Episode 49: JerseyNet for Dedicated First Responder Communications

JerseyNet is the nation’s first deployable wireless communications network dedicated for use by public safety agencies. Created to address the challenges of providing public safety officials with uninterrupted service during emergencies, JerseyNet is part of a nationwide interoperable communications movement working to connect first responders across different agencies, regions, and technologies. Join Principal Planner Alex Newman as he and Interoperable Communications Chief Steve Talpas discuss this innovative and valuable asset for New Jersey first responders.

2016 Holiday Threat Assessment Webinar

The holiday season is marked by numerous public events at retail establishments, religious facilities and throughout communities in the state. During this presentation we will discuss potential terrorist threats from now through Inauguration Day. We'll also discuss the challenges of securing venues with open public access and protective measures that can be taken by organizations and individuals during this time of year.

Episode 48: Fueling the Garden State - New Jersey's Petroleum Infrastructure

In the latest episode of Intelligence. Unclassified., we continue covering preparedness topics with Senior Planner Matt Kuczynski and State Critical Infrastructure Coordinator Dennis Sample, who explore the intricate and resilient pipeline infrastructure of New Jersey and what impact, if any, the Colonial Pipeline explosion has had on our state.

Season of Service - Oasis in Paterson

As part of the Christie Administration's sixth annual Season of Service, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Director Chris Rodriguez and staff visited Oasis in Paterson where they served Thanksgiving meals and distributed turkeys to impoverished women and children from the Greater-Paterson area. 


New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Director Continues Statewide Season of Service with Visit to Oasis in Paterson

PATERSON, NJ – As a part of the Christie Administration's sixth annual Season of Service, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Director Chris Rodriguez and staff visited Oasis in Paterson where they served Thanksgiving meals and distributed turkeys to impoverished women and children from the Greater-Paterson area.

Episode 47: Dashing Through the Snow - Winter Weather Preparedness

Winter weather in New Jersey can encompass a wide range of hazards—from a moderate snow over a few hours, to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow, to severe coastal or ice jam flooding. Additionally, many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, icing, sleet, and freezing rain, all of which can harm vehicles, property, and people. In this episode, we bring together experts to help prepare our listeners for the approaching winter season. 

Episode 46: The NJOHSP Special Events Bulletin

NJOHSP compiles a statewide list of special events that is distributed to all law enforcement agencies to provide situational awareness and to assist in local planning requirements. Special events include any event that attracts large numbers of participants and spectators in both a public and/or private venue. Join Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana and Intelligence Analyst Craig Sante as they explore the importance of this dynamic listing and how New Jersey residents and officials can contribute to its utility.

Detail-blind hiring method has paid off for Office of Homeland Security in terms of diversity

For companies struggling to hire women and minorities, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness has a suggestion: stop reading names, genders, addresses and races of the applicants.

Episode 45: Ransomware - Holding Your Computer Hostage

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that attempts to extort money from victims by restricting access to a computer system or files. The most prevalent form of this profit-motivated malware, referred to as crypto-ransomware due to the use of encryption algorithms, is on the rise as many new variants are being developed by hackers and international cybercrime groups. One of our cyber threat analysts joins us once again to explore the dangers of ransomware and how individuals and businesses can avoid being victims. 

Episode 44: Bots and Botnets - The Zombies Among Us

Since today is Halloween, this podcast is dedicated to the topic of zombies! A cyber threat intelligence analyst at the NJCCIC talks about zombie computer armies, also known as botnets, and how they might impact your daily digital life. She also discusses the DDoS attack that took down a large portion of the internet on Friday, October 21. For more information about this or any other cybersecurity topic, please visit www.cyber.nj.gov.

Homeland Security Advisors Series: Part VII - Cybersecurity with Director Mark Ghilarducci (California)

Homeland security advisors (HSAs) are the sole representative for the governor to the US Department of Homeland Security. Although there is no one model for the HSA position, all HSAs are responsible for implementing the state’s homeland security mission, receiving classified threat information, and act on behalf of the governor in the event of a disaster or emergency. In the final segment of the Homeland Security Advisors Series, Director Mark Ghilarducci of California reveals the keys to the state’s success in cybersecurity efforts. 

Homeland Security Advisors Series: Part VI - Cascadia Rising with Major General Bret Daugherty (Washington)

Homeland security advisors (HSAs) are the sole representative for the governor to the US Department of Homeland Security. Although there is no one model for the HSA position, all HSAs are responsible for implementing the state’s homeland security mission, receiving classified threat information, and act on behalf of the governor in the event of a disaster or emergency. Join Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana as Major General Bret Daugherty of Washington describes Cascadia Rising, the largest earthquake exercise in Washington state history, which simulated a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami along the Washington and Oregon coast. This exercise was a collaborative effort to develop a response plan to immediately coordinate assistance and provide help following a catastrophic disaster.

Homeland Security Advisors Series: Part V - Severe Weather Preparedness with Director Jim Butterworth (Georgia)

Homeland security advisors (HSAs) are the sole representative for the governor to the US Department of Homeland Security. Although there is no one model for the HSA position, all HSAs are responsible for implementing the state’s homeland security mission, receiving classified threat information, and act on behalf of the governor in the event of a disaster or emergency. In this episode Director of Intelligence Rosemary Martorana speaks to Georgia Homeland Security Director Jim Butterworth on issues related to homeland security and severe weather preparedness. 

Homeland Security Advisors Series: Part IV - School Safety with Director Perry Plummer (New Hampshire)

Homeland security advisors (HSAs) are the sole representative for the governor to the US Department of Homeland Security. Although there is no one model for the HSA position, all HSAs are responsible for implementing the state’s homeland security mission, receiving classified threat information, and act on behalf of the governor in the event of a disaster or emergency.

Hometown Security Event in Camden

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the US Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with the City of Camden, Camden County Prosecutor's Office and the Camden County Police Department, hosted a "Hometown Security Initiative" in Camden, New Jersey to help the local businesses and their employees further support the safety and security of the communities they serve.

Episode 39: Preparing for the Unknown: The Public and Private Perspective

In the month of September alone, New Jersey has seen the threat of a hurricane as well as the detonation of improvised explosive devices. These events illustrate that our current preparedness climate is not predictable. Scheduled during FEMA’s National Preparedness Month, this podcast features a discussion that includes both the public and private sector perspective as they prepare for these two types of events: notice and no-notice (with and without warning).

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

Mega Career Fair at Rutgers, New Brunswick

Human Resource representatives from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness attended the Mega Career Fair at Rutgers University, New Brunswick on September 21. Students were informed of career and internship opportunities available within the three mission areas of Counterterrorism, Resiliency, and Cybersecurity.

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).