Tackling COVID-19: A Problem So Big, You Can See It From Space | Council on Foreign Relations


The breathtaking speed and reach of the novel coronavirus are showing in new ways both just how connected we all are as well as how our systems of response and action are fragile or act as exacerbators. Indeed, as economic activity slows to a crawl in most corners of the world, satellite images are capturing the impacts of the virus from space as it snakes around the globe.

The pandemic has already laid bare a number of important truths. Chief among these is that today’s problems do not respect national borders but quickly crisscross nations in our connected world. The crisis has demonstrated not only the vulnerability of global public health but also the fragility of an integrated world economy to shocks, as just-in-time supply chains begin to crack and the world edges toward recession, or even depression.

Source: Tackling COVID-19: A Problem So Big, You Can See It From Space | Council on Foreign Relations

COVID-19: MEPs concerned over disinformation attempts | European Parliament

MEPs and High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell will discuss the latest report by the European External Action Service about disinformation on COVID-19, on Thursday.

The aim of the latest report, published by the European External Action Service (EEAS) on 24 April, is to provide a snapshot overview of the current trends and insights into disinformation activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Mr Borrell will answer questions from members of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) on the report and its publication.

Source: COVID-19: MEPs concerned over disinformation attempts | News | European Parliament

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Why VCs won’t save struggling startups during COVID-19


Criticism of venture-backed startups that took coronavirus loans has exploded since the government’s first round of stimulus funding was exhausted on April 17. With millions of mom-and-pop businesses laying off employees, some have asked why buzzy tech startups with powerful patrons should be among the first to receive forgivable Small Business Administration loans.

After all, can’t venture-backed startups simply ask for more money from wealthy investors?

Of course, it’s more complicated than that.

Source: Why VCs won’t save struggling startups during COVID-19

Agencies Need Basic Cyber Risk Mgmt for Telework Settings | ExecutiveBiz

Chris Jensen, federal business development and capture manager at Tenable, has said that agencies should implement teamwork- and risk-based approaches in their efforts to fortify cybersecurity amidst telework setups.

Jensen wrote in a blog post published Tuesday that agencies must implement a “whole of state” mindset and establish an overarching security approach similar to the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program to meet agency-specific goals.

He noted that a team-based perspective that also includes industry and the academe is needed to establish a collective defense capacity and expand federal cybersecurity resources.

Source: Tenable’s Chris Jensen: Agencies Need Basic Cyber Risk Mgmt for Telework Settings | ExecutiveBiz

Charles River Analytics to Design Cybersecurity Assessment Approach | ExecutiveBiz

Charles River Analytics has secured funds from the U.S. Navy to create an approach that will work to help users incorporate cybersecurity features on system components.

The Cybersecurity Assessment and Risk Enumeration for Systems, or CARES, approach will enumerate an attack space and automatically yield security gaps and recommendations through the use of systemic functional grammars, the company said Tuesday.

The method will also help mitigate cyberattacks and carry out risk assessment for systems that are in the design phase.

Source: Charles River Analytics to Design Cybersecurity Assessment Approach | ExecutiveBiz

CGI Secures $267M CDM Contract from DHS to Improve Cybersecurity for Federal Agencies | ExecutiveBiz

CGI has been awarded a six-year, $267 million task order to provide cybersecurity consulting services under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program, the company announced on Wednesday.

“In partnership with CISA we have worked across many agencies to identify and address cybersecurity challenges. We look forward to continuing our support of this critical cross-agency initiative and leveraging our wealth of cybersecurity and shared services expertise to help DHS achieve its ultimate objectives,” said CGI senior vice-president Stephanie Mango.

Source: CGI Secures $267M CDM Contract from DHS to Improve Cybersecurity for Federal Agencies; Stephanie Mango Quoted | ExecutiveBiz

Raytheon Technologies Announces Partnerships to Secure $957M Cyber TRIDENT Training Competition | ExecutiveBiz

Raytheon Intelligence and Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, has partnered with commercial technology companies Red Hat and VMware to secure a $957M contract under Cyber TRIDENT, the company reported on Wednesday.

“Raytheon’s Cyber TRIDENT team is challenging the status quo for how software is developed and delivered to military training systems,” said Bob Williams, vice president of Global Training Solutions at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies company. “The speed of change in cyber warfare dictates rapid and continuous delivery of new training, which Raytheon will accomplish with techniques such as DevOps.”

Source: Raytheon Technologies Announces Partnerships to Secure $957M Cyber TRIDENT Training Competition; Bob Williams Quoted | ExecutiveBiz

The World’s Most Interesting Insects | Smithsonian Magazine


Insects are among Earth’s most abundant life forms, representing a staggering 80 percent of all animal species. But in recent years, reports of dwindling bug populations have led some experts to warn of an impending “insect apocalypse.”

The Smithsonian Handbook of Interesting Insects, released earlier this spring by Smithsonian Books, aptly demonstrates why such an “apocalypse” represents a devastating blow to biodiversity. Compiled by entomologists Gavin Broad, Blanca Huertas, Ashley Kirk-Spriggs and Dmitry Telnov, the work spotlights more than 100 insect species drawn from the London Natural History Museum’s collection of some 34 million specimens.

Source: The World’s Most Interesting Insects | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

Barnier: UK is derailing post-Brexit trade pact | EURACTIV.com


A frustrated Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, came close to accusing London of derailing talks on a future EU-UK trade pact on Friday (24 April), warning that there were “serious difficulties ahead” if a ‘no deal’ scenario is to be avoided in two months’ time.

Barnier complained that, with less than two months until a crunch meeting between leaders in June, the week of talks had been “disappointing”, with “no progress on fisheries”, and that the UK was yet to table any legal proposals on the issue.

Source: Barnier: UK is derailing post-Brexit trade pact – EURACTIV.com

Coronavirus grounds Airbus and Boeing’s lofty plans  | EURACTIV.com


Developments in the aerospace industry are falling by the wayside because of the coronavirus outbreak’s huge impact on the sector: US planemaker Boeing has abandoned international joint venture plans while European rival Airbus has nixed a project aimed at producing electric-powered aircraft.

Boeing said on Saturday (25 April) it had cancelled plans to create a multi-billion dollar tie-up with Embraer, insisting that the Brazilian firm “did not satisfy the necessary conditions” by the 24 April deadline date.

The $4.2bn joint venture was meant to help Boeing tap into more of the small jet market and increase production capacity. Embraer had hoped to take the fight to its own market rival, Canada’s Bombardier, which recently joined forces with Airbus.

Source: Coronavirus grounds Airbus and Boeing’s lofty plans  – EURACTIV.com