Archive for April, 2011

FEMA: A parenthetical but important third party endorsement

Friday evening on CNN, John King interviewed FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on the ground in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  The rather long interview included the following: KING: All around the region we’re speaking to mayors and governors and the like…

ICS-CERT has released an Advisory "ICSA-11-119-01 – 7-Technologies IGSS Remote Stack Overflow" (PDF)

This Advisory describes a remote stack overflow vulnerability affecting 7-Technologies (7T) Interactive Graphical SCADA System (IGSS).

A super-cell outbreak is one kind of complex threat. Do the principles of good practice fit?

There were over 130 tornado sightings reported (some say more than 150) on Wednesday night.  It will take a while to generate a fully accurate count.  Over 300 fatalities are reported in states ranging from Alabama to Virginia. Depending on how curr…

Principles of good practice for advancing resilience: Awareness of complex context and connections

(This is the second in a two-part series on a possible set of principles of good practice for resilience. The first part appeared on Friday, April 22) Psychologists and sociologists increasingly view resilience not as an extraordinary characteristic, b…

Administration Officials Join Millions of Americans in Public Earthquake Drill

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined leaders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state and local officials, and more than three million Americans across the central United Sta…

Echoes of Deepwater in Fukushima

Much of the analysis of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, both the tick-tock of events at the plant itself and the re-evaluation of nuclear reactor safety and response plans here in the U.S., has treated the subject as if it was an isolated incident. This …

Event Alert: OIL SPILLS, EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS & MELTDOWNS: Acting In Time Against the Next Disaster

Speaking of Juliette Kayyem, she will be appearing this evening on a panel at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on “OIL SPILLS, EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS & MELTDOWNS: Acting In Time Against the Next Disaster.” In addition to Juli…

ICS-CERT has released an Alert "ICS-ALERT-11-111-01 – Agora Plus Update 1.1" (PDF)

This Alert describes update 1.1 for the Agora SCADA+ Exploit Pack for Immunity’s CANVAS system. CANVAS is a penetration testing framework that is extensible using CANVAS Exploit Packs

Malware and other cyber threats, many of which are state sponsored, are growing

The wild, wild Web grows ever wilder, and U.S. companies and critical infrastructure remain vulnerable targets, executives from cybersecurity giant McAfee warned Wednesday.

Innovating with Integrity

Yesterday and today I am attending the Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference organized by Washington State University in Tacoma. This annual event is well-attended and attracts a particularly progressive cross-section of public, private and non…