JERSEY CITY, N.J.—Since 9/11, the number of academic programs in security-related fields has exploded. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in security studies or homeland security are now available at more than 350 programs nationwide, according to some estimates.
BOSTON—The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has released a smartphone application to allow individuals to send reports of suspicious activity, including photos, to the Transit Police Department.
YARMOUTH, Maine—The federal government’s intelligence community needs to do a better job of sharing intelligence information with the country’s critical infrastructure sector, according to a recent report from the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
WASHINGTON—The Federal Emergency Management Agency considers a port's vulnerability when deciding how to allocate funds from the Department of Homeland Security's Port Security Grant Program. However, that vulnerability assessment does not take into consideration recent security enhancements at the ports, including those funded through past PSGP allocations. That was among a handful of deficiencies in the program that were detailed in a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.
YARMOUTH, MaineÂ¬–Not only does the House of Representative's proposed FY2012 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security includes more than just $1 billion in funding cuts for security grant programs, it also changes the way those grants are allocated. Both are cause for concern for security directors, according to experts who spoke to Security Director News for this story.