The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the biggest cabinet-level department in the US. The extent of its functions encompasses a wide array of segments and agencies of the government. It involves securing the nation’s leaders, borders, physical including technological infrastructures, information, citizens and so much more. With the expanse of the DHS’ scope and jurisdiction, it would be helpful for anyone working within the law enforcement and public safety field to familiarize with it should there be a need to require their assistance or collaboration.
Bray Barnes is our key resource for this course with his experience working for the Department of Homeland Security. His extensive career involved working as the Chief Human Capital Officer with oversight on training and education for the DHS’s 210,000 employees. He founded the Security Evaluation and Solutions Group, LLC which provided three unique Homeland Security cornerstones of service, led the Global Center for Public Safety’s Institute for Cybersecurity and is previously the Director of the National Cybersecurity Institute. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors, National Sheriffs Association’s Global Society of Homeland and National Security Professionals.
On this webinar, Bray will talk about the entity that is the DHS, its components, services, and programs. He deep-dived on details including:
- An overview of the DHS, the history of its founding, its composition, mission, and goals.
- A look into the different components of the DHS including their functions, services, and key initiatives.
- The US Coast Guard, their mission of ensuring maritime safety, and areas they specifically work on.
- The US Secret Service that is tasked to protect the country’s as well as international leaders, secure the White House, and investigate in cases involving documents, counterfeiting, financial transaction, and electronic crimes.
- The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center that is in charge of training law enforcement professionals to accomplish their duties proficiently.
- The Customs and Border Protection that safeguards the country’s borders and facilitates trade importation.
- The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement that manages immigration as well as cross-border criminal activities.
- The US Citizen and Immigration Services that provides assistance to legal immigrants and other services that involve citizenship.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is assigned with coordinating response in the event of calamities at emergencies.
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that protects transportations systems – land, air, or water – to ensure the security of travelers.
- The Office of Intelligence and Analysis that collaborates with state, local, and tribal governments as well as the private sector to identify and evaluate potential threats to the US.
- The Directorate for Science and Technology that provides through the help of the academe and private industries, the necessary tools, technology, and knowledge necessary for the country’s security.
- The Office of Health Affairs that’s in charge of preparing and responding to incidents that relate to health and medicine, including chemical and biological attacks.
- The Directorate for National Protection and Programs that covers risk reduction and recovery to the country’s critical infrastructures.
- The technology and cyber initiatives under the NPPD:
- National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) that serves as the country’s cyber watch desk and defense against attacks to government and private agencies.
- The DHS Cyber Information Sharing Programs that focus on various facets of technology and cybersecurity.
- Bray clarified the audience’s questions that concerns getting DHS assistance for cybersecurity issues of local agencies and fostering relationships between local agencies and the DHS.