This DAP highlights – FB-ISAO: What We Learned About Ransomware Resilience / Six things we learned from the LockBit takedown / FRC Publishes New Edition of Hostility Against Churches Report Indicating a Doubling of Attacks / Nonprofit Security Grant Program Webinar Series info from FEMA Bulletin. Every DAP also has More Faith-Based Stories and Select All-Hazard Stories. These updates are shared to help raise the situational awareness of Faith-Based organizations to best defend against and mitigate the impacts from all-hazards threats including physical security, cybersecurity, and natural disasters.
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These updates are shared to help raise the situational awareness of Faith-Based organizations to best defend against and mitigate the impacts from all-hazards threats including physical security, cybersecurity, and natural disasters.
Yesterday, CISA released of a new resource titled, Violence Prevention through De-escalation Video, to help critical infrastructure and public gathering location stakeholders identify concerning behaviors and mitigate the risk of an incident of targeted violence.
As we anticipate continued protest activity over a number of social and political topics this year, these resources can be valuable to both security and non-security personnel on conflict resolution strategies.
An unclassified National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) Operations Center Alert released on 8 February which details a recent video release from AQAP titled “Jihad for the Sake of Allah is the Solution”. The 9 minute 20 second video featured Shaykh Kubaib al-Sudani. The narrator of the video and Sudani called for lone actor attacks against Jews, Christians, and unbelievers – especially in the West – to promote jihad and free Palestine, according to social media.
The video featured several well-known lone actor attacks, including the 2009 Fort Hood Shooting by U.S. Army Major Nidal Hassan who was described as a “good model and example” for lone actors. These pieces of propaganda are of course not new, but should serve as reminders that the intent to conduct attacks remains, and that houses of worship are attractive topics. If additional information related to this most recent video is released, those details will be shared in the FB-ISAO Slack Workspace, which we encourage all members to be active participants in.
The current El Niño is now one of the strongest on record, new data shows, catapulting it into rare “super El Niño” territory, but forecasters believe that La Niña is likely to develop in the coming months. A La Niña watch is now in effect, meaning conditions are favorable for a La Niña to form within the next six months, according to a forecast released by the CPC Thursday.
La Niñas often produce the opposite weather patterns as El Niño, including a more active Atlantic hurricane season. La Niña conditions were in place for a portion of the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record: 2020.
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