Category: Homeland Security News

Energy securityReforming Fossil Fuel Subsidies Published 26 October 2020 Fossil fuels still receive most of the international government support provided to the energy sector despite their “well-known environmental and public health damage,” according to new research. “There is evidence that fossil fuel subsidies are socially inequitable, that they encourage smuggling and waste, and distort economies

PasswordsFinally: A Usable, Secure Password Policy Backed by Science Published 23 October 2020 After nearly a decade of studies, the passwords research group in Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute has developed a policy for creating passwords that maintains balance between security and usability—one backed by hard science. After nearly a decade of studies, the

InfrastructureMaking Critical Infrastructure Safer as Natural Disasters Increase Published 23 October 2020 According to the European Union, it costs around €20 billion to repair and maintain transport infrastructure as a direct result of natural hazards. The American Society of Civil Engineers believes neglecting to maintain transport infrastructure could have dire economic consequences, including a loss

landslidesSimple Actions May Help People Survive Landslides Published 23 October 2020 An engineer who analyzed the aftermath of the March 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington, began to investigate the circumstances that can make landslides so deadly. The resulting study shows that certain human actions increase the chance of surviving a devastating event, and suggests simple