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A Conversation About the Future of Homeland Security Education

I recently wrote a short essay for Journal of Homeland Security Education that graded general state of Homeland Security (HS) education today. I proposed – at the risk of offending most of our colleagues – that homeland security-specific academia would receive a solid C. Our community has done plenty right. Yet, we have plenty of room for improvement.

The Many Faces of Terrorism

Popular media often portrays a terrorist as a person of Middle Eastern descent. It’s a shortsighted, dangerous and limited perspective that reflects the media’s lack of diversity in imagination. Seldom are terrorists depicted as blonde-haired, blue-eyed individuals dressed in traditional business attire. But that view may soon change.

Striking a Balance: BYOD in the Corporation

I’m writing this post from the Next Generation Security Summit (NGSS) in Austin, TX. The event brings together about 100 senior executives, in particular the chief information security officers (CISOs), from corporations around the country. Are you curious to know the #1 priority on their minds? CISOs want to know how the proliferation of mobile devices impacts security and compliance. More specifically, how should organizations manage the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issue?

Are We Prepared for Pandemics?

CTU’s Global Security Series offers background on current national and homeland security topics. In this series, University Dean of Security Studies, Dr. Morag, focuses on an often unaddressed area of homeland security: pandemics and its impact on public health. In this fourth installment, Dr. Morag surveys the variety of people, systems and processes that need to coordinate to minimize the risk and spread of a pandemic.

Life Lessons from Chuck E. Cheese founder Dr. Gene Landrum: Why Hitting Bottom Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Game Over

The second installment of the CTU Distinguished Lecturer Series featured Chuck E. Cheese founder Gene Landrum, Ph.D., last month. This short blog series recaps inspiring stories that the well-known author and educator shared during his guest lecture. In this post, uncover why Dr. Landrum believes hitting bottom doesn’t necessarily mean game over.

Elevating, Advancing the Role of Homeland Security

You might consider Homeland Security a work in progress. It’s a function. It’s an approach. It’s a new discipline that is a profession in and of itself, but is a facet of many others. It’s far more than the Department of Homeland Security because the whole business of protecting our country is a collaborative effort that, for any given situation, can involve public and private resources, at the local, state and national levels, from firefighters to military personnel to medical researchers.

3-D Printer Makes Medical Models: What does this mean for healthcare management?

Imagine the possibilities. You’ve probably heard that phrase before and if you’ve ever sat through a human physiology class or other healthcare-related programs of study, you might have wondered, “Is there a better way…?” Skeletal models, patient simulations, and other advanced medical technology provide a certain level of information, but it’s often it’s generic. They don’t offer a true-to-life visual that would allow you to diagnose and prescribe based on a patient’s one-of-a-kind needs.

Understanding the U.S. Public Health System’s Response to Pandemics

Most people are unaware of what is or who becomes involved when a pandemic strikes. In this post, I explore the institutions and mechanisms that exist in the United States to track and cope with pandemic outbreaks in this country and worldwide. As you read, consider your part in this complex process. What can you do to minimize the potential spread of disease in your community?

Is Cloud Computing Right For Your Organization?

Smart CIOs aren’t lemmings, leaping over cliffs and chasing bright shiny objects in search of the next Information Technology (IT) silver bullet. But in the case of cloud computing, many are diving in – head first.

Social Media and Crime: How to Protect Yourself

For several months now, I’ve used social media to engage and interact with the CTU community on topics related to Criminal Justice. For me, one of the most fascinating and enjoyable aspects of social media is the ability to connect with people I might not otherwise get to know. When you think about it, social media enables you to potentially reach millions of Web users worldwide. That idea got me thinking: Do you know who is on the receiving end of your tweet, status update or online post?

“Day of Surgical Giving” Provides Gift of Health to Dozens of Coloradans

For dozens of uninsured Coloradans, Nov. 10, 2012 wasn’t like any other day. It was a day an entire community came together -- on their behalf. On that Saturday, Colorado Technical University (CTU) partnered with the Pueblo Surgery Center, Health4Haiti, and International Surgical Missions (ISM) to perform free surgeries for uninsured residents as part of the 5th annual “Day of Surgical Giving” event.

Auto Hacking Could Be Your Biggest Threat

Approximately 400,000 people flow into the District of Columbia to work each day. Many commute by train or Metro. But a large number drive and thoughtlessly endure the slog into the Washington metro area. Few consider the potential threat hidden in their automobiles. But what if someone wanted to shut down the U.S. government? How might a determined adversary approach the problem using a non-kinetic weapon (i.e. no bombs or boom)? Could a simple computer virus do the trick?