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Branding of ‘CyberMaryland’

Maryland wants to be the “silicon valley of cyber security.” Just yesterday, state officials, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, launched a movement to bring more cybersecurity to the state through jobs and research. And it makes perfect sense. Maryland is home to top universities like Johns Hopkins, several major military installations, …

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TSA Expands Body-Scanning Technology

TSA hopes to increase the use of body-scanning technology in airport security lines. This new technology will be put into place in order to avoid potential terrorist attacks like the one on the plane headed to Detroit this past Christmas. As of now, there are 40 scanners in use. However, …

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FBI Cyber ‘Point Man’ Will Now Head D.C. Field Office

The FBI’s top cybersecurity official will now head the FBI’s DC field office, one of the most highly-profiled divisions of the FBI. The D.C. field office frequently examines members of Congress, foreign and domestic espionage, as well as international terrorism. A spokeswoman for the FBI D.C. field office, Katherine Schweit, …

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Secretary Gates to Stay Onboard for Another Year

According to CNN, Geoff Morrell, deputy assistant secretary of defense and Pentagon press secretary, “Secretary Gates met with the president just before Christmas and gave him a commitment to stay on the job for at least another year.” Gates served under President Bush and remained in office when the transition …

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Admiral Mullen Speaks at GWU

The chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, spoke to an audience at George Washington University yesterday, January 7th, about issues concerning national security. Due to recent instances of failed intelligence, Admiral Mullen was asked several questions concerning U.S. intelligence agencies and their efforts. The failed attempt, …

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National Health Security Strategy

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released yesterday The National Health Security Strategy, which addresses the protection of public health services during a large-scale emergency. In the event of health threats or incidents with negative health consequences, such as Bioterrorism or natural disasters, the strategy will reinforce actions that strengthen and sustain …

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Intelligence Chief in Afghanistan Calls for Overhaul

Major General Michael Flynn, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Afghanistan, recently published a report with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) which examines the flaws in intelligence analysis in Afghanistan and what should be done to fix the problems. The report, titled “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint …

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Obama to Release Preliminary Report on Christmas Day Attack

Last night in an address to the Nation, President Obama admitted the government had sufficient information to uncover the plot of the attack and then eventually disrupt the attack. Placing much of the blame on the intelligence community,Obama recognized their inability  “to connect the dots.” In addition to the wrong …

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Cyber Command Plans Put on Hold

Privacy concerns have become an issue for the Pentagon’s cybersecurity plans. Due to this, the Pentagon has delayed and may end the Cyber Command plan. With Congress questioning the privacy issues, as well as the overall mission, a launch date is not in sight. It was first supposed to be …

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Postal Service Given Responsiblity to Deliver Antidote in Case of Bio Attack

On December 30, President Obama signed Executive Order 13528, “Establishing Federal Capability for the Timely Provision of Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack,” which gives the US Postal Service responsibility for delivering self-administered antidotes in the wake of a biological attack against the US. The new order is designed to …

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