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    University at Albany Targets Emergency Response

    Call it Disaster U: The University at Albany, a State University of New York institution, has developed its own sort of emergency response to the infrastructure, environmental and national security problems in the age of terror threats and climate change. In the capital of a state hit by both the 9/11 attacks and 2012's Hurricane Sandy, the College of Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity is the first of its kind in the nation. At the college, students learn how to handle emergencies, including prevention, immediate response and dealing with the aftermath.

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    5 Questions with Faculty: Samantha Phillips

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 11, 2018) – Samantha Phillips, the former emergency management director for the city of Philadelphia, made the leap to academia two years ago, joining the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. She is a public service professor and leads the college’s National Center for Security and Preparedness.

  • Mind the Gap: Reconciling Mitigation and Recovery in Home Buyout Programs

    "Home buyout programs facilitate the large-scale relocation of residents out of risky areas. We have been researching these programs for several years, yet we routinely find ourselves asking a seemingly elementary question: should home buyouts be considered mitigation programs or recovery programs?" (Binder & Greer, 2018)

    Photo and Writing Credits: Sherri Brokopp Binder & Alex Greer


    College students are flocking to Homeland Security courses

    "You might call it Apocalypse 101. A group of 14 freshmen in Robert Griffin's Homeland Security course were discussing good and evil on Thursday. Specifically, their task was to brainstorm and list the potential benefits and threats posed by the emerging field of gene editing technology." (Karlin, 2018)

    Writing Credit: Rick Carlin, Albany Times Union

    Photo Credits: Skip Dickstein, Albany Times Union


    Brian Nussbaum and Victor Asal on life in the Capital District post-9/11

    "ALBANY The 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks showcased how Americans collectively remember the tragedy and how it dramatically impacted their lives. But while the public generally gathered to pay tribute that Tuesday to the fallen heroes and victims, many had also banded together earlier this year to bring up how the constantly real danger of terrorism remains a legitimate concern." (Cagara, 2018)

    Photo and Writing Credits: Diego Cagara, Spotlight News

  • Rebuilding Puerto Rico

    In late May, 30 students from UAlbany’s College of Emergency Preparedness Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), along with two staff volunteers, led the way, as part of the first group of students to depart.

  • In High Demand

    Student demand for UAlbany’s first-in-the-nation College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) is continuing to surpass all expectations. The college will begin this semester with 600 declared majors, 650 declared minors and 220 intended majors in its Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (EHC) program alone.

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    11th Annual Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit, 2018

    The CEHC will host Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit in partnership with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), the Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate from October 11 to October 13, 2018.
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    GE trade secrets case raises cybersecurity questions

    For Turetsky, who is an instructor in the first college program in the country to combine instruction in disaster preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity, the modern landscape requires organizations to adapt from looking only for outside threats. Now, employees increasingly pose security risks, even if there is no malicious intent.

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    CEHC Students, Staff Participate in Disaster Response Exercise

    CEHC, in partnership with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, hosted this year’s “NY Hope Disaster Response Exercise” for more than 50 college students at the New York State Preparedness Center in Oriskany, N.Y.

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    Malheur wildlife refuge occupation still reverberating as FBI agent goes on trial

    “The anti-government extremist movement sees them as jackbooted thugs,” said Sam Jackson, an assistant professor at the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. To the movement, these agents “epitomize the ability of the government to use violence against Americans,” Jackson said.

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    Joining the ‘iSchool’ Movement

    This month, the college announced its designation as an “iSchool” organization, joining industry thought-leaders worldwide in shaping the teaching and practice of information studies and related aspects of the field, now and into the future.

  • Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Visits Campus

    Last week, the former “Border Czar” met with students, faculty and staff at UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity to discuss his professional experiences and the future of trade and border security in today’s globalized world.
  • UAlbany Strategic Planning

    "This plan truly reflects the extraordinary minds, energy, and commitment of the UAlbany community. More than 1,000 faculty, staff, and students directly participated in the creation of this document. Their passion is captured in a mission that focuses on empowering our people to excel, and a vision that promises to harness our work to create a better world."

    - Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany

  • Comparative Security

    Nancy Kreis, who is concentrating in homeland security, is one of three students participating in the inaugural "CEHC in Israel" program this semester.  The students are spending six months immersing themselves in all Israel has to offer – including its unique approach to national security.


  • Collaboration Essential

    Can better collaboration between academics and practitioners improve emergency management?


  • Smart Speakers Will Soon Talk to Police. That’s Not As Bad As It Sounds.

    “Personalized computing devices are incredibly valuable in terms of the data they collect about us and the data they provide to us,” said Brian Nussbaum, assistant professor at the University of Albany who teaches cybersecurity and homeland security. “It would be surprising if law enforcement did not want to try and leverage these flows of data to and from citizens to the extent that they can.”

  • We’re Still Not Really Sure What The Russians Did To Hack Us. That’s A Huge Problem.

    We’re Still Not Really Sure What The Russians Did To Hack Us. That’s A Huge Problem.

     A NBC news report showed that Russians influenced the election in 2016 by "compromising" operative systems in up to seven states.

  • UAlbany Student Researching How to Teach Robots to Interpret Human Emotion

     A senior studying informatics at UAlbany is researching datasets that can  train artificial intelligence to comprehend human emotions and complex social interactions. This will answer his research question whether devices like Amazon's Echo smart speaker, Alexa, or similar devices can become intuitive to bad moods?

  • New York just had its deadliest terror attack since 9/11

     Brian Nusssbaum, a former intelligence analyst and an assistant professor at the University at Albany, spoke to Mic about how effective counterterrorism efforts are against the methodology used on the deadly NYC attack.

  • Smart cities are making the places we live more vulnerable to attacks

    The emergence of "smart cities" make our day to day tasks more efficient, however if security measures aren't prosed it can create an unsafe environment reliant on the digital world.

  • What does the Las Vegas shooting mean for concert security?

    With the recent Las Vegas shooting, Eric Stern (CEHC Professor) talks about concert security measures for both the performers and the audience.

  • Excelsior Challenge ensures New York State’s first responders remain ready

    The New York Excelsior Challenge is an event of exercises designed to help first responders gauge and sharpen their response capabilities. CEHC students were some of the participants that served as support to the Instructional team, and as role players, to enhance the realism of scenarios.
  • 2017-2018 Cybersecurity Policy Fellows

    Welcome the 2017-2018 cohort of New America Cybersecurity Fellows. Brian Nussbaum, Assistant Professor for CEHC, was held over from the 2016 -2017 cohort.

  • US government ramps up emergency response as Puerto Rico faces humanitarian, economic crises

    Puerto Rico is battling a potentially catastrophic humanitarian, agricultural and economic crises as the island reels from its worst hurricane impact in nearly a century.

  • Women and Crisis Leadership: A Panel Discussion

    Samantha Phillips, Director of National Center for Security & Preparedness, will join a panel of nationally recognized public safety professionals. This panel will explore the roles women play in crisis leadership and discuss challenges, insights, and lessons learned throughout their respective careers.

    DATE AND TIME Thu, October 5, 2017 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT

    LOCATION Ronald Tutor Campus Center, The Forum University of Southern California 3607 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, CA 90089

  • Trump Uses Border Security Funding As Condition Of Potential DACA Deal

    President Trump has said that any deal to protect DACA recipients must include more funding for border protection. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Brandon Behlendorf, CEHC professor, about how such funding might be used.
  • UAlbany wide receiver Brad Harris has "Secret" plan

    University at Albany wide receiver Brad Harris is on course to receive his CEHC graduate certificate in May. He has always had a dream of getting a career in law enforcement and is interested the Secret Service Uniformed Division.
  • Responding To Hurricane Harvey

    Dr. Eric Stern, a professor at the University at Albany College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, talks about how social media has taken on a new role in disaster areas.
  • Capitol Pressroom Interview with Robert P. Griffn

    Capitol Pressroom met with Robert Griffin, dean of the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and discussed the work the school is doing and the needs of the 21st century workforce.
  • Why there is an 'enormous appetite' for this major at UAlbany

    The number of declared majors in the nation's first college of emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity is 10 times higher than the University at Albany expected.
  • Next Generation Emergency Management

    Terry Hastings, instructor of CEHC 344 (emergency management) tells us how it is up to the current generation to use their experience and insight to help mentor and further educate the next generation on the practical application of emergency management.

  • Unpacking and Exploring the Relationship between Crisis Management and Social Media in the Era of ‘Smart Devices’

    Eric Stern, Faculty Professor for CEHC, talks about the rise of social media and the broad diffusion of ‘smart devices’ in contemporary society have profound implications for crisis management.
  • Security experts warn lawmakers of election hacking risks

    Over 100 security experts - including CEHC Faculty Brian Nussbaum - sign a letter pushing for common sense election security measures.

  • ITS Announces Cyber Security Champion Award Winners

    Our very own Homeland Security Adjunct Instructor, Jaime Daley, was recognized for her tireless efforts to elevate and advance the value of cyber threat analysis and shared intelligence to the benefit of the York State and government agencies

  • Sheriff sees drones as lifesaving tool

    Inspector Lee Bormann demonstrates the use of drones and their infrared camera in different applications as the Albany County Sheriff's Office launches their drone program for emergency responses. Emily Barrett, Director of Experiential Learning and External Partnerships, represented CEHC by attending this event.