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Infrastructure protection, resource competition among Arctic warming concerns, says State's Papp

A warmer Arctic is changing the region and pushing new issues forward, including critical infrastructure protection and claims on future resources, said Ret. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp at a recent congressional hearing.

Sophisticated cyber attack tools available underground to anyone, Senate panel says

Several federal law enforcement and computer security officials told a Senate panel Dec. 10 that increasingly sophisticated malware and other tools designed to infiltrate information systems are available to any individual, organization or country at relatively lower costs through underground markets.

New federal water, ecosystem datasets available to help assess climate change impact

The White House, Interior Department and several other agencies this week released large government datasets on water and ecosystems as well as new geospatial tools to help communities prepare and cope with impacts from climate change.

'Cyber Pearl Harbor' plausible, says cyber military expert

The threat of a "cyber Pearl Harbor" – a hotly debated term after then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta used the phrase in a 2012 address – isn't just an idea used for shock value; a cyber attack with catastrophic effects on the United States is very possible, according to an expert on cyber military operations.

New House bill seeks to improve DHS engagement with private sector

Under H.R. 5712, known as the "DHS Private Sector Office Engagement Act of 2014," the Homeland Security Department would be required to analyze and report on the economic impact of changes in policy, including all regulations.  

From cybersecurity to transportation, IG lists major challenges facing DHS

The IG's report listed a number of challenges across the Homeland Security Department over the last year through investigations and audits, but it didn't contain any recommendations.

White House releases report, toolkit to help communities deal with climate change impacts

On the heels of last week's U.S.-China deal to limit greenhouse gases, a White House task force is proposing several measures that  federal agencies can take to help communities better prepare for impacts from climate change.

DHS IG: Major budget cuts force Coast Guard to forgo IT upgrades for some ships, aircraft

Due to significant budget cuts, aging ships and aircraft in the Coast Guard's fleet haven't gotten planned critical IT systems upgrades, which could hamper their vital missions, an audit revealed.

New study says Colorado's infrastructure needs upgrades to withstand damage from floods

Upgrades to Colorado's bridges, roads and other types of structures could have lessened the destructive impact from severe flooding in the state last year, a new study revealed.  

Recently declassified TSA reports from 2011 said no immediate threats to freight rail, mass transit

Two recently declassified 2011 Transportation Security Administration reports containing sensitive information about threat assessments to mass transit and freight rail systems were recently posted on the open source information website Public Intelligence.