Critical Infrastructure

Latest Headlines

Latest Headlines

Experts: Feds not doing enough to protect US power grid from disruptive solar flares, EMPs

Two billion dollars would be required to protect the electric grid from threats including naturally occurring EMPs, radio-frequency weapons, cyber bugs and hacking, physical sabotage and severe weather, and $10 billion to $20 billion would be needed to protect "all critical infrastructures."

Army Corps of Engineers needs stable funding to address climate change impacts, GAO says

From 2010 through 2014, there were 49 extreme weather events with losses exceeding $1 billion. And, without performing risk assessments before an extreme weather event, the corps will continue to take a piecemeal approach.

GAO: Thousands of chemical facilities may be providing bad data on toxic release threats

Investigators said they found that more than 2,700 facilities – at least 44 percent of facilities with a toxic release chemical – misreported the Distance of Concern, the radius of an area that could be exposed to a toxic chemical cloud. 

DHS IG: ICE devising long-term plan for L.A. building shuttered last December due to safety issues

Between 2008 and 2014, the agency spent about $4.2 million to fix parts of the building, remove mold, and convert a part of the first floor to office space. In January, ICE awarded another $1.6 million to repair the fire suppression system with the plan to return personnel to the building by this fall.

NATO study finds vulnerabilities in cross-border information infrastructure

Despite the current focus on cybersecurity in relation to foreign operators, one of the least explored areas of cyber vulnerabilities is cross-border dependency on cyber infrastructure, a new report finds.

UN-supported cyber norms dictate peace-, wartime-behavior

A U.N. group has agreed to a set of "cyberspace rules of the road," dictating international cyber relations.

Paper: Non-invasive scans see into deteriorating infrastructure

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have shown that muons, which are a type of subatomic particle, can be used to look inside infrastructure and find deterioration before catastrophe strikes.

Global food insecurity more likely as energy costs, transportation problems rise, study says

The study considered the growth of microorganisms on food as temperatures increase in storage, shelf life of fish, potatoes, strawberries, wheat and other products, energy consumed in different preservation methods and advances in transportation.

GAO: Defense Department officials need to assess capabilities to address chem, bio threats

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program Enterprise – comprised of 26 DoD organizations – leads the department's efforts to protect military personnel from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

Action on global warming now could have significant benefits for US, new EPA report says

Countering global warming through greenhouse gas reduction could have significant economic, health and environmental benefits, including saving thousands of lives and avoiding billions of dollars on infrastructure maintenance and damage costs.