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Warnings From the Zika Virus

By John Fanning

As the Zika virus continues to grow to pandemic proportions, it’s time for us to learn what we need to know about this contagion, and devise a plan for what to do about it.

The word Pandemic comes from the Greek words, “pan” which means all, and “demos,” which means people. It is the word we use to describe an illness or disease that suddenly spreads over a vast region affecting many people and/or animals. In modern times there have been several pandemics that reached America’s shores; two are recognized as especially devastating: the Spanish flu of 1918, which was brought to America by returning World War I soldiers, and HIV/AIDS, which originated in Cameroon and was, according to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine, brought to America by a Canadian flight attendant. Continue reading

TSA Releases 2015 Statistics

WASHINGTON — In 2015, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers intercepted 2,653 firearms in carry-on bags at airport security checkpoints across the United States. This is nearly 20 percent more than in the previous record-setting year. In 2014, TSA officers discovered 2,212 firearms in carry-on bags.

“The transport of firearms by commercial air in carry-on bags represents a threat to the safety and security of air travelers. Through increased training in detection methods, our officers are becoming more adept at intercepting these prohibited items,” said TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger. “I am proud of the men and women who serve in the TSA and grateful for their hard work in the past year.” Continue reading

Passengers Can Bring Firearms on Planes If Properly Packed and Declared

NEWARK, N.J. — Transportation Security Administration officers detect an average of more than seven firearms at checkpoints per day across the nation in 2015, many of those instances resulting in arrests, citations and the confiscation of the guns.  But it doesn’t have to be like that if passengers properly pack and declare their firearms.

In total, 2,653 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country in 2015, approximately a 20-percent increase in firearm discoveries from the total of 2,212 in 2014. However in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan region, the number of firearms detected by TSA officers doubled from calendar year 2014 to 2015. Continue reading

Conversation With a Survivor

Tony Schiena is a survivor. Well before entering the private sector as head of his company, MOSAIC (Multi Operational Security Agency Intelligence Company), his dynamic record of intelligence and paramilitary work established him as an expert in the field — one who was fortunate enough to take part in world-shaping operations, from working with U.S. Special Forces in Kabul and Afghanistan, with Cambodian Special Forces as they struggled in their border conflict with Thailand, and possibly most notably working as an operative in South Africa, where his work helped to avert an imminent and bloody civil war, and bring about the smooth transition to a new and anti-apartheid government. Most recently, he and MOSAIC offered training and support to the Kurdish Peshmerga in their fight against ISIS in Iraq. Continue reading

DHS Secretary Issues Statement on Extradition and Arraignment of Notorious Cybercriminial

As the war on our nation’s financial services and retail sectors intensifies, and private citizens’ personal information comes under attack from ever-new and insidious directions, it’s gratifying to know when the white hat contingent draws the teeth of any of the major threat actors out there. To wit, on June 24, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson issued a statement regarding the capture, extradition and arraignment of a particularly notorious international cybercriminal, illustrating the advancing effectiveness of cybersecurity efforts on a worldwide scale. Continue reading

Protecting E-Commerce

By Karl J. Paloucek

What could we do to better secure our online markets?

In a cyberworld where breaches have become commonplace, we’re obviously doing something wrong. What needs to happen to ensure that the online marketplace is more abundantly secure? We spoke with cybersecurity experts Jason Witty, Chief Information Security Officer for U.S. Bankcorp., and Michael Phillips, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer of Rosenthal Collins Group LLC, for their dynamic insight into the sorts of solutions that retailers, financial services and other businesses should be not just considering, but integrating and implementing now. Continue reading

Departments of Justice, Labor and Homeland Security Announce Phase II of Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team Initiative

Phase II Will Build on Momentum of Highly Effective Phase I to Further Enhance Interagency Anti-Trafficking Efforts

WASHINGTON — The Departments of Justice, Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the launch of Phase II of the Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) Initiative aimed at streamlining federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses. Continue reading