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.
... Read More »
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology announced on Tuesday that it has scheduled a hearing for Feb. 2 entitled “Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network.”
“Especially in times of emergency, it is critical that first responders are able to communicate and... Read More »
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 »