The Most Dangerous Cities In The World // 2018

Individuals traveling overseas often check the travel advisories from the Department of State prior to traveling to unfamiliar countries to determine if additional safety precautions must be taken or if specific areas or regions ought to be avoided. The State Department also offers a convenient color-coded map to provide guidance to travelers.

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Macron's Cybersecurity Pact

Cybersecurity – to most who follow the news or are in any sensitive industry – is acknowledged as a significant issue for private organizations, individuals, and states. There are significant concerns about state actors working with affiliated hacking or cyberespionage organizations to either attack other nations, the critical infrastructure of other states – numerous states in the former Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union have experienced attacks against infrastructure in recent years – or to act on behalf of local companies – sometimes state-owned – and engage in corporate espionage to steal intellectual property (IP) or other research and development materials. On the public side, nations seek to keep confidential material as such and to protect the integrity of public institutions; many democratic societies – notably the United States – are extremely concerned about the integrity of democratic processes as allegations surface against other countries engaging in social media activity to sow dissension; moreover, concerns exist about the integrity of elections themselves as cybersecurity research efforts detail the credible security gaps in election infrastructure.

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THE FBI’s strategy to combat global terrorism

In many respects, the FBI, in its capacity of countering terrorism, is targeting the same groups that it did prior to and immediately after September 11th. There have, however, been new additions to their surveillance and target list such as the Al Qaeda offshoot Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State (ISIS). That said, while September 11th and subsequent attacks in the United Kingdom and Spain were largely planned by cells in at least some degree of coordination with central organization that advises, trains, and possibly funds the activities of an individual cell. The existence of a central hub for a terrorist organization – while allowing for scaling to occur – leads to the creation of a central point of failure that can put the group’s goals at risk should the central infrastructure be neutralized.

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