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Homeland Threat Assessment Highlights Ongoing Risks for U.S. Resilience Efforts

October 12, 2020 Leave a comment DRI Admin

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its latest Homeland Threat Assessment, detailing a variety of major risks for which resilience professionals will have to be on alert.

While much of the assessment focuses on domestic and foreign terrorism and international state-sponsored disruption, many of the identified threats the report warns of are those that have the greatest impact on companies and the resilience community.

Among the top dangers:

Cyber threats. Cyber attacks from both nation-states and non-state actors is expected to grow, targeting U.S. companies with a focus on critical manufacturing, defense industrial base, energy, healthcare, and transportation sectors. Other attacks are likely to use a range of capabilities, including social engineering, publicly known software/hardware vulnerabilities, poorly configured networks, and security weakness exploit attacks.

COVID-19. The pandemic has destabilized U.S. supply chains, leading to sustained disruptions to the global economy that could pose further challenges to both the economy and supply chain security. Additionally, the opportunity for cyber actors to exploit COVID-19 is likely to continue, deploying ransomware, spear-phishing emails and other techniques against healthcare and public health sectors, government response, and emergency services.

Natural Disasters. The ongoing threat of severe weather disasters endangers human health and safety, property, critical infrastructure and homeland security, all exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been the second most active on record, behind only the 2005 season. Wildfires has burned approximated 5.37 million acres in the western part of the country. The mission of helping those affected and mitigating the severity of future threats falls to both public and private sectors working together.

Click here to read the complete report.

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