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 »
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 »
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 »
Guidelines and procedures laid out by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 were issued on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security.
Federal agencies and private businesses are provided with a clear understanding of how to share cyber threat indicators with DHS’s National Cybersecurity and... Read More »
The American Society for Microbiology sent a letter this week in support of President Barack Obama’s request to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations for a $1.8 billion fund for emergency Zika relief.
The letter was signed by Lynn Enquist, president of the American Society for... Read More »
More than 200 industry leaders convened in Pittsburgh in early February to discuss the region’s role in cybersecurity information and innovation at the inaugural Cyburgh, PA Initiative Event.
Among those attending the meeting, former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security... Read More »
Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., announced on Wednesday that its ruggedized, military-grade auto-injector platform will be tested and developed as a platform for nerve agent antidote delivery by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Battelle.
Emergent’s Emergard platform, selected from several... Read More »
A coalition of House members sent a letter to Secretary of State Jeh Johnson on Friday regarding the member’s concerns over ISIS expansion in Libya.
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-TX), House Homeland Security Committee... Read More »
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 »
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) warned on Tuesday that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) has begun using chemical weapons in targeted attacks against American-supported fighters.
The reported attacks occurred in August during fighting in northern Iraq, targeting the... Read More »
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Friday to learn from experts about current preparedness shortcomings and to assess the types of biological threats facing the United States.
The hearing, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), was entitled... Read More »
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the “Combat Terrorist Use of Social Media Act of 2016” on Wednesday, which was co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA).
“I want to thank both Chairman Johnson and Senator Booker for working with me on this... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Joint Science and Technology Office announced this week that its basic research program, Toxicant Penetration and Scavenging (TPS), provided an important new understanding of toxin mechanisms.
The findings have since been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B article,... Read More »
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 »
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 »
Smiths Detection Incorporated announced on Thursday that the U.S. Army Reserves has ordered a follow-on contract for its Chemical Biological Protective Shelters (CBPS).
The CBPS-M8E1 is a mobile medical shelter designed to be extremely resistant to hazardous materials that might be present in... Read More »
Officials from the World Health Organization, including the director-general, deputy director-general and regional directors of WHO, released a statement in late January following a special session of the executive board on the Ebola outbreak.
The statement came after the conclusion of the... Read More »
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) released a statement on Wednesday regarding Canada’s plan to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.
At a hearing entitled “Canada’s Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and... Read More »
The Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on Wednesday entitled "Outside Views on Biodefense for the Department of Defense,” featuring expert testimony from members of the bipartisan Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to provide an... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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, 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 »
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 »
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, 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 »
The president and chair of the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) supported efforts by Congress to improve first responder preparedness for bioterrorism attacks but said that even more work remains while testifying on Tuesday at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental... Read More »
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 »
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 »
The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) enhanced cybersecurity services (ECS) program recently announced that it has approved its commercial service providers to offer a new capability called Netflow Analysis to fight cyber threats.
Netflow Analysis will allow the commercial... Read More »
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.
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