SRO Stops Shooter, U.S. Cybersecurity Approach Changes, Ebola Outbreak, and More

SRO Stops Shooter, U.S. Cybersecurity Approach Changes, Ebola Outbreak, and More
  • ​A school resource officer is being praised for how he responded to an attempted shooting at a high school near Chicago.  A 19-year-old student entered Dixon High School’s graduation practice with a gun and began shooting. School resource officer Mark Dallas rushed at the student, who began shooting at him. Dallas ended the confrontation by returning fire and striking the student in the shoulder before arresting him. The school principal praised Dallas’ actions, noting that he may have saved countless lives. He also commended students and staff for responding as they had been trained—most barricaded themselves in classrooms or fled. The shooter’s mother said he may have taken the gun from his grandparents’ house and that he had been bullied. School has not yet resumed. 

  • The White House is shaking up how it approaches cybersecurity. The Trump administration cut the cyber coordinator role,  a key position Obama had created, in an effort to streamline authority in the National Security Council. Cyber policy experts have urged Trump to replace the acting coordinator, but it appears the position will be permanently eliminated. Meanwhile the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unveiled a new national strategy for addressing cyberattacks. A new report said the agency “must better align our existing law enforcement efforts and resources to address new and emerging challenges in cyberspace, to include the growing use of end-to-end encryption, anonymous networks, online marketplaces, and cryptocurrencies.”

  • An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo was initially thought to have been contained in an isolated area, but it has entered a “new phase” after the first urban case was confirmed, officials announced. Someone fell ill with the virus in Wangata, one of three health zones in Mbandaka, which has 1.2 million residents. So far, 44 cases have been reported and have resulted in 23 deaths, and officials worry that its spread to the urban center will complicate efforts to control the outbreak. The World Health Organization has deployed about 30 experts to help with the response.

  • In other news, more information has been released about the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people. A Utah man made a plea for help from a Venezuela prison. A college student caused a stir with her pro-gun graduation outfit. A man was arrested after ramming an Ohio police cruiser and trying to run over an officer. The Parkland school resource officer that was criticized for his response to the Florida shooting is receiving more than $8,000 in state pension. The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee confirmed that Russia intended to help President Trump in the 2016 presidential election. DHS personnel are defending a policy that would separate migrant children from their parents at the border. Officials say the E. coli bacteria threat from romaine lettuce has almost passed. ​