Author: Whitney Chavez

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2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy

FEMA recently released its 2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy. This report outlines the efforts FEMA is taking to build and sustain relationships with federally recognized Tribal Nations. The Biden-Harris Administration has made it a priority to work more inclusively with Tribal Nations by enhancing emergency management services needed. FEMA highlights...

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MCCA Releases Its Midyear Violent Crime Report

The Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) has released its Midyear Violent Crime Report. The report contains data from various agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada comparing topics such as homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault incidents. Most notably, from 2021-2022, incidents of robbery in major U.S. cities increased from 53,212...

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House Committee on Oversight and Reform: Recommendations for Restoring Election Integrity

Over the past couple years, disinformation campaigns have increasingly been imposing dangers to American democracy and election integrity. According to the recent report “Exhausting and Dangerous”: The Dire Problem of Election Misinformation and Disinformation by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, 64% of Americans believe democracy is at risk...

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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2021

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) have released Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2021. This report is the 24th in a series of annual publications that covers a variety of crime and safety issues at elementary, secondary, and postsecondary...

Cybersecurity

Planning for Significant Cyber Incidents

Cyber incidents that pose a great threat to national security, foreign relations, and the U.S. economy are on the rise. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) asked the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) to develop a how-to guide (not available to the general public) to address this issue...

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Ransomware Attacks and Cryptocurrency: National Security Concerns

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has released Use of Cryptocurrency in Ransomware Attacks, Available Data, and National Security Concerns. The report details the threat of ransomware as a result of the increased use of cryptocurrencies. World Economic Forum reports...

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Case studies on America’s Ransomware Attack Preparedness

Cybersecurity becomes increasingly challenging as criminal tactics evolve and adapt. American companies are at the forefront as they race to strengthen network security in response to cyber threats. In 2021 the United States experienced the most ransomware threats at 421.5 million— a sharp increase from 2020. To assist companies in...

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Climate Change Risk Assessment: National Critical Functions

The RAND Corporation has released Assessing Risk to the National Critical Functions as a Result of Climate Change, a report developed by the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This report outlines the implications of climate change on National Critical Functions (NCFs)...