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TSA Turns 20: Our History… Envisioning the Future

Published by Transportation Security Administration 17 November 2021

"This week, we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of TSA’s inception.

"Since our origin, we’ve taken significant steps to improve the safety of our transportation system, keep travelers safe, and improve the security of our country. In 20 years, we’ve improved technology and procedures, and we continue to adapt to the ever-evolving security threats.”

 

To read this blog, click here.

 

 

 

TSA expects surge in travel volume for Thanksgiving, stresses importance of preparedness

Published by Transportation Security Administration 17 November 2021

"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects airport security checkpoints nationwide will be busy during the upcoming Thanksgiving travel period, which runs from Friday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 28, and the agency is prepared to handle the increase in passenger volume for the holiday. TSA expects to screen about 20 million passengers during the Thanksgiving holiday.

We anticipate that travel may be very close to pre-pandemic levels this holiday, and we are staffed and prepared for the holiday travelers. We have deployed technologies that enhance detection capabilities and reduce physical contact, and it’s equally important that passengers are prepared with travel tips for the most efficient checkpoint experience,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “With overall vaccination rates improving nationwide and greater confidence in healthy travel, there will be more people traveling so plan ahead, remain vigilant and practice kindness.”

 

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

FBI Statement on Incident Involving Fake Emails

Published by Federal Bureau of Investigation 14 November 2021

"The FBI is aware of a software misconfiguration that temporarily allowed an actor to leverage the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal (LEEP) to send fake emails. LEEP is FBI IT infrastructure used to communicate with our state and local law enforcement partners. While the illegitimate email originated from an FBI operated server, that server was dedicated to pushing notifications for LEEP and was not part of the FBI’s corporate email service. No actor was able to access or compromise any data or PII on the FBI’s network. Once we learned of the incident, we quickly remediated the software vulnerability, warned partners to disregard the fake emails, and confirmed the integrity of our networks."

 

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

Member Alert: OSHA Releases ETS on Vaccine Mandate

Published by National Air Transportation Association 4 November 2021

"Today, the Department of Labor announced that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has filed an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing for employees of private companies with 100 or more workers. The ETS will be officially published in the Federal Register on Friday, November 5."

To read this member alert, click here.

 

 

 

A harmonica strikes a discordant note in the airport security line

Published by The Washington Post 25 October 2021

A bevy of musical instruments can cause quite the stir at security checkpoints in airports. 

If you plan to create ad hoc joy, either whilst traveling, or at your destination, it is best practice to keep your musical instrument and its components at the ready for TSA agents to inspect. Packing them in a carry-on bag or backpack will likely attract unwanted attention and cause a delay.

To read this article, click here.

 

 

 

NATA Video Highlights Preparation for Vaccine Mandates

Published by Aviation International News 22 October 2021 

"Employers of 100 or more workers should prepare to get ahead of looming vaccine requirements, in part by confidentially surveying staff to determine how many people might be affected. That was the advice of Alison Squiccimarro of the Law Offices of Paul Lange during a videotaped question-and-answer session with National Air Transportation Association senior v-p Ryan Waguespack."

To read this article, click here.

 

 

 

DHS Takes Victim-Centered Approach on First Anniversary of Center for Countering Human Trafficking

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 20 October 2021

"WASHINGTON – Today marks the first anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT). The CCHT, led by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is a DHS-wide effort dedicated to bringing human traffickers to justice, protecting victims of sex trafficking and forced labor, and preventing these terrible crimes from occurring. 

"In recognition of the CCHT and to continue to advance its critical work, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed DHS components to incorporate a victim-centered approach into all policies, programs, and activities governing DHS interactions with victims of crime."

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

CISA, FBI, AND NSA RELEASE BLACKMATTER RANSOMWARE ADVISORY TO HELP ORGANIZATIONS REDUCE RISK OF ATTACK

Published by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency 18 October 2021

"WASHINGTON - The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and National Security Agency (NSA) published a cybersecurity advisory today regarding BlackMatter ransomware cyber intrusions targeting multiple U.S. critical infrastructure entities, including two U.S. food and agriculture sector organizations. The advisory includes technical details, analysis, and assessment of this cyber threat, as well as several mitigation actions that can be taken to reduce the risk to this ransomware."

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

TSA officers at Dulles Airport stop Fredericksburg man with handgun at security checkpoint

Published by Transportation Security Administration 7 October 2021

"DULLES, Va. – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) stopped a Fredericksburg, Virginia, man from bringing his gun and ammunition onto his flight yesterday, October 6. The 9 mm handgun was not loaded, although the man was in possession of a magazine loaded with five bullets. 

"TSA alerted the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police who confiscated the gun and cited the man on weapons charges. The man said he forgot that he had his handgun with him. He now faces a stiff federal financial penalty for carrying a gun to a TSA checkpoint."

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

DHS Announces Updates for Aviation Cybersecurity

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 6 October 2021

In his remarks at the October 6, 2021, 12th Annual Billington CyberSecurity Summit, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, "...TSA has begun updating its aviation security program. By the close of this sprint, TSA will require critical U.S. airport operators, passenger aircraft operators, and all-cargo aircraft operators to designate a cybersecurity coordinator and report cyber incidents to CISA. TSA will expand the covered entities gradually to other relevant entities and consider additional measures over time."

To read the full speech, click here.

 

 

 

CISA Kicks Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021

Published by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency 1 October 2021

Cybersecurity Colleagues and Partners,

"Join us as we recognize the 18th Cybersecurity Awareness MonthAll through the month CISA and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) are asking you to “Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart.” Cybersecurity is important for all Americans, and CISA and NCSA are sharing information and resources to help every one of us recognize and reduce the risk of cybersecurity threats.

"Each week in October we will highlight a different aspect of what it takes to “Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart.”

  • Week 1 (October 4-10): Be Cyber Smart: 
    Take simple actions to keep our digital lives secure.
  • Week 2 (October 11-17): Phight the Phish!:
    Learn how to spot phishing attempts to prevent ransomware and other malware attacks.
  • Week 3 (October 18-24): Explore. Experience. Share.:
    During week three of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we will join the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to celebrate Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week.
  • Week 4 (October 25-31): Cybersecurity First: 
    Explore how cybersecurity and staying safe online is increasingly important as our world continues to operate virtually for so much of work and play.
"We are asking for you to take action at work and at home to drive home our message.  Follow us on social media we share tips and tools throughout the month that highlight each of the weekly messages. Want to do more? We have tools and resources for organizations to conduct their own efforts to promote cybersecurity."
 
 
 
 
 
 

MedAire Bolsters Middle East Security Operations

Published by Aviation International News 30 September 2021

"MedAire is bolstering its aviation security intelligence-gathering operations for the Middle East region because of growing demand, the International SOS company announced. At its Dubai operations center, it is adding two dedicated aviation security specialists and a security manager. Also, MedAire has enhanced its aviation security content management system and technological capabilities there."

To read this article, click here.

 

 

3 Former U.S. Intelligence Operatives Admit Hacking For United Arab Emirates

Published by NPR 14 September 2021

"WASHINGTON — Three former U.S. intelligence and military operatives have admitted providing sophisticated computer hacking technology to the United Arab Emirates and agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve criminal charges in an agreement that the Justice Department described Tuesday as the first of its kind."

To read this article, click here.

 

 

 

The Marines Are Copying the Air Force's Efforts to Counter Online Disinformation

Published by Defense One 14 September 2021

Equal regard for individuals within an organization who are researching cyber sources of harmful information is key to a successful collaboration. Several branches of the United States military, including Space Force, met recently to discuss partnering to detect and deter malign information. The discussion also included a plan to convey these processes to international counterparts.

To read this article, click here.

 

 

 

PackSafe for Passengers

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 9 September 2021

"COVID-19 Test Kits: Unused COVID-19 test kits do not contain dangerous goods and are typically allowed in both carry-on and checked baggage.

"COVID-19 test kits containing diagnostic samples (e.g., nasal swabs and vials of sputum) are not allowed in carry-on baggage. These samples must be properly packaged, handled, and identified as a UN3373 Category B Infectious Substance (PDF) during transportation. Passengers should check with their carrier before packing COVID-19 test kits containing diagnostic samples in checked baggage or shipping as cargo. Individual carriers and international requirements may be more restrictive than domestic regulations."

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

DHS to Increase Civil Penalties for Violations of the Federal Face Mask Requirement

Published by Transportation Security Administration 9 September 2021

"Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will increase the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals who violate the federal mask mandate at airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation, including passenger railroads, intercity bus services, and other public transportation. The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on February 2, 2021, will remain in effect until January 18, 2022."

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

CISA Releases Responding to Drone Calls: Guidance for Emergency Communications Centers

Published by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency 8 September 2021

"Critical infrastructure colleagues and partners,

"CISA is pleased to announce the publication of the Responding to Drone Calls: Guidance for Emergency Communications Centers (ECCs) providing ECCs with an overview of safe and unsafe drone operations and a recommended script to use during a drone related 9-1-1 call.

"As drone activity continues to increase in the United States, ECCs may experience an increase in drone related calls. To ensure an appropriate response, ECCs should understand the distinctions between safe and unsafe drone activity and collect the information needed to inform potential law enforcement action. This guidance provides an overview of safe and unsafe drone flight and a suggested script that ECCs may follow when receiving a drone related call.

"To access this resource and/or learn more about drone security and CISA’s resources, visit: cisa.gov/uas. For questions regarding this guide please email suassecurity@cisa.dhs.gov."

To learn more, click here.


 

 

The FAA Highlights Laser Strike Data

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 1 September 2021

"The FAA releases new laser strike data visualization highlighting this menacing and growing trend. Laser strikes are a menace to the skies. As a pilot, FAA Administrator Dickson knows this is an issue of concern. Shining a laser at an aircraft is dangerous for everyone onboard and on the ground. It is a federal crime resulting in fines or prison time. #LoseTheLaser"

To watch this video, click here.

 


 

Illegal Charter Reports Spike as Market Heats Up

Published by AIN Online 1 September 2021

Several factors are at play recently, causing concern in the business of chartering a private aircraft. Industry subject matter experts are offering guidance on avoiding a potential for all sorts of unknowns. Many air passengers do not realize the steps needed to ensure a safe flight. And the pandemic isn’t making matters any less complicated. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), together with the FAA, has leaned in to help educate individuals new to the aviation market.

To read this article, click here.


 

 

TSA officers at BNA detect record number of firearms in 2021

Published by Transportation Security Administration 25 August 2021.

Air passengers should take stock of what is in their luggage prior to leaving for the airport. The method in which a firearm is being transported may be illegal. Checking it in correctly will cause less issues with airport security measures.

To read this article, click here.

 

 

Air and Marine Operations P-3 crews and partners seize 114,000 pounds of cocaine

Published by US Customs and Border Patrol 24 August 2021

"WASHINGTON – Air and Marine Operations (AMO) National Air Security Operations Center, P-3 Long Range Tracker and Airborne Early Warning crews and partners disrupted the flow of 113,779 pounds of cocaine in drug source and transit zones through the end of the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2021. It is estimated that United States Southern Command counter-narcotics operations involving Air and Marine Operations, federal and international partners denied transnational criminal organizations more than two billion dollars between October 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021."

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

FBI-CISA Advisory on Ransomware Awareness for Holidays and Weekends

Published by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency 31 August 2021

"Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and CISA released a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSAto urge organizations to ensure they protect themselves against ransomware attacks during holidays and weekends—when offices are normally closed.

"Although FBI and CISA do not currently have any specific threat reporting indicating a cyberattack will occur over the upcoming Labor Day holiday, malicious cyber actors have launched serious ransomware attacks during other holidays and weekends in 2021. The Joint CSA identifies both immediate and longer term actions organizations can take to protect against the rise in ransomware, including:

"CISA and the FBI encourage users to examine their current cybersecurity posture and implement the recommended mitigations in the Joint CSA to manage the risk posed by all cyber threats, including ransomware."

 

To read this press release, click here.


 

 

Press Release – FAA Invests $766M to Build Safer, More Sustainable Airports

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 24 August 2021

"The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded more than $766 million in grants to build safer, more sustainable and more accessible airports across the United States."

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

Proposed fines for unruly passengers top $1 million, FAA says

Published by NBC News 19 August 2021

As a means of protection against a bad actor, some crew members on a recent flight chose to arm themselves with items intended for onboard service, such as an ice mallet. This is just one of several incidents involving crewmembers and passengers that have been reported.

Inflight infractions could prove to be very costly to non-compliant passengers. Inappropriate touching of a cabin crewmember, launching projectiles, drug use, public intoxication, non-adherence to mask mandates and using foul language aboard the aircraft are just some of the recent allegations. 

To read this article, click here.


 

 

TSA Announces New Members of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee

Published by Transportation Security Administration 7 August 2021

To consult "with key partners on aviation security matters, including the development, refinement, and implementation of policies, programs, rulemaking and security directives pertaining to aviation security" the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) has been in existence since 1989. 

To learn more, click here.


 

 

Another jetpack sighting reported near LAX: "The jet man is back"

Published by CBS News 29 July 2021

Can a man with a jetpack actually fly up to 3,000 or 5,000 feet? It seems unlikely, according to the FBI, but a pilot recently reported such a sighting to Air Traffic Control at Los Angeles International Airport.

To learn more, click here.


 

 

Passport Operations in Response to COVID-19

Published by U.S. Department of State 21 July 2021

The U.S. Department of State has published a new webpage with information regarding passport applications. According to this page, an expedited request can take up to 12 weeks while a standard request may take up to 18 weeks.

To learn more, click here.


 

 

CDC Moves the U.K. to High Risk Travel List as Boris Johnson Marks ‘Freedom Day’ in Isolation

Published by Homeland Security Today 20 July 2021

The COVID-19 virus and its variants continue to claim the lives of thousands of people around the world each day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the risk of travel for each country.

To read this article, click here.


 

 

Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Foreign Malicious Cyber Activity Against U.S. Critical Infrastructure

Published by U.S. Department of State 15 July 2021

Offering monetary rewards for useful information is a practice that has proven effective. In its program to prevent terrorism, the U.S. Department of State has paid out more than $200 million over the last 30+ years to informants. Now, it has expanded this program to gather information on malicious cyber activity.

To read this press release, click here.


 

 

Disruptive Flight Passenger Charged in Miami Federal Court

Published by Transportation Security Administration 15 July 2021

Luckily, air marshals were on board an aircraft heading to Florida when a passenger began acting erratically. The air marshals had to separate the man from the other passengers after he claimed a flight attendant and another passenger were carrying explosive device components, and he could smell gas.

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

TSA expects high travel volume, shares traveler tips ahead of Fourth of July

Published by Transportation Security Administration 1 July 2021

Planning a summer getaway that involves air travel? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a new set of helpful reminders to navigate airport security checkpoints.

To read this press release, click here.


 

 

CISA’s CSET Tool Sets Sights on Ransomware Threat

Published by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency 30 June 2021

Now companies have a new tool to assist them in protecting their data against cyber criminals. The Ransomeware Readiness Assessment is intended to show organizations how ready they are in the event of a ransomware attack.

To read this release, click here.


 

 

HSI operation nets 82 arrests and 31 rescued from human trafficking operation

Published by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 29 June 2021

Protecting people from victimization is one of the principal goals of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The HSI joined with other law enforcement agencies in the month of June in an operation aimed at rescuing victims of sex trafficking.

To read this press release, click here.


 

 

Police chase LAX intruder's car across two busy runways after major security breach

Published by CBS News 25 June 2021

A driver created a major security threat at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) when he drove across two large runways twice at high speed, after managing to crash his car through a gate. It is unknown if police were already chasing him when he entered the airport property and what initiated the chase. 

To read this article, click here.

 

 

 

TSA to restart flight crew self-defense training

Published by Transportation Security Administration 24 June 2021

Commercial flight crew members are increasingly becoming targets of passenger violence. In response to this, the Transportation Security Administration announces it will be resuming its self-defense training for flight crew members. 

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

Boston Logan Trials Virtual Security Line

Published by Homeland Security Today 4 June 2021

Does the idea of standing in a TSA passenger security line cause your stress level to rise? One airport in Massachusetts is trying to make it easier by using a virtual one. 

To read this article, click here.

 

 

Grumman Tiger Intercepted By F-16s with Flares Inside Presidential TFR

Published by AVweb 18 May 2021

Aircraft operators and private pilots should always check for Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) areas on their flight plan. Otherwise, they could find their aircraft flanked by fighter jets. 

To read this article, click here.

 

 

High Altitude Drone Encounter Prompts FBI Investigation

Published by AVweb 17 May 2021

In the U.S., commercial and private drones are not permitted to fly higher than 400 feet and most cannot stay up for longer than about 30 minutes. However, according to the FBI, a government helicopter reported a drone incident at 14,000 feet. 

To read this article, click here.

 

 

Press Release – FAA Proposes Civil Penalties against Four Passengers for Allegedly Interfering with Flight Attendants

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 17 May 2021

A threat to the security or safety of an aircraft, or its crew, by a passenger can result in criminal, as well as civil, actions. Four passengers are facing the consequences for their actions aboard an aircraft in four separate incidents.

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

Podcast: Giving Autonomous Aircraft a Moral Compass

Published by Aviation Week Network 6 May 2021

As autonomous aircraft enter the aviation world, questions arise over the ability to ensure they are safe and that they have internal values programmed into them. This new podcast discusses these questions.

To listen to this podcast, click here.

 

 

DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security 27 April 2021

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an announcement that it will be extending the deadline for REAL ID. DHS states this extension is the result of ongoing challenges facing states, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new deadline is May 3, 2023.

To read this announcement, click here.

 

 

Two Plead Guilty to Operating an Unregistered Drone to Deliver Contraband

Published by Homeland Security Today 6 April 2021

Prison inmates are always seeking new methods to obtain items that are prohibited. Normally, these methods are ground-based, but one inmate and his brother decided to utilize modern aerial technology with unsuccessful results. 

To read this story, click here.

 

 

Virginia Man Indicted for Operating an Unregistered UAS

Published by Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation 25 March 2021

It is unknown why a man in Virginia decided to direct his unmanned aircraft system (UAS) into a fire station after harassing firefighters there. Now the man faces criminal charges over his actions.

To read this story, click here.

 

 

Wounded, Ill or Injured Vets Can Help Rescue Victims of Child Sexual Exploitation

Published by Homeland Security Today 22 March 2021

On the internet, untold numbers of images depicting the sexual abuse of children are shared and traded like baseball cards, despite the existence of laws that prohibit it. Now, the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) is accepting applications from U.S. veterans who want to become involved in the ongoing fight to stop it.

For more information, click here.

 

 

FAA Extends Zero-Tolerance Policy on Unruly Passengers

Published by Homeland Security Today 19 March 2021

Misbehaving on an aircraft puts everyone on board at risk and the FAA recently adopted a temporary zero-tolerance policy for such behavior. The policy has led to fines issued against passengers for actions that include throwing things and refusing to wear a face mask. Now, the FAA has announced this policy will stay in place.

For more information, click here.

 

 

New Manual Aims to Help Civil Aviation Prevent and Deal With Drone Incidents

Published by Homeland Security Today 13 March 2021

As drone operation grows in popularity, the risk of incidents involving drones and large airports rises. To provide national authorities and aviation operators with guidance on how to prepare for these types of events, a new manual has been published by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). 

To read this article, click here.

 

 

Laser Strikes Increase Even with Fewer Planes Flying

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 8 March 2021

People who shine lasers at aircraft face possible criminal charges, as well as thousands of dollars in civil penalties from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Despite these deterrent actions, the FAA reports that the number of laser strikes against aircraft continues to grow.

To read this article, click here.

 

 

What You Should Know About Aviation Security

Published by Scubby February 2021
 
Next to safety, security is one of the most important things in aviation. The correct security measures protect employees and passengers alike. This article discusses general security procedures, airport security measures, why security is important and aviation security innovation.
 
To learn more, click here
 
 
 
 

National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

Published by Department of Homeland Security 27 January 2021
 
Today, January 27, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin. In light of recent and ongoing events taking place regarding the transitioning of government, DHS is asking the public to:
  • Protect your personal safety
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Watch for anything indicating extremist behavior, foreign or domestic
  • Contact appropriate law enforcement agencies to report suspicious activity
To read this NTAS bulletin, click here
 
 
 
 

Federal Register Notice: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States

Issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 26 January 2021
 
On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relating to international air travelers went into effect. This order requires air travelers who are coming from a foreign country to the United States to provide proof of their COVID-19 status.
 
To read this order and see how it may affect your operation, click here.

 

 

 

Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2021

Published by The White House 31 December 2020
 
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and federal law enforcement agencies opened more than 3,000 cases and investigations involving human trafficking in 2019, and more than 5,000 people were arrested in connection with this crime. The U.S. government recently released a proclamation, recommitting itself to the ongoing fight to end human trafficking. 
 
To learn more, click here
 
 
 
 

Press Release – U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Two Much-Anticipated Drone Rules to Advance Safety and Innovation in the United States

Published by Federal Aviation Administration 28 December 2020
 
The FAA reports that over 203,000 people are now registered as remote pilots, and registration for drones are at 1.7 million, and growing. The agency recently announced final rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UA). U.S. Secretary of Transportation states, “These final rules carefully address safety, security and privacy concerns while advancing opportunities for innovation and utilization of drone technology.”
 
To read this press release, click here
 
 
 
 

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

Published by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency 16 December 2020
 
Almost a year later, our daily lives have been saturated with Coronavirus numbers and statistics. The pandemic has affected everyone in some way, especially essential workers. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently released its Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Guidance, Version 4.0. CISA states, “This version is intended to help state, local, tribal, and territorial officials and organizations protect their workers and communities, and ensure the continued safe and secure operation of critical infrastructure.”
 
To read this new guidance, click here
 
 
 
 

DFJ Reports Cyberattack Soon After Embraer's Attack

Published by AIN Online 11 December 2020
 
Recently, there has been a large number of cyberattacks. These attacks are now starting to target the business aviation industry. AIN states, “The airframer’s Dassault Falcon Jet division, which markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets in the Americas, on Thursday stated that certain of its IT systems had suffered a cyberattack on Monday, December 7."
 
To read this article, click here.
 
 
 
 
 

That Email About Your Delivery Could Be Fake: Phishing Scammers Increase Their Attack on Online Shoppers

Published by ZDNET 1 December 2020
 
Before you click on any links, it’s always a good idea to think twice – especially with those emails you’re receiving regarding tracking and delivery of purchased online orders. There is a good possibility that the email in your inbox could be a phishing attempt from an online scammer.
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

CISA Urges All Americans to be on Alert for Holiday Scams and Cyber Threats

Published by Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency 21 August 2021
 
There are many ways to protect oneself from cyber crime. Keeping your devices safe is one of the most important precautions to take for a stress-free holiday season. There are many other methods as recommended by CISA.
 
To learn more, click here.
 
 
 
 

Police: Combative Woman Dressed in T-Shirt, Underwear, Prompted Authorities to Divert Plane to Land in Mobile

Published by Fox10TV 9 November 2020
 
Law enforcement have charged a female passenger with “public intoxicated” and disorderly conduct. The woman was placed into custody after the aircraft landed in Mobile, Alabama. While onboard the flight she had to be detained after she allegedly caused an altercation with another passenger.
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

FAA Issues Flight Restrictions for Wilmington as Election Results Loom

Published by Aviation Pros 5 November 2020
 
Pilots of private aircraft that are flying into or out of Wilmington, DE, are under a new flight advisory issued by the FAA. The flight advisory establishes a no-fly zone around the home of Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.
 
To learn more, click here
 
 
 
 

Canada Extends International Travel Restrictions

Published by Homeland Security Today 2 November 2020
 
Planning on visiting Canada, eh? Before you pack your bags, you should be aware that Canada has made changes regarding quarantine for travelers as well as travel restrictions.
 
To read this article, click here. 
 
 
 
 

DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking

Published by Department of Homeland Security 20 October 2020
 
Human trafficking is a multibillion-dollar criminal industry that impacts men, women and children around the globe. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is actively working to end this. DHS announces, “...the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor.”
 
To read more, click here
 
 
 
 

TSA Federal Security Directors’ Top Tips for Safe and Secure Travel

Published by Homeland Security Today 14 October 2020
 
Are you considering traveling by air? If you are, check out these “Top Tips” provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Federal Security Directors.
 
To learn how to stay safe and secure, click here
 
 
 
 

NATA Expands Reach of Human Trafficking Awareness

Published by AIN Online 12 October 2020
 
Since the National Aviation Transportation Association (NATA) and National Aviation Transportation Association Compliance Services (NATACS) have joined forces with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI), 4,723 crewmembers have completed training that focuses on human trafficking identification and awareness.
 
To read this article, click here.
 
 
 
 

12 Months Remaining Until Full REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

Published by Department of Homeland Security 1 October 2020
 
Remember: You have just 12 months to obtain a REAL ID. After October 1, 2021, your standard ID will no longer be accepted at federally-regulated airports for commercial aircraft or federal facilities.
 
To read more, click here. 
 
 
 
 

Shipping Strategies for High-Value Cargo

Published by Global Trade 14 September 2020
 
Does your operation have a plan in place to mitigate cargo theft? If so, does it contain special processes or precautions to take when shipping high-value items? Global Trade states: "Any company can use a variety of shipping strategies for high-value cargo. The main aim, however, is always to completely eliminate the risk of damaging, losing, or anyone stealing the items."
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

Pilots Report Mysterious Man With Jetpack Flying Near Planes

Published by ABC News 1 September 2020
 
Was it a bird? Was it another plane? Or was it a man in a jetpack?
 
Instead of the fluffy white clouds and the rays of the sun, an American Airlines pilot recently witnessed something a little different in the air...
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

CBP and Interagency Partners Intercept Outbound Aircraft Loaded with Weapons and Cash

Published by Homeland Security Today 19 August 2020
 
Did you know that over $34 million as well as over 900 weapons were seized by Air and Marine Operations (AMO) in 2019? 2020 is still in progress, and a recent incident will definitely be a part of this year’s statistics. Cash was found, amounting to $20,312, along with over 50 weapons on a Learjet that was searched by officers from the Fort Lauderdale Marine Unit of the AMO.
 
To read this article, click here
 
 
 
 

The Top 10 Ways COVID-19 Could Impact Terrorism

Published by Homeland Security Today 10 August 2020
 
COVID-19 distractions, using COVID-19 as a weapon and increasing anti-government attitudes are just three impacts of the current pandemic that are presented in a new observational report on terrorism from researchers. The report discusses how terrorist activities could change in the future, as a result of the virus, and how it is already generating changes for these violent organizations.
 
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TSA Officers Detecting More Guns at Checkpoints in Spite of Lower Passenger Throughput

Published by Transportation Security Administration 10 August 2020
 

Planning on traveling with a firearm? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has seen a large spike of loaded firearms attempting to pass through airport security checkpoints. Prior to heading for the airport, ensure you are aware of the requirements for transporting firearms and ammunition. It’s important to be familiar with the rules so you can avoid a hefty civil penalty.

 

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Trade Groups Warn of Online Charter Fraud

Published by AINonline 15 July 2020

 

If you were to conduct a Google search for private air charter, it is highly likely that you would come across an ad promoting a website that offers this service. However, chances are this website is fake, created by fraudsters looking to take advantage. Prior to booking any travel, it’s important to do your research.

 

To learn how to protect yourself from fake charter websites, click here

 

 

 

 

The Travel Industry is Turning to Private Jets to Spark its Recovery

Published by Forbes 8 July 2020

 

The news of Coronavirus sent shockwaves into the economy of global travel, putting a spotlight on the potential ways to avoid transmission of the disease and making us all wonder, “If I get on this flight, will I get sick?” Well, not only does flying private reduce your risk of exposure by avoiding the masses of people, but it also gives you more direct control of your safety and surroundings; such as having the ability to fully control your own cabin environment and knowing the history of your pilots and flight attendants to see if they’ve been to areas at a higher risk of exposure, not to mention having a jet completely to yourself/family. See why others are turning to private charter, it may just change the way you travel.

 

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NATA and NATA Compliance Services Sign MOU to End Human Trafficking

Published by PRWeb 6 July 2020

 

Human trafficking is a global issue that affects each of us. That's why NATA Compliance Services, along with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT), in support of the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI).

 

To read this press release, click here.

 

 

 

 

CBP Postpones Reopening of Trusted Traveler Programs Enrollment Center

Published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 1 July 2020
 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that Trusted Traveler Program enrollment centers will remain closed until at least August 10, 2020. 
 
CBP states, "The decision was made in consultation with CBP health and safety experts who are closely monitoring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in several states. CBP's highest priority is to ensure the health, safety and security of the American people."
 
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IATA Launches Aviation Security Intelligence Portal

Published by International Air Transport Association 18 June 2020
 
A new press release from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), provides details on its new Security Risk Intelligence Portal (SRIP): "...an incident reporting tool to help airlines mitigate and manage security risks. The portal also includes the latest state and airport restrictions and requirements imposed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis."
 
To read this press release, click here. 
 
 
 
 

Delta Barrier Stops Third Intruder at Naval Air Station - Corpus Christi in 15 Months

Published by Aviation Pros 3 June 2020
 
Temporary barriers, like the Delta Scientific MP5000, are used for security purposes to prevent intruder’s from accessing secured locations. For the third time in 15 months, the barrier was successful in deterring a terrorist from entering onto the Naval Air Station – Corpus Christi. According to the Associated Press, after the gate’s security sailor was shot at, “the sailor, who survived, then rolled over and hit the switch that raised the barrier, preventing the terrorist from gaining access to the base.”
 
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Why Business Leaders Use Private Aviation

Published by BM Magazine 27 May 2020

 

There are a variety of reasons people fly private: comfort, no long wait times, easy access to flight, privacy, security and the use of practical safety measures. Traveling private can be a much safer alternative these days, especially during the current pandemic. See what business executives are saying about the use of private aviation options and why they prefer it.

 

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Adds Brazil to List of Countries for COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Published by Department of Homeland Security 27 May 2020
 
Brazil is the latest nation to be added to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) list of countries where travel restrictions are in effect, according to a new bulletin issued by DHS.
 
Based on a recommendation by DHS and its intergovernmental partners, such as the Centers for Disease Control, President Trump signed a proclamation on May 24 and amended on May 25 suspending the entry into the U.S. of any foreign nationals who were present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. This travel restriction applies to flights departing after 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on May 26.
 
To read the full bulletin, click here.
 
 
 
 

CBP Extends Temporary Closure of Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers Until July 6

Published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 26 May 2020
 
To protect employees of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the public from the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the CBP announced that Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers will remain closed until July 6, 2020. 
 
The temporary closure applies to all public access Global Entry enrollment centers, NEXUS enrollment centers, SENTRI enrollment centers and FAST enrollment locations. Global Entry mobile enrollment events are also paused until further notice.
 
To read this media release, click here.
 
 
 
 

TSA Announces Updated Security Procedures for Travelers

Published by Transportation Security Administration 21 May 2020

This morning, the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) announced it is updating security procedures for air travelers with the purpose of protecting the public and TSA employees from COVID-19. These security procedures include:

  • Social distancing 
  • TSA officers will wear masks and gloves at security checkpoints
  • Travelers will keep possession of their boarding pass
  • The allowance of up to 12 oz. of hand sanitizer
  • Food should be kept separated for x-ray processing
To learn more about these updated travel procedures, click here.
 
 
 
 

TSA Issues Temporary AFSP Exemption

Published by Transportation Security Administration 5 May 2020

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a Notice of temporary exemption for the Alien Flight Student Program.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is granting a temporary exemption from certain requirements in 49 CFR part 1552 regarding the timeframe within which a flight school must initiate flight training for alien flight students (candidates) who have an approved TSA security threat assessment (STA). For the duration of this exemption, TSA grants an extension from 180 days to 365 calendar days for candidates to begin training if the candidate's information and fees for an STA were submitted on or between December 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020.

To read this notice, click here.
 
 
 
 

Anchorage International Airport Temporarily Closed After Bomb Scare

Published by Fox News 3 May 2020

An aircraft was searched after it was forced to land at Anchorage International Airport. The search was initiated due to a report of a bomb on-board. Authorities report they “do not believe that there is any ongoing threat to the community.” At this time, it is unknown how the threat was discovered.

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Terrorist Threats Rise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Published by The Hill 3 May 2020

In recent news, there are some concerns surrounding terrorist threats and global security at the same time of dealing with a world-wide pandemic. The Hill states, "Security agencies and researchers are monitoring an uptick in racially motivated hate crimes pushed by extremists online. The threat is more pronounced as whole populations are under stay-at-home orders and spending more time online."

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Data Breach May Have Exposed Personal Information of Thousands of SBA Emergency Loan Applicants

Published by The Washington Post Today 21 April 2020
 

In an attempt to mitigate job losses, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan provides assistance to small businesses by providing much needed funding and allowing them to keep employees on payroll. Unfortunately, recent news of a security breach leaves many business owners concerned their personal information may end up in the wrong hands. 

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FAA Approves Seatless Airliners For Freight

Published by AV Web 19 April 2020

From the start of the pandemic, we have witnessed passenger travel drop significantly, causing airlines huge losses. In an attempt to minimize the monetary losses, airlines have made a switch to cargo-only flights. Since the seats in the cabin are unoccupied by passengers, the FAA advised airlines of their ability to remove the seats, creating more space for freight and cargo.

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TSA’s Tips For Flying During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published by Transportation Security Administration 15 April 2020

Even though we are in the midst of a pandemic, there are still some individuals that are required to travel. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made some adjustments that travelers should be aware of.

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FAA Eases Some Flight Crew Requirements in Response to Pandemic

Published by Flight Global 30 March 2020
 
There are specific FAA requirements that are becoming harder to comply with during the pandemic. With the healthcare systems already overwhelmed due to COVID-19, it's making tasks a bit more difficult for flight crews to obtain an up-to-date medical certificate. To help ease the burden, Flight Global states, "The agency on 30 March released a policy update saying that for three months it will not take enforcement action against pilots for the reason of flying with an expired medical certificate."​
 
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How to Handle Packages During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published by Wire Cutter 24 March 2020
 
Many of us are switching to delivery services whether it be for groceries, household items, activities to keep busy and even prescriptions. With social distancing in the forefront of everyone's mind, we use these delivery services in hopes to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. However, all of the packages you receive aren't guaranteed to be sterile. Many hands touch packages starting with the facility all the way to the hands that deliver the merchandise. How can you be sure that what is delivered to you wont cause the further spread of this invisible enemy? Stay informed on best practices to help reduce the spread.
 
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How to Avoid Falling Victim to a COVID-19 Phishing Attack

Published by 101 Domain 23 March 2020
 
Since the coronavirus has made its way across the globe, hackers have 'gone phishing' trying to hook their victims. Knowing most people are on high alert due to recent health issues arising, hackers are taking advantage of our fears. Be aware of the new scams that have appeared and know what to look for. 
 
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Hackers Are Using These Fake Coronavirus Maps to Give People Malware

Published by Business Insider 12 March 2020

Coronavirus is a global pandemic affecting numerous aspects of our daily lives. During this pandemic, hackers are taking advantage of opportunities to gain access to your systems, sensitive security information (SSI) and personal identifiable information (PII). Educate yourself on safe practices and know what to look for; double check to see if you are on a secured website and ensure what you are downloading doesn’t result in malware. Stay vigilant.

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Coronavirus and Plane Travel: What to Expect if You’re Flying

Published by The New York Times 11 March 2020

On Wednesday, March 11, World Health Organization (WHO) announced COVID-19 is now labeled a global pandemic. This has changed travel drastically. Airports and airlines are taking extreme precautions to help prevent the spread of the virus. However, COVID-19 isn’t halting travel completely. There are still folks that travel for their job and are required to do so (pilots, flight attendants, traveling nurses/doctors, cruise line staff, etc). Check out the changes implemented and know what to expect.

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It’s Unlikely Everyone Will Have REAL ID By October Deadline, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Says

Published by CNN Wire 27 February 2020

Planning an upcoming vacation or business trip? Starting October 1, 2020, (if you are traveling by air), make sure to have REAL ID or a federally accepted form of ID. CNN stated the concern of, “All 50 states are compliant with the REAL ID Act security requirements, but some states are not yet issuing the updated identifications…” To learn more about REAL ID visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.

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Vancouver Police Investigating Attempted Seaplane Theft That Left Several Aircraft Damaged

Published by Global News 21 February 2020

Two aircraft belonging to Harbour Air were involved in an accident when a man collided into them after stealing a third aircraft. After the incident, the man left the scene according to witness testimony and police are still searching for him. Situations like these only further emphasize the need for increased security and awareness surrounding these locations.

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Number of Patient Records Breached Nearly Triples in 2019

Published by FierceHealthcare 20 February 2020

In 2019, staff actions, a massive data breach and an increase of hacking incidents led to the breach of more than 41 million patient records according to a new report by Protenus and DataBreaches.net. The report also showed that the number of breaches in 2019 amounted to 572, significantly higher than the 450 security incidents reported in 2016.

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Users Have Risky Security Habits, But Security Pros Aren't Much Better

Published by DARKReading 19 February 2020

Sticky notes and human memory were found to be the most popular methods used by security professionals and consumers to remember passwords, according to a new report released by the Ponemon Institute. The report also revealed that security professionals share passwords, use the same passwords for workplace accounts, and don’t protect personal accounts with two factor authentication.

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US Charges 4 Members of Chinese Military With Equifax Hack

Published by CNN 10 February 2020

In 2017, personal information including Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and names of almost 150 million Americans was stolen when Equifax became the victim of a data breach. Now, four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army have been charged by a federal grand jury for conducting it.

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Department of Homeland Security Suspends New Enrollment/ReEnrollment of CBP Trusted Traveler Programs for New York Residents

Published by Department of Homeland Security 6 February 2020

Close to 30,000 commercial truck drivers and at least 150,000 other residents within the state of New York will no longer be eligible to apply for Trusted Traveler Programs like Global Entry and FAST, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS cites the change as the result of a new state law that prevents agencies within DHS to receive important data on residents from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

To read this announcement, click here.

 

 

Twitter API Abused to Uncover User Identities

Published by Threatpost news 4 February 2020

The application programming interface (API) on Twitter is a tool people use to identify friends and acquaintances by using their phone number. However, several fake accounts were discovered using it for the sole purpose of uncovering Twitter users. The accounts were linked to IP addresses in Malaysia, Israel and Iran, and Twitter has expressed concern that they belong to state-sponsored actors.

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Salesforce Data Breach Suit Cites California Privacy Law

Published by Bloomberg Law 4 February 2020

A new lawsuit sites that Salesforce and Hanna Andersson, a children’s clothing company, have violated California’s Unfair Competition Law. The lawsuit comes after Salesforce experienced a data breach due to a malware. The information, which included payment card numbers, customer names and other personal data was offered for sale on the dark web.

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Department of Homeland Security Modifies Notice of Arrival Restrictions Due to Coronavirus

Issued by Department of Homeland Security 2 February 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has modified its notice of arrival restrictions for flights carrying persons who have recently been in the People’s Republic of China. The modification increases the number of airports where these flights can land and when these airports will begin receiving flights. 

To read this modification, please click here.

 

 

SECURITY ALERT 6 January 2020: National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin Issued

Issued by Department of Homeland Security 4 January 2020

Due to increasing tensions within the Middle East, an alert bulletin was issued by DHS. This bulletin highlights that attacks can come at any time with little or no warning, however, a specific, credible threat is not currently known. Advisory Bulletins describe current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism.

Read this bulletin here to stay informed, be prepared and learn how you can help.

 

 

17-Year-Old Girl Crashes King Air After Joyride

Published by Aviation International News on 19 December 2019

An investigation is underway as authorities look into an incident where a 17-year-old girl stole a King Air and crashed into an airport building.

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Contracted vs. In-House Guarding: No Universal Right Answer

Published by Security Magazine 2 December 2019

There are so many factors to consider when making your security choices. Both contract security and in-house security have benefits when it comes to cybersecurity and physical security.

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Why Instinct Can Trump Technology When it Comes to Airport Security

Published by Independent on 21 November 2019

Airport security screening can vary by location. It is very possible that your screening experience in a foreign location may be very different than in the United States.

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Homeland Security Committee Approves Aviation Security Bill Sponsored By Late Rep. Cummings

Published by Homeland Preparedness News 25 October 2019.

A bill sponsored by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings was advanced by the House Committee on Homeland Security. The bill was to improve the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA's) security operations.

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Published by Homeland Preparedness News 25 October 2019.

Cybersecurity Colleagues and Partners,
 
Join us as we recognize the 18th Cybersecurity Awareness Month.  All through the month CISA and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) are asking you to “Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart.” Cybersecurity is important for all Americans, and CISA and NCSA are sharing information and resources to help every one of us recognize and reduce the risk of cybersecurity threats.
 
Each week in October we will highlight a different aspect of what it takes to “Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart.”
  • Week 1 (October 4-10): Be Cyber Smart: 
    Take simple actions to keep our digital lives secure.
  • Week 2 (October 11-17): Phight the Phish!:
    Learn how to spot phishing attempts to prevent ransomware and other malware attacks.
  • Week 3 (October 18-24): Explore. Experience. Share.:
    During week three of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we will join the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to celebrate Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week.
  • Week 4 (October 25-31): Cybersecurity First: 
    Explore how cybersecurity and staying safe online is increasingly important as our world continues to operate virtually for so much of work and play.
 
We are asking for you to take action at work and at home to drive home our message.  Follow us on social media we share tips and tools throughout the month that highlight each of the weekly messages.  Want to do more? We have tools and resources for organizations to conduct their own efforts to promote cybersecurity.
 
Thank you for sharing this information broadly.   
  
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency 
Defend Today Secure Tomorrow

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