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UM Center for Health and Homeland Security Director Testifies on Cybersecurity Before U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee
May 14, 2015
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 ...
May 13, 2015
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.
May 13, 2015
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.
May 8, 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 ...
May 7, 2015
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. ...
May 7, 2015
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, ...
May 5, 2015
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 ...
May 4, 2015
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 ...
April 28, 2015
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.
April 28, 2015
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).
April 28, 2015
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.
April 28, 2015
Press Release: The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), an academic consulting group based out of the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, is actively following the recent incidents subsequent to the tragic death of Freddie Gray in police custody and the resulting protests and riots. As a ...
April 23, 2015
Testing Continuity Of Operations (COOP) planning, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) conducted a tabletop exercise today for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The discussion-based exercise brought together representatives from the University Police Force, Environmental Health and Safety, Communications and Public Affairs, Academic Affairs, ...
April 22, 2015
The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) conducted a full-scale Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) bulk distribution exercise today, sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services (DHHS/PHS) and the Maryland Emergency Response System of the National Capital Region (MDERS) ...
April 22, 2015
From Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Passcode/2015/0422/Once-a-field-of-self-taught-hackers-cybersecurity-education-shifts-to-universities CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by Christian Science Monitor on the new Master of Science in Law program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and academic backgrounds needed to work in the field of cybersecurity for the article “Once ...
April 17, 2015
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/04/17/gyrocopter-landing-exposes-major-weaknesses-in-national-security/ CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron, a law enforcement and public safety veteran, was interviewed by WJZ 13 TV in Baltimore to discuss a string of security breaches in Washington D.C., including the landing of a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capital Building on April 15, 2015. Earlier ...
Public Health Exercise Series Prepares Prince George’s County for Medical Countermeasure Distribution
April 9, 2015
Press Release: Testing Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Plans, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) today completed a series of three exercises for the Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD). Public health stakeholders and first responders simulated the activation and coordination necessary to ensure that the County ...
March 6, 2015
From Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-fort-meade-sniper-20150304-story.html#page=1 CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron commented for the Baltimore Sun article “Shootings recall deadlier D.C. sniper rampage of 2002,” explaining how the investigation into a string of shootings near Ft. Meade and the Inter-county Connector in Maryland would differ from the highly publicized Beltway killings 15 years earlier.
March 4, 2015
From 44th Street eNews: http://www2.nycbar.org/htmlemail/44thST/Notes_030215.htm#5 The New York City Bar Association’s weekly e-newsletter featured a recap of the February 24, 2015 panel “Legal Issues Arising from Ebola and Other Global Pandemics” which included CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger.
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Announces New Specializations in Patent Law and Crisis Management for Master of Science in Law Degree
March 1, 2015
From UMB News: The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has added new specializations in patent law and cybersecurity to its Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree. The new specializations are in addition to those in crisis management, environmental law, and health care law — some of today’s ...