HLSS 155 B001 Win 13
Professor Dr. Wesley Phillips
15 February 2013
America's Top Three Potential Terrorist Attacks
Since the successful attacks by planned by Osama Bin Laden, and carried out by Al Qaeda terrorists, the United States of America has implemented new strategies to thwart efforts by terrorist to achieve another successful attack on US soil. Along with the new Global War on Terrorism, came new laws, different executive orders, and the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security to combat terrorism and to strengthen the nation's national security. According to James Carafano and Jessica Zuckerman, “There is little doubt that the United States is safer than it was on September 10, 2001—at least 40 terror plots against the U.S. have been foiled since 9/11—but the war on terrorism is not yet won” (Carafano and Zuckerman 2011, par.2). After many successes, at least 40 foiled plots said by Carafano and Zuckerman, the United States has monitored and compiled a list of suspected terrorist organizations both foreign and domestic. However, the US has recently began to slow down their efforts in national security interest. Under the leadership of the Obama Administration, there have been many defense cuts, a refusal to secure US borders, and a foreign policy that has caused more instability in the Middle East than ever before. This has given rise to more hatred for the hegemonic United States government by Islamic extremists, and has left the United States susceptible to three major types of terrorist attacks that are likely to occur on American soil.
Starting with the most common type of attack, bombings are of a well known particular interest to terrorists due to their potential to cause a massive amount of collateral damage, casualties, and mass panic. Most average law abiding American citizens only think of extreme Islamic militants when the word terrorist is mentioned, whether hearing it through the media or conversation. This is actually far from the truth. It is certain that the United States will remain the primary target of Islamic terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda for years to come, but the United States has suffered more violent attacks on US soil from different domestic terrorist groups over the years, than foreign groups. However, none of those attacks were as deadly as the attacks on September 1, 2011, which were carried out by Al Qaeda. Throughout the United States lies many different extremists groups who despise government and wish to cause harm to push their message to the public. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Currently, there are 1,018 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racists skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes, and others” (Southern Poverty Law Center 2013, par.2). In addition to the groups listed by the SPLC, there are a large number of other groups that are extreme religious types, Christian, Muslim, Jews, Athiests, satanists, etc., as well as environmental activists, animal activists, mafias, gangs, and the Mexican cartels all being active within the United States.
In the past century, there have been many instances of violence carried out by different groups of people. In the 1960's and 70's, the civil rights movement, peace activist against the Vietnam War, and the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion sparked a wave of extremism across the nation. Several bombings of abortion clinics, arson, and violent plots to cause harm swept the nation. The first attempt by foreign terrorist organizations to harm the Unites States on US soil was the 1993 attempt to bomb the World Trade Center where six people were killed, and thousands were injured. The attack was carried out by the use of a truck bomb be parked in the basement of tower...
...Leadership during a TerroristAttack:
Coping with 9/11 by Rebuilding
During the terroristsattacks of 9/11 many financial industries were particularly hard hit because of where the attack occurred. Cantor Fitzgerald (CF), a bond trading firm was amongst the hardest hit by the attacks. This is because when the plane hit the tower where CF was located most of CF’s employees were trapped above the initial impact. This caused CF to lose a huge number of employees and the only brother to Howard Lutnik who was and still is the company’s CEO. This crisis put the company at huge risk of becoming obsolete as there was no way to run the company with less than a third of the employees working. Something had to be done, and quick. This paper will show how effective crisis response can change the dynamic of a company from almost losing everything after a crisis has occurred to becoming one of the leader’s yet again in the industry.
“You Make the Call Questions”
* How did leadership function in this case? Leadership functioned in this case from the top. The CEO Harry Lutnik was the first to respond and make a plea as well as a promise on national television in an attempt to make a recovery of his company and help the families of the employees lost that were directly affected by the tragedy.
* Describe Lutnik’s visibility . Do you think it was appropriate for him to go on...
...The terroristattacks on September 11th have repeatedly been related to Pearl Harbor. In many ways, the analogy is apparent. Just as that attack initiated us into World War II, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have initiated us into a new kind of war, against terrorism. But starting this sort of borderless war holds great risks, not only to the armed forces commanded to fight but also to core national values. In this way, Pearl Harbor brings other distressing memories, those of the internment.
Similar to the explosions on the East Coast, the bombing of Pearl Harbor on 12-7, devastated our beliefs of national security. How could this have taken place? Average individuals, famous journalists, and government officials soon started criticizing at the Japanese in America. Viewing these "Orientals" as terminally foreign, speaking foreign languages, effect foreign cultures, active foreign religions (Shinto, Buddhism), American society could not differentiate between the Empire of Japan and Americans of Japanese crash. As General DeWitt, in charge of the Western Defense Command, put it, "A Jap's a Jap." As government reports quickly to the wrapping up that Japanese Americans aided and supported the attack, the wheels of the internment machinery began revolving.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which approved armed forces in the Western U.S....
...is what most of the girls love! America’s Next Top Model is one of the reality shows that is shown every Wednesday at 8:00 pm PST. It seeks to find the next golden girl of the modeling industry. Contestants from different states go for auditions, and the judges pick 13 finalists who fit with the requirements which include an age that is between 18 to 27 years, height of at least 5 feet and 7 inches, a US citizen, and must not have previous experience as a model in a national campaign within the last five (5) years, including, but not limited to, appearances on television and print advertisements (Eligibility). The 13 finalists will live in one house that has cameras running 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. These cameras will capture exciting events that happen inside the house where the contestants fight or catfight, argue, pick on each other, give support to each one and so on. Each week, the girls have to learn to walk down the catwalk, pose and act for fashion photo shoots, and learn perfect publicity skills in order to sharpen their modeling skills (ANTM). The contestants who show least amount of improvement are eliminated and those who excel move on to the finals. The members of the board of judges are Twiggy, a fashion icon; Nigel Barker, the fashion photographer; J. Alexander, the runway trainer; Jay Manuel, the make-up artist and the photo director; Tyra, a supermodel, host, creator and executive producer of...
...Identifying Potential Malicious Attacks
Prof. Prem Jadhwani
November 6, 2012
The CIO Company will use firewalls, intrusion detection systems, virus scanners and other protective software to provide some assurance that the security policies for the site are properly implemented. Firewalls are the basis of computer and network security defense. They are widely deployed. They are very hard to configure properly, and people who configure them may not know the current threats and attacks. For example, an administrator maybe working on some task and might leave something open in a firewall where attackers can enter through. Some firewalls have the vulnerability that enables attackers and be defeated. By identifying the network components, you can evaluate their vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can have flaws in the technology, configuration, or security policy. Vulnerabilities can be fixed different ways, applying software patches, reconfiguring devices, or deploying countermeasures such as firewalls and antivirus software. Threat is when people take advantage of vulnerability and cause a negative impact on the network. If threat occurs it needs to be identified, and the associated vulnerabilities need to be addressed to minimize the risk.
As of today, most of the hackers are interested in hacking services such as HTTP (TCP Port 80) and HTTPS (TCP Port 443), which are open in many networks. By using...
...Identifying Potential Malicious Attacks, Threats and Vulnerabilities
CIS 333 Network Security Fundamentals
July 23, 2014
We have been tasked by the CIO to draft a report identifying potentially malicious attacks, threats, and vulnerabilities specific to our organization. Further, the CIO would like us to briefly explain each item and potential impact it could have on the organization.
Malicious Network Attacks
"Networkattack is usually defined as an intrusion on your network infrastructure that will first analyze your environment and collect information in order to exploit the existing open ports or vulnerabilities - this may include as well unauthorized access to your resources" (Symantec, 2013). We will first have to analyze the potentialattacks we need to protect against, and the potential impact those attacks could have on the network. The majority of threats we will encounter are classified as viruses, hacks, and blended attacks.
1. Viruses. "A Virus is a program that is activated by attaching copies of itself to executable objects. Viruses can reach your computer from other infected computers, via data medium (CD, DVD, etc.) or through a network (local or Internet)." (Symantec, 2013). Due to the shear frequency of virus attacks, we shall list them number one. According to a Department of Trade and...
...An Analysis of the 9/11 TerroristAttack
On September 11, 2001, 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four United States commercial airliners travelling from the east coast to California. The hijackers forcibly took control of four planes. Two planes were purposefully crashed into the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City. The third aircraft was flown into the Pentagon building in Washington DC. The fourth plane landed in a Pennsylvania field. All of the people on board the aircrafts were killed. There were 2996 people killed including the hijackers and the airline passengers and the victims on the ground in New York and Washington DC. A total of 836 first responders also died as the result of their efforts to rescue people in the WTC before it collapsed (The National Commission on TerroristAttacks, 2004). According to the US government, 9/11 was an act of war. The United States government, state and local agencies mobilized during the disaster. Victims in New York and Washington DC were taken to area hospitals for medical treatment. As the result of the terroristattack, the government instituted a series of measures that changed the United States policy towards terrorism and homeland security.
The aftermath of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks left the country in a state of shock. The report on 9/11 details the steps taken by the government during...
...TopThree Illegal Drugs
February 11, 2012
TopThree Illegal Drugs
Illegal drugs tend to be abused by millions of people. This is a big problem in most countries today. According to the Los Angeles Times article that 200 million people that use illegal drugs might die from the health problems (L.A. Times, 2012). Using illegal drugs sometimes can end in death for the abuser. An abuser chooses his drug choice or even might use two different illegal drugs. The topthree drugs of 2007 are heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine (Listverse, 2007). These are abused by people and this leads to negative effects of the abuser and their families and friends. If anyone has experienced family members abusing this is very hard for one to sit around and watch them do.
The number one drug from the top 10 drug list is heroin. According to Listverse article heroin is an opiate processed directly from the extracts of the opium poppy (Listverse, 2007). The street names used for Heroin are: A-bomb, which is Heroin and marijuana together, Guaramine, caffeine, “H,” Junk are a few names that this drug Heroin goes by on the street (Bio-drug-slang, 2003-2011). Heroin abuse has become a big problem in the United States. A person that abuses usually has no goals in life other than to use Heroin on a daily bases. Heroin is usually used by injecting themselves with the...
...The September 11, 2001 terroristattacks, now referred to as 9/11, were a series of coordinated, well-planned suicide attacks that involved the use of hijacked passenger jets as a means of destruction . The suicide bombers used the passenger jets as bombs, and ran into the World Trade Center Towers of New York, the Pentagon, and a fourth plane that did not make it to its destination, hit the ground in Pennsylvania. These suddenattacks came as a shock to the people and government of the USA. The attacks affected not only the United States, but the entire world felt the aftershock of the event. It specifically affected the United States economy and sent it on a downward spiral. It had a huge impact on people emotionally. The most significant outcome of the attacks was America?s march towards the War Against Terrorism, which targeted the Taliban network, the Al-Qaeda organization, and the specific terrorists behind the attacks.
The terrorists behind 9/11 targeted the World Trade Center Two Towers as key objectives. The World Trade Center was an indispensable center of US banking, insurance, and investment. The economy in the USA was deepening into a recession well before the events of 9/11, and due to the unreliability of the economy, the unemployment rate went up to 4.9 percent in August as job losses in manufacturing climbed over 1 million. Layoffs...