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Cyber threats growing, expert says at World Affairs Council event

February 24, 2017

Threats to cyber property is growing, ever evolving and no one is really immune, says Frank Cilluffo, associate vice president and director of the Center of Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. He talked about domestic and international cyber security Tuesday evening during the World Affairs Council of Palm Beach event at The Colony. “We face a dizzying array of threats coming at us from all directions,” Cilluffo said. “Virtually every day there’s a new incident. Nobody is immune. Not our government. Not our businesses, and not us as individuals.”

What will it take to hire 15,000 new border and immigration agents?

February 23, 2017

Recent implementation memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly charge human capital leadership at Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 15,000 new federal employees. Yet with no additional, immediate funding to implement President Donald Trump’s new executive orders on immigration and border security, offering the proper incentives to attract and hire talented border patrol agents and immigration officers — already a challenging and lengthy process — will be no easy task. It’ll be a joint effort for leadership at both agencies, along with DHS’ chief human capital officer, chief financial officer and undersecretary for management, to develop plans to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 500 Air and Marine agents/officers.

Experts concerned Trump's plan targets only radical Islam, ignores neo-Nazis, anti-government extremists

February 03, 2017

Reports of the Trump administration’s plan to revamp a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies and going forward only focus on Islamist extremism, is raising concerns among those working to counter violent extremism at the international, national and local levels. Reuters reported Wednesday that the federal government program “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE), would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.” This would mean the program would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out attacks in the United States, according to Reuters. Such an approach could strip some of the benefit from having a CVE program, which was established in February 2015 to counter radicalization and terrorist acts through community partnerships, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.

Experts concerned Trump's plan targets only radical Islam, ignores neo-Nazis, anti-government extremists

February 03, 2017

Reports of the Trump administration’s plan to revamp a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies and going forward only focus on Islamist extremism, is raising concerns among those working to counter violent extremism at the international, national and local levels. Reuters reported Wednesday that the federal government program “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE), would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.” This would mean the program would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out attacks in the United States, according to Reuters. Such an approach could strip some of the benefit from having a CVE program, which was established in February 2015 to counter radicalization and terrorist acts through community partnerships, said Brian Levin, director of the Center for Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.

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