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June 2021 — Top News in the Security and Risk Industry and Grants

July 9, 2021 | 5 min read
June security news

Montgomery, Prince George’s Co. water utility company compromised in ransomware attack

From WTOP News: A water utility that serves Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland was the target of a ransomware attack that compromised some internal files. WSSC Water said in a news release the attack “impacted a portion of our network that operates non-essential business systems” on May 24.

Our take: Ransomware attacks are on the rise. Companies need to talk to an expert and create a ransomware response plan before they are attacked; knowing how to mitigate an attack before your data is encrypted and held for ransom is the key to being able to avoid or overcome an attack.

"To me, that's negligence": Questions emerge about Florida building's issues before collapse

From CBS: As rescuers search for 150 people who are still unaccounted for after the deadly collapse of a condominium building in Surfside, Florida, questions are mounting about who knew about the building's condition. As of Monday evening, at least 11 people were confirmed dead, officials said. An engineer's report from 2018, released Saturday, noted significant structural concerns caused by failed waterproofing under the pool deck. It also said the parking garage's walls, beams and columns had "abundant cracking."

Our take: We often talk on this blog about the importance of doing regular assessments and safety inspections, as well as what can happen when you don’t act on a safety issue once it’s been found. This tragedy could have been averted had the report from three years ago been addressed. While repairs can be costly, there’s nothing worse than the loss of life because an entity has neglected those repairs.

Police officers arrested and detained fast food restaurant workers for refusing to give them free burgers, CCTV footage shows

From Yahoo: A group of police officers in Pakistan flipped out when a takeaway joint refused to hand over free burgers, detaining 19 staff from the branch. Workers at the chain Johnny & Jugnu in the eastern city of Lahore were rounded up and held for seven hours overnight on Saturday, the restaurant said

Our take: This should never happen in any community. The goal of policing in a community is for the public to trust officers; people want to be in a community where the officers are going to protect them. This sort of behavior is an insult to the hardworking and genuine community police officers everywhere.

Central Florida deputy finds missing girl in motel room with 22-year-old man she met online

From WESH2: A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy who was looking for a 13-year-old Oak Hill girl, who disappeared after school, went searching from motel to motel until he found her in a dark motel room with a 22-year-old Orlando man she met online, officials said Monday.

Our take: Sex trafficking is on the rise, and parents need to be careful about where their children are spending time online. Our children have more access to the world than ever before, and predators always gravitate to wherever children are, be that a playground in real life or social media or video game chats online. If you’re not monitoring your kids' communication, you could lose your child. Police departments too should be vigilant and continually be providing education so that parents know what to look out for and which sites are hunting grounds for predators.

Florida is tied with Texas for having the most people facing charges linked to the Capitol riot, report says

From Business Insider: Florida is tied with Texas for having the most individuals facing charges linked to the Capitol riot, according to a database compiled by USA Today. According to the data, 47 out of the 484 rioters facing charges related to the riot are from Florida and 47 are from Texas.

Our take: We are interested in seeing the outcome of this investigation to see if there’s a new emerging threat from specific geographical areas within the U.S. The FBI has been evaluating if new groups will be added to the domestic terrorist list. It is important to understand how rogue elements are meeting and communicating with one another to prevent other incidents.

Starbucks customer pulled gun on barista for missing cream cheese

From The New York Post: A Florida man flew into a rage after his Starbucks barista didn’t give him the cream cheese he ordered with a bagel — and pulled a gun on the woman, who is also the daughter of the local police chief, a report said.

Our take: Obviously the gunman did not know who he was dealing with when he threatened this particular barista. That said, the young woman reacted exactly as she should. She handed over the cream cheese, didn’t challenge the gunman and then called the police officer.

June Top Security Grants

2021 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) - National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC): The Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP), Continuing Training Grants (CTG), National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) provides funding to the eligible applicant to develop and deliver cybersecurity training solutions to address national preparedness gaps, map training to the core capabilities, and ensure training is available and accessible to a nationwide audience. The NCPC addresses the below Presidential Policy Directives through training of State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) first responders. Applications due: July 26

Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) - Continuing Training Grants (CTG): The Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP), Continuing Training Grants (CTG), provides funding to eligible applicants to develop and deliver training solutions to address national preparedness gaps, map training to core capabilities, and ensure training is available and accessible to a national audience. Specifically, this CTG program provides funding for Mississippi State University's (MSU) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence (COE) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) (hereafter, FAA COE UAS MSU) to support and target training solutions for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners, which supports the objective of the National Preparedness System to facilitate an integrated, whole community, risk-informed, capabilities-based approach to preparedness. Applications due: July 26


Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP) - National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC): The Department of Homeland Security Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP), National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) provides funding to eligible applicants to develop and deliver training solutions to address national preparedness gaps, map training to the core capabilities, and ensure training is available and accessible to a nationwide audience. The NDPC addresses the below Presidential Policy Directives through training of State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) first responders. Applications due: July 26

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