On June 28, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced enhanced security measures for all flights coming into the United States. Calling for additional “screening of electronic devices, more thorough passenger vetting, and new measures designed to mitigate the potential threat of insider attacks,” Kelly pointed to ...

The Department of Homeland Security has unveiled new aviation security measures for all international commercial flights bound to the United States, a move that could potentially lead to either the lifting or expansion of the laptop ban currently in place for direct flights of foreign airlines from 10 airports in ...

In March, the Trump Administration imposed a new set of restrictions targeting carry-on luggage arriving on planes from several Muslim-majority countries after intelligence reports indicated that terrorist organizations have been perfecting techniques to conceal explosive devices in laptop batteries and smuggle them on board aircrafts. The Cipher Brief’s Bennett Seftel ...

New rules go into effect this weekend that restrict electronic items in passenger cabins on U.S.-bound flights. The measures are being taken as a security precaution to thwart potential threats. The ban includes flights on nine international airlines operating out of 10 airports in the Middle East, North Africa and ...

The U.K. has joined the U.S. in restricting electronic devices in carry-on baggage on flights from certain countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. The measures are being taken as a security precaution to thwart potential threats. The American ban covers flights that fly directly to the United ...

The Trump administration is reportedly eyeing cuts to the Transportation Security Administration and other Department of Homeland Security agencies in an attempt to pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. A draft plan by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) would slash TSA’s funding about ...

Delta Airlines on Monday canceled hundreds of flights after a power outage in Atlanta sparked global computer issues for the carrier. The commercial aviation industry has experienced a number of glitches disrupting travel in recent months, and Delta’s computer outage offers just the latest example of the vulnerabilities that plague ...

The horrific attacks in Brussels and Istanbul are stark reminders that much work must be done to protect the vulnerable front side of airports. It appears that ISIS and others have identified this vulnerability and are successfully exploiting it.  Tactics used in Istanbul were different than those used in Brussels, ...

On Thursday, May 19, EgyptAir flight 804 crashed over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 66 people aboard.  Although terrorism is on the list of possible culprits, the cause of the crash is still under investigation. But the flight joins a list of similar tragedies that have struck since 2014. These ...

Today, commercial aviation is growing at a rapid rate.  Unfortunately, commercial aviation is also the primary target of several terrorist groups and other malicious actors around the world.  Since the late 20th century, commercial aviation has been attacked from a variety of threat vectors—the methods used to hit a target ...

Commercial aviation is an industry in which safety and security are paramount. However, as with other critical infrastructure, consumer demand has brought the systems that run the aviation industry into greater contact with the Internet – and created more opportunities for cyber attack. The Cipher Brief asked Chad Gray of ...

On October 31, 2015, an international charter flight departing from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport disintegrated mid-flight en route to St. Petersburg, Russia, killing all 224 passengers onboard. Two weeks later, a series of coordinated attacks led by a Brussels-based terrorist cell struck Paris, resulting in the death of over 130 ...

The loss of the Russian Metrojet aircraft in Egypt last October raised inevitable questions about the security measures in place at Sharm el-Sheikh, and what should be done to prevent future attacks. At first, both the Egyptian and Russian governments refused to acknowledge that the crash was most likely caused ...

The Israeli aviation security program is different from all other Aviation Security (AVSEC) programs used today due to the fact that it was created as a real risk-based program that focuses on results and places the passenger at the center of its risk assessment. It takes a comprehensive approach that ...

As the former head of research and development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the individual charged with the design and installation of security systems at the Pentagon, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how technology can improve security. One of the biggest challenges ...

Chief Security Officer for Hyatt Hotels, Inc., Mark Sanna, discussed with The Cipher Brief how Hyatt secures their hotels around the world, how they respond in an event of an attack, and how the hotel industry works together to promote the safety of their guests. Sanna believes this sharing of ...

Recent security incidents around the world have business and recreational travelers paying more attention to personal security risks.  The concept of greater situational awareness continues to come up as a way to mitigate risks.  Unfortunately, few people understand what “situational awareness” means and how to improve this skill.   Situational ...

Most national security and intelligence professionals believe the recent terror attacks in Paris were a game changing and defining moment in the world’s war on terror.  Madrid, London, and Mumbai, as well as the recent Metrojet and Beirut bombings were all horrific, but Paris was different.  The attack on a ...

The recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have left the global community shaken. What made these attacks particularly terrifying is that the terrorists struck people when they were going about their daily lives—and having fun. These types of locations, where people gather with little security, are considered “soft ...