Water Systems Vulnerable to Cyberthreats

8/4/21 ARGUMENT: Water systems security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Joel Griffin writes in SecurityInfoWatch: Ransomware attacks have garnered much of the cybersecurity headlines this year given their impact on industry supply chains and critical infrastructure operations. But among the most eye-opening incidents...

Fire Season Heats Up, and Burnout Looms

8/3/21 Firefighters Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Scorching temperatures. Drought across 90 percent of the West. To these dangerous conditions as the fire season is underway, add a looming crisis of burnout among wildland firefighters. Increasingly intense fire seasons are taking a physical and...

Ransomware Could Lead to War | Ransomware Attacks Hit Record | Whole Towns Are Targeted, and more

8/3/21 Our picks: Ransomware Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  “It’s Quite Feasible to Start a War”: Just How Dangerous Are Ransomware Hackers?  (Sirin Kale, Guardian) Secretive gangs are hacking the computers of governments, firms, even hospitals, and demanding huge sums. But if we pay these ransoms, are we creating a ticking time bomb? read more

Beginning of the Age of Bioterrorism | DHS Air Cargo Security | Last Days of Osama Bin Laden, and more

8/3/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Evidence Suggests Russia’s SVR Is Still Using ‘WellMess’ Malware, Despite U.S. Warnings  (Tim Starks, Cyberscoop) President Joe Biden urging Vladimir Putin to crack down on cyberattacks coming from within Russian borders doesn’t seem to have convinced the Kremlin to give it up just yet. read more

Responsible Cyber Offense

8/2/21 ARGUMENT: Cyber offense Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments News of the SolarWinds hack emerged with reports the incident had triggered an emergency Saturday meeting at the National Security Council. In the weeks that followed, the story dominated headlines. read more

Nukes vs. Cyberattacks? | Coexisting with Dictators | Missing the Point about Cuba

8/2/21 Our picks: The BIG PICTURE Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  1. The U.S. Says It Can Answer Cyberattacks with Nuclear Weapons. That’s Lunacy.Recent months saw ever-more-brazen cyberattacks by Russian ransom gangs on American companies: Kaseya (which serves about 1,500 companies); Colonial Pipeline (which supplies nearly half the diesel, gasoline and other fuels used on the

Compact Lifesaving Drone for Beach Rescue Teams

8/2/21 Search & rescue Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments In 2017, while on holiday with his family in Cornwall, Loughborough University student Dominic Leatherland witnessed a teenager become detached from their bodyboard and pulled out to sea due to rough conditions. He watched as...

Building Resilience against Agroterrorism, Agro-crime Threats

8/2/21 Food security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Agroterrorism and agro-crime constitute a considerable threat to animal health, the economy, biodiversity, food security and safety, and public health. In today’s interconnected world, infectious diseases can spread easily across large areas and uncontained disease events in one region...

CDC: Delta as Contagious as Chickenpox

7/31/21 COVID-19 Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the Delta variant (B1617.2) is as contagious as chickenpox in an internal document leaked to the Washington Post Friday. The agency also said that, although vaccinated people rarely get...

Deterring China in Space

7/31/21 China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The space-based capabilities of the United States have become integral to economic prosperity, to the defense of both the United States and its allies across all domains, and to facilitating cross-domain joint military operations. The...

U.S. Leads Coalition Accusing China of Hacking

7/30/21 ARGUMENT: Cyber retaliation Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments On 19 July, the United States, joined by the European Union, NATO, the other “Five Eyes” member nations (Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), and Japan condemned the hacking of Microsoft Exchange email server...

Privitar expands Executive Leadership Team

Privitar, announced the expansion of its executive leadership team with the appointments of Victoria Normark as Chief Technology Officer, Pat Walsh as Chief Marketing Officer, and Bill Ziske as Senior Vice President of Sales, North America. The additions of these software and security industry...

Maximum Privacy for Sharing Files Online

7/29/21 Privacy Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Senders who share documents online have little to no control over who views the information that is being sent and where it is being viewed. This is especially problematic for sharing pictures online or when organizations...

Preventing Human-Induced Earthquakes

7/29/21 Earthquakes Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments When humans pump large volumes of fluid into the ground, they can set off potentially damaging earthquakes, depending on the underlying geology. This has been the case in certain oil- and gas-producing regions, where wastewater, often...

New Book Helps Readers Spot Online Health Scams

7/29/21 BOOKSHELF: Health misinformation Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Internet health scams have increased in recent years, often spread through social media and causing untold harm, according to a new book by UBC nursing professor, Dr. Bernie Garrett. The New Alchemists focuses on some of...

Can Drone Warfare in the Middle East Be Controlled?

7/28/21 Drones Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Three weeks ago, the US launched airstrikes against militant groups loyal to Iran near the Iraqi-Syrian border. According to a statement issued by United States defense officials, the strikes were in retaliation for the groups’ drone attacks on...

Factors Linked to Radical Attitudes and Intentions

7/28/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A systematic review and meta-analysis published in Campbell Systematic Reviews identified and examined more than 100 risk and protective factors for radical attitudes, intentions, and behaviors (including terrorism) in democratic countries.  The authors say that these factors...

Better Batteries for Grid-Scale Energy Storage

7/28/21 Energy security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have designed a new class of molten sodium batteries for grid-scale energy storage. The new battery design was shared in a paper published today in the scientific journal Cell Reports Physical Science. read more

Crowdsourcing Disaster Response | 3 Degrees of Global Warming Plausible & Disastrous | Bad Nord Stream Deal, and more

7/28/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  White House Asks CISA, NIST to Set Cybersecurity Performance Goals for Critical Infrastructure Operators  (Miriam Baksh, Defense One) The initiative will not result in mandatory measures for the private sector, but the administration hopes to signal its commitment to cybersecurity and maybe get a little help from Congress

Biden: Russia Already Interfering in 2022 Election

7/28/21 Cyberattacks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Russia is already interfering in next year’s midterm U.S. elections, President Joe Biden said Tuesday in a speech at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).   Referencing the day’s classified briefing prepared by the...

Audio intelligence with Praesensa

When Praesensa was launched at the end of 2019, Bosch set a new standard for quality, security and reliability in Public Address and Voice Alarm (PA/VA) systems. The latest addition to the family is the Praesensa Ambient noise sensor, particularly relevant for applications such...

U.K. COVID “Pingdemic” Sparks Labor Shortage

7/27/21 Pandemic Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The UK government is racing to address a major labor shortage exacerbated by the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although more than 70% of the adult population (36 million people) has been double-vaccinated against the...

U.S. Cyber Command Looks to Replicate UTSA’s National Security Collaboration Center

7/27/21 Cyber education Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Top government leaders from the U.S. Cyber Command’s Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ–DODIN) were the latest guests at the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC), located at the University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA)....

Protecting Lives on the Wildland Fire Line

7/27/21 Firefighters Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Record-high temperatures this summer mean that the 2021 fire season, which is well underway in several states, is likely to be devastating. As of July 22, 79 large fires and complexes have burned 1,448,053 acres, and...

Cybersecurity Technique Protects in-Vehicle Networks

7/27/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Army researchers developed a new machine learning-based framework to enhance the security of computer networks inside vehicles without undermining performance. With the widespread prevalence of modern automobiles that entrust control to onboard computers, this research looks toward...

Corero adds Edge Threat Defense

Corero Network Security, a provider of real-time, automatic Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cyber defense solutions, announces additional flexibility when deploying its SmartWall solution, with a new Edge Threat Defense (ETD) capability. Corero’s mission is to make the internet a safer and more reliable...

Deterring Terrorist Attacks in Sports Megaevents

7/26/21 Terrorism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Sports mega-events, such as the upcoming Olympic Games, are ideal targets for terrorist attacks, due to their visibility, size, and number of people involved. Sports mega-events differ from other well-studied counter-terrorism analysis due to the defensive...

Global Approach Is Needed on Battery Regulation

7/26/21 Batteries Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments According to a team of scientists and researchers writing in Science, the new regulations, due to come into force from January 2022, have the potential to unify policy on approaches such as recycling, use of recycled raw materials,...

Malware Detection for Androids

7/26/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments There are numerous malware detection and antivirus apps for mobile devices running the Android operating system. However, a team in China introduces a new approach that can detect malicious activity at the source code level. They...

Acronis integrates with Jamf

New Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud integration with the popular Apple Enterprise Management Platform provides greater backup, recovery, and comprehensive cyber protection capabilities to Apple environments Acronis unveiled the latest integration of its service provider solution, Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud, with Jamf, the standard in...

Combating Foreign Disinformation on Social Media

7/24/21 Foreign disinformation Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments How are state adversaries using disinformation on social media to advance their interests? What does the Joint Force—and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in particular—need to be prepared to do in response? read more

U.S. “Undeterred” over China Sanctions

7/24/21 China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The White House said Friday that it is “undeterred” by the latest sanctions announced by China targeting several U.S. citizens, which came days after Washington sanctioned seven Chinese officials over Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong. “We’re...

Protecting the U.S. against WMD

7/24/21 WMD Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just issued a report, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, which assesses the capabilities of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) office, established in December 2018, to address the challenge...

Growing Unease in Israel over Pegasus Case

7/21/21 Pegasus affair Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Israel, which, by all accounts, is one of the world’s most advanced nations when it comes to military and intelligence high-tech, is noticeably uncomfortable with the revelations about how the Pegasus spyware, developed by Israeli...

How Do We Prepare for Extreme Flooding?

7/21/21 Floods Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Extreme flooding in western Germany and neighboring Belgium has killed nearly 200 people and left dozens still missing. With recovery operations still underway, talk has now turned to how communities can prepare for the extreme weather events...

Detecting, Blocking Grid Cyberattacks

7/21/21 Power-grid protection Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Researchers from Idaho National Laboratory and New Mexico-based Visgence Inc. have designed and demonstrated a technology that can block cyberattacks from impacting the nation’s electric power grid. read more

Vienna: Havana Syndrome Hot Spot | Better Disease Forecasts | Extreme Weather Batters the Wealthy World, and more

7/19/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enormous Scale of Destruction Is Revealed as Water Subsides after Historic Western Europe Flooding  (Ivana Kottasová, CNN) At least 189 people are dead and hundreds more remain missing after catastrophic flooding hit large swaths of western Europe, with tens of thousands unable to return to their homes and

Journalists, Activists among 50,000 Targets of Israeli Spyware: Reports

7/19/21 Surveillance Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments An investigation by an international consortium of journalists published Sunday revealed that activists, journalists, politicians, and business executives from around the world were targeted by a military-grade malware from Israel-based NSO Group NSO Group’s flagship Pegasus spyware had been allegedly...

Exploring Hydrogen Storage

7/18/21 Election security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, in partnership with two other national laboratories, has launched a project studying the viability of large-scale hydrogen storage in geologic formations. read more

Will China Retaliate Against U.S. Chip Sanctions?

7/16/21 ARGUMENT: Chip war Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Semiconductors, the core of the digital economy, are now a central point of geopolitical contention. Semiconductors, or chips, are the thumbnail-size devices which enable every electronic application on the planet—from cell phones and automobiles...

Climate Change to Bring More Intense Storms Across Europe

7/16/21 Intense storms Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Investigating how climate affects intense rainstorms across Europe, climate experts have shown there will be a significant future increase in the occurrence of slow-moving intense rainstorms. The scientists estimate that these slow-moving storms may be...

Climate Change’s Role in Germany’s Deadly Floods

7/16/21 Intense storms Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments At least 103 people were reported dead and dozens missing Friday in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands after heavy storms and rainfall caused rivers and water reservoirs to burst their banks and flash floods turned streets into...

Biden’s New China Doctrine | Countering China’s Belt and Road | China’s “Lying Flat” Movement, and more

7/16/21 Our picks: China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  China Buys Friends with Ports and Roads. Now the U.S. Is Trying to Compete.  (Stu Woo and Daniel Michaels, Wall Street Journal) Rare bipartisan program dedicates $60 billion for overseas infrastructure projects including cellular networks, vaccine production and maybe even a crumbling Greek shipyard read more

Understanding the U.K. Cybersecurity Labor Market

7/15/21 Cybersecurity workforce Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  The U.K. government said it was undertaking the latest in an annual survey of U.K. businesses, public sector organizations and charities to help understand the U.K. cybersecurity labor market. The research will examine how organizations approach employing and training cybersecurity professionals, and understand the issues they face during

Exploring Rare Earth Elements Opportunities

7/15/21 Rare Earth elements (REEs) Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The seventeen metallic rare earth elements – 57 through 71 in the Periodic Table plus scandium and yttrium – are critical resources used in a wide range of technological applications. They are found...

Infrastructure for a Changing Climate

7/14/21 Infrastructure Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The buckled roads and melted power cables caused by recent record heat in the Pacific Northwest were the latest illustration of the types of hazards posed to infrastructure by climate change and its extremes. Increasingly, the...

Making Infrastructure Pay Off

7/14/21 Infrastructure Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments With a timeframe resembling that of a construction project, the U.S. Congress is working on an infrastructure bill. How effective could the legislation be? In a new paper, James M. Poterba, the Mitsui Professor of Economics...

Encrypting Photos on the Cloud to Keep Them Private

7/14/21 Photo encryption Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The past decade has witnessed scandal after scandal over private images maliciously or accidentally made public. A new study from computer scientists at Columbia Engineering reveals what may be the first way to encrypt personal...

Empty Threats and Warnings on Cyber

7/13/21 ARGUMENT: Cyber red lines Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments On 9 July, President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States will take “any necessary action,” including imposing unspecified “consequences,” if Russia does not disrupt ransomware attacks from its soil. read more

Closing the Skills Gap in the Cyber Workforce

7/13/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Gather any group of industry and government leaders concerned with the security of their online systems (and who isn’t?), and you’ll hear a common refrain: it’s difficult for organizations to find and recruit the cyber talent...

Cybersecurity pressure on UK businesses

UK businesses are struggling to deal with multiple urgent cybersecurity challenges, new research by Keeper Security has revealed. The 2021 Cybersecurity Census Report shows cyberattacks are becoming more vicious, frequent and sophisticated, while UK businesses are underprepared and too slow to counter these attacks. As a result, senior leaders within UK organisations are preoccupied...

Can Europe Escape Gazprom’s Energy Stranglehold?

7/11/21 Energy security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Trouble is brewing on the European gas market. In the wake of a long, cold winter, natural gas reservoirs are unusually low and should, in principle, be refilled very quickly. Russia’s state-owned corporation Gazprom could...

Wildfires Threaten California’s Power Grid

7/11/21 Wildfires Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Firefighters in the western United States fought to contain wildfires against the backdrop of soaring temperatures in northern California and surrounding regions. Death Valley in California’s Mohave Desert hit 128 degrees Fahrenheit. read more

Dardan Security officer honoured with award

Capable Security Officer Javon Lewis has won a prestigious award for playing a leading role in keeping safe one of London’s most iconic buildings. Javon, a 23-year-old employee of Dardan Security, has been recognised with an ACS Pacesetters Officer of Distinction Award for his outstanding...

Why We Need to Talk Openly about Vaccine Side Effects

7/9/21 Vaccines Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Concerns have been raised about the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines regarding very rare but potentially fatal side effects related to low blood platelet counts and blood clots. Recently, reports also emerged that the Pfizer-BioNTech...

The Kaseya Ransomware Attack Is a Really Big Deal

7/7/21 ARGUMENT: Ransomware attacks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments If you’re not already paying attention to the Kaseya ransomware incident, you should be. Matt Tait writes in Lawfare that it is likely the most important cybersecurity event of the year. Bigger than the Exchange...

Producing Geothermal Energy Diminishes Earthquake Risk

7/7/21 Earthquakes Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments In the months following the 5 July 2019 magnitude-7.1 earthquake in Ridgecrest, California, seismologists recorded thousands of aftershocks in the region. Surprisingly, none were seen in the Coso geothermal field, an area only about 10 kilometers...

Face Off for Best ID Checkers

7/6/21 Facial recognition Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Psychologists from UNSW Sydney have developed a new face identification ability test that will help find facial recognition experts for a variety of police and government agencies, including contact tracing. The Glasgow Face Matching Test 2...

RMVE Financing

7/6/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Editor’s note: The FATF uses the terms “ethnically or racially motivated terrorism” (EoRMT) and “extreme right wing (ERW) terrorism interchangeably. In the United States, the designations for what the FATF calls “EoRMT is “ethnically or racially...

Disrupting Hackers, Not Just Indicting Them | U.S. Navy Ditches Futuristic Railgun | Feds Used Face-Recognition Tech in 2019-20, and more

7/1/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  DOJ’s Future Is in Disrupting Hackers, Not Just Indicting Them  (Joseph Marks, with Aaron Schaffer, Washington Post) The Justice Department is increasingly aiming to disrupt adversaries’ hacking activity rather than just call it out in indictments. read more

Building a Better “Canary Trap”

7/1/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments During World War II, British intelligence agents planted false documents on a corpse to fool Nazi Germany into preparing for an assault on Greece. “Operation Mincemeat” was a success, and covered the actual Allied invasion of Sicily....

The Ideal Responses to Ransomware Attacks

7/1/21 Ransomware Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A pair of College of Business professors and their doctoral student at The University of Texas at Arlington are exploring how ransomware attacks sometimes pit organizations against the law enforcement agencies trying to protect them. read more

UFOs and Aliens in Germany

6/30/21 UFOs Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments “We’re just a small blue planet in the middle of an infinite universe,” UFO researcher Robert Fleischer told DW. “Anything is possible out there.” read more

U.S. to Spend Big to Counter China | Europe Calls for “NATO for Trade” against Beijing | Spying for China, and more

6/30/21 Our picks: China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  America Plans to Spend Billions of Dollars to Counter China  (India Times) The US plans a massive spending plan to counter China. In a rare demonstration of bipartisan agreement, the Senate passed the United States Innovation and Competition Act 2021 to spend more than $250 billion

Data Science Challenge Tackles Asteroid Detection

6/30/21 Planetary security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Over three weeks, students from the University of California, Merced collaborated online with mentors at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to tackle a real-world challenge problem: using machine learning to identify potentially hazardous read more

U.S. Cybersecurity Agency Has Global Ambitions | Mass Testing & Pandemic Scale | Migrants & Pandemic, and more

6/29/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Countering Domestic Terrorism Requires More than a Counterterrorist Strategy  (Paul R. Pillar, National Interest) No matter how much counterterrorist work is done through interagency task forces, information sharing, and some of the other measures the new strategy document mentions, the problem of domestic terrorism will remain as long

Supply Chains Have a Cyber Problem

6/29/21 Supply chain security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments In May, JBS S.A., the world’s largest meat producer, suffered a ransomware attack disrupting beef production in the United States, Canada, and Australia. read more

Islamists in Germany: Quiet, but Dangerous

6/29/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Last week’s knife attack in the Bavarian city of Würzburg left three people dead and seven injured — five of them seriously. The suspect is a man from Somalia whose asylum application had been rejected. Police are investigating his...

June Ends with Exceptional Heat

6/29/21 Climate challenges Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments An exceptional and dangerous heatwave is baking the Northwestern U.S. and Western Canada in areas which are more synonymous with the cold. Temperatures are likely to reach as high as around 45.0°C by day for...

Cryptocurrency related cyberattacks grow 192%

As the price of bitcoin surged in the recent months, so too have the volume and sophistication of cyberattacks relating to the popular cryptocurrency. This is according to new research by Barracuda Networks, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, which found that...

Hard Off Security join Secured by Design

Hard Off Security are one of the latest companies to join the official police security initiative Secured by Design. Hard Off Security are a British organisation built out of the need to solve a problem that affects hundreds of thousands of people driving keyless-entry/keyless-start...

IDIS and Inner Range Tech partnership

Demand for more powerful, flexible but simple integrated security and site management solutions – in applications including datacenters, healthcare, banking, and critical infrastructure – is being met by a new technology tie-up between Korea’s IDIS and Australian-headquartered, Inner Range. The collaboration brings together IDIS’s...

The UK’s cyber vulnerabilities

Government outlines the UK’s strategic cyber security policies for the coming 12 months, with critical national infrastructure a clear priority  National Infrastructure are those facilities, systems, sites, information, people, networks and processes, necessary for a country to function and upon which daily life depends. ...

Digitising the NHS

Security News Desk UK explores why digitising the NHS and protecting our medical information and data is of top importance, especially post Covid-19   The NHS has been trying to accelerate their digital journey for many years, and go paperless. It was supposed to happen...

Back to school security

As educational facilities return to the new normal, it is important to update cyber and physical security defences to protect learners in a new environment  As educational institutions return to normal it is important to highlight some of the biggest security risks that the...

National Security Risks of the U.S. Drought | Not Ready for Another Pandemic | 50,000 Security Disasters Waiting to Happen, and more

6/28/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  50,000 Security Disasters Waiting to Happen: The Problem of America’s Water Supplies  (Kevin Collier, NBC News) “If you could imagine a community center run by two old guys who are plumbers, that’s your average water plant,” one cybersecurity consultant said. read more

Using Intelligent Drones for Search and Rescue

6/28/21 Search & rescue Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments In 2019 alone, the ÖAMTC (Austrian Automobile Association) dispatched helicopters to fly over 2000 alpine search and rescue missions. The search and rescue of missing or injured persons often takes place in rough terrain...

Disaster Response and Mitigation in an AI World

6/28/21 Disaster response Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments After the destructive California wildfires of 2019, the U.S. government put together a White House Executive forum to develop better ways of protecting the nation and key infrastructure, such as the power grid, from wildfires...

Big Future for CISA | NIH Removed Chinese Covid-19 Gene Data | NSA Collaborates with Private Sector, and more

6/25/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Chinese Covid-19 Gene Data That Could Have Aided Pandemic Research Removed from NIH Database  (Amy Dockser Marcus, Betsy McKay and Drew Hinshaw, Wall Street Journal) Researcher says he recovered gene sequences after a Chinese scientist asked that they be removed from government archive. read more

Military and Defense-Related Supply Chains

6/25/21 Supply chain security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The National Security Supply Chain Institute seeks a broader definition of national security than is often employed. But, even within the narrow confines of military operational logistics, there may be some very good reasons to be concerned....

Rethinking Research Security

6/24/21 ARGUMENT: Research Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The January 2021 arrest of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Dr. Gang Chen reignited a heated debate about research security: How can or should the United States protect the gains of innovation without...

Countries Stuck in Coronavirus Purgatory | Studying Unidentified Aerial Phenomena | Asylum Seekers’ Re-application, and more

6/24/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Pelosi Creates Panel to ‘Seek the Truth’ on Capitol Attack  (Associated Press / VOA News) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it official Thursday that she is creating a special committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol, saying it is “imperative that we seek the truth.” The new

Path Forward for FAA’s Cybersecurity Workforce

6/24/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Modern computing and communications are essential for U.S. air travel and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but expanding digitization and connectivity also mean increased vulnerability to cyberattacks and breaches by criminals, terrorists, or nation-states. Expanding the...

Making Our Computers More Secure

6/24/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Because corporations and governments rely on computers and the internet to run everything from the electric grid, healthcare, and water systems, computer security is extremely important to all of us. It is increasingly being breached: Numerous...

Natural Hazards Threaten 57% of U.S. Structures

6/24/21 Infrastructure Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments More than half of the structures in the contiguous United States are exposed to potentially devastating natural hazards—such as floods, tornadoes and wildfires—according to a new study in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, which publishes interdisciplinary research on the...

“Managed Retreat” Can Reinvent Cities While Protecting Lives When Climate Change Floods, Burns or Bakes the Land

6/23/21 Managed coastal retreat Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments June’s record-breaking heat wave left more than 40 million Americans sweltering in temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Some places reached 120 F, and energy grids were struggling to keep people cool. More than half the Western U.S....

Can China Keep Rising?

6/23/21 PERSPECTIVE: The (Continuing?) Rise of China Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments “The East is rising,” Chinese leaders took to declaring around the time U.S. President Joe Biden entered office, “and the West is declining.” Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, the executive editor of Foreign Affairs, writes...

Role of Managed Retreat as a Climate Change Response

6/23/21 Managed coastal retreat Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  In a new analysis on managed retreat—the climate adaptation response of moving people and property out of harm’s way—researchers explore what it would take for managed retreat to be supportive of people and their priorities. A key starting point is considering retreat alongside other responses like coastal

How America Turned the Tables on Huawei

6/22/21 China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Excitement over China’s digital advances was rampant when Keith Krach last visited China as chief executive of the highly successful software company DocuSign, with its more than 400 million users in 188 countries. “I saw a...

Explaining Shortages in STEM Careers

6/22/21 STEM careers Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A new study by the University of Georgia revealed that more college students change majors within the STEM pipeline than leave the career path of science, technology, engineering and mathematics altogether. read more

Texas Must Address Groundwater Future: Study

6/22/21 Water security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Long-term water security is essential for the future of Texas, and the state acutely needs a common law system that can balance world-scale agricultural activity, industrial development and urban growth while also protecting private property...

It’s Time to Talk about Lab Safety

6/21/21 Lab safety Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Dr. Filippa Lentzos, a senior lecturer in science and international security at King’s College London, and Dr. Gregory Koblentz, Director of Biodefense Graduate Program, have launched GlobalBioLabs.org, an interactive web-based map of global Biosafety Level 4...

Why Gain-of-Function Research Matters

6/21/21 Gain-of-function research Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments There are unanswered questions about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, so both the U.S. government and scientists have called for a deeper examination of the validity of claims that a virus could have escaped from a lab in...

Extremism Has Spread into the Mainstream | Refugees & Security Concerns | Disasters & Language Gap, and more

6/21/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Fierce Capitol Attacks on Police in Newly Released Videos  (Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press / Military.com) Videos released under court order provide a chilling new look at the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including body camera footage that shows a man charging at a police

Managed Retreat Conference

Coastal challenges Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Columbia Climate School and its Earth Institute, will hold a virtual conference 22-25 June 20201 on the subject of managed retreat. read more

Coastal Cities of the Future

6/20/21 Coastal challenges Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Managed retreat can expand solutions to climate change. University of Delaware disaster researcher A.R. Siders said it’s time to put all the options on the table when it comes to discussing climate change adaptation. read more

The Future of U.S. Pandemic Preparedness

6/18/21 Pandemic preparedness Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments On May 26, 2021, the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) held a (virtual) public meeting that discussed actions that the United States needs to take to be better prepared for the challenges posed by public health emergencies such as...

Developing Research Model to Fight Deepfakes

6/18/21 Truth decay Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Detecting “deepfakes,” or when an existing image or video of a person is manipulated and replaced with someone else’s likeness, presents a massive cybersecurity challenge: What could happen when deepfakes are created with malicious intent? read...

The Cold Comfort of Mutually Assured Destruction

6/17/21 BOOKSHELF: Mutually Assured Destruction Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A review of Brendan Rittenhouse Green, The Revolution that Failed: Nuclear Competition, Arms Control, and the Cold War (Cambridge University Press, 2020) Decades after the end of the Cold War, scholars have begun to...

FDA Approves Drug to Treat Smallpox

6/17/21 Smallpox Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week approved Tembexa (brincidofovir) to treat smallpox. Although the World Health Organization declared smallpox, a contagious and sometimes fatal infectious disease, eradicated in 1980, there have been longstanding concerns...

Securing Transportation of Ammonia

6/17/21 Transporting Ammonia Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments When we think of ammonia, usually cleaning products come to mind, right? Ammonia solutions are great for disinfecting your bathroom counters and giving your kitchen floors a squeaky-clean shine. But did you know that it...

The Geopolitics of Rare Earth Elements

6/16/21 Rare Earth elements (REEs) Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed fragility in the global supply chains for not only pharmaceuticals and crucial medical supplies but also some critical minerals. Chief among them are rare Earth elements (REEs), which...

Fifty-Nine Labs around World Handle the Deadliest Pathogens – Only a Quarter Score High on Safety

6/15/21 Risky bioresearch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Did the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 result from high-risk research gone wrong? Regardless of the answer, the risk of future pandemics originating from research with dangerous pathogens is real. The focal point of this lab-leak discussion is the Wuhan Institute...

COVID Gives Rise to Extremism and Violence

6/15/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that both right- and left-wing extremism had risen in Germany over the past year, as he presented the domestic intelligence agency’s (BfV) annual report in Berlin.  read more

The association on the front line

SND catches up with Simon Pears, Chair, International Professional Security Association (IPSA) to discuss front line security and the future landscape  The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) is a membership association for individuals and companies working in the security and fire sector.  The Association...

Into the Cloud: Nick Smith, Genetec

Nick Smith, Regional Manager at Genetec was our latest interview for our Into the Cloud personality interview. What does ‘security’ mean to you?  Security is about protecting the everyday, to ensure the safety of people and protection of assets.    What made you want to...

Creating smarter, safer passenger experiences

Smarter, safer passenger experiences – find out how technology is changing urban transport infrastructure A webinar looking at how evolving technology can be leveraged to create smarter, safer workforce and passenger experiences has been announced by Synectics. Taking place on Tuesday 6th July, the...

Hexadrone’s Tundra modular tool-carrier drone

On April 30, Hexadrone unveiled its first serial drone, the Tundra, a ruggedized, multi-functional, modular drone that will be industrially manufactured in a factory under construction in France. The Tundra uses ultrarugged, miniature Fischer UltiMate™ and Fischer MiniMax™ connectivity solutions, able to withstand the...

Two approaches to deeper access control integration

A Recent study into wireless access control solutions reveals that 90% of respondents value the importance of integration in building management functions   Interoperability is now almost essential for joined-up security management. Customers want systems which work together seamlessly. In a survey of security professionals...

A Sea Change in Counterterrorism

6/14/21 ARGUMENT: Countering domestic terrorists Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Even before the attempted insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January, the threat of domestic extremism was clear, with terrorist attacks by racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists (RMVEs) eclipsing the threat posed by...

Defending against Smudge Attacks

6/14/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The security-conscious among us use a PIN, a personal identification number, to “lock” our smartphones so that if the device is lost or stolen, a third party should not be able to access our contacts, messages,...

Early Wildfires Detection Systems Successfully Tested

6/11/21 Wildfires Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) successfully tested four prototype technologies for early detection of wildfires in California this week. The evaluation was conducted during a controlled, prescribed burn at the Dye Creek...

The Evolution of Extremist Groups

6/10/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Early online support for the Boogaloos, one of the groups implicated in the January 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, followed the same mathematical pattern as ISIS—despite the stark ideological, geographical and cultural differences between...

Ghosts in the Machine: Malicious Bots Spread COVID Untruths

6/9/21 Truth decay Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Malicious bots, or automated software that simulates human activity on social media platforms, are the primary drivers of COVID-19 misinformation, spreading myths and seeding public health distrust exponentially faster than human users could, suggests a study published...

Should Taiwan Worry about a Chinese Surprise Attack? | US “Strike Force” to Break China’s Grip on Trade | How Academic Freedom Ends, and more

6/9/21 Our picks: China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Why Israel’s 1967 Surprise Attack on Egypt Is a Warning for Taiwan  (Adam Leong Kok Wey, National Interest) Strategic similarities between Chinese air sorties and Israel’s air deception campaign against Egypt months before the Six-Day War cannot be easily dismissed. read more

Study Shows AI-Generated Fake Reports Fool Experts

6/9/21 Cybersecurity Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments If you use such social media websites as Facebook and Twitter, you may have come across posts flagged with warnings about misinformation. So far, most misinformation – flagged and unflagged – has been aimed at the general...

China’s Internet Trolls Go Global

6/9/21 China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Some sling personal insults; others come bearing GIFs. With eclectic names like “truth_seeker456” and “mariele01757186,” and typically zero Twitter followers, they aren’t exactly hard to spot. read more

Fastly Global Internet Outage: Why Did So Many Sites Go Down — and What Is a CDN, Anyway?

6/8/21 Internet security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments If you were having difficulty accessing your favorite website on Tuesday evening Australian time, you’re not alone. A jaw-dropping number of major websites around the globe suddenly became unavailable with no immediately obvious explanation — before reappearing an...

Broad Swath of the Web Knocked Offline by Outage

6/8/21 Internet security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A broad swath of the World Wide Web — including major news sites (Financial Times, Guardian, The Verge, CNN, New York Times, and many more), social networks (Reddit, Twitter, GitHub, and many more), streaming services...

Industrial Policy Bill to Counter China | China Threat Meets the China Reality | China Turning Water-Scarcity into a Weapon, and more

6/8/21 Our picks: China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Senate Poised to Pass Huge Industrial Policy Bill to Counter China  (David E. Sanger, Catie Edmondson, David McCabe and Thomas Kaplan, New York Times) The broad support for the bill highlights how competition with Beijing is one of the few issues that can still unite both

A History of Political Murder

6/7/21 BOOKSHELF: Assassination handbook Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Review of Michael Burleigh, Day of the Assassins: A History of Political Murder (2021) “In times like these we have to rue that Britain has only a paltry tradition of political assassination,” Jonathan Meades writes...

Envisioning Safer Cities with Artificial Intelligence

6//21 Infrastructure Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Over the past several decades, artificial intelligence has advanced tremendously, and today it promises new opportunities for more accurate healthcare, enhanced national security and more effective education, researchers say. But what about civil engineering and city...

IAEA Warns on North Korea and Iran

6/7/21 Nuclear weapons Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Director Rafael Grossi on Monday issued dire warnings while delivering remarks at the UN watchdog’s quarterly meeting of its 35-nation Board of Governors. read more

Germany Warns: AI Arms Race Already Underway

6/7/21 AI Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments An AI arms race is already underway. That’s the blunt warning from Germany’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas. “We’re right in the middle of it. That’s the reality we have to deal with,” Maas told DW, speaking in...

Gauging the Fallout from the Pandemic | Fight against Industrial Espionage Hasn’t Really Worked | Hate Preachers Now a ‘Priority Threat’, and more

6/7/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  What Happens Next? Gauging the Fallout from the Pandemic  (Fraser Nelson, The Spectator) Niall Ferguson envisages grungy, crime-ridden cities, the paralysis of social life and a more willing acceptance of China-style incursions on our liberty read more

The Lab-Leak Theory: Evidence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

6/5/21 ARGUMENT: Lab-leak theory Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nearly 4 million deaths globally (now closing in on 600,000 in the U.S.), in addition to geometrically more instances of serious illness, trillions of dollars’ worth of economic destruction, and incalculable...

From Gradualists to Jihadists: Islamists in the West

6/5/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  In the 21st Century, the threat of both state communism and state fascism have largely faded, but, in Isaiah Berlin’s words, another set of “fanatically held social and political doctrines” (this is how he described those two doctrines) Berlin have emerged. read more

The Origins of Covid-19 and Preventing the Next Pandemic

6/5/21 ARGUMENT: Covid-19 origins Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Did COVID-19 originate with bats or scientists? Most experts continue to contend that the most likely origin of SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19) is a natural zoonotic “spillover” event between an animal reservoir (most...