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Homeland Security News

A collection of open-source homeland security and terrorism news from around the world.
Date: Jul 2021

As companies face growing hacking risks, corporate cybersecurity chiefs are earning more money compared with last year, but in many cases are still reporting to IT leaders.

Many companies that previously didn’t have chief information security officers have hired one in the past few years, driving the need for professionals with experience, technical skills and business knowledge, experts say. Security leaders with these qualifications can be difficult to find, which has pushed salaries higher.

CISOs in the U.S. earned a median salary of $509,000 this year, compared with $473,000 in 2020, according to a new survey of 354 CISOs, published Thursday by executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. Total compensation, including equity grants and bonuses, rose to $936,000 from $784,000 in 2020. Last year’s survey included responses from 372 CISOs.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

An Egyptian court has sentenced 24 Muslim Brotherhood members to death for the killing of police officers in two separate cases, a judicial source said.

The state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said the Damanhour Criminal Court ordered the death penalty on Thursday for 16 defendants affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mohamed Sweidan, a regional leader of the organisation, for their involvement in the bombing of a police bus in Rashid city in Beheira governorate in 2015.

The report added that the blast killed three police officers and wounded 39 others.

The same court also handed down the death penalty to eight Muslim Brotherhood members, who were accused of killing a police officer in December 2014 in Ad Dilinjat city in Beheira.

Read more: Al Jazeera

A Navy sailor has been charged with starting a fire on an amphibious assault ship last summer that injured more than 60 firefighters and caused billions in damage.

The 22-year-old USS Bonhomme Richard burst into flames on July 12, 2020, and smoldered for more than four days off San Diego. More than 60 sailors and civilians were treated for minor injuries, heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

The ship was decommissioned in November 2020 after an assessment determined repairs to the ship would cost $3 billion and take five to seven years.

Evidence collected in the following investigation was enough to accuse the sailor, who has not been named, of starting the fire, Cmdr. Sean Robertson, U.S. 3rd Fleet spokesperson, said in a statement. The sailor was a crew member at the time and has been charged with aggravated arson and the willful hazarding of a vessel.

Read more: USA Today

A man having a mental health issue and holding a suspected explosive device was in a standoff with police in a San Jose neighborhood Thursday afternoon before he was arrested safely.

The standoff happened in the area of Olinder Ct. and Felipe Ave. near the U.S. 101 – Interstate 280/680 exchange.

San Jose police said a despondent adult male was holding the possible explosive and negotiators were at the scene engaging the man in dialogue.

Police said the man was separated from the device and taken safely into custody. A bomb unit officer took custody of the device, but it was not immediately known if it was an explosive.

Read more: CBS San Francisco

A teenager who downloaded manuals on how to make bombs and poisons has been sentenced to a 12-month referral order.

The 17-year-old from Gloucestershire, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was arrested by counter-terrorism police in December 2019.

Far-right symbols such as swastikas were found scratched into a desk in his bedroom, Bristol Youth Court was told.

Detailed guides explaining ways of killing someone were also found on his phone.

Gloucestershire Police said the boy's electronic devices contained images of him performing Nazi salutes, posing with imitation firearms and memes of mass killers such as Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

The boy admitted 11 counts of collecting material of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Read more: BBC News