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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Countermeasures

GAO makes cybersecurity recommendations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced on Thursday that it has made a series of recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the vulnerabilities of cyber infrastructure and how to better prevent cybercrime attacks. The GAO noted that the National... Read More »

Batelle announces qualification for JE-ClaSS contract

Batelle has announced that it has qualified for a bid to provide technical and logistic services to the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense as part of the Joint Enterprise Contracted Logistics and Services Support (JE-CLaSS) Multi-Award Task Order Contract program. ... Read More »

BARDA, HHS seek animal test models for CBRN threats

The United Stated Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) facilities to support establishing new animal tests/models for the development of biological medical countermeasures against biological threats, influenza and emerging infectious... Read More »

INTERPOL holds nuclear trafficking conference

Nuclear weapons are the greatest means of instant wide-scale destruction, and the illegal trafficking of such devices is the focus of a new international conference being held by INTERPOL this week. The conference is expected to draw some 270 participants from more than 100 countries around the... Read More »

INTERPOL training targets chemical smuggling

INTERPOL announced this week that it will begin training in Laos, Cambodia, to enhance investigative skills against illicit chemical weapons. Under Project Chase, a program designed to combat chemical weapons smuggling, the organization will run a five-day training course from Jan. 18-22. The... Read More »

Battelle secures new DoD cyber security contract

Battelle announced on Thursday that it has been awarded s Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Cyber Security and Information Systems Technical Area Tasks (CS TAT) five-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Department of Defense. The new contract succeeds... Read More »

Sandia leads efforts to update power grid

Sandia National Laboratories is participating in the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium’s efforts to modernize the U.S.’s electrical grid and using its expertise in grid modernization to take the lead in the area of security and resilience. “Sandia has decades of experience in... Read More »

NIH experts discuss lessons learned from Ebola outbreak

In an issue this month for the medical journal Clinical Trials, leading researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), described the series of challenges and lessons learned to prevent future outbreaks. Among... Read More »

FirstNet announces RFP

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently announced its first Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the public safety broadband network. The announcement, issued on January 13, is an important step in FirstNet’s objective of creating a modern communications network for... Read More »

Ebola response strengthens health services in West Africa

As part of a year-in-review process, the Center for Disease Control recently outlined the steps of the Ebola recovery process in the Western African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. While the disease had a deadly impact in 2015, its spread had already diminished. In January 2015,... Read More »

DHS announces the 2016 Cyber Volunteer Initiative

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that it will be accepting applications for the 2016 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Volunteer Initiative. Under the program, more than 50 individually selected volunteers would complete assignments supporting the DHS cyber mission... Read More »

DoD continues mobile support against Ebola in West Africa

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) announced its ongoing support last Monday for the continuation of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) diagnostics in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The initiative is part of a cooperative biological engagement program (CBEP) in West Africa. The current program is... Read More »

McCaul releases January terror threat snapshot

Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a monthly snapshot on Monday of potential terror threats for the U.S. and its allies. “ISIS and al Qaeda terrorists are expanding their networks and carving out sanctuaries abroad, while their supporters and... Read More »

IT survey reveals 2016 concerns for network security

Spiceworks recently released a new survey of IT security professionals that found that internal end users - employees - are among the greatest threats to network security in the coming year. The study found that though 80 percent of the organizations surveyed in 2015 had experienced some kind... Read More »

Zeldin’s counterterrorism bill passes House committee

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) announced on Thursday that his bill, the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016 (H.R. 4314), has passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The measure requires a detailed plan to combat international travel by radicalized militants, speeds up the transfer... Read More »

McCaul discusses December terror threat situation

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a monthly assessment in late December of the growing terror threat the West continues to face. In his inaugural State of Homeland Security Address, McCaul detailed the rise of radicalized militants, terror threats and how... Read More »

WHO to review Merck’s ebola vaccine for emergency use

Worldwide drug manufacturer Merck recently announced that its application for Emergency Use Assessment and Listing (EUAL) for the company’s Ebola Zaire vaccine (V920) has been accepted for review by the World Health Organization. The EUAL is designed specifically to expedite the availability... Read More »