America Not Ready For EMP Attack

From The Inquisitr: An EMP attack would have “catastrophic effects” on American civilians, according to statements made by Peter Vincent Pry. The executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and US Nuclear Strategy Forum Congressional adviser feels the technology necessary to avoid such an apocalyptic disaster exist. Pry also maintains that […]

U.S. Weighs Curbing Deportations

From The Associated Press: Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don’t have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people […]

And the Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

From Lawfare: Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its intention to conduct an examination of the cybersecurity of 50 broker-dealers and investment advisers subject to its jurisdiction. The questionnaire derives much of its content from the NIST Framework—so now the Framework will be the likely potential ground for regulatory action.

Inside ‘The Bunker’ Security Command for Boston Marathon

From ABC News: Every year the Boston Marathon attracts thousands of spectators who cheer on runners, but this year thousands more eyes – some digital and some undercover – will be watching intently as well, looking for anything that might warn them of a repeat of last year’s tragedy. Authorities in charge of security for […]

The U.S. Must Stand Behind Its Security Obligations

From The Washington Post: By Michael Chertoff – Since leaving as secretary of homeland security in January 2009, I have talked with officials from friendly nations in Asia and the Middle East. Increasingly, I hear skepticism about whether the United States remains a reliable ally our friends can trust for support against attacks. These private […]

Unsettling video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen

From CNN: A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike. U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now […]

Kansas Jewish Center Shootings Reveal New Dangers of ‘Lone Wolves’

From NBC News: Hate groups” that call for discrimination or violence based on race, religion or sexual orientation are rightly considered dangerous, but it is the “lone wolf” attacker inspired by their venomous messages that poses the greatest threat of mayhem, experts say…The killings of three people near Jewish community centers in Overland Park, Kansas, […]

New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims

From The New York Times: The New York Police Department has abandoned a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped, the department said. The decision by the nation’s largest police force to shutter the controversial surveillance program represents […]

C-Suite Needs to Get a Grip on Cyber Risks

From ZDNet: For the business enterprise, the virtual world is a vague world being that much of the C-Suite is only concerned with the bottom line, according to former U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. Speaking at the Kaspersky Lab summit on enterprise IT security on Tuesday morning, Ridge reflected that […]

DHS plans for single awards under $6B cyber contract

From The Federal Times: Competition under the Homeland Security Department’s $6 billion cyber contract will be especially fierce over the coming months, with fewer than expected awards for continuous monitoring products and services. Rather than selecting multiple winners for its upcoming string of task orders, DHS is expected to make single awards.