Category Archives: NISC Notes

ICAM Summit Final Report Released

The final report from October’s Identity Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Summit was published on January 20.  The ICAM Summit report describes principles and actions recommended by the summit participants. From the report: “These professionals-our colleagues-need immediate access to critical information from the wide variety of systems technology available (particularly portable computers, tablets, and smartphones) more »

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Local First Responder Project in NC & VA

The NISC launched the Local First Responder Project in October with participants from Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charlottesville and James City County, Virginia. Efforts are underway to assess the current environment and identify needs in participating jurisdictions. In the coming months, the NISC will work with participants to analyze the assessment results and create a more »

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Public-Private Coordination in Virtual BEOCs

After the successes of CUSEC’s CAPSTONE-14 earthquake exercise, public and private sector participants recognized that there was more work to be done surrounding virtual business emergency operations centers (BEOCs). The NISC worked with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to transition the exercise’s private sector working group to the NISC, and founded the NISC BEOC working more »

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NISC Partners with the 2015 IDCE

#DisasterTech Hackathon:  Innovative Solutions On February 7 & 8, the NISC supported the IDCE #DisasterTech Hackathon, which facilitated the development of multiple platform-agnostic open technology solutions to enhance public safety and disaster response collaboration, engagement, and decision-making. The NISC provided practitioner input through an introductory video from our Chair, Chief Charles Werner, describing the role more »

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Join the National Conversation

DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has launched a national effort to reinvent research and development through its new project, the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology. In this project, DHS wants to help connect responders and operational users directly to industry and innovators. Direct dialogue with practitioners presents an opportunity for industry to learn about more »

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Chair Presents at Two Events

In September, NISC Chair Chief Charles Werner attended the Big City Emergency Managers Fall 2014 Conference. The Big City Emergency Managers, Inc. (BCEM) is a non-profit organization comprised of 15 major metropolitan jurisdictions that promotes robust emergency management capabilities. BCEM’s goal is to assist major cities prevent, mitigate, recover, and respond to major incidents and more »

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NISC Members Participate in CAUSE III

The third round of the Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment Series (CAUSE III) will culminate with a planned set of activities on both sides of the border in November. Multiple NISC members are involved in this effort, and will participate in the activities planned to take place this month. CAUSE III aims to strengthen cross-border information more »

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Local Project Launched

On September 18, the NISC was awarded a grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct technical assistance engagements in local-level jurisdictions. Much information sharing work in recent years has been focused on the state and federal levels of government, and this funding allows the NISC to leverage lessons learned in day-to-day operations more »

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