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

Published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 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.

 

TSA Issues Temporary AFSP Exemption

Published by The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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.

TSA Announces Updated Security Procedures for Travelers

Published by The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 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 view the full announcement, 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. "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 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 15 April 2020

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

To read the article and learn more, click here.

 

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, "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.

Click here for more information.

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

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 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 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 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 the full bulletin, please click here.

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

Issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 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.

Please read the full bulletin here to stay informed, be prepared and learn how you can help.

17-Year-Old Girl Crashes King Air After Joyride

Posted by Curt Epstein with 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

Posted by Ed Finkel with Security Magazine on 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.

Click here to read the full article.

Why Instinct Can Trump Technology When it Comes to Airport Security

Posted by Simon Calder with 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.

Click here to read the full article.

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

Posted by Dave Kovaleski with Homeland Preparedness News on 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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TSA Urges Consumers to Change Identification as Real ID Deadline Draws Near

Posted by Emily Tillett with CBS News on 23 August 2019

In preparation for the 1 October 2019 RealID deadline, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun a public awareness campaign.

Read the full article here.