In the News – This Week in Critical Infrastructure: Week of October 3, 2016

Posted: October 7, 2016 at 11:46 am, Last Updated: October 14, 2016 at 9:43 am

This Week in Critical Infrastructure, we bring you a call for papers from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, as well as articles on cyber warfare and the latest on infrastructure preparation and impacts around Hurricane Matthew in Florida.


Tenth Annual Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit Call for Papers

The Tenth Annual Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit is set for March 23-24, 2017. The Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy and FEMA’s National Preparedness Directorate, invites submissions for the 2017 Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit, hosted by George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia on March 23-24. The theme for the 10th Anniversary Summit is: Overcoming Barriers: Looking at the Next 10 Years of Homeland Security Strategies, Plans, Policies and Education. Find submission guidelines and more information at the links provided.

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America Is Losing the Cyber War

Paul D. Shinkman, writing for U.S. News and World Report, discusses elements of U.S. military policy and preparation that could serve as barriers to an effective response in a cyber war. Through comparisons with capabilities and tactics demonstrated by China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia in recent cyber attacks against U.S. companies, the author posits that the military currently lacks the resources and authority to wage an effective cyber war in response to aggression.

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Florida’s Utilities on ‘New Ground’ with Hurricane Matthew

CNBC’s Tom DiChristopher writes on the efforts that utilities have taken in Florida to prepare for severe weather events like Hurricane Matthew. Despite long-term investments to update vulnerable infrastructure, storms like Matthew continue to pose a serious threat of extensive outages and widespread damage.

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Nearly 61,000 in South Florida Without Power

Marcia Heroux Pounds of the Sun Sentinel reports that over 650,000 residents of South Florida lost power as a result of Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, October 6. Floridians are bracing for further outages as the hurricane continues north along the U.S. shoreline.

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