• TerrorismThe Violent Extremist Lifecycle: Lessons from Northern Ireland

    A new guide, released by CREST, draws on a reanalysis of interview data from the 1980s and 1990s that explored the lifecycle phases among loyalist and republican paramilitaries from across Northern Ireland. It offers twelve lessons that are relevant not only to those working within the Northern Ireland context today but also to those working to reduce the threat from violent extremists elsewhere.

  • Our picksThe Tree That Could Help Stop the Pandemic | “Machines Set Loose to Slaughter” | Overestimating Earthquake Dangers

    ·  The Tree That Could Help Stop the Pandemic

    ·  In Michigan Plot to Kidnap Governor, Informants Were Key

    ·  The All-American Mind of a Militia Member

    ·  U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected

    ·  “Machines Set Loose to Slaughter”: The Dangerous Rise of Military AI

    ·  The Newly Legal Process for Turning Human Corpses to Soil

    ·  The Nuclear Arsenal Problem You Never Saw Coming

    ·  The West Coast Wildfires Are Apocalypse, Again

    ·  Earthquake Hazard Maps May Overestimate Shaking Dangers

  • MigrantsParents of 545 Migrant Children Separated from Their Families Cannot Be Found

    A court-appointed steering committee has been working to locate the families of about 2,700 children separated by DHS’ Zero Tolerance border policy, which separated children and toddlers from their parents. The policy was overturned in court in mid-2018, but the parents of many of the children have been deported to Guatemala and Honduras, leaving the children behind. The parents of 545 children are yet to be found.

  • Election securityAdversaries May Launch Efforts to Undermine Americans’ “Confidence in the Integrity of the Electoral Process”: CISA

    “We remain confident that no foreign cyber actor can change your vote, and we still believe that it would be incredibly difficult for them to change the outcome of an election at the national level. But that doesn’t mean various actors won’t try to introduce chaos in our elections and make sensational claims that overstate their capabilities. In fact, the days and weeks just before and after Election Day is the perfect time for our adversaries to launch efforts intended to undermine your confidence in the integrity of the electoral process”: Christopher Krebs, director of CISA.

  • Election securityKathleen Hall Jamieson on the 2020 Election

    Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson discusses what we learned from the election four years ago plus how journalists can responsibly share hacked content and what role the public at large can play. She says that in some ways, the country is better prepared today than during the 2016 election cycle, which was fraught with cybertrolls, hacked emails, and leaked content. In other ways, the United States hasn’t learned much from that experience.

  • The Russia connectionRussia Launches Disinformation Campaign to Undermine Public Confidence in Oxford University’s COVID Vaccine

    The U.K. government said it condemned as “utterly deplorable” a Russia disinformation campaign to undermine public confidence in a coronavirus vaccine currently under development by Oxford University scientists. The Times reported on Friday that Russian government officials have been using social media and Russian state media to depict the vaccine as dangerous – going as far as claiming that the vaccine would turn people into monkeys or chimpanzees.

  • The Russia connectionDetails of Russia’s Cyberattacks against Olympic, Paralympic Games Revealed

    The U.K. On Monday (19 October) exposed malicious cyberactivity from Russia’s GRU military intelligence service against organizations involved in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games before they were postponed. The U.K. National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) said that the incident was intended to sabotage the running of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, as the malware was designed to wipe data from and disable computers and networks.

  • Guns68 Percent of Firearm Deaths Are from Self-Harm, Majority in Older Men in Rural Regions

    A new study of gun injuries and deaths in Ontario found that 68 percent of firearm-related deaths were from self-harm, and they most often occurred in older men living in rural regions, pointing to the need for targeted prevention efforts.

  • Perspective: Supply chainsSecuring the Critical Minerals Supply Chain

    From the military to the technology sector, various American institutions and industries play a role in maintaining U.S. economic and national security. While the finished products associated with defense and technology, like aircraft engines and LED TVs, capture the public eye, the supply chains for the materials needed to produce these goods often garner little attention. Eli Nachmany writes that a set of minerals, known as critical minerals, constitute a key part of the supply chains for these important sectors. In recent years, however, U.S. competitors such as China have come to control supply chains for the critical minerals themselves—raising questions about the effects of critical mineral supply chain insecurity on U.S. national security.

  • PreparednessDisaster Preparedness in the Palm of Your Hand

    Natural disasters like tornadoes and earthquakes can devastate communities and bring uncertainty in their aftermath when it comes to safely accessing buildings or homes. When an EF-3 tornado struck Jefferson City, Missouri, in May 2019, it killed three people and left over 600 buildings damaged, presenting first responders with an overwhelming response challenge.In tragic situations like this, facility owners and emergency planners play a key role in taking swift action to evaluate the damage done.

  • Our picksChina a “Safe Haven” for Cybercriminals | Challenging New H-1B Visa Rules | Biometrics Systems on Amazon Cloud, and more

    ·  DHS Led the Way on Past Health Crises, but It Has Been Less Visible During the Coronavirus Outbreak

    ·  Cyberspace Solarium Commission Proposes Strategy to Create Trusted ICT Supply Chains

    ·  Pentagon Will Move Primary Biometrics Systems to Amazon Cloud

    ·  Business Groups, Universities File Lawsuit over New Rules Targeting H-1B Visas

    ·  ICAM, CDM Put Identity-Based Security Front and Center

    ·  Facing a Deluge of Misinformation, Colorado Takes the Offensive Against It

    ·  Justice Department Official Accuses China of Acting as “Safe Haven” for Cybercriminals

    ·  Justice Department Official Accuses China of Acting as “Safe Haven” for Cybercriminals

    ·  Security Pros’ Vital Role in Thwarting Election Disinformation

  • CompetitivenessProposed Student Visa Policy Could Hinder U.S. Competitiveness

    By David L. Di Maria

    In an effort to crack down on international students and scholars who overstay their visas, the administration is seeking to implement a new set of rules that would make it more difficult for them to remain in the U.S. One of the rules requires foreign students to leave the United States after two or four years, regardless of whether they have completed they degree or research work. The rule comes with a steep price tag. It would also undermine America’s interest in attracting talent from abroad and, ironically, it would do little to actually curtail the problem of visa overstays that it purports to solve.

  • FloodsOne in Six Historic Resources in Colorado Is in a Floodplain

    Colorado has lost several of its important historic landmarks to disasters. The 2013 floods, for instance, destroyed a WPA-era shelter in Lyons and severely damaged the town’s historic library. A new study reaches a sobering conclusion, that one in six historic resources in Colorado is at risk from a flood disaster, yet few communities proactively plan for their protection.

  • ExtremismFacebook Ran Recruitment Ads for Militia Groups

    A new report shows that Facebook for years allowed militia groups to recruit new members via paid advertisements on the platform. The review — which followed news of the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, which played out on Facebook and other social media — also found more than 50 militia pages and groups that are still active on Facebook.

  • TerrorismVictims of Terror Attacks Reject US Deal to Delist Sudan

    By Nabeel Biajo

    One of the attorneys representing victims of the 1998 terror attacks on U.S. embassies in East Africa and their families says the majority of his clients reject the deal that would result in President Donald Trump removing Sudan from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list.

  • GunsThe Case That Could Topple the Gun Industry’s Special Legal Protections

    By Champe Barton

    An opinion handed down in a Pennsylvania appeals court threatens a law that gunmakers have long used as a shield against wrongful-death suits. The court’s opinion quashes an attempt by the Illinois-based gun manufacturer Springfield Armory to dismiss a suit brought by the family of a Pennsylvania teenager killed with one of its guns.

  • 5G5G: New Benefits, Cybersecurity Risks

    5G builds upon existing telecommunication infrastructure to improve bandwidth and capabilities and reduce network-generated delays. However, 5G also carries over and introduces new risks that must be addressed to ensure its secure and safe use by the government and private sectors, including everyday citizens.

  • Disaster responseNatural Disaster Preparations May Help Businesses' Pandemic Response

    The economic impacts of COVID-19 have battered small and medium-sized enterprises, putting millions of jobs in the U.S. at risk. And a year rife with natural disasters has not done many struggling businesses any favors. ,A new survey found that nearly a quarter of businesses felt natural disaster preparations helped them address COVID-19. They tended to find preparations of broad applicability during natural disasters, such as telework readiness, more useful than hazard-specific measures. The survey also identified areas of hardship for businesses, including uncertainty and a lack of guidance and resources.

  • Our picksCyber-Attack Insurance | Islamist Extremists in France | Spotting Misinformation, and more

    ·  FBI: Suspect in Alleged Extremist Plot Deleted Video Made Near Mich. Governor’s Home

    ·  A Trial in Europe Examines Iran’s Terror Ties

    ·  ISIS Attacks Surge in Africa Even as Trump Boasts of a ‘100-Percent’ Defeated Caliphate

    ·  Review of Security around Terrorist Prisoners after First Isis-inspired attack in UK jail

    ·  Root Out Islamist Extremism After Beheading of Teacher Samuel Paty

    ·  COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Is Associated with Beliefs on the Origin of the Novel Coronavirus in the U.K. and Turkey

    · Home Working to Boost Cyber-Attack Insurance: Munich Re

    ·  College Students Struggle to Spot Misinformation Online as 2020 Election Approaches

    · Tracking the Shifting Shape of Far-Right Political Violence

  • TerrorismFrench Mosque Closed as Part of a Crackdown on Islamist Extremists

    The French minister of the interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced the closure of the Pantin mosque in Seine-Saint-Denis. Darmanin said the closure was a response to the beheading Friday of Samuel Paty, a history and geography professor, near the college of Conflans-saint-Honorine where he was a teacher. Paty, teaching a course on the freedom of expression, showed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in class. A Muslin student complained to his parents, and the parents persuaded a preacher to issue a “fatwa” calling for the killing of Paty.

  • Muslins in EuropeMan Denied German Citizenship for Refusing to Shake Woman's Hand

    The application of a Lebanese doctor for German citizenship was denied after he refused to shake a woman’s hand. The doctor passed the German naturalization test, but refused to shake hands with the official – a woman — who handed him his citizenship certificate. The court ruled that a refusal to shake a woman’s hand indicates that the man rejected “integration into German living conditions.”

  • Argument: Lockdowns killCovid-19 Kills – but So Does Lockdown

    Just over six months ago Boris Johnson gave the British people a clear instruction: “You must stay at home.” Professor Karl Sikora writes that it was impossible for anybody to anticipate the unintended consequences of those five words and quite how much pain and anguish they would unleash. “No computer model nor brilliant epidemiologist can fully estimate the sheer long-term destruction lockdowns have caused,” Sikora says, adding: “This is not an argument for a fundamental shift in strategy, those debates have been had. “This is a plea for more balance.”