Homeland Security Starts with Hometown Security: NJOHSP's Hometown Security Initiative

The whole community—our residents, visitors, business owners, places of worship, schools, and community leaders—all play a vital role in keeping our communities safe and secure. Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it calls for the involvement of everyone — not just the government.

NJOHSP developed the Hometown Security Initiative as a pathway to engage our local communities to enhance their level of preparedness, building a more secure and resilient New Jersey. Piloted in June of 2016, the Hometown Security Initiative allows federal, state, and local agencies to connect directly with the local community, its small businesses, faith-based organizations, and educational institutions. Since the program’s inception, we have held 10 Hometown Security seminars, attended by more than 500 residents.

In today’s podcast, we discuss New Jersey’s Hometown Security Initiative with our key partners at the Department of Homeland Security and the New Jersey State Police. We will share how this effort fosters a culture of preparedness and lays the foundation to build capabilities in our communities across New Jersey.

ADL Honors New Jersey Director of Homeland Security and Preparedness Jared Maples with 2018 ‘ADL Making a Difference Award’

ADL Honors New Jersey Director of Homeland Security and Preparedness Jared Maples with 2018 ‘ADL Making a Difference Award’

NEWARK, NJ­ — The New York/New Jersey Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced that it has honored the Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness with the 2018 ADL Making a Difference Award at its Annual New Jersey Securing Justice Awards Dinner, on Monday, December 17 in Newark.

Hacking Your Holiday: How to Protect Yourself From Cyber Criminals This Holiday Season

During the holiday season, it is important to maintain awareness of the many threats posed by cyber criminals while shopping online and in stores. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will exceed last year’s holiday spending to total between $717-720 billion between November and December. As the popularity of online shopping continues to increase, so does the number of potential unsuspecting victims for cyber criminals to exploit. Scammers may target victims through a variety of methods, including via phone calls, text messages, emails, compromised websites, or unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

This week, one of our cyber threat analysts at the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) discusses proactive steps to reduce your risk and make it harder for cyber criminals to succeed this holiday season. 

Hate in Cyberspace: Online Platforms Provide Refuge for White Supremacist Extremists

Historically, white supremacist extremists have leveraged alternative social media platforms to promulgate their ideologies, interact with like-minded individuals online, and attempt to radicalize others. On October 27, Robert Bowers, a suspected white supremacist extremist who espoused anti-Semitic comments online, shot and killed 11 people and injured six at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Prior to the attack, Bowers posted on Gab, a social media website that claims it is a free-speech alternative to Facebook and Twitter, that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society “likes to bring invaders in that kill our people.” Additionally, Bowers shared other anti-Semitic and xenophobic content online, including a picture with the numbers “1488,” a numeric combination popular with white supremacists.

Join us as our analysts delve into how white supremacist extremists have used online platforms and how they leverage social media for various causes.

Season's Tidings: NJOHSP's 2018 Holiday Threat Assessment

While there are no known or credible threats to New Jersey, the holiday season is marked with numerous festivals, outdoor gatherings, and large-scale events that offer attractive targets for terrorist organizations and extremists.

Join us as our analysts discuss current terrorist tactics and trends, as well as threats to critical infrastructure associated with this time of year.

Women and Terrorism: A Review of the Roles of Females in Homegrown Violent Extremism

Women have played significant roles in terrorism throughout the modern age of political violence. Indeed, both ISIS and Al-Qa’ida continue to produce and disseminate propaganda targeting women amid their respective losses. There is a push to appeal to Arabic-speaking women in order to stay relevant and further their operations.

Tune in as our analysts discuss the recent arrests of female sympathizers and how these female homegrown violent extremists and these terrorist groups target their propaganda efforts to continue to encourage supporters to conduct attacks on the groups’ behalf, provide guidance on behavior, fundraise for overseas operations, and issue threatening rhetoric online.

2018 Holiday Threat Assessment Webinar

2018 Holiday Threat Assessment Webinar

While there are no known or credible threats to New Jersey, the holiday season is marked with numerous festivals, outdoor gatherings, and large-scale events that offer attractive targets for terrorist organizations and extremists. During this presentation, we will discuss current terrorist tactics and trends, as well as threats to critical infrastructure associated with this time of year.

NJOHSP Successfully Concludes JerseyNet Project Aimed At Assisting Those Who Save Others

NJOHSP Successfully Concludes JerseyNet Project Aimed At Assisting Those Who Save Others

HAMILTON, NJ­­ — The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) is pleased to announce the effective completion of JerseyNet. JerseyNet was created as the nation’s first deployable wireless communications proof of concept for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet Authority) Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

Governor Phil Murphy Signs Proclamation Declaring October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy Signs Proclamation Declaring October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ­ — Governor Phil Murphy signed a proclamation on September 21 declaring October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in New Jersey. Additionally, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) announced that it is participating in Cybersecurity Awareness Month and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) throughout October.

The Shore Secured: A Discussion with Cape May County CTC Aaron Sykes

Millions of tourists visited the Jersey Shore this summer as numerous large-scale events took place along our shoreline. With the right information and resources, New Jersey’s coastal towns ensured they had the ability to combat potential terror threats and kept beachgoers safe as they had fun in the sun.

Join Aaron Sykes, the Cape May County Counterterrorism Coordinator (CTC), and David Kanig, NJOHSP’s CTC Coordinator, as they discuss the success of the State’s Secure the Shore and Hometown Security initiatives, and how law enforcement, first responders, and other public and private partners deployed a coordinated and comprehensive strategy to inform and prepare our shore communities this past summer and into the fall and winter seasons.

NJOHSP Announces $39.4 Million in Federal Homeland Security Grant Funding

NJOHSP Announces $39.4 Million in Federal Homeland Security Grant Funding

TRENTON, NJ ­— On September 17, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) announced that it has been awarded a total of $39,427,930 in federal homeland security grant funding from the US Department of Homeland Security for the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery of emerging security threats throughout the State.

#HateHasNoPlaceInNJ - The NJOHSP Interfaith Advisory Council

Created in 2012, the Interfaith Advisory Council (IAC) provides a venue for government officials and members of law enforcement to maintain an open dialogue with hundreds of Christian, Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish faith-based leaders throughout New Jersey. Open communication at these quarterly meetings has strengthened the goodwill between law enforcement and faith-based groups that is crucial toward keeping religious communities safe and secure in one of the most diverse states in the nation.   

Join NJOHSP Director Jared Maples, Chief of Staff Patrick Rigby, and Detective Ehtasham Chaudhry as they discuss the importance of the IAC, provide examples of what occurs at meetings, and highlight the many valuable resources available to New Jersey’s faith-based communities.

New Jersey Announces $10.2 Million in Election Security Initiatives

New Jersey Announces $10.2 Million in Election Security Initiatives

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey has finalized a spending plan utilizing $10.2 million in federal and state election security funds. The plan will fund programs into 2023 and will address critical election infrastructure, such as cybersecurity, database improvements, and election auditing. The New Jersey Department of State, through its Division of Elections, and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, through its New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, released the following statement regarding the continued confidence in the security of the State's election systems.

Mapping Terror Series: Domestic Terrorism in 2017

Last year, there were 45 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and instances of weapons stockpiling. NJOHSP defines domestic terrorism as violence committed by individuals or groups—including race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious extremist ideologies—associated primarily with US-based movements. 

Tune in to our discussion on the threat presented by domestic terrorists, NJOHSP’s process for tracking their activity in 2017, and some high-profile cases in New Jersey.

Director Maples Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications.

Director Maples Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications.

NEWARK, NJ — Jared Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), spoke about New Jersey’s efforts in combatting school security during a hearing held by the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications on July 9 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

Mapping Terror Series: Homegrown Violent Extremists in the US, 2017

Last year, a total of 34 homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) conducted acts of terrorism across the United States. Overall, there were 13 attacks and plots nationwide—two involving New Jersey residents—and 22 individuals were charged with material support or other related offenses nationwide.

Tune in to our discussion on the HVE threat, including a look at their continued ability to operate in New Jersey and throughout the United States while connecting with like-minded individuals online and acting independently from organized terrorist groups. Learn what resources are available as our communities try to detect and deter this threat.