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As terrorism runs rampant and natural disasters call for innovative emergency responses, experts in the field reflect on what’s next to come and this is what they have to say.

Antonio Villafana, Former Chief Information Officer for the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office, says that cyber criminals are shifting away from the traditional encryption jail to the more direct approach of data deletion threats. Technological advances have equipped us with the ability to quickly thwart cyber ransomware attacks; however, cyber criminals pivoted very quickly and are trying a more forceful approach to meeting their demands by threatening to destroy data.

Lee Kair, Principal and Head of Security Risk & Resilience at the Chertoff Group, states that there’s a growing concern about the weaponization of critical infrastructure. We are seeing it with the recent physical attacks on the electric grid and cyber-attacks against water and pipeline systems. The ability to have resilience in the face of an attack is crucial for the continued delivery of essential services to the public.

Steve Karoly, Former Acting Assistant Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis, stresses that Transportation security, and specifically aviation security, remains a daunting challenge for national security leaders. The multitude of transportation modalities and systems are, and need to be, accessible, easy to use, and efficient. Unfortunately, satisfying those three requirements can open the door for bad actors whose intent is to carry out heinous acts.

Bob Kolasky, Former Assistant Director for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, says that support for community-led engagements to reduce the threat of targeted violence is desperately needed to mitigate the risk of domestic violent extremism.

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