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RIMS comments on failure of US Congress to reauthorize TRIA
Short-sighted Congress fails to protect US companies against terrorism says RIMS.
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•Date: 22nd December 2014 • US •Type: Article

Revised version of PAS 96 introduces the Threat Assessment Critical Control Points risk management methodology to the food sector
BSI has announced the availability of a revised version of PAS 96, which helps companies safeguard food and drink against malicious tampering and food terrorism.
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•Date: 4th December 2014 • UK •Type: Article

CPNI issues guidance on vehicle security barrier installation
‘Factors influencing concrete curing during vehicle security barrier installation.’
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•Date: 2nd December 2014 • UK/World •Type: Article

FBI worst-case exercise tests response to chemical attack
FBI exercise showed how private industry has an important seat at the table.
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•Date: 2nd December 2014 • US •Type: Article

Australian terrorism alert level raised from Medium to High
Owners and operators of critical infrastructure and places of mass gathering are encouraged to review their security plans.
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•Date: 16th September 2014 • Australia •Type: Article

DHS announces expansion of the Securing the Cities program
The Securing the Cities program seeks to lessen the threat posed by dangerous radiological or nuclear materials against major metropolitan areas in the United States.
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•Date: 4th September 2014 • US •Type: Article

US and Australian governments respond to change in UK terrorism threat level
Following the decision last week by the UK government to increase the threat level from international terrorism from substantial to severe, the US and Australian governments have responded with statements.
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•Date: 2nd September 2014 • US/Australia •Type: Article

UK threat-level from international terrorism increased
Home Secretary Theresa May announces threat-level change from Substantial to Severe.
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•Date: 29th August 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Islamic State is an ‘imminent threat to the safety of America and Europe’ says Chuck Hagel
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has highlighted the potential terrorism threat posed by the Islamic State group.
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•Date: 22nd August 2014 • US •Type: Article

Back to the future: the threat of more terrorist attacks against the UK
Peter Power looks at how the UK terrorism threat is changing and what business continuity managers can do to ensure their organization is prepared.
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•Date: 19th August 2014 • UK •Type: Article

Ten years after the 9/11 Commission Report the Bipartisan Policy Center publishes a new terrorism sitrep
‘Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States: Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of The 9/11 Commission Report.’
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•Date: 24th July 2014 • US •Type: Article

Reaction to TRIA approval
RIMS has published its response to the US Senate’s passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act reauthorization bill.
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•Date: 22nd July 2014 • US •Type: Article

RIMS testifies on TRIA
Society pushes for a long-term terrorism risk insurance solution.
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•Date: 26th February 2014 • US •Type: Article

Retail and transport sectors face highest risk of terrorist attack
According to research by Aon, 33 percent of 2013 terrorism attacks affecting the retail sector and 18 percent impacted the transportation sector.
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•Date: 3rd February 2014 • World •Type: Article

FBI Director sets out current terrorism threat
In a statement before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, FBI Director James B. Comey gave an update on recent changes in the terrorism threat landscape.
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•Date: 15th November 2013 • US/World •Type: Article

The UK and international terrorism: new MI5 Director General gives his views
UK terrorism threat has not increased but has become more unpredictable.
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•Date: 9th October 2013 • UK •Type: Article

International Underwriting Association urges TRIA renewal
Without a renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), private provision of terrorism insurance in the US may disappear entirely in some areas and would almost certainly be much more expensive than it is today.
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•Date: 27th September 2013 • US •Type: Article

US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs highlights ten challenges facing the Department of Homeland Security
Expansion of DHS remit has weakened its ability to achieve its original terrorism protection mission.
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•Date: 12th September 2013 • US •Type: Article

INTERPOL warns of possible upswing in terrorism around the world
Global security alert advises increased vigilance for terrorist activity.
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•Date: 6th August 2013 • World •Type: Article

RIMS outlines top reasons for TRIA extension
With the deadline for the extension of TRIA approaching, RIMS, the risk management society, submitted testimony and leant its support to New York City Council’s Committee on State and Federal Legislation’s effort to bring attention to the importance of a long term extension of TRIA.
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•Date: 18th June 2013 • US •Type: Article

European Union and United States convene CBRN Risk Mitigation Dialogue
Represents a renewed effort to coordinate EU and US CBRN assistance activities to mitigate CBRN risks of all kinds.
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•Date: 14th June 2013 • US/Europe •Type: Article

Report on the terrorist threat to Canada published
On June 13, 2013, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, released the 2013 Public Report on the Terrorist Threat to Canada.
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•Date: 14th June 2013 • Canada •Type: Article

How prepared are UK businesses for terrorism?
Not very: according to an assessment of a recent YouGov counterterrorism preparedness survey.
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•Date: 12th June 2013 • UK •Type: Article

RIMS welcomes the introduction of US Fostering Resilience to Terrorism Act of 2013
RIMS, the risk management society, has issued a statement commending US Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, the Ranking Member of the Committee of Homeland Security, for introducing the Fostering Resilience to Terrorism Act of 2013 that would extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) for 10 years.
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•Date: 17th May 2013 • US •Type: Article

The 10th annual Terrorism and Political Violence Map
Forty-four percent of countries measured have identifiable terrorism risk in 2013: Aon.
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•Date: 15th May 2013 • World •Type: Article

Canadian government announces third round of Kanishka Project anti-terrorism research
On May 9, the Honourable Vic Toews, Canadian government Minister of Public Safety announced the successful recipients of the third round of funding from the Kanishka Project, worth over $1.7 million. The Kanishka Project is a multi-year investment from the Government of Canada in terrorism-focused research.
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•Date: 10th May 2013 • Canada •Type: Article

Update published on the US National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security
Highlights progress to date and sets out activities that are expected through 2013.
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•Date: 6th March 2013 • US •Type: Article

Risk briefing: Algeria
With events in Algeria in the international news spotlight, Maplecroft has issued a briefing to provide businesses with risk and threat information.
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•Date: 18th Jan 2013 • Africa •Type: Article

Australian Government consults with businesses over protecting chemicals from terrorists
The Australian Government has invited business to comment on a national code of practice designed to protect chemicals from being used for terrorist attacks.
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•Date: 17th Jan 2013 • Australia •Type: Article

Global Terrorism Index launched
Index scores 158 countries by aggregating a series of indicators.
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•Date: 5th Dec 2012 • World •Type: Article

Maplecroft to launch new Terrorism Tracking Database
Monitoring and mapping tool aims to help organizations manage regional threats.
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•Date: 27th Nov 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Change in UK terrorism threat level announced
Northern Ireland-related terrorism threat level reduced for England, Scotland and Wales.
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•Date: 24th Oct 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Future threats to the UK
Jonathan Evans, Director General of the UK Security Service, presented his thoughts on the UK threat landscape during the recent Lord Mayor’s Annual Defence and Security Lecture.
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•Date: 27th June 2012 • UK •Type: Article

Researchers study costs of 'dirty bomb' attack in L.A.
Research underscores the importance of risk communication before and after a major disaster to reduce economic losses.
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•Date: 26th April 2012 • US •Type: Article

Protecting people against chemical acts of terrorism
Genetic researchers develop new enzymes which are promising candidates for use as preventive and postexposure treatments in the event of a terrorist chemical attack.
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•Date: 20th April 2012 • World •Type: Article

ANSI-HSSP workshop to explore strategy for CBRNE standards
May 31st workshop will focus on the implementation of US national strategy by private-sector stakeholders.
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•Date: 5th April 2012 • US •Type: Article

Threat of bio-terrorism to London 2012 highlighted
Two disaster planning and preparedness experts are to publish a novel that explores the potential of an attack on the London 2012 Olympics using biological agents.
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•Date: 17th February 2012 • UK •Type: Article

DHS makes $39.5 billion Fiscal Year 2013 budget request
US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has unveiled the Department of Homeland Security’s FY 2013 budget request of $39.5 billion in net discretionary funding.
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•Date: 14th February 2012 • US •Type: Article

US terror hot spots identified
US National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism report studies US terrorist incidents from 1970 to 2008.
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•Date: 2nd February 2012 • US •Type: Article

The growing issue of homegrown terrorism in the United States
Over the past decade, attacks and plots by homegrown US terrorists have increased, the work of extremists from across the political spectrum, says an analysis by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) based at the University of Maryland.
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•Date: 14th December 2011 • US •Type: Article

US not well prepared for biological terror attacks
According to a report by the Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center.
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•Date: 14th October 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

CSARN highlights Olympic security threats
What should businesses consider when running resilience scenarios related to London 2012?
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•Date: 14th October 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee warns of changing but persistent terrorist threat to US
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Maine., have warned America not to lower its guard against terrorism now that the tenth anniversary of 9/11 has passed.

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•Date: 14th September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

September 11, 2001: A decade on, what business continuity and information security lessons have been learned?
This paper describes research which investigated the impacts of September 11, 2001, on information security and looks at how effective disaster recovery and business continuity prepared to protect information systems were.
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•Date: 9th Sept 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

A decade after 9/11, DHS matures
The US Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee commends department’s development and presses for continued progress.

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•Date: 8th September 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

US sets out preparedness strategy for CBRNE threats
The National Strategy for CBRNE Standards looks at chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives threats.

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•Date: 2nd September 2011 • Region: US

Norwegian government establishes ‘22 July Commission’
The Norwegian government has decided to establish a commission to look into the attacks on the government offices and the island of Utøya on 22 July 2011.

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•Date: 29th July 2011 • Region: Europe
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Report highlights DHS progress fulfilling 9/11 Commission recommendations
Includes details of actions for strengthening resilience to disasters and safeguarding and securing cyberspace.

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•Date: 22nd July 2011 • Region: US
•Type: Article

UK international terrorism threat level lowered
The UK Home Secretary has announced that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has reduced the threat-level from international terrorism from ‘severe’ to ‘substantial’.

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•Date: 12th July 2011 • Region: UK
•Type: Article

Implementation of US National Terrorism Advisory System announced
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has announced the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS).

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•Date: 21st April 2011 • Region: US
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MI5 updates advice to businesses on terrorism protection
‘Protecting Against Terrorism’ updated.

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•Date: 8th Feb 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

UK Strategic National Guidance on CBRN decontamination
Cabinet Office guide is aimed at public and private sector contingency planners.

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•Date: 1st Feb 2011 • Region: UK •Type: Article

US and UK discuss global supply chain security
Secretary Napolitano has continued to progress the DHS global supply chain security initiative.

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•Date: 1st Feb 2011 • Region: US/UK •Type: Article

DHS discontinues color-coded alert system
Will be replaced with the National Terrorism Advisory System.

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•Date: 28th Jan 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article

UK terror threat level raised for public transport sector
Risk of an attack raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’, meaning that an incident is highly likely.

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•Date: 7th Jan 2011 • Region:UK •Type: Article

December is Critical Infrastructure Protection Month in the US
President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation naming the month of December as national Critical Infrastructure Protection Month in the United States.

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•Date: 7th Dec 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

UK government increases ‘Irish-related terrorism’ threat level
Threat level now set at Substantial for mainland Britain and Severe for Northern Ireland.
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•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

US Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee assesses terrorism threat
Three trends are emerging.
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•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

France on heightened terror alert
The BBC has reported that France is on heightened alert for possible terror attacks after intelligence suggested public places could be targeted, officials have said. French police and counter-terrorism officials, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, said the authorities had received intelligence about a possible suicide bombing by a woman. Read the story.
•Date: 24th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

MI5 Director General gives an update on the threat to UK security
Northern Ireland, Al Qaida and Olympic Games terror threats highlighted.
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•Date: 17th Sept 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Real IRA warns mainland banks to expect attacks
English banks and bankers are now potential targets for the Real IRA according to a statement made to the Guardian newspaper.
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•Date: 16th Sept 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

‘Assessing the Terrorist Threat’
A new report by members of the BPC's National Security Preparedness Group details how the US terrorist threat has evolved since the attacks in 2001, including the development of homegrown networks and the increasingly diverse and decentralized nature of terrorism. Read the report (PDF).
•Date: 14th Sept 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

Uganda warned to expect more terrorist attacks
Somalia's Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab group has warned Uganda that it will face more terrorist attacks if it does not pull out of Somalia, reports Middle East Online. Uganda said last week it had up to 10,000 troops ready to send to Somalia and only needed foreign logistical assistance to perform the deployment. Read the story.

•Date: 8th Sept 2010 • Region: Africa •Type: Briefing

Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure updates guidance on managing insider threats
‘Ongoing personnel security: a good practice guide - Edition two.’
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•Date: 20th August 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

RMS reviews US terrorism trends
The success of terrorist plots in US is directly correlated with the number of operatives involved in the planning; larger groups are more likely to be caught.
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•Date: 14th July 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Terrorism trends
More terror groups globally, but fewer coordinated attacks, report finds.
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•Date: 8th July 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

New blast resistance standards published in US
Specialists at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have helped create two new standards designed to increase safety in public spaces.
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•Date: 25th June 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Al-Qaeda-linked militants are regrouping in the Sahara
Middle East Online has reported that Islamic Maghreb, a group of militants linked to Al-Qaeda, are ‘building fortified bunkers in the Sahara desert of Algeria and Mali to shelter against air attack as their power grows’. The group may also have laid minefields around their desert hideouts to guard against overland assaults. Read more.
•Date: 25th June 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Briefing

Aon publishes Terrorism Threat Map
New fronts in war on terror identified, domestic terrorism on the rise.

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•Date: 3rd June 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article

UK gets new ‘National Security Council’
The Council will coordinate all arms of government contributing to national security, including resiliency and emergency planning.

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•Date: 13th May 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

Terror trends examined
A new report from the University of Maryland-based National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

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•Date: 6th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman comments on the attempted Times Square terrorist attack
Bill to strengthen the Office of Bombing Prevention within the Department of Homeland Security will be brought forward again.

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•Date: 4th May 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Military develops new multipurpose decontaminants for terrorist attack sites
Chemists with the United States military have developed a set of ultra-strength cleaners that could be used in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. The new formulas are tough enough to get rid of nerve gas, mustard gas, radioactive isotopes, and anthrax. But they are also non-toxic, based on ingredients found in foods, cosmetics, and other consumer products. Read more in this article: ‘All-Weather Hydrogen Peroxide-Based Decontamination of CBRN Contaminants.’
•Date: 30th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Briefing

US needs new national strategy in era of cyberaggression
According to a new University of Cincinnati paper.

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•Date: 20th April 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

Designing for counter terrorism: new guide for architects and planners
TPS partners RIBA in launching new counter terrorism design guide.

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•Date: 16th April 2010 • Region: UK/World •Type: Article

‘Working together to protect crowded places’
The UK Home Office has published ‘Working Together to Protect Crowded Places’; guidance that explains the contributions that key partners, including local authorities, police, government offices, devolved administrations and businesses can make to terrorism protection. Click here to read the guidance documents.
•Date: 22nd March 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Briefing

Protecting Against Terrorism: third edition published
The UK government's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has published the third edition of ‘Protecting Against Terrorism’.

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•Date: 12th March 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

EU and US discuss critical infrastructure protection
The European Commission and the EU Presidency took part in the first EU-US expert meeting on critical infrastructure protection in Madrid on 4-5 March.

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•Date: 9th March 2010 • Region: Various •Type: Article

Terrorism’s new target: the enterprise
University of Haifa professor believes that international corporations will increasingly become terrorism targets.

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•Date: 3rd March 2010 • Region: World •Type: Article

Cyber ShockWave exercise finds that the US has many lessons to learn when it comes to cyber-attack response
Last week, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted Cyber ShockWave, a simulated cyber attack on the United States.

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•Date: 22nd Feb 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

UK counter-terrorism response suffers from ‘institutional inertia’
According to Parliamentary Home Affairs Committee.

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•Date: 3rd Feb 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

US government failing on bioterrorism response planning
Congressional oversight of homeland security and intelligence and national security workforce recruitment also given an ‘F’ by bipartisan Congress commission.

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•Date: 27th Jan 2010 • Region: US •Type: Article

UK terrorism threat level increased
The UK government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) has upgraded the UK threat level from international terrorism to SUBSTANTIAL from SEVERE.

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•Date: 23rd Jan 2010 • Region: UK •Type: Article

European Commission approves Danish terror insurance scheme
The European Commission has authorised a measure adopted by Denmark which provides a state guarantee on non-life insurance against damages stemming from nuclear, biological, chemical or radioactive terrorist attacks that exceed a certain threshold. n order to ensure that NBCR coverage is available, Denmark plans to introduce a state guarantee. Under the scheme, insurers that provide NBCR insurance in Denmark will be liable for non-life damages up to a certain pre-determined threshold. The risk retained by the insurance industry is based on their capital base and the availability of NBCR reinsurance on the global market. This threshold will be reviewed every year and currently stands at DKK 5 billion. The Danish state then provides a guarantee for the next DKK 15 billion of losses that exceed this threshold.
•Date: 14th Jan 2010• Region: W.Europe •Type: Briefing


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