News & Press – 2015
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.
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 Center with extensive knowledge of the legal field and operational best practices as they pertain to response to disasters, including civil unrest, our experts are available to discuss the following topics: Policing and Community Relations: Our staff can speak to the importance of developing relationships prior to such incidents. ...Read More
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, Veterinary Resources, Operations and Maintenance, and Administration and Finance, as well as staff from all six academic schools, to assess the campus’ ability to resume essential functions within 12 hours of an emergency, and sustain functions for up to 30 days. For the past two years CHHS has worked with ...Read More
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) with funds from the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). This exercise was designed to assess Montgomery County’s ability to distribute medical countermeasures (such as antibiotics) in bulk to local nursing homes and large assisted living facilities serving as Closed POD partners during a response to a bioterrorism incident or other ...Read More
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 a field of self-taught hackers, cybersecurity education shifts to universities."
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 in the week, Herron also appeared live on Fox 5 Morning News in D.C. to discuss the incident (no link available).
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 can respond to a biological attack, such as smallpox or aerosolized anthrax, affecting a vast majority of the population. The series began April 7th with a tabletop exercise to stimulate the high-level decisions that PGCHD Leadership would need to make to activate its CRI plans and notify partners and ...Read More
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.
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.
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 most dynamic and complex legal specialties. The patent law specialization prepares students to work successfully with patents or to sit for the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office's examination to become a registered patent agent. Professor Patricia Campbell, JD, director of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center, ...Read More
From Background Briefing: http://ianmasters.com/sites/default/files/bbriefing_2015_02_25a_michael%20greenberger.mp3 Following pressing homeland security issues dominating the news, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger appeared on the radio program Background Briefing with Ian Masters. Greenberger expressed his concerns that critical Department of Homeland Security funding is threatened by political obstacles, as well as addressed Islamic State's recent threats to the U.S.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/02/23/terrorist-threats-cause-tension-at-local-malls/ CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger discussed recent threats by the Islamic State to target US shopping Malls. Greenberger emphasized that while citizens shouldn't panic, it's an opportunity to revisit prepardness plans.
Press Release: Through an ongoing project with the District of Columbia (D.C.) to enhance Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning for all City agencies, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) led a tabletop exercise today for the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences. Prior to actual man-made or natural disasters, discussion-based tabletop exercises help evaluate policies and procedures, while giving key staff the opportunity to talk through roles and responsibilities. Held at the City’s new Consolidated Forensic Laboratory, the exercise included participants from the Forensic Science Laboratory Division, the Public Health Laboratory Division, and the Crime Scene ...Read More
From Diamondback: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_a453ade4-b0ca-11e4-9b2e-bb13bda5725d.html CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by the Diamondback regarding the addition of a Cybersecurity specialization to the Master of Science in Law program. The courses, administered by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, will be held in College Park, Md.
From Daily Record: http://thedailyrecord.com/2015/02/04/md-vaccination-law-takes-middle-road/ The Maryland Daily Record interviewed CHHS Associate Director Amy Major for their article "Md. vaccination law take middle road," to help explain medical exemptions from vaccinations. Following a resurgence of measles due in part to an anti-vaccination movement, Major also discussed under what circumstances Maryland citizens could be legally compelled to be immunized or quarantined for refusing to vaccinate.
The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), a non-profit consulting and academic group, recently kicked off a project to support Continuity of Operations planning for the city of Dallas, Texas. Under the year-long effort, CHHS is a subcontractor to Tidal Basin Government Consulting. Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning enables an organization to preserve, maintain, and reconstitute its most essential functions following a natural or man-made disaster that disrupts operations. In Dallas, CHHS experts will develop an all-hazards COOP plan by conducting interviews with nearly 50 City departments, ascertaining essential functions of each. The plan, once implemented, ...Read More
Formalizing a partnership with the KEYW Corporation, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) was recently awarded a contract to pilot a cybersecurity policy training course. KEYW is a world renowned technology company, headquartered in Hanover, Md., that develops technical capabilities and solutions for the public and private sector. CHHS, a non-profit consulting and academic group, has extensive expertise in navigating complex cyber issues through academic coursework, legislative proposals, and consultation with government commissions. Under the contract, CHHS will develop and deliver a pilot program on cybersecurity policy for KEYW clients who include the intelligence community, ...Read More
From Daily Record: http://thedailyrecord.com/2015/01/21/um-carey-law-adds-cybersecurity-patent-law-to-msl-program/ Following the addition of a second CHHS specialization to the Master of Science in Law program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Founder and Director Michael Greenberger talked with the Maryland Daily Record about the appeal of studying Cybersecurity for students in private industries, as well as the public sector. CHHS is also overseeing the Crisis Management specialty, included in an earlier Daily Record article. The Associated Press also released this article across multiple media outlets: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/01/25/maryland-adds-cybersecurity-patent-paw-to-graduate-program/ 01 22 15 UM Carey beefs up masters program
From Sinclair Broadcasting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTRwbWSdpL8 "American ISIS Sympathizers Living in the US" aired nationwide following the foiled terrorist plot to attack the US Capital by an Ohio citizen this week. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger explained why ISIS benefits from Western recruits, who can blend in easily on US soil.
From Bloomberg Law Radio: http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/Politics/Law/vevvm.mZnnyA.mp3 CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a guest on the radio program Bloomberg Law, which aired nationwide, to explain cybersecurity legislation proposed this week by President Obama. Greenberger also discussed the potential privacy issues with sharing data regarding private industry hacks, which under the proposal would be monitored to thwart further attacks.
From WNEW 99.1 Radio: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2015/01/12/homeland-security-announces-new-security-measures-following-paris-attacks/ With the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, France, highlighting the unpredictability of extremist organizations, the US Department of Homeland Security announced increased security measures this week for international airports as well as federal buildings. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with WNEW 99.1 Radio about the potential impact and implications of the measures.
From WJZ TV: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/01/12/key-military-commands-twitter-site-hacked/ CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Markus Rauschecker spoke with WJZ TV following a hack of the US Military Central Command's twitter and youtube pages by Islamic State sympathizers. Rauchecker, also adjunct professor for the Center's Law and Policy of Cybersecurity course, explained that while not a breach of confidential government data, the hack is an assertion or threat by terrorist organizations.