Public Safety Primer on Cloud Technology
The Public Safety Primer on Cloud Technology is a high-level primer for law enforcement and public safety communities regarding video and the cloud environment. With the quantity of video evidence now available, storage is a significant problem for record management systems and bandwidth capability. Obtaining video from a major event is often problematic for law enforcement and public safety agencies without the capability to request and store public video submissions. As such, agencies are turning to cloud environments as a solution for emergencies and major incidents to address video-related issues including storage, cataloging, conversion, and real-time analysis. Law enforcement and public safety agencies need to be educated on cloud technology for video and versed on associated considerations, particularly as more vendors enter this field. Responsively, the Public Safety Primer on Cloud Technology was developed as an easy-to-read frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide, answering common questions in a straightforward manner. It features information on the services that cloud environments can provide as well as guidance for agencies considering contracts with cloud vendors. In addition, this product includes a glossary of cloud terminology and a list of recommended resources for further reading. Perhaps, most importantly, this resource includes critical information on privacy, security, and data ownership.
Justice Department Releases Intake and Charging Policy for Computer Crime Matters
As computers play an ever-greater role in our lives and cybercrime becomes both more commonplace and more devastating, the need for robust criminal enforcement of effective computer crime laws will only become more important. As we said in public remarks last year, we urgently need targeted updates to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that will help the department protect our privacy and security online. A number of recent prosecutions have demonstrated our commitment and success in bringing significant prosecutions under these vital statutes. Prosecutors in U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country, in conjunction with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) in Washington, have brought cases against hackers and carders like Roman Seleznev and Marcel Lazar and cyber stalkers and sextortionists like Ryan Vallee and Michael Ford, and have conducted challenging and cutting-edge cybercrime operations, such as the takedown of the Darkode hacking forum last year.
It is, of course, not enough to have effective laws; those laws must also be enforced responsibly and consistently. It is also important that the public understand how the department applies the law in this context. In order to further that goal, the Criminal Division, primarily through CCIPS, has been sharing its knowledge about cybercrime and the laws that impact cybersecurity for two decades. We have convened public-private partnership events, published public manuals, testified numerous times before Congress on threats such as ransomware, participated in and recently hosted[external link] symposia and released Best Practices for Victim Response and Reporting of Cyber Incidents. Many of these materials, as well as press releases related to computer crime and intellectual property prosecutions, are available at cybercrime.gov.
University of Maryland to Begin Using Gunshot Detection Technology on Campus
The University of Maryland recently began using the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system as a potential deterrent to active shooter situations on campus. The ShotSpotter system instantly detects gun shots and sends a map to dispatchers so they know where shots were fired. The university has already installed ten sensors around campus. ShotSpotter has previously been deployed in a number of major U.S. cities.
Secretary Johnson Participates in President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson participated in the annual meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force (PITF) to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking at the White House. The PITF works to provide a whole-of-government response to the heinous crime of human trafficking. As part of the Task Force, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works to combat human trafficking through a victim-centered approach.
At the meeting, Secretary Johnson discussed the progress that DHS has made in combatting human trafficking over the past fiscal year, as well as throughout the course of this Administration. The Blue Campaign, created in 2010 to serve as the Department’s unified effort to combat human trafficking, coordinates these important efforts.
In FY2016, the Blue Campaign entered into more formal partnerships than in any other year in Blue Campaign’s history. Partners such as the District of Columbia, the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, and the City of Los Angeles are now bringing awareness materials and training opportunities to local communities from coast to coast.
Boston.gov Opens Its Source Code
Like the new Boston.gov Website? If you’re a software developer or a municipal Website manager, you can build your own version by grabbing the freely available source code and tweaking as you see fit. The city’s Digital Team just released the entirety of its source code on GitHub so that developers can continue to enhance the site and other cities can benefit from it.