News – April 2018

 


  • South Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya strengthen implementation of cross-border disease surveillance and outbreak response in East Africa

    April 30, 2018

    The Republic of South Sudan hosted a joint cross-border multi-sectoral disease surveillance meeting in Nimule, South Sudan from 24-26 April, 2018. Experts drawn from human, animal, environmental health and immigration sectors of South Sudan, Uganda, and Kenya deliberated mechanisms to strengthen implementation of cross boarder disease surveillance and outbreak response in the region. The meeting was ...

  • Salisbury spy poisoning exposes insurance gap around chemical and biological attacks

    April 30, 2018

    A report published today by Pool Re highlighted the risk to companies from CBRN attacks which are not typically covered by insurance policies as the expected losses from such incidents was thought to be prohibitively large. A number of businesses are still closed in Salisbury including the Zizzi Restaurant and the Mill Pub visited by the ...

  • IAEA Helps Remove Highly Radioactive Material from Five South American Countries

    April 30, 2018

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has helped remove 27 disused highly radioactive sources from five South American countries in a significant step forward for nuclear safety and security in the region. It was the largest such project ever facilitated by the IAEA. The material, mainly used for medical purposes such as treating cancer and sterilizing ...

  • Irish Defence Forces lead EU project to protect against ‘dirty bombs’

    April 30, 2018

    The Irish Defence Forces are the lead agency in a major EU project to minimise the risk to the lives of crime scene investigators in a “dirty bomb” attack. Work on the project has been stepped up in the wake of last month’s nerve agent attack in Salisbury, England, which left former Russian military intelligence officer-turned-British ...

  • NHS switches to Windows 10 to beat the next WannaCry-style cyber-attack

    April 30, 2018

    The government has announced that the NHS will be upgrading its PCs to Windows 10, and that £150 million will be spent in the next three years to beef up NHS cybersecurity in general. In a press statement, the Department of Health and Social Care stressed that all health and care organisations will be using Windows 10 ...

  • Cyber police chief reports 296 serious cyberattacks on Iran vital systems

    April 29, 2018

    Iran’s Cyber Police Chief General Kamal Hadianfar said Sun. that there have been 296 serious attacks on the country’s vital infrastructures in 2017, 50% of which were launched from US and China. Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Cyber Police Chief General Kamal Hadianfar said internet crimes have increased by 900 percent since 2011. According to him, every ...

  • Chemical industry outreach workshop held for first responders

    April 27, 2018

    About 20 explosions rang out Thursday afternoon at the DuPont Employee Recreation Club off West Virginia 892, but they were all planned and under control of the FBI. The federal law enforcement agency teamed with the companies based at the Washington Works site – owner Chemours, along with DuPont and Kuraray – to hold a chemical ...

  • TSB drafts in IBM team to end IT meltdown

    April 26, 2018

    TSB has drafted in experts from IBM to help solve the IT crisis that has left up to 1.9 million mobile and internet banking customers locked out of their accounts for days. The chief executive, Paul Pester, said on Thursday he was “truly sorry” for the botched systems upgrade, but refused to say whether he would give ...

  • Qatar, Iraq co-operate in aviation security, safety

    April 26, 2018

    The Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday announced steps towards co-operation with and providing support for the civil aviation sector in the fraternal Republic of Iraq. CAA said the move enhances the recent achievements of Iraqi Airways, which reflects positively on air transport in Iraq and the region as the authority seeks to boost ...

  • Defense Bill Would Send Military Reinforcements to DHS’ Cyber Mission

    April 25, 2018

    The bill would also transfer most of DISA’s network defense responsibilities to U.S. Cyber Command. Military cyber pros would help the Homeland Security Department ensure the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure, such as energy plants, hospitals and airports, under the House version of a major defense policy bill released Wednesday. The military assistance would be limited to 50 ...

  • $15bn investment plan: Security challenges worry Shell

    April 25, 2018

    In spite of security concerns in the Niger Delta, the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) will later this year kick start its expenditure plans on oil and gas projects worth $15 billion, The Cable Petrobarometer understands. On April 18, a delegation of Royal Dutch Shell, the parent company of SPDC, led by Ben van Beurden, chief ...

  • Honeywell Inaugurates Its First Asian Industrial Cyber Security Center In Singapore

    April 25, 2018

    Honeywell today opened its first industrial cyber security center of excellence (CoE) in Asia. The center was developed with the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EBD) and designed to help defend the region’s industrial manufacturers against evolving cyber security threats. “The only way manufacturers can reap the benefits of digital transformation such as increased uptime and ...

  • Critical infrastructure needs more 21qs6Q#S$, less P@ssw0rd, UK.gov security committee told

    April 24, 2018

    Banks could plug their security vulnerabilities by simply improving password protections, the deputy CEO of the Prudential Regulation Authority has told the House of Lords in England. Asked by the Joint Committee for the National Security Strategy what kept him awake at night, Lyndon Nelson named shared infrastructure and software systems as his number-one concern. He ...

  • New Orangeworm attack group targets the healthcare sector in the U.S., Europe, and Asia

    April 23, 2018

    Symantec has identified a new attack group dubbed Orangeworm deploying the Kwampirs backdoor in a targeted attack campaign against the healthcare sector and related industries. Symantec has identified a previously unknown group called Orangeworm that has been observed installing a custom backdoor called Trojan.Kwampirs within large international corporations that operate within the healthcare sector in the United States, ...

  • Notts Police dog and handler scoop trophy at national dog trials

    April 23, 2018

    PC Matt Rogers and PD Nibble qualified to attend the 58th National Police Dog Trials being hosted by the Metropolitan Police after qualifying at the regional trials in March 2018. The National Trials are split into three phases with a track and property search, detaining a suspect without contact and a search for more property. The final ...