Critical Infrastructure

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Latest Headlines

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.

San Francisco looks to adapt to sea-level rise, climate change impacts

With sea-level rise a top concern among many coastal cities, San Francisco officials have recently adopted a broad plan to help adapt the municipality to the new reality. Its 37-page guidance follows one released by the California State Assembly that reviewed the challenges from the impact of sea-level rise on the state and its economy.

Audit: Systems used for reporting, fixing issues at nuclear weapons plant need improvement

Systems developed to identify and correct problems at a U.S. nuclear weapons plant are generally working, but an internal Energy Department audit found certain aspects could be improved by the new contractor now managing the facility.  

Confronting climate change important to US national security, Defense Department says

The Defense Department released a plan Oct. 13 to adapt operations, training, infrastrucutre and resources to effects from climate change, saying it poses an immediate threat to national security.

Many states still not moving forward on climate change adaptation, research finds

At least half the states are not treating climate change with any urgency, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, which recently unveiled a new online tool that helps users see progress their states are making in adapting to the issue.

Insider threat to critical infrastructure 'underestimated', says DHS

Critical infrastructure owners and operators lack credible, sector-specific, insider-threat information to help drive security investments. But, even with "relatively robust" preventative programs in place, it's nearly impossible to entirely eliminate the threat of a malicious insider, says the Homeland Security Department's national protection and programs directorate.

New advanced superconductor cable could make power disruptions obsolete

Power outages could be a thing of the past if a more reliable and resilient advanced superconductor cable is successfully developed and tested by the Homeland Security Department.

Audit finds numerous IT-related security problems for DHS agencies at airport

An internal audit found that the Homeland Security Department's IT systems and assets at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had inadequate security measures, which could potentially be exploited or compromised.

GAO: DHS needs a better approach to assess vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure

Congressional investigators said the Homeland Security Department needs a better way to consistently assess vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure despite conducting thousands of reviews in recent years.

Official: US laws need to be updated to help DHS better tackle cyber threats and attacks

A top Homeland Security Department official told Senate lawmakers Sept. 10 that Congress needs to update laws to help the department better tackle the growing threat of cyber threats and attacks.