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Cybersecurity in Hospitals and the Public Health Sector

  Healthcare cyberattacks continue to increase in frequency. The primary methods used in these attacks include phishing and email compromise (e.g., ransomware and other malware), fraud scams, network server breaches, inappropriate access to medical records, insider threats, and standard theft. In 2022, HHS published The Impact of Social Engineering on Healthcare, which found that phishing attacks were the top threat, representing 45% of all attacks. Ransomware (most commonly delivered through phishing emails, malicious links, or…

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Responding to the Call – The Cost of Caring for Others

There is a cost to caring for others, but it does not need to be a lifelong debt that continues to overwhelm the people who stepped up and those around them. The cost can be manageable with the right plan of support and the willingness to explore coping options.

Three Puzzle Pieces That Increase Community Preparedness

This author reflects on his team’s direct mission to New York in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, commonly referred to as 9/11, to consider if communities are more prepared today than they were in 2001.

​​​Training for Hazardous Tasks in Virtual Environments

Being able to recreate complex hazardous materials incidents in a classroom setting teaches life-saving lessons in a safe environment. Advances in virtual and augmented reality training systems provide instructors with new tools to train the next generation of first responders.

Swatting: Combatting a Lethal and Expensive Prank

  May 3, 2023, saw a rash of hoax calls claiming to report active shooters in schools across Tennessee. While the calls initially affected the Middle Tennessee area, the issue quickly moved to additional areas within the state, affecting at least 16 schools on the same day. Local, state, and

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Building Strength in Workforce and Structure

Each person plays a critical leadership role, from top leadership to frontline workers. The authors in the December edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal share

How Technology Systems Impact Critical Infrastructure

Operational technology systems that run many critical infrastructure functions are becoming more dependent on information technology. As these worlds converge, emergency preparedness professionals must address

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Cybersecurity in Hospitals and the Public Health Sector

  Healthcare cyberattacks continue to increase in frequency. The primary methods used in these attacks include phishing and email compromise (e.g., ransomware and other malware), fraud scams, network server breaches, inappropriate access to medical records, insider threats, and standard theft. In 2022, HHS published The Impact of Social Engineering on Healthcare, which found that phishing attacks were the top threat, representing 45% of all attacks. Ransomware (most commonly delivered through phishing emails, malicious links, or…

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Hazmat on the Rail

Since February 3, 2023, following the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, the public has closely followed reports and commentary

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CBRN Response Capabilities and Identified Gaps

Despite advancements in field identification and classification of substances with advanced instrumentation and tools, there is still a response gap regarding the proper decontamination of

Hazmat on the Rail

Since February 3, 2023, following the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, the public has closely followed reports and commentary by media outlets and elected

How One Town Stood Up to a Category 4 Storm

When Category 4 Hurricane Ian crossed Florida in September 2022, more than 4 million Florida homes and businesses lost power. However, one town kept the

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