THREAT REPORTS

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CYBER-SECURITY FOR AMERICA'S INFRA-STRUCTURE

Body scanners have been a fact of life for air travelers in the United States and much of the world since airport security increased significantly after the September 11th attacks. Frequent air travelers are accustomed to the human traffic jam that is often the TSA security checkpoint where one’s shoes, belt, and electronic devices are removed and sent through a scanner while the individual goes through a three second body scanner and – depending on the results – subsequent manual screenings by a TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) agent. The body scanners, however, inconvenient do serve a security purpose as both a deterrent against even attempting to board a plane with a weapon or explosive and as a means to catch those who nonetheless attempt to board the plane anyway.

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HOW THE 2018 WORLD CUP EVENT WAS KEPT SECURED

The 2018 World Cup, hosted by Russia, was – as are all World Cups – one of the largest sporting events in the world. More than thirty nations compete over the course of roughly a month in a tournament that watched both remotely and in-person by countless individuals throughout the world. For many, the World Cup and similar events are intended to be times to acknowledge extremely talented athleticism and to revel in national pride; however, for security in the host country and throughout the world, it also a time to raise awareness and to be even more vigilant to prevent attacks by criminals, other nation-states, or terrorist organizations.

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A MID 2018 review of GLOBAL CONFLICTS

Coverage of armed conflicts globally tends to be restricted to the major conflicts or those visibly impact the interests of a nation’s media. For Western audiences, over the previous few years, coverage has been focused on the Syrian Civil War and the conflict against the Islamic State in Eastern Syria and Western Iraq; secondarily, coverage has been focused on the Afghan conflict which has been ongoing for more than a decade and a half. A recent list, however, has counted that there are around 65 armed conflicts currently occurring in the world – four of which (The War in Afghanistan, the War in Iraq, The Mexican Drug War, and The Syrian Civil War) have resulted in a minimum of 10,000 violent deaths in the previous year.

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