Security In The News

Published in 2017

Devex: Trump Budget Thrusts U.S. Foreign Aid into a Political Fight

In his budget request, Trump is proposing slashing foreign development assistance spending by a third. While this could help the administration make political gains and is intended to enhance the efficiency of humanitarian aid, the cuts could be detrimental to food security and disaster assistance around the world.

The Hill: DOJ Pitches Agreements to Solve International Data Warrant Woes

The Department of Justice has asked Congress for permission to collaborate with other countries to serve warrants on data in investigations. Currently, data stored outside of the U.S. may be outside the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice depending on the laws of the other country.

The London Economic: Lawyers Draft First Ever Legal Manual of Space Warfare

The manual will set legal parameters for military uses of outer space, such as attacking satellites, firing lasers, keeping prisoners of war, and altering satellite images.

BBC: Trump Warns of Iranian Nuclear Threat on Visit to Israel

Trump visited Israel to discuss an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement and spoke against Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons.

The Guardian: Outnumbering Refugees Two to One: How the World Ignores War’s Greatest Scandal

There are more people displaced within their countries as a result of conflict than there are refugees, yet fewer resources have gone toward resettling those who are internally displaced.

Harvard Business Review: What the Rise of Russian Hackers Means for Your Business

Businesses need to assume they will be breached and learn to prioritize the protection of the data the company would not be able to function without. Communications plans should be established in case a breach does occur.

The Hill: Five Things Congress Should Do in Response to the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Worldwide malicious cyber attacks will only worsen with time, so legislators need to promote better cybersecurity by helping agencies share protection strategies and making sure infrastructure is in place to implement security fixes in the future.

UC Davis: 7 Challenges for Achieving Global Food Security

Hunger, obesity, malnutrition, low crop yields, inadequate food storage, poor sanitation, and political instability all contribute to global food insecurity. The Challenge of Change Commission defined seven challenges for public research universities that seek to combat these issues.

Reuters: Oddities in WannaCry Ransomware Puzzle Cybersecurity Researchers

Malware was distributed by WannaCry in over 100 countries on Friday to take company information in exchange for ransom. Phishing emails established ransomware before using the Microsoft vulnerability to propagate. Though the first WannaCry compromise is unclear, some researchers believe North Korea is linked to the attack.

The Hill: Former Pentagon Chief: Arctic Drilling Order Could Threaten Security

Trump ordered that the Interior Department reconsider Obama’s bans on drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Panetta argued that drilling is likely to have environmental impacts and would invite other nations to engage in the same kind of exploitation.

UN News Centre: Sexual Violence in Conflict ‘Legitimate Threat’ to Peace and Security

Sexual violence is increasingly used as a tactic of terrorism, employed by extremist groups in places like Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and Mali to advance their military, economic and ideological ends, UN Deputy Chief says.