Joint Statement by Secretaries Mayorkas and Raimondo on President Biden’s National Security Memorandum to Strengthen Nation’s Cybersecurity Infrastructure

Source: US Department of Homeland Security

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo released a joint statement on the issuance of preliminary cybersecurity performance goals as directed by President Biden’s National Security Memorandum, “Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems.” 

“Today, we are delivering on the first step of the President’s National Security Memorandum (NSM) objectives to strengthen the cybersecurity of our Nation’s critical infrastructure control systems.  DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in coordination with the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), developed preliminary cybersecurity performance goals based on nine categories of best practices.  These goals are part of a long overdue, whole-of-government effort to meet the scale and severity of the cybersecurity threats facing our country.  It is vital that critical infrastructure owners and operators immediately take steps to strengthen their cybersecurity posture toward these high-level goals.  The safety and security of the American people relies on the resilience of the companies that provide essential services such as power, water, and transportation.  We look forward to further engaging with key industry stakeholders to promote these efforts to protect our national and economic security.” 

Read the preliminary performance goals and objectives on CISA.gov.

Keywords: Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Cybersecurity

Defendants Charged in Connection with Multi-State Racketeering Conspiracy Involving the Forced Labor of Mexican Agricultural H-2A Workers

Source: United States Attorneys General 13

A federal grand jury in the Middle District of Florida has returned a six-count indictment against three defendants for their alleged roles in a federal racketeering conspiracy that victimized Mexican H-2A workers who, between 2015 and 2017, had worked in the United States harvesting fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products.

Individual Pleads Guilty To Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine And Possession Of Firearm In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking

Source: United States Attorneys General 10

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Timothy Allen Stacy, II, 33, entered a guilty plea to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Crime

Baltimore Career Offender Sentenced to Life in Prison for His Role in the Murder of a Baltimore Woman Believed to be a Witness in a Federal Case

Source: United States Department of Justice

U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Clifton Mosley, age 43, of Baltimore, Maryland to four life terms in federal prison for two counts of conspiracy to murder a witness and one count each of witness retaliation murder and witness tampering murder, related to the murder of Latrina Ashburne, age 41, on May 27, 2016. Mosley was also convicted of a federal marijuana distribution charge for which he was sentenced to a concurrent five-year sentence.

Baltimore Career Offender Sentenced to Life in Prison for His Role in the Murder of a Baltimore Woman Believed to be a Witness in a Federal Case

Source: United States Department of Justice

U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Clifton Mosley, age 43, of Baltimore, Maryland to four life terms in federal prison for two counts of conspiracy to murder a witness and one count each of witness retaliation murder and witness tampering murder, related to the murder of Latrina Ashburne, age 41, on May 27, 2016. Mosley was also convicted of a federal marijuana distribution charge for which he was sentenced to a concurrent five-year sentence.

Myths and facts about the vax — debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

Source: United States Air Force

The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or fiction, the science is clear … approved COVID-19 vaccines work.

Video Available: Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 40 miles off Montauk, NY

Source: United States Coast Guard

News Release  

U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast
Contact: 1st District Public Affairs
D1PublicAffairs@uscg.mil
1st District online newsroom

Video Available: Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 40 miles off Montauk, NY

Editors’ Note: Click on video to download high resolution version.

BOSTON — A Coast Guard crew medevaced a man from the commercial fishing vessel Shelby Ann approximately 40 miles southwest of Montauk, New York, Sunday evening. 

Watchstanders from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center received notification on VHF radio channel 16 that a crewmember was struck by a stingray barb below the knee and showing signs of shock.

The command center consulted with a U.S. Coast Guard flight surgeon who recommended medical evacuation.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched and deployed a rescue swimmer to conduct a hoist and medevac the injured man.

The patient was transferred safely to Rhode Island Hospital in stable condition.

The fishing vessel Shelby Ann is homeported in Point Judith, Rhode Island.

 

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Coast Guard and Maine Department of Environmental Protection to host major exercise in the Penobscot Bay Area

Source: United States Coast Guard

News Release  

U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast
Contact: 1st District Public Affairs
D1PublicAffairs@uscg.mil
1st District online newsroom

Editor’s Note: Any Media interested in attending are asked to contact Lt. James McDonough at (207)899-9063

WHO: Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine and New Hampshire Area Committee, local industry stakeholders and regional port partners

WHAT: Penobscot Bay Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Pollution Response Exercise 2021

WHERE: University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, ME 04915

WHEN: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

BELFAST, Maine – Coast Guard Sector Northern New England and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be co-hosting a full-scale, multi-agency pollution response exercise that will be conducted on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The exercise is designed to evaluate the capabilities and effectiveness of the Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC), the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, as well as other federal, state, local, and industry partners to carry out their collective responsibilities to respond to a major oil spill or other disaster along the Maine coast.

“Training scenarios like this test our multi-agency response capabilities and strengthen our collective ability to effectively respond to a major marine pollution incident,” said Capt. Amy E. Florentino, Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). “We work with Maine DEP and other members of the Area Committee throughout the year to refine our Area Contingency Plan. This exercise will give us all an opportunity to validate capabilities and exercise our partnerships.”

Participants from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private industry will establish an Incident Command Post and Joint Information Center at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center (80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, ME 04915). The exercise will also involve vessels and personnel deploying oil-spill response equipment in Thomaston, ME; Owl’s Head on the Weskeag River; Ballyhac Cove; and Searsport near Mack Point and in Long Cove. 

“Our Department’s Oil & Hazardous Materials Responders welcome opportunities like this to train with our interagency partners and industry stakeholders. The development of these working relationships in training is absolutely critical. It establishes the trust and confidence necessary for an effective and successful marine oil spill response,” said Jeff Squires, State On-Scene Coordinator (SOSC) and Director of Maine DEP’s Division of Response Services.

The U.S. Coast Guard alongside federal and local area partners conduct emergency preparedness and pollution response exercises every year as part of established multi-year strategies to build capabilities and improve readiness levels. Planning, training and exercising are important components of the nation’s homeland security strategy and emergency response capabilities.

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