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Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

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Conference of States Parties announces OPCW day events

The Conference of the States Parties announced on Wednesday that it would host an event to celebrate the inaugural International Day for the Foundation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), or “OPCW Day,” from May 2-4 at OPCW headquarters. Deliberations over... Read More »

Upton, Pitts seek insight into FDA’s information security

As a response to the growing threat of malicious hacking scandals and cyber security threats, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joseph Pitts (R-PA) sent a letter on Wednesday to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking insight into... Read More »

Homeland Security details Super Bowl security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently detailed the extensive security effort in securing the site for Super Bowl 50. Among the agencies involved in the effort were the Travel Safety Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),... Read More »

UTMB collaborates with Brazil to combat Zika virus

The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced a letter of intent on Friday to collaborate with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston to research and develop a Zika virus vaccine The initiative of the collaborating will be directed toward the development of joint research... Read More »

INTERPOL, Barclays partner in Singapore for cyber security

INTERPOL and Barclays have announced that they will enter into a private-public partnership in order to enhance the cyber security of both institutions. As part of the agreement, Barclays will become the first financial institution to have full-time staff operating at the INTERPOL Global Complex... Read More »

Potomac Institute: Terrorism threat continues to grow

The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies held its “International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2015 and Outlook for 2016” on Monday at the National Press Club, featuring a panel of experts from the Blue Ribbon Panel who warned that bioterrorism remains a growing... Read More »

CCHS announces new active defense project

The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) based at George Washington University recently announced that it is launching a new project primarily focused on the role of the private sector in active defense against cyber threats. The goal of the project is to find a definitive answer to the... Read More »

APHA announces support for Zika funding

The American Public Health Association (APHA) announced its support on Monday for a new surge in funding to protect against Zika virus. President Barack Obama recently released the details of his emergency plan to provide more than $1.8 billion in funds to prepare for and respond to Zika virus... Read More »

Ari Schwartz joins Potomac Institute as senior fellow

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies announced last week that Ari Schwartz, Venable’s managing director of cybersecurity services, will join the institute as a senior fellow. In his role at Venable, Schwartz directs the establishment of cybersecurity consulting services while assisting... Read More »

NIH seeks research applications for Zika virus study

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its research priorities on Friday for studies to investigate how Zika virus infection affects reproduction, pregnancy and the developing fetus. The virus is currently present in approximately 30 countries and territories, notably in Latin... Read More »

Safe harbor data gets new “privacy shield”

The European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce announced an agreement on Tuesday of a safe harbor replacement deal, rebranded as the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The specifics of the deal were not initially released, however, the privacy shield reportedly addresses requirements set out by... Read More »

Johnson releases statement on southwestern border security

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released a statement this week on the number of apprehensions of individuals seeking to enter the country illegally along the southwestern border of the United States. “In January 2016, overall apprehensions on our southwest border – an indicator of... Read More »

DHS works with Home Office on first responder uniform

The new Base Ensemble Project, a collaboration between the United Kingdom’s Home Office and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), aims to create a uniform that will provide emergency first responders with the protection they need. First Responders often... Read More »

Lloyd’s publishes new CBRN risk report

Lloyd’s, a specialized insurance and reinsurance market, recently commissioned Chatham House to produce a study involving the risks of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons to improve the public knowledge of these threats. The report highlights strategic trends in... Read More »

OPCW head gives talk on disarmament for peace

The leader of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Ahmet Uzumcu gave a speech on Monday entitled “Re-arming our Humanity: Contributions of Disarmament to Peace.” The speech marks 20 years since the Chemical Weapons Convention concluded, making it the only remaining... Read More »

Johnson releases statement regarding DHS Einstein Program

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson released a statement of Friday regarding a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report and the department’s Einstein Program. The GAO recently released a report that detailed that DHS “is partially, but... Read More »

Arbor Networks releases 11th Annual Infrastructure Report

Arbor Networks, Inc., recently released its 11th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report, containing the expert opinions of security specialists and the international security community at large on a range of 21st century cyber security issues. The report notes how trends from previous... Read More »

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 »

House Leaders wary of Obama’s visa waiver changes

Republican house leaders sent a letter on Friday to President Obama regarding the administration’s unilateral changes to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel and Prevention Act of 2015. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob... 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 »