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Tracing the Source of Chemical Weapons

The forensic chemical attribution process seeks to trace chemical agents used in attacks. Investigators take a sample of the agent from a victim or site, and then analyze its physical and chemical properties. Keep Reading

// by Kylie Bielby

Cyber Attackers Could Trick Biologists Into Creating Toxins

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised the specter of bioterrorism. While defenses have usually been targeted at improving physical security, or cybersecurity in terms of sabotaging treatment and infrastructure, a team of researchers have found that biologists could be tricked into creating dangerous toxins in their labs. Keep Reading

IAEA Calls for Strengthened Nuclear Security

Illicit trafficking of nuclear material remains a concern. Since 2001, countries have reported 48 incidents to the IAEA’s Incident and Trafficking Database (ITDB) involving highly enriched uranium, low enriched uranium and plutonium out of regulatory control. Keep Reading

// by Kristina Tanasichuk

Operationalizing #NeverForget: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

As we reflect on the impacts of September 11th on our present and future, we at Homeland Security Today urge you to operationalize the pledge to never forget: To recognize the evolving and changing nature of the threats to our people and way of life, and to work to be part of the solution. To work to solve problems instead of creating more victims. To unite as Americans against those who wish to harm us. And, perhaps most importantly, to recognize that the consequences of just one successful attack are more than we are willing to tolerate. Keep Reading

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