September 26, 2018

It's almost October 1! 
Clery Act Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports are Due!

Here's a sample ASR  project plan (PDF) and a VAWA amendments to Clery checklist (PDF) 
to help you through the process. 

One Mother_s Fire_ The Gail Minger Story
One Mother's Fire: The Gail Minger Story
In 1998, Michael Minger was a 19-year-old sophomore at Murray State University. Michael was pursuing degrees in broadcast journalism and music/vocal performance, an outstanding achievement his parents once wondered if he could ever accomplish due to his non-verbal learning disability found on the Autism spectrum.
The morning of September 18, 1998, Michael was killed in a residence hall fire. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Michael's death and, in his honor, the award-wining documentary, One Mother's Fire: The Gail Minger Story, has been released to the public. The documentary chronicles the story of Gail's struggle to uncover the truth behind the arson that led to her son's death and the safety issues in the high-rise residence hall where her son lived that contributed to his death.
One Mother's Fire: The Gail Minger Story has been featured in more than a dozen prestigious film festivals internationally, winning several awards for Best Documentary Short along the way. Most recently, it was broadcast several times on PBS station Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and its 16 PBS affiliates. Michael was a gifted musician and an aspiring broadcast journalist. However, he suffered from organizational and spatial disabilities, and his death led Gail to become a leading advocate for fire safety on our nation's campuses for all students, but especially for those with disabilities. As a result of her efforts, there are laws in a number of states, including Kentucky, that help to protect students with disabilities.
The Michael H. Minger Foundation was founded after Michael's death and has been awarded numerous federal grants, including a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant in 2007 to study the level of awareness of the issue of  fire safety for students with disabilities on campuses across the nation. The Minger Foundation has created a number of campus fire safety projects; developed resources including videos, posters, guides, and other handouts; and partnered with other leaders in fire safety such as First Alert and Campus Firewatch to create sustainable programming for campus communities such as The First Alert Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project.
For additional resources, please visit our online library and use the search tag, "fire safety."

DHS Office of Academic Engagement
DHS Campus Resilience Program Seeks Host Institution for 2019 Winter RTTX
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Campus Resilience Program is seeking a partner college or university to serve as the host institution for the winter 2019 Regional Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (RTTX), anticipated to be held in February 2019. The final event date will be dependent on the selected host institution's schedule and availability.
Working in coordination with the DHS Office of Academic Engagement, the host institution will serve as the venue for the event, supporting space, technology, and other logistical requirements. While all qualified institutions of higher education (IHEs) may apply, DHS is primarily seeking an IHE from one of the following U.S. regions: Southeast, Southwest, or Pacific Coast.
The winter 2019 RTTX will be a one-day event with up to 120 attendees. The event will include a tabletop exercise, a learning session, and an after-action session. The selected IHE will participate in identifying a meaningful event and scenario topic that addresses a risk or threat(s) prevalent to IHEs near the event location.
If your institution would like to host this event, please email to receive the host institution specifications document and application. All applications must be submitted by  5:00 PM ET on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

October is _cyberaware month
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Technology is a part of our daily lives to varying degrees, and the internet impacts our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity, and the nation's security. Launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2004, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. This October, the 15th annual NCSAM will highlight user awareness among consumers, students/academia, and business. NCSAM 2018 will address specific challenges and identify opportunities for behavioral change. It will also remind everyone that protecting the internet is our shared responsibility. In addition, NCSAM 2018 will shine a spotlight on the critical need to build a strong, cyber secure workforce to help ensure families, communities, businesses and the country's infrastructure are better protected.
The weekly NCSAM 2018 themes are:
  • Week 1 (October 1­-5): Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety 
  • Week 2 (October 18-12): Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity
  • Week 3 (October 1­5-19): It's Everyone's Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work
  • Week 4 (October 122-26): Safeguarding the Nation's Critical Infrastructure   
NCSAM 2018 also marks the 8th anniversary of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ campaign. Each year, NCSAM highlights the overall message of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. and the sub-campaigns that focus on different cybersecurity, online safety, and privacy topics such as "Keep a Clean Machine," "Own Your Online Presence," and "Lock Down Your Login."
Campuses may consider conducting exercises to prepare for cybersecurity incidents. Exercises are a key component of preparedness and serve to reinforce specific emergency plans, protocols, and procedures. They also serve as a mechanism for campus public safety and law enforcement, emergency management staff, and leadership to assess and validate preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities and identify areas for improvement. In June, DHS's Office of Academic Engagement released three exercise starter kits for the academic community, currently available in three scenarios: cyber breach, hurricanes, and active shooter. The exercise starter kits are a set of tools and resources that will allow institutions of higher education to self-conduct tabletop exercises.
For additional resources for NCSAM and cybersecurity, visit the DHS NCSAM web page, the National Cyber Security Alliance website, the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. global online safety awareness campaign, and the STOP.THINK.CONNECT. toolkit where you can access materials for different audiences, including students and law enforcement.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Physical And Cybersecurity For Critical Infrastructure (MGT452)
Organization: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Dates and Locations:
  • October 11, 2018 in Oak Forest, IL
  • November 15, 2018 in North Charleston, SC
  • Additional dates and locations available
Fee: Free
Title: Cyber Threat Landscape Update
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse
Date: October 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Campus Fire Forum 2018
Organization: The Center for Campus Fire Safety
Dates: November 5-8, 2018
Location: San Antonio, TX
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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