Posted on 13 September 2013.
Organisations will now be able to bring their industrial control systems technology into the modern era and realise the benefits of increased connectivity while also reducing the risk of cyber attack
BAE Systems Detica launched IndustrialProtect, a military-grade solution designed to protect the industrial control systems of organisations such as power plants, oil refineries or automated manufacturing plants from cyber attack, allowing them to both modernise their legacy systems as well as improve their security.
The major applications for the IndustrialProtect solution will be organisations within the Defence, Energy, Utilities and Natural Resources sectors, where industrial control systems are integral to their efficiency, growth and productivity.
The security risks to these organisations can also have “real-world” impacts – affecting not only the safety and ability of the organisation to operate, but also the potential to cause significant economic, human and environmental harm should a security breach incident occur.
English: LAPD officers at crime scene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Ronnie Garrett
Created: September 11, 2013
The greatest threat might not be the one we are most actively seeking–that of the large terrorist action on the magnitude of 9/11–but rather the smaller events committed by lone wolf terrorists
As everyone focuses their attention on the anniversary of 9/11 and reflects on the tragedies that unfolded that fateful day, I am reflecting on a recent conversation I had with Deputy Chief Michael Downing, the Commanding Officer of the LAPD’s Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, who mentioned that the greatest threat might not be the one we are most actively seeking–that of the large terrorist action on the magnitude of 9/11–but rather the smaller events committed by lone wolf terrorists.
He explains terrorist operatives have evolved and decentralized, and they now encourage small numbers of people to carry out terrorist acts in order to more readily avoid detection. Not only does this make it easier for them to get away with it, it’s far cheaper for these operatives to carry out a small attack the size of the Boston Marathon massacre or the Fort Hood incident, than it is for them to execute a large-scale attack the size of 9/11.
English: Kingdom Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Taken by BroadArrow in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
September 8, 2013
Just four months after the Boston marathon bombing, two federal judges on a three-judge panel have overturned the conviction of the Oregon-based Islamic “charity leader” and terrorist fundraiser Pete Seda, who helped facilitate the transfer of $130,000 to Chechen terrorists in the early 2000s.
Activists like Seda have served as key conduits for funneling zakat donations from Western countries through Islamic front charities to jihadist causes around the world. The revenues supported the creation of websites and recruitment tools that helped radicalize North Caucasus diaspora like Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Seda’s conviction was overturned by Judge Mary Schroeder, who was appointed by Jimmy Carter, and Judge Margaret McKeown, who was appointed by Bill Clinton and considered for a Supreme Court appointment by Barack Obama, on the grounds of alleged unfairness during the Seda investigation and trial.
The two judges claim that the Seda trial began as a white collar crime case but ended as a terrorism case, that some information about a witness named Barbara Cabral was not shared with defense attorneys, and that the scope of a warrant served against Seda before the trial was exceeded by law enforcement.
Meanwhile, Judge Robert Tallman, a Republican who was appointed by Bill Clinton, delivered a vigorous dissent from the liberal judges’ opinion. Oregon’s Daily Tidings summarizes Judge Tallman’s reasoning:
April 26, 2013: After two years the Arab Spring revolution has developed a bitter aftertaste. Unemployment is up and corruption is still around in countries where the rebels succeeded. The incompetent and abusive police forces are still on the job in those nations. While the government has changed, the families that control most of the economy are still around. This concentration of economic power in a few families is common in many countries, particularly in the Arab world. The problem with the Arab Spring is that the focus of the anger was too narrow, concentrating on the current dictators and not the fundamental problems that allowed all those dictators to flourish in the first place.