over 20 staff members from UMSON, including Dean Jane Kirchsling, and key managers from Communications, Research, Information Technology and Administration. Participants collaboratively performed a comprehensive analysis of UMSON’s mission essential functions, resource requirements, orders of succession for leadership, and ...Read More
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger and CHHS Research Assistant Jules Szanton were both quoted in a CBS Marketwatch article on data theft, in light of the U.S. Justice Department announcing the largest theft of consumer data in history. Check it out here.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke yesterday with WJZ-TV in Baltimore about the danger of terrorism on commercial jets. The interview was in response to the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula. See the interview here.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has appointed CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger to the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, which is charged with reviewing the state’s cyber readiness and developing a comprehensive plan to respond to and recover from attacks. For more, see our Press Release
Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron spoke with WJZ-TV about the arrest of Wayne Simmons, a cable news commentator who allegedly lied about being a CIA agent.
CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker had his article Why Education in the Law and Policy of Cybersecurity is a Must published in the Fall 2015 edition of the U.S. Cybersecurity Magazine.
Greenberger was interviewed by NewsmaxTV regarding the spike in violence in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray on October 7, 2015.
CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was quoted in Fox News New York for the story Bloody Baltimore: No end seen to post-Freddie Gray spike in homicides, shootings on October 5, 2015.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/09/24/military-blimps-floating-over-baltimore-area-labeled-a-failure/ Following the release of a report calling blimps used at Maryland's Aberdeen Proving Ground to detect missile and drone threats a failure, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger explained why they are “A completely expensive white elephant.”
From WBFF TV: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/nation-world/papal-visit-requires-one-of-the-largest-security-operations-in-us-history CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by WBFF TV prior to the Pope's DC visit, explaining what kind of security could be expected.
From B'More Health Talks: https://soundcloud.com/bmorehealthtalks/emergency-preparedness-and-communicable-disease Joining government and community leaders, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a guest of Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen for a B'More Health Talks town hall on Emergency Preparedness and Communicable Diseases. The forum offered participants a chance to share and collaborate on the work that many different organizations are doing to address public health issues across the City.
From CyberWire: http://thecyberwire.com/events/cyber-6-conference-2015.html CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker was mentioned in the CyberWire recap of the 2015 GovConnects Cyber Conference, held September 10, 2015, in Laurel, Maryland.  During the panel on challenges in cloud security, Rauschecker called for increased focus on the law and policy of cybersecurity for all stakeholders.
From German Press Agency: http://www.derwesten.de/panorama/ein-blutiger-sommer-aimp-id11059957.html CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with the German Press Agency regarding policing and a rise in crimes in Baltimore, and across the U.S., for an article that appeared in many major outlets in Germany, including the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung and Münchner Merkur. Click here for a translated version of this article
On September 3, 2015, following the first class in an eight-week course on legal and social issues in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, several outlets covered the launch and featured Professor Greenberger, including: Baltimore Sun - Law, social work students tackle Freddie Gray course WMAR TV - New Freddie Gray class debuts at UMD School of Law WNEW Radio - U-Md. School of Law Offering ‘Freddie Gray’s Baltimore’ Class WJZ TV - 8-Week Long Freddie Gray Course Begins At UMd. School Of Law WBAL TV - Freddie Gray class begins at University of Md. law school Washington Post - Law students ...Read More
From NPR Radio: https://thedianerehmshow.org/audio/#/shows/2015-08-27/10-year-anniversary-of-hurricane-katrina/110892/@00:00 Discussing the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a panelist for the Diane Rehm Show on NPR Radio for their feature 10 Years Later: Hurricane Katrina And The Long Struggle For Recovery In New Orleans. Greenberger was also interviewed on the topic by WTOP Radio.
From WJZ 13 TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/08/24/trains-could-soon-see-airport-level-security/ CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron spoke with WJZ TV regarding the difference in airport vs. train security and why transportation is a soft target for potential terrorist attacks in the U.S.
From WBFF 45 TV: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/190075-Drone-delivering-drugs-gun-and-porn-to-jail-seized-in-Md-.shtml#.VdxwC_lViko Lauding the interception of contraband that was to be flown into a Maryland prison, CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron explained the unique challenges drones can present to law enforcement officials.
From NPR Radio: http://www.npr.org/2015/08/22/432934969/off-the-streets-and-onto-the-syllabus-the-freddie-gray-course?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger appeared on NPR's All Things Considered program to explain the impetus behind a new University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law class which will examine civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will begin offering a special topic course this fall entitled Freddie Gray’s Baltimore: Past, Present, and Moving Forward. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, who is administering the course, will open the class in early September with an overview of the recent unrest in Baltimore and discuss community policing. The course will also examine causes and possible solutions by focusing on social, economic and other issues, including policing practices, criminal justice, access to housing, health care, education, joblessness and community development. The law school’s efforts are part of a larger push underway at the University of ...Read More
From WNEW Radio CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rasuchecker spoke with WNEW Radio for their coverage of an announcement by DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser that police body camera footage would be releasable if taken in a public location.  Rauschecker commented on the issue of privacy vs. security - what issues are presented when police agencies develop policies for either releasing footage or withholding it.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/07/24/report-details-new-recommendations-after-live-anthrax-were-sent-to-md-lab/ Following the release of new recommendations for the handling of anthrax spores by the Department of Defense, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger discussed the potential dangers security flaws at labs pose to the public.
Press Release: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Russell J. Strickland, at present a Senior Policy Analyst at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), to lead the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) as that agency’s Executive Director.  At CHHS, Mr. Strickland directed our Center’s prestigious Senior Crisis Management Seminars for international delegations sponsored by U.S. Department of State, Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance.  In that capacity, he supervised and/or served as a lecturer for ten seminars held both in the United States and abroad.  Strickland also assisted Maryland’s Montgomery County in evaluating and ...Read More
Press Release: Furthering a first-time partnership with the Prince George’s County Health Department that began in July 2014, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) is providing a Communicable Disease Educator for the county’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program (PHEP&R). This position will utilize grant funding received by the County to enhance communicable disease education and outreach within the local community, through the development of online training materials and health alerts regarding infectious diseases such as Ebola. Under the existing contract with Prince George’s County, which has been extended for a second year, CHHS ...Read More
From WBFF TV: http://www.foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/170914-Department-of-Justice-Reviews-Baltimore-Police-Department-in-National-Probe.shtml#.VbJBZvlVikp CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron gave an in-depth interview to WBFF 45 TV regarding his past experience with a Department of Justice investigation, providing insight into what Baltimore City Police may face with their current civil rights investigation.
From Various Outlets: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by the Associated Press for his thoughts on police conduct during the arrest of a Texas woman caught on dashboard video. The article appeared in several outlets including ABC News, Christian Science Monitor, and US News and World Report. Herron also appeared live on RT America.
From WBFF 45: http://www.foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/168320-National-security-threatened-by-shootings-targeting-military-bases.shtml#.VakEb_lViko CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron talked with WBFF Fox 45, following a shooting at multiple military facilities in Tennessee, about security in Maryland which includes 11 bases.
From CNN Money: http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/14/investing/twitter-fake-story-bloomberg/ Following a rise in Twitter stock prices due to a fake web story, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with CNN Money about what kind of investigation would go into determining the source of the cyber hoax.
From Bloomberg Law Radio: http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/Politics/Law/vkbcQsHNSlz8.mp3 CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger joined Bloomberg Law Radio as a guest to discuss encryption technology concerns recently brought before a U.S. Senate hearing.
From Capital Gazette: http://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/columns/ph-ac-ce-herron-column-0706-20150706-story.html Following a two-day seminar prepared for the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management, CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron wrote an op-ed for the Capital Gazette explaining why officials nationwide need to prepare now for civil unrest that has rocked major cities from New York to Baltimore. The seminar "Lessons Learned from Civil Protest" was a proactive measure taken by Annapolis, MD, officials and first responders to examine protests as a whole community. Excerpt: The new paradigm of civil protest today reflects a dynamic police are rarely prepared for — enormous crowds of protesters who sometimes outnumber the police ...Read More
From WBFF TV: http://foxbaltimore.com/m/news/features/top-stories/stories/157686-Heightened-security-alert-ahead-of-holiday-weekend.shtml#.VZqnP_lVikr CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron spoke with WBFF Fox 45 ahead of July 4th regarding the potential for ISIS and lone wolf attacks during holiday festivities. While no specific threats were identified, Herron reminded citizens to be vigilant and explained the use of social media by terrorist organizations who prompted action in the US. WJZ 13 also interview Herron on the topic: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/07/03/baltimore-on-alert-this-weekend-against-threats-from-isis-sympathizers/
Markus Rauschecker, JD, has been named Cybersecurity Program Manager, a new position within the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS).  Led by Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, CHHS is an academic consulting group with an intricate understanding of cyber laws and policies. Rauschecker, an employee since 2008, has been instrumental in the Center’s growth in the cybersecurity field both academically and through direct work with clients. He has been called upon to testify before numerous government bodies, including the Maryland Senate Finance Committee, the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee, the Baltimore City Mayor’s Working Group on ...Read More
CHHS has learned we will be awarded a major transit emergency preparedness project by a national research organization, specifically aimed at public health legal and policy issues. More details will be forthcoming!
From LLM Guide: http://www.llm-guide.com/article/962/university-of-maryland-launches-llm-specializations-in-cybersecurity-and-crisis-management The LLM Guide, featuring Master of Laws programs around the world, highlighted CHHS and the new cybersecurity and crisis management specialties recently announced by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  
From Homeland Security Today: http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/industry-news/single-article/university-of-maryland-law-school-adds-cybersecurity-crisis-management-specialties/d5a3ca84370820c1efe0cd8415858dd5.html Homeland Security Today overviewed new Master of Laws specializations in crisis management and cybersecurity announced by CHHS and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, while also mentioning the depth of CHHS academic efforts in the emergency management and homeland security fields.
From National Law Journal: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202728825425/Maryland-Launches-LLMs-in-Crisis-Management-Cybersecurity?cmp=share_twitter&slreturn=20150510093547 Emphasizing the increase in demand for legal professionals in crisis management and cybersecurity fields, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with the National Law Journal regarding new specialties for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
From National Jurist: http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/maryland-adds-cybersecurity-crisis-management-llm CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger is quoted in the National Jurist regarding new crisis management and cybersecurity specializations added to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program.
From NPR Radio: http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-06-03/investigation-of-tsa-security-failures-at-u-s-airports CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger joined NPR Radio's Diane Rehm Show to discuss a report that TSA agents failed to detect 67 out of 70 concealed hazardous weapons/materials at airports across the U.S. Guests answered the question "has the money spent on heightened airport screening since 9/11 made us any safer?"
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/06/02/fbi-behind-mysterious-surveillance-aircraft-over-u-s-cities/ CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron emphasized the need for balance between security and privacy when discussing surveillance techniques used by law enforcement.
From UMB News: The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has added two highly sought-after specialties — crisis management and cybersecurity — to its growing Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. The two-semester LL.M. program offers lawyers the opportunity to advance their legal knowledge in a concentrated area of study. The new LL.M. specialties draw on the academic and practical experience of the University’s Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), which for more than a dozen years has provided research, consulting and training services to a wide range of foreign and domestic governments and other organizations. Under ...Read More
From TIME.com: http://time.com/3905876/baltimore-murders-homicide-rate-record/ Looking for answers to "What's Behind Baltimore's Record-Setting Rise in Homicides," TIME.com interviewed CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger on potential historical factors leading to current violence, and issues directly related to policing following recent civil unrest in Baltimore.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/06/01/undercover-agents-expose-flaws-at-tsa-chekpoints/#.VW140G85NI0.twitter Following a report on lack of security at airport screening, CHHS Founder and Director spoke with WJZ TV for the story "Undercover Agents Expose Flaws at TSA Checkpoints."
From KPCC Radio: http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2015/06/01/43072/baltimore-sees-most-violent-month-on-record/ CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a guest on the KPCC Radio program AirTalk, a National Public Radio affiliate in LA, to join a discussion about violence in Baltimore City.  Greenberger brought up historical factors such as economics and over-policing that may have contributed to an increase in violence following civil unrest in the city, as well as ways federal involvement in community policing initiatives may help moving forward.  
From C-Span: http://www.c-span.org/video/?326277-6/washington-journal-michael-greenberger-federal-disaster-relief CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was featured on C-Span's Washington Journal program to discuss federal disaster relief funding.  As the 2015 hurricane season gets underway, and the midwest has already been devastated by flooding, Greenberger explained how disasters are declared by the President, and how money from the Disaster Relief Fund is distributed. Hazard mitigation funding, to prevent future natural disasters, was also addressed.
From Associated Press: http://news.yahoo.com/baltimore-residents-fearful-amid-homicide-spike-083758282.html CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger cautioned against putting the blame on police in Baltimore City for a recent spike in violence in an Associated Press article, which appeared in several outlets including Salon.com and the Washington Post.  Greenberger, a former Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General for the Department of Justice, has experience working on federal training programs dealing with police community relations.
Press Release: Incorporating hospitals from five counties across the southern and D.C. metro portions of Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) facilitated a full-scale exercise today that prepared the region for the possibility of a mass casualty incident. The scenario, a bus crash involving a large number of injuries coupled with an infectious disease component, gave participants the opportunity to practice real-world response capabilities in the event of any number of similar incidents. The regional effort tested medical surge plans during a mass casualty incident, including communications, situational awareness, resource and personnel management, and ...Read More
From BuzzFeed.com: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/stolen-passports-and-isis-fighters#.wqA9wNO7x CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger talked with BuzzFeed.com for an article on how a stolen American passport ended up in the hands of ISIS.
From Govinfosecurity.com: http://www.govinfosecurity.com/promoting-cyber-norms-behavior-a-8222 Following testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was quoted in the Govinfosecurity.com article “Promoting Cyber Norms of Behavior.”  Politico also previewed Greenberger's testimony the morning of the briefing.
Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security Founder and Director, served as a witness during today’s U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy hearing entitled “Cybersecurity: Setting the Rules for Responsible Global Cyber Behavior.” Joining U.S. State Department and Center for Strategic and International Studies representatives, Greenberger gave oral, as well as written, testimony on the effectiveness of current U.S. government structure and efforts to address global cybersecurity, as well as the best avenues to leveraging public-private partnerships. Cybersecurity presents a unique policy challenge given the internet’s interconnected global ...Read More
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law SB 542 on May 12, 2015, establishing the Maryland Cybersecurity Council.  CHHS, along with Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, supported the measure.  Greenberger was formerly appointed to the Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence, which expired in 2014.
From Fox 45: CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Michael Vesely was interviewed during Fox 45 TV news to discuss mass casualty emergency response, coordination of first responders, and family reunification would have been used in Philadelphia for an Amtrak train derailment on May 12, 2015.
From Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bal-security-level-at-military-bases-increased-20150508-story.html CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun for the article "Security Level at Military Bases Increased." Describing it as an indication of officials’ latest concern about the potential for terror attacks at home, Greenberger explained why ISIS threats today are different than those of al-Queda in the past. The article also appeared on Emergency Management.com
Press Release: During a Public Oversight Roundtable on the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Body-Worn Camera Program, CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Markus Rauschecker gave oral testimony today on the importance of cybersecurity vigilance needed for maintaining digital recordings, while also urging officials to consider the highest level of transparency possible. The roundtable was held by the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on the Judiciary. Given the many recent high profile incidents and the public’s seeming growing mistrust of police forces, it is easy to understand why body-worn camera programs, such as the one proposed in the District, ...Read More
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/05/07/us-to-add-second-layer-of-steel-spikes-to-white-house-fence/#.VUyjS9MRebk.twitter CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron spoke with WJZ TV for the story "US to Add Second Layer of Steel Spikes to White House Fence." Herron emphasized that this would not be the only measure needed to enhance security. This interview was also used by WJZ TV on May 14, 2015, for the segment "Man Arrested After Flying Drone Near White House", and Lauderdale Daily News for the article "Once Again a Man Was Arrested After Flying Drone Near White House."
From UMB News: http://www.umaryland.edu/news/archived-news/may-2015/newspressreleaseshottopics/big-data.php On May 1, 2015, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Office of Government and Community Affairs hosted a policy briefing for federal lawmakers on “Data, Privacy & the Internet: What You Need to Know.” Boasting an array of legal experts from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, UMB hoped to give Capitol Hill an idea of the depth of knowledge available to them when making key decisions regarding the future of cybersecurity.... Read the full story
Press Release: Following forward thinking on how to improve public safety project development, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) Senior Law and Policy Analysts Christopher Webster and J. Max Romanik, have been chosen to present at the 2015 Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Public Safety Broadband Summit in Washington, D.C.  Their presentation, scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, will give participants “A Primer on Agile Development for Public Safety.” The session’s co-presenters are Bill Schrier, Senior Policy Advisor, State of Washington Office of the Chief Information Officer and Brian Shepherd, Broadband Program Manager at ...Read More
From WBFF TV In response to protests and riots in Baltimore city, CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Michael Vesely was invited to appear live on WBFF Fox TV to discuss government powers during a declared state of emergency, and what it meant for the use of the National Guard.
From WBAL Radio Veteran emergency management professional and CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Russell Strickland was interviewed during WBAL Radio's Maryland News Now segment regarding how coordination of resources between state, local and out of state agencies works during a state of emergency, including Emergency Management Assistance Compacts (EMAC).
From WNEW 99.1 Radio CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by WNEW Radio during their Midday show to discuss legal authorities regarding response to civil unrest, such as the protests and riots in Baltimore.