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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will resume self-defense classes for flight attendants and pilots after not having the training for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The classes come as the airlines deal with a surge in cases of unruly passengers and violent behavior on flights.

With unruly passenger incidents on the rise, TSA remains committed to equip flight crews with another tool to keep crews safe, according to its statement. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has documented 3,082 reports of unruly passengers on flights this year, and a majority of those have been tied to mask disputes, according to the New York Times. The FAA has initiated investigations into 487 of the cases so far this year which allots to more than triple the number of investigations in the 12 months of 2019.

Read more: Security Magazine

In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline and JBS ransomware attacks in recent months, the head of the nation's leading cybersecurity agency says these events are a harbinger of what's to come on the cyber front and there needs to be a greater focus on shoring up the defenses of America's most important assets.

"Both of those incidents highlight the actual real world consequences of cyber incidents, targeting our critical infrastructure. And while today those attacks have impacted Americans at the gas pump and at the supermarkets, our concern is where could this go next," Brandon Wales, the current acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told CNN's Pamela Brown in an interview.

While attacks like the ones on JBS and Colonial Pipeline are not new, they have increased in recent years, according to Wales, and they're bolder than ever -- leading criminal attackers to look for bigger targets for more ransom money, including targets that have real world consequences.

Read more: CNN