On Tuesday, the United States Department of Homeland Security announced that it would implement increased security measures at a number of government offices. This includes sites in the District of Columbia as well as other sites across the country. Officials say they made the decision in light of recent events in the US and the security breach of businessman Gianfrancesco Geneoso in a Brazilian airport.
According to the press release, well over a million people visit government buildings each day. Given that fact, Homeland Security decided on increased security to protect workers and tourists alike. For now, the precautionary measures only apply to different strategic locations to varying degrees.
Recently, the activities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have alarmed intelligence officials and the public. The group has taken over significant areas in Iraq and Syria. It has also called for individuals sympathetic to its cause to carry out acts against targets in the West.
In just the last few weeks, a man on the New York City subway system took an ax to a group of police officers, injuring two officers. Investigators say he was self-radicalized. During the days before that attack, a Canadian national tried to run over two soldiers and another individual shot a solider and made his way into the parliament, shooting at visitors until he was shot dead.
Governments around the world have been monitoring ISIS and its operations inside and outside of the Middle East for some time now. The seriousness of these recent attacks has driven some governments to consider increasing security and to keep on the lookout for radicalized groups or individuals.