Working to Keep Hawaii Safe
The Office of Homeland Security’s (OHS) primary responsibility is to enhance Hawaii’s security preparedness and resilience in an integrated, synergistic, relevant, proactive, flexible, cost effective, full-spectrum effort across all domains in order to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from attacks, natural disasters and emerging threats.
OHS also has a responsibility to keep the public informed about the latest homeland security news and how it relates to keeping Hawaii safe.
Free Online Cyber Camp for Teens8/5/2020
SANS introduces the first-ever SANS Cyber Camp for Teens. If you’re interested in a career in cyber security and you attend high school or junior high, this event is for you! The camp brings together a group of cyber security experts, discussing the latest topics and trends in IT Security. This free Live…Read More about Free Online Cyber Camp for Teens
CISA Releases New Cyber Career Pathways Tool8/5/2020
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently released the Cyber Career Pathways Tool, an interactive approach for current and future cybersecurity professionals to envision their career and navigate next steps within the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The new tool is designed with a purpose to help individuals identify, build, and navigate a…Read More about CISA Releases New Cyber Career Pathways Tool
Ten Hawaii Schools Qualify for the National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 20205/15/2020
Since this February, many of Hawaii’s female high school students have been competing in the national Girls Go CyberStart competition hosted by SANS Institute. This programs, which inspires students to discover cybersecurity, is a gamified environment where students play as “Cyber Agents” solving digital crimes by gathering information, cracking codes, finding security flaws, and dissecting…Read More about Ten Hawaii Schools Qualify for the National Championship for Girls Go CyberStart 2020
Protect. Prevent. Recover.
Safety for the people of Hawaii comes in the form of preparedness. Only by being prepared is Hawaii able to have a sound strategy for combating terrorism and mitigating the effects of critical incidents.
We All Share the Responsibility for Security
The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) consists of alerts and bulletins that communicate current developments regarding threats of terrorism and general terrorism information. NTAS helps Hawaii citizens recognize that we all share responsibility for the nation’s security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what we should do.
The Guide for Success in Community Preparedness
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the foundation for how Hawaii OHS achieves its goal and is essential to fulfilling objectives for receiving federal grant money. NIMS guides all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents. NIMS provides stakeholders across the whole community with the shared vocabulary, systems, and processes to successfully deliver the capabilities described in the National Preparedness System.
The National Preparedness Goal
The National Preparedness Goal identified five mission areas:
- Prevention. Prevent, avoid or stop an imminent, threatened or actual act of terrorism.
- Protection. Protect our citizens, residents, visitors, and assets against the greatest threats and hazards in a manner that allows our interests, aspirations and way of life to thrive.
- Mitigation. Reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters.
- Response. Respond quickly to save lives, protect property and the environment, and meet basic human needs in the aftermath of a catastrophic incident.
- Recovery. Recover through a focus on the timely restoration, strengthening and revitalization of infrastructure, housing and a sustainable economy, as well as the health, social, cultural, historic and environmental fabric of communities affected by a catastrophic incident.
The mission areas are used to group FEMA‘s 32 core capabilities, which are the distinct critical elements needed to achieve the goal.