China-Based Adversaries Pose Major Cyber Threat In 2016

From HSToday: Following closely on the heels of the Pentagon’s unveiling of its budget proposal for fiscal year 2017, which included $7 billion for cyber operations and focused on countering the technological and military advances of China, security firm Crowdstrike released a report highlighting the threat posed by China to US cybersecurity. Crowdstrike’s 2015 Global […]

Making Information Sharing Work

From Politico: Congress spent years haggling over the cybersecurity legislation that finally became law in December. Now, regulators are scrambling to make it work. The Cybersecurity Act requires at least eight agencies, including the departments of State, Homeland Security and Justice and the nation’s intelligence chief, to produce more than 40 reports, plans, strategies and […]

CDC Issues Travel Alert Over Rapidly Spreading Zika Virus

From HSToday: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an alert recommending enhanced precautions or postponed travel for people intending to travel to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. The Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are […]

FBI Thwarts Mass Shooting at Milwaukee Masonic Center

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: A terrorist-style plot intended to kill dozens of people with automatic weapons at a Masonic center in Milwaukee was foiled this week by FBI agents, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh discussed his plan to attack the center with two others, detailing how they would quickly and quietly kill the […]

Homeland chairman Hits Obama for Ignoring San Bernardino During SOTU

From The Hill: The head of the House Homeland Security Committee scolded President Obama on Wednesday for failing to mention last month’s deadly shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., during his State of the Union address. Obama’s neglect to mention the massacre of 14 people during the speech, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said, was especially biting, […]

Terrorists Attack Jakarta, Indonesia; At Least Seven Dead

From NBC News: Terrorists laid siege to the heart of Indonesia’s capital on Thursday with a four-hour gun and bomb assault that left seven people dead and 23 others wounded, officials said. Attackers waged armed battles with police around a busy shopping and movie theater complex in downtown Jakarta, and there were several explosions — […]

State of the Union is Light on Cyber, but Touches on Online Terror

From FCW: In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touched on some of the threats posed by the online activities of terror groups, but did not focus directly on cybersecurity threats.

What the Islamic State Gains from the Istanbul Terror Attack

From the OC Register: The suicide blast that ripped through a historic, touristy Istanbul neighborhood on Tuesday killed at least 10 people, all whom were foreigners. The attack, which Turkish authorities say was carried out by a Syrian national linked to the Islamic State militant group, took place in Sultanahmet, in the shadow of some […]

Top 5 Priorities for Homeland Security in 2016

The Heritage Foundation: Policymakers, office-seekers, and the American people have numerous issues to consider in 2016. The following are the top five homeland security issues that Congress and the Administration need to consider this year.

President Obama Signs Landmark Cybersecurity Law

From HSToday: From last year’s attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment to this summer’s breach of the Office of Personnel and Management, which compromised the records of as many as 18 million people, numerous high-profile and damaging cyberattacks over the past several years have finally prompted a response from Congress. On Friday, landmark cybersecurity legislation tucked […]