IMPROVING AVIATION SECURITY 

 

On October 31, 2015, an international charter flight departing from Sharm el-Sheik International Airport disintegrated mid-flight en-route to Saint Petersburg, Russia, killing all passengers onboard. Two weeks later, a series of coordinated attacks led by a Brussels-based terrorist cell struck Paris, resulting in the death of over 130 people. Last week, a female shooter who arrived to the United States on a fiancé visa in 2014, along with her husband killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. It is evident that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reached beyond its own borders, claiming responsibility for attacks, inspiring others, and striving to continuously expand its influence and network.

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A BETTER WAY TO FIGHT TERROR WITH TECH

Source: CNBC.com
 
Tension between the tech community and U.S. law enforcement agencies over privacy versus security is on the rise. But it's time for everyone to step back and take some of the drama out of the debate. There is much that the tech community and law enforcement can agree on. They can agree that we need a smooth, efficient legal process in place to provide law enforcement with access to information it needs to do its job. They can agree on the value of protecting end user privacy. And, they can agree that, in the long run, the globalized nature of the network requires us to forge international agreements that facilitate these two outcomes across international borders.
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PREVENTING ANOTHER SAN BERNARDINO  

 
The Cipher Brief reached out to Jayson Ahern, a Principal at the Chertoff Group, to get his thoughts on what it will take to prevent another attack like the one we saw this week in San Bernardino, CA. Ahern, who previously served in senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security, discussed the challenges law enforcement faces, the U.S. government’s outreach to Muslim communities, and a community-based approach to preventing gun violence.
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A GAP LEFT UNCHECKED IN U.S. BORDER SECURITY 

Source: The Hill
 
The United States has worked tirelessly to protect our borders and ensure that another terrorist attack does not occur on U.S. soil.  Our nation has committed billions of dollars in increased personnel, technology, and infrastructure for security by land, air, and sea. Yet, a massive gap remains that potentially threatens every citizen.  
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PREPRATION, NOT PANIC, IS BEST WAY TO MEET THREAT OF POTENTIAL EMP ATTACK

 
It's an unsettling scenario: An attack on the U.S. homeland in the form of an electromagnetic pulse - a massive blast from a high altitude (most likely nuclear) weapon intended to cripple our electrical control system infrastructures and the electronic devices we depend on. In this digital age, where electronic technology is prevalent in nearly all aspects of our daily lives, it's a threat that must be monitored closely - by government and industry leaders alike. As frightening as this doomsday scenario sounds, most experts consider it a low-likelihood event where consequences can vary significantly depending on how such a weapon is delivered.
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TIME HAS COME TO REFORM LAWS GOVERNING LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCESS TO DATA

Source: Nextgov
 
Some of the laws governing the process by which the federal government gains access to electronic data are nearly 30 years old. As a result, electronic evidence today is, effectively, accessible to the government by fiat at a time and place of its choosing, often without regard for who is holding the evidence or even where, on the vast globe of a connected Internet, the evidence is being stored.
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WE CAN TIGHTEN AIR SECURITY WITHOUT CHOKING OFF TRAVEL

Source: USA Today
 
Across the world, hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing areas of war and civil unrest, entering European countries at alarming rates. In fact, according to a recent BBC report, since the start of 2015, nearly 340,000 migrants have been discovered crossing Europe’s external border, more than double the number from the same time period in 2014. This influx of immigrants presents not only a strain on European economies and resources, but also a possible security problem given justified concerns regarding the spread of terrorism and return of foreign fighters to recruit and carry out attacks.
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