Homeland Security

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The events of September 11, 2001 brought immediate attention to the challenges of internal security in the United States. The realization of these challenges resulted in a number of actions by federal, state, and local governments, including the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This report presents information, ideas, and concepts designed to assist Texas community and technical college leaders in making reasoned decisions about the design, initiation, and conduct of Homeland Security instructional programs at their institutions. The report includes analyses of seven technology areas that provide the technical underpinnings for the nation’s homeland security agenda: Identification specialists, Network security specialists, Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) detection specialists, WMD mitigation and decontamination specialists, Concealed explosives specialists, Critical infrastructure security specialists, and Pattern analysis specialists.

Table of Contents

List of Appendices vi
List of Figures vii
List of Tables vii
Preface viii
Acknowledgments ix
Executive Summary 1
Part 1: Implications of Homeland Security Programs 3
General Observations 5
Workforce Implications 9
Community and Technical College Homeland Security Strategies 11
Identification 15
Network Security 21
Weapons of Mass Destruction Detection 27
Weapons of Mass Destruction Mitigation/Decontamination 31
Concealed Explosives 33
Critical Infrastructure Security 37
Pattern Analysis 41
Current and Developing Educational Projects 45
Part 2: Technologies Associated with Homeland Security Programs 53
Identification 55
Commercial Off-the-Shelf Status of Biometric Technologies 63
Biometrics Industry and Technology Trends 67
Weapons of Mass Destruction Detection 71
Weapons of Mass Mitigation and Decontamination 79
Network Security 85
Concealed Explosives 91
Critical Infrastructure Security 97
Pattern Analysis 103
Final Comments 109
Appendix A: Federal Government Programs 111
Appendix B: State Programs 116
Appendix C: List of Reports and Studies Utilized 118
Appendix D: Experts Interviewed 120
Appendix E: CERIAS-Eight Week Program for Faculty Members in CyberSecurity 122
Appendix F: West Virginia University – DOD Biometrics Management Office, Concepts in Biometric Systems and Information Assurance 123

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