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Sunday, December 3rd, 2023


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 »

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 »