Morning Security Brief: Cybersecurity Dangers, New Deadly Tornadoes in Oklahoma, and More
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters that he plans to address cybersecurity on his trip to Asia, three scientists were among those killed by a tornado in Oklahoma on Friday, and a government program to detect corrosion in infrastructure lacks follow-through.
► While en route to Singapore aboard a U.S. military aircraft, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters that he plans to address cybersecurity during his trip to Asia. CNN reports that Hagel called cyber threats a “quiet, stealthy, insidious” danger to the United States. Hagel told reporters that he wants nations to agree to guidelines on cybersecurity to avoid future conflicts. Hagel also said he planned to address cybersecurity in his speech before the Shangri-La Security Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday.
► A series of tornadoes swept through the Oklahoma City area on Friday afternoon, before continuing on through parts of Missouri. The tornadoes were behaving erratically, making their paths less predictable, according to meteorologists. As many as 16 people were killed in Oklahoma, including three expert tornado researchers. Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras, and Carl Young were killed near El Reno, Oklahoma, when a twister took an unexpected left turn. According to MSNBC, Tim Samaras was a lauded scientist who had authored “pioneering” studies on lightning.
► At the request of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied Department of Defense programs designed to detect corrosion in infrastructure and address it before it leads to structural failure. The GAO found that project managers failed to submit final reports as required 63 percent of the time. Also, project managers failed to submit follow-up reports 37 percent of the time. The GAO noted that “without effective actions to ensure timely submission of final and follow-up reports, decision makers may be unaware of potentially useful technologies to address corrosion.”