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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Threats

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 »

PAHO releases statement on Zika Virus spread, prevention

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 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 »

Terrorist attacks on four British cities thwarted

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 »

CDC adds more countries to Zika virus warning

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 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 »

Palo Alto Networks sends execs to World Economic Forum

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 »

DHS releases entry/exit overstay report for 2015

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 »

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 »

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 »

Report: ISIS testing chemical weapons on Kurdish fighters

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 »

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 »

Report questions safety of marriage visa program

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 »

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 »

McCaul releases statement on Iraqi refugee arrests

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 »

Mayorkas applauds Cyber Intelligence Integration Center

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 »