There’s a lot going on in the world of physical risk and vulnerability; it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest news and developments. We’ll keep you informed with the best content to keep your organization safe and secure. Check out the top news and headlines from the past month.
From The Wall Street Journal: Security arrangements for members of Congress and their families are coming under increasing scrutiny following last week’s attack at the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which her husband was severely wounded. U.S. lawmakers say they worry about rising violence against politicians and the ways that heated rhetoric can motivate potential attackers. The attack that left Paul Pelosi, 82 years old, injured at the couple’s home in San Francisco renewed worries from some members of Congress about whether the existing security arrangements outside the Capitol, which focus on congressional leadership, are sufficient to meet the threats.
Our take: Seemingly, people are more willing than ever to resort to violence over disagreements. In the past few years, there have been attacks and incidents ranging from road rage to violent disagreements at fast food restaurants. In these times, an evaluation of current security is likely insufficient for political officials, and a progressive analysis is needed to integrate these new variables. Risk is not static, it is dynamic and it continually changes. Additionally, while top lawmakers tend to have protection, regular lawmakers may not, and family members may be similarly unprotected.
From CNN: A teen accused of killing four students and wounding seven others at a Michigan high school last year pleaded guilty Monday to all charges against him in what prosecutors are calling a landmark case. Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty to one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder and 19 other charges stemming from the November 30 mass shooting at Oxford High School. shooting.“We are not aware of any other case anywhere in the country where a mass shooter has been convicted of terrorism on state charges,” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said. “No one has ever been convicted of similar charges under these circumstances, an act of targeted violence like this.”
Our take: This case, and the terrorism charges that have been brought against the shooter, is going to set a precedent when it comes to how the legal system handles school and other mass shootings. The case isn’t over yet: the teen’s parents face manslaughter charges for allowing their child access to a gun, and the school is facing a lawsuit as well.
Former Chief Security Officer Of Uber Convicted Of Federal Charges For Covering Up Data Breach Involving Millions Of Uber User Records
From the Department of Justice: A federal jury convicted Joseph Sullivan, the former Chief Security Officer of Uber Technologies, Inc., of obstruction of proceedings of the Federal Trade Commission and concealment of a felony in connection with his attempted cover-up of a 2016 hack of Uber. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and FBI San Francisco Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp following a four week trial before the Hon. William H. Orrick, United States District Judge.
Our take: When companies store client data, they become responsible for the safety of that data. This means telling customers when their information has been exposed, even if they are concerned that it will damage the organization’s reputation. This lawsuit will hopefully set an example for other executives who might be tempted to hide a breach.
From KSDK: The FBI is warning drivers for apps like Uber and Lyft to take extra precautions after seven carjacking incidents in East St. Louis since June. According to the FBI, people are using fake profiles to hide their identity when requesting pick-ups. When the driver arrives, they steal their car and often leave them without their phone or wallet. The carjackings, which have been happening in the U.S. and Canada, seem to be part of a car theft trend which started earlier this year, thanks to a TikTok viral challenge.
Our take: TikTok can be useful for capturing and reporting crime, but unfortunately, it can also be the cause of crime. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings when you’re in your car in parking lots, gas stations, or any other situation where you are stopped. Also, if you are attacked, react immediately. Don’t try to be a hero: your car is not worth your life.
October top grants
2023 Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program Formula Solicitation: The Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP) provides funding for the creation and/or implementation of extreme risk protection order (ERPO) programs, state crisis intervention court proceedings, and related gun violence reduction programs/initiatives. Grant closes: Dec. 12, 2022
Fiscal Year 2021 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA): The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change1, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future. Grant closes: Jan. 27 2023
Fiscal Year 2022 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC): The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities for hazard mitigation activities. It does so with a recognition of the growing hazards associated with climate change1, and of the need for natural hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to those hazards. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future. Grant closes: Jan. 27, 2023