Statement by Director Rodriguez Concerning the Cybersecurity of New Jersey's Election Systems

WEST TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), through its New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC), is constantly collaborating with federal, state and local authorities, as well as other third parties, on securing New Jersey’s voter registration and election systems

Homeland Security Advisors Series: Part II - The Threat of Homegrown Violent Extremists with Director Chris Rodriguez (New Jersey)

In the second episode of the miniseries, our very own Director Chris Rodriguez joins Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana to explore NJOHSP’s role in the security and preparedness of the state of New Jersey.  Then, he provides insights as to how the terrorism landscape has evolved with the recent preponderance of homegrown violent extremists (HVEs).

Interfaith Advisory Council - Muslim Outreach Committee Meeting

New Jersey’s top law enforcement executives met with over 70 faith-based leaders and government representatives from throughout the state for the quarterly Interfaith Advisory Council meeting today in New Brunswick. The Council allows State leadership to maintain an ongoing dialogue with all communities of faith in New Jersey and address security needs and concerns.

Nonprofit Security Grant Program Workshop

The Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) provides funding to organizations, as described under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, at high risk of terrorist attacks and located within designated areas of New Jersey.  A grant writing workshop was hosted in Hamilton, New Jersey for awarded agencies to understand the contents of the application, the scoring of the application and the overall grant process.

Call When You Can...Text When You Can't

The Attorney General, the State’s new Chief Technology Officer, the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the Director of the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Rutgers officials announced the statewide implementation of a new “Text-to-9-1-1” system and introduce a promotional video to drive home the important message of “Call When You Can… Text When You Can’t.”

Episode 35: Analyst Roundtable Series—9/11 Propaganda

With September 11 approaching three NJOHSP intelligence analysts discuss what we might see from ISIS, al-Qa’ida, and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula in the days leading up to the 15th anniversary. Angie Gad, Alyssa Potter, and Jenna Raymond provide an overview of messaging from ISIS and the al-Qa’ida network last year, and then discuss possible audio messages and written publications to coincide with the 15th anniversary. 

Episode 34: New Jersey Suspicious Activity Reporting System (NJSARS)

Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. NJOHSP encourages law enforcement, first responders, and our private and public sector partners to report suspicious activity. Reporting suspicious behavior could potentially stop the next terrorist incident. Even if you think your observation is not important, it may be a piece of a larger puzzle.

Episode 33: Pro-ISIS Hacking Group Kill Lists and Duty to Warn

Beginning in March 2015, pro-ISIS hacking groups have been releasing ‘kill lists’ on social media messaging apps, primarily Telegram. They are relatively unsophisticated, employ common and low-level hacking techniques, and act independently with no association or direction from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. To date, they have released 23 ‘kill lists’ that included US persons. 

Introduction to the Dark Web and Bitcoin

Beyond the World Wide Web that most people use and access every day, there exists additional content located in an area known as the Dark Web. Additionally, Bitcoin is the most popular type of digital currency which allows owners to conduct financial transactions electronically without an intermediary.  The anonymous nature of these transactions make them popular for criminal activity.

Episode 29: Sovereign Citizen Extremists

In Episode 29 of Intelligence. Unclassified., Intelligence Analyst Allison Toll sits down with Analysis Bureau Chief Dean Baratta to explore the sovereign citizen movement, particularly as it relates to New Jersey. Additionally, in light of the recent attack in Baton Rouge and the shooter's alleged ties to the Washitaw Nation, they also present a brief overview of this particular segment of the sovereign citizen movement.

Hometown Security Event in Point Pleasant

NJOHSP visited Point Pleasant Beach to present the Hometown Security Initiative with the Point Pleasant Beach Police DepartmentOcean County Prosecutor's OfficeNew Jersey State Police and Department of Homeland Security. Bringing the community together to create a safer tomorrow.

Summer Internship Program 2016

NJOHSP's 2016 Summer Interns gave their final capstone presentations to complete an eight week internship program. Over the eight weeks, the interns assisted on a variety of projects across counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and resiliency fields while learning more about the public and private sectors through brown bag lunches and field trips to facilities of NJOHSP partners across the State.