Egypt News: Additional Mass Attacks against Copts Deepen Fears of Islamic State

On the heels of an attack against a Coptic cathedral in December that killed dozens, the April 9 bombings of Coptic Christian churches in Tanta and Alexandria confirmed that the Islamic State (IS) has shifted its targeting parameters, marking a break from a longstanding, primary focus on security forces and symbols of the regime. The attacks prompted a strong response by the state; President Abdel Fatah El Sisi forwarded a declaration of a three-month state of emergency to Parliament, which was approved unanimously on April 11.

How to Protect Your Online Privacy

On a daily basis, the global media reports a huge loss of personnel data, damaged reputations, pilfered intellectual property, or millions of dollars stolen as the result of cyber incidents. An event reported in the news today will likely be eclipsed in scale or audacity in a few months’ time. Neither banks, global corporations, celebrities, nor even governments seem able to protect themselves from these digital events.

US Officials Contemplate Third MMR Vaccine Dose in Light of Rising Mumps Outbreaks

Due to the increasing number of mumps outbreaks in highly vaccinated communities, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – a group of experts that provides advice regarding vaccine recommendations for children and adults in the US – announced in February that they will be looking into whether a third dose of the MMR vaccine should be recommended. The outcome of this deliberation is not expected until February 2018.

United Kingdom: Terrorist Threat Unchanged following Westminster Attack; Security-related Disruptions Likely

A fatal attack at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, does not indicate any new or increased terrorist threat to business operations or staff in the country. On March 22, a single perpetrator drove his vehicle into pedestrians along Westminster Bridge and then launched a knife attack on police officers guarding the Parliament complex.