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Daily Briefings Newsletter – Education and Training

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Integrating Active Shooter Awareness

Persons with disabilities and access and functional needs should ensure that their individual needs are integrated into their organization’s emergency evacuation plan. Keep Reading

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DHS & FBI Release Details on Malicious Cyber Activity by North Korea

DHS and FBI released a pair of Joint Technical Alerts (TA17-318A and TA17-318B) that provide details on tools and infrastructure used by North Korea to target the media, aerospace, financial, and critical infrastructure sectors in the United States and globally. The North Korean government malicious cyber activity noted in these alerts is part of a… Keep Reading

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Overseas Students Would Face Close Scrutiny Under Proposal Floated at DHS

Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security are floating a proposal that would require foreign students to reapply for permission to stay in the United States every year, a controversial move that would create new costs and paperwork for thousands of visa holders from China, India and other nations, according to two federal officials… Keep Reading

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DHS S&T Awards $220K to University of Tulsa for Cybersecurity Research

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $220,209 to the University of Tulsa to study data production and usage by cybersecurity researchers, information that will help quantify the value of data-sharing and improve sharing incentives to addressthe interdependency of cyber-risk environments. The award was made through the S&T Cyber Security… Keep Reading

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DHS Offers Outreach Opportunities to Small Business Vendors

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) currently provides monthly opportunities for small business vendors to meet with DHS procurement offices as well as various DHS contractors to learn about procurement opportunities and showcase their individual capabilities. The 15-minute Vendor Outreach Sessions – held at the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute at 90 K. St. NE, Suite… Keep Reading

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Grants to Counter Terrorism Recruitment, Radicalization Awarded by DHS

Ten million dollars in grants were awarded to 26 local law enforcement and community organizations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the congressionally established Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program. These grants support community-led initiatives across the country to combat all forms of violent extremism, including the rising threat from Islamist terrorism. “We… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE – WannaCry Attack: A Warning Shot for Industrial Organizations and Facilities

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack was the biggest global attack of its kind. It affected more than 300,000 victims and 10,000 organizations in 150 countries and caused major inconvenience and disruptions at industrial giants like Renault-Nissan. Given the sheer scale of the attack and its blinding speed, WannaCry almost certainly affected hundreds of industrial organizations… Keep Reading

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ANALYSIS: Preventing Terrorism Requires ‘Deep and Analytical Understanding’

Prevention and intelligence are two essential elements in the fight against terrorism, which are directly tied to each other and can only be achieved with extensive field experience and training. Counterterrorism officers must have a deep and analytical understanding of the terrorist organizations they are dealing with; should read most of their literature; must know… Keep Reading

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ANALYSIS: Racializing ‘Terrorism’ Limits DHS Counterterrorism Efforts

From 9/11 to more recent attacks in Manchester, London, Paris, Melbourne and beyond, terrorism is a term that has relentlessly pushed its way to the forefront of media headlines and has become colloquial in political rhetoric. With official and media portrayals of terrorism, it has become a concept bound to public thoughts on Islam, Muslims,… Keep Reading

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S&T Virtual Training for Active Shooter Incidents Available to First Responders

A new virtual training platform made available by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) allows first responders of all disciplines to be able to train together for active shooter and other critical incidents through the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) training platform officially… Keep Reading

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SPECIAL ANALYSIS – Summer of Terror Approaches: What to Do?

A series of Salafist, jihadi terrorist attacks that erupted at the onset of the 2017 Ramadan portends a summer of terror for the West. Britain went to the polls on the heels of double attacks — Manchester and London – and ISIS targeted the Iranian Parliament. And now, Al Qaeda has stepped out of the… Keep Reading

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Committee Hearing Showcases Long Island Efforts to Combat MS-13 Gang Violence

The threat of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) — particularly Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — and their efforts to evade border security to enter the US, was the subject of a hearing this week by the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security held in Central Islip, New York. The hearing ranged from… Keep Reading

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Combating Islamic Extremism Probed by Senate HS Committee

Discussion of the ongoing crisis of the spread of radical Islamist ideology in America was the subject of a recent Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing. Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) expressed his growing worries about radical Islamic ideas in his opening remarks, stating, "The only way to solve a problem… Keep Reading

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DHS, FBI Notice Warns of North Korean Hacking Threat

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice warning the North Korean government is using malware to target and launch large-scale cyberattacks on the media, aerospace, financial and critical infrastructure sectors in the US and globally. The malware identified in the North Korean hacking is called DeltaCharlie, which DHS’s Computer Emergency Readiness… Keep Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: WannaCry Exposes Inadequate Patching Pandemic

On May 12, the WannaCry worm unleashed the fastest-spreading ransomware attack in computing history, encrypting files on millions of computers around the world in a matter of hours and demanding payment to unlock them. The scope of the outbreak revealed the vast inadequacies of corporate and government security practices for addressing security vulnerabilities. But WannaCry… Keep Reading

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