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Kylie Bielby

Kylie Bielby has 680 articles published.

Kylie Bielby
Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

Weekly Update: TSA Firearm Detections

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers prevented four travelers from carrying guns onto their flights in a two-day span at Philadelphia International Airport checkpoints.

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Emergency Waiver Follows Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack Attributed to Cybercrime Group DarkSide

The Colonial Pipeline Company has been the victim of a cybersecurity attack. The company announced it had learned of the attack on May 7, although it is likely that some data was stolen before systems were taken offline to contain the threat.

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TSA’s LaJoye Talks Workforce Expansion, New Tech and Firearm Detection Rates

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security has met, virtually, to discuss the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Darby LaJoye, the senior official performing the duties of the administrator at TSA responded to questions.

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U.K. Launches Cycling Club for Emergency Service Workers

The cycling club, which is affiliated to British Cycling, is open to riders from the police, the NHS, fire and rescue services, HM Coastguard, the RNLI, HM Prison Service, the armed forces, the National Crime Agency and search and rescue organizations. And the club is ready to grow overseas too.

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OIG Finds Violations of ICE Detention Standards at Pulaski County Jail

During the unannounced inspection of Pulaski County Jail in Ullin, Illinois, OIG identified violations of ICE detention standards that threatened the health, safety, and rights of detainees.

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More TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers Pop Up Around the U.S. in May

In March 2021, 98% of travelers eligible for TSA PreCheck waited five minutes or less to be screened at airports nationwide. As an added benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic, PreCheck travelers generally have the least amount of physical contact during the security screening process at the TSA checkpoint.

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Weekly Update: TSA Firearm Detections

TSA officers prevented a New York City woman from carrying a 9 mm handgun loaded with five bullets onto her flight at LaGuardia Airport on April 29.

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G7 Leaders Sign Declaration on Online Safety as U.K. Announces New Cyber Laws

Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., U.S. and EU have today signed a declaration containing a series of shared principles on how to tackle the global challenge of online safety, including that online firms should have systems and processes in place to reduce illegal and harmful activity.

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GAO Praises CBP for Illicit Drug Field Testing at Ports of Entry

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has taken steps to improve its field tests and lab confirmations of illicit drugs, including deploying new test equipment, building new labs, using mobile labs, and providing training.

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OIG Finds Training and Equipment Deficiencies in DHS’ Portland Response

OIG sys DHS was unprepared to effectively execute cross-component activities to protect Federal facilities when component law enforcement officers first deployed to Portland in June 2020.

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Weekly Update: TSA Firearm Detections

“It is mid-way through the fourth month of the year and already we have caught more than half the number of guns we caught during all 12 months of 2020,”

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Biden Starts to Walk the Walk on Climate Resilience

Perhaps President Biden’s clearest message on climate to date, and one that is of particular interest to the security community, is his executive order, signed on his seventh day of office, that made climate change a national security priority.

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Serving British Police Officer Jailed for Grievous Bodily Harm

The trial judge said that he strongly suspected that Harrison stopped the victim and his sons because they were Black. Judge Gregory Perrins said “Had Mr Abrahams and his sons been white I suspect that you would have simply drove on by; this was in my judgement a clear case of racial profiling.”

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Can the Aviation Community Stop a Cyber Attack from Taking Off?

Today, the aviation sector plays a vital role transporting not only people and traditional freight, but also vaccines – representing the largest single transport challenge in its history. It is highly likely that aviation networks and other sectors associated with the vaccine distribution supply chain will be subject to a significant volume of targeted, adversarial cyber activities during this period.

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GAO: Border Security Improvement Plan Was Late and Incomplete

GAO found that the plan does not include many of the required elements, such as a detailed implementation schedule linked to services, program management capabilities, or life cycle cost estimates; and an estimate of planned obligation of funds for fiscal years 2019-2027.

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