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DHS Issues Special Threat Advisory On Terror Threat

DHS issues a national terrorism advisory system bulletin on 16 Dec 2015 advising all that:

We are in a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland.  Particularly with the rise in use by terrorist groups of  the Internet to inspire and recruit, we are concerned about the “self-radicalized” actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice. Recent attacks and attempted attacks internationally and in the homeland warrant increased security, as well as increased public vigilance and awareness.

 Details from DHS:
  • Though we know of no intelligence that is both specific and credible at this time of a plot by terrorist organizations to attack the homeland, the reality is terrorist-inspired individuals have conducted, or attempted to conduct, attacks in the United States this year.
  • DHS is especially concerned that terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places.
  • As we saw in the recent attacks in San Bernardino and Paris, terrorists will consider a diverse and wide selection of targets for attacks.
  • In the current environment, DHS is also concerned about threats and violence directed at particular communities and individuals across the country, based on perceived religion, ethnicity, or nationality.

The public is being asked to:

  • Community leaders, co-workers, friends, and family can help by recognizing signs of potential radicalization to violence. For more information visit: https://nsi.ncirc.gov/
  • Report threats or suspicious activity to the FBI or your local authorities. Contact info for FBI Field Offices can be found here: http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field
  • Expect increased security across most U.S. cities and plan ahead to anticipate delays and restricted/prohibited items.
  • In populated places, be responsible for your personal safety. Make a mental note of emergency exits and locations of the nearest security personnel. Keep cell phones in your pockets instead of bags or on tables so you don’t lose them during an incident.
  • Carry emergency contact details and any special needs info with you at all times.

Full report is at: http://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/ntas_15_1216_0001

Cybersecurity was not mentioned in this advisory bulletin. However, it stands to reason that the threat of cyber attacks from malicious actors who have been radicalized are now far more likely.

We should also add that for strategic warning on cyber threats, sign up for the daily Threat Brief at http://ThreatbBrief.com

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com