MAGLOCLEN Proudly Announces the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center’s Connection to RISSNET
The Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) is pleased to welcome the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center (IIFC) to the group of partner-agency systems connected to RISSNET, sharing criminal intelligence information via RISSIntel. The IIFC intelligence database is now available for real-time, online searching. The Northeast Fusion Center Intelligence Project aims to implement the ability of fusion centers in the northeast region to utilize their existing intelligence system by connecting to RISSIntel, which is accessible via RISSNET and currently provides for the real-time, online search of more than 35 state, regional, and National Virtual Pointer System (NVPS) participant-agency connected systems simultaneously without requiring users to log on to separate, individual systems.
Readout of DHS Secretary Johnson's Call With State Election Officials on Cybersecurity
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson hosted a phone call with members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and other Chief Election Officials to discuss the cybersecurity of the election infrastructure. It is critically important to continue to work to ensure the security and resilience of our electoral infrastructure, particularly as the risk environment evolves. Representatives from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) also participated in the call.
During the call, Secretary Johnson offered assistance in helping state officials manage risks to voting systems in each state's jurisdiction. While DHS is not aware of any specific or credible cybersecurity threats relating to the upcoming general election systems, Secretary Johnson reiterated that DHS, the Election Assistance Commission, NIST, and DOJ are available to offer support and assistance in protecting against cyber attacks. He also recognized the important work already being done in the states to ensure the integrity and security of the nation's elections.
As part of the ongoing effort, the Secretary also announced that DHS is convening a Voting Infrastructure Cybersecurity Action Campaign with experts from all levels of government and the private sector to raise awareness of cybersecurity risks potentially affecting voting infrastructure and promote the security and resilience of the electoral process.
Urban Institute Justice Policy Center Releases State Breakdown on Body-Worn Camera Policy
Public support for police body-worn cameras has increased after several high-profile shooting deaths in the United States. Several states are considering passing or have already passed legislation to address policy concerning body-worn cameras. Many states are grappling with how to strike a balance between privacy and transparency. The Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center has released a new state-by-state breakdown looking at where states are and where they are headed.
Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State to Place Gun Owners on FBI Database
Hawaii's governor signed into law a bill on June 23, 2016, making it the first state to place its residents who own firearms in a federal criminal record database and monitor them for possible wrongdoing anywhere in the country. The Federal Bureau of Investigation database called "Rap Back" will allow Hawaii police to be notified when a firearm owner from the state is arrested anywhere in the United States. The law could affect gun owners outside Hawaii, because the state requires visitors carrying guns to register.
Cybersecurity Resources for State and Local Law Enforcement
The National Consortium for Advanced Policing (NCAP) recently released the Cybersecurity Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement and an accompanying issue brief: A Policy Roadmap to Enhance Capabilities. The guide was created to help state and local law enforcement agencies protect themselves, as well as businesses and community members, from cyber-related threats. The issue brief is a companion to the guide and focuses on how policymakers at federal, state, and local levels, in both the executive and legislative branches of government, can take steps to improve the cyber authorities and capabilities of state and local law enforcement.
The guide is available at http://s.iir.com/NCAPGuide.
The issue brief is available at http://s.iir.com/NCAPIssueBrief.
The LECC Web site, including the resources mentioned above, is available at http://www.iacpcybercenter.org.