Morning Security Brief: Global Terrorism Increases, Dodd-Frank Progress Report Released, Military Leaders Fear Cyberthreats
Global terrorism is on the increase, many requirements of Dodd-Frank remain unmet, and cybersecurity is the most serious threat facing the United States.
► The University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism reports that global terrorism was at an all-time high in 2012, reports Government Technology. The latest numbers tallied from the group’s Global Terrorism Database indicates that there were more than 8,400 terrorist attacks worldwide in 2012 and more than 15,400 casualties. Incidents in Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan account for 54 percent of all terrorist-related fatalities. The numbers also show that the Taliban is the deadliest terrorist group, with more than 2,500 fatalities. Boko Haram is next with more than 1,200 fatalities.
► A report issued by the law firm of Davis Polk indicates that many of the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act remain unmet. According to the report, “as of January 2, 2014, a total of 280 Dodd-Frank rulemaking requirement deadlines have passed…of these 280 passed deadlines, 132 (47.1 percent) have been missed and 148 (52.9 percent) have been met with finalized rules. Regulators have not yet released proposals for 56 of the 132 missed rules.”
► In a survey released today, military leaders cite cybersecurity as the most serious threat facing the United States. Defense News reports on its survey of 352 senior military members or civilians in the U.S. Defense Department. Of those surveyed, 45 percent indicated that cyber warfare is the greatest threat to the United States. On privacy issues, 47 percent of respondents said that the disclosures made by Edward Snowden have helped further the public debate on surveillance.