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 »
The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week that its set of recommendations to encourage greater public-private partnership in combating cybercrime has gained the support of INTERPOL.
The project was unveiled with joint-backing from WEF’s... Read More »
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), released a statement this week following the continued spread of the Zika virus across the Americas.
PAHO gave two main reasons for the spread - the population of the Americas has not been exposed to the... Read More »
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 »
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) announced last week that the organization has signed a charter creating a task force on transportation.
"New business models in passenger carriage and a number of prominent rail accidents have brought renewed prominence to... Read More »
Terrorist attacks on four British cities were thwarted last week after two pilots were intercepted discussing the plan using their “mayday” channel.
The pilots were discovered after using the mayday channel, which they did not believe was monitored. The attacks would have hit Bath, Brighton,... Read More »
The CDC added more countries to its interim travel guidance related to the Zika virus on Friday, including Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde and Samoa.
A Level 2 travel alert was also issued by the CDC on Jan. 15 for those traveling to countries that have... Read More »
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 »
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the revision of seven critical infrastructure protection (CIP) Reliability Standards on Thursday, including requirements for personnel and training, as well as the physical security of the bulk electric system’s cyber systems and... Read More »
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), as part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently announced that it will hold a webinar on Feb. 10 on ASPR’s Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE).
TRACIE is a... Read More »
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander’s (R-TN) commitment to advancing the Medical Countermeasures Innovation Act of 2015 was applauded this week by the Alliance for Biosecurity.
The act, introduced in September by Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob... Read More »
Palo Alto Networks recently announced that it will send several executives to participate in the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum is being held this week. The theme of the meeting is “Mastering the Fourth... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday released the Entry/Exit Overstay Report for Fiscal Year 2015.
The report provides data as to whether a person has overstayed, as well as their country of origin, if they were lawfully admitted or are in the U.S. temporarily. The report... Read More »
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) recently announced that it is sponsoring the Cybertech 2016 international technology exhibition and conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.
FCEDA is using the exhibition to showcase Fairfax County, Virginia, as a friendly potential locale for... Read More »
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 »
The United States Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that it will be seeking public comment regarding the review of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety, with a proposal to republish that list.
The... Read More »
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 »
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday that a new case of Ebola has been confirmed in the West African country of Sierra Leone.
The government of Sierra Leone acted swiftly to address the new case through the nation’s new emergency operations center and a joint team of local... Read More »
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 »
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said recently that illegal traffic across the southwestern border of the United States has decreased since 2014 and that the capability of government and law enforcement agencies has only increased.
“We are continuing to enhance our border security... Read More »
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 »
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 »
The House Transportation Security Subcommittee last week re-examined the Transportation Security Acquisition Act (TSARA) one year after the legislation became law.
The meeting provided committee members with a snapshot of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) adherence to the... Read More »
Reports this week warned that ISIS is testing dirty bombs containing colorless and odorless gas on captured Kurdish fighters.
The reports follow recently released photographs of Kurdish fighters with terrible blisters and burns on their skin that experts believe were caused by chemical bombs,... Read More »
The Cyburgh, PA Initiative announced last week that former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and U.S. Attorney with the Western District of Pennsylvania David J. Hickton will serve as keynote speakers at its inaugural event.
The event was organized by the Software Engineering Institute, the... Read More »
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 »
In the wake of an alarming report released this week by the Office of the Inspector General, lawmakers are calling for changes to the way that marriage visas function in the United States.
The report was released after investigators found that known human traffickers utilized work and fiancée... Read More »
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released a statement on Friday regarding the implementation of the REAL ID Act’s final phase and what it means for certain states going forward.
Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the government set... Read More »
Members of the House Committee on Small Business last Wednesday pushed back against Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on widespread mismanagement within the organization.
Committee Chairman Steve... Read More »
AAP Gateway, a department of the American Association of Pediatrics, released a report for February shedding light onto the ongoing problem regarding medical countermeasures (MCM) during emergencies, disasters and terrorism.
While major outlets that specialize in MCMs have made headway,... Read More »
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 »
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a statement on Friday regarding the arrest of two Iraqi refugees on terrorism-related charges.
“While I commend the FBI for their hard work, these arrests heighten my concern that our refugee program is susceptible to... Read More »
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced last week that its subcontractor, Veolia, has completed the disposal of all remaining chemical weapons declared by the Syrian Arab Republic.
Director General of the OPCW Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü commented on the latest... Read More »
The Graham Holdings Company announced last week at CES in Las Vegas that its new subsidiary, CyberVista, will be launched as a cybersecurity education and workforce development venture.
The new company aims to teach new cybersecurity tactics through personalized training programs to protect... Read More »
Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas released a statement on Thursday regarding the Cyber Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC).
“The CTIIC will help DHS better understand various cyber threats and provide targeted intelligence community support to the... Read More »