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Report says Homeland Security is Not Prepared for Pandemic

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A federal investigation has found that the DHS is totally "ill-prepared" for a pandemic.


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Vermont is Enticing Disaster Preparedness with Money

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The state of Vermont is preparing to implement new rules that encourage communities to take steps to reduce future flood damage in exchange for more money to help them recover.


 


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IRS Failed to do Background Checks on Contractors

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The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft.


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U.S. House Passes Three Cybersecurity Bills

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 The U.S. House of Representatives passed three cybersecurity bills aimed at strengthening the federal government’s ability to prevent and respond to cyberattacks. 


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Hazardous Duty - Stopping Truck Bombers at Embassies

A Quick History of Crash-Rated Barriers and the State Department
By Greg Hamm
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In 1998, at the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, a crash-rated, moveable barricade prevented the attacker’s vehicle from entering the rear compound of the building and, thus, reduced the loss of lives and damage to the facility.
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Cyber Crime Costs Global Economy $445 Billion a Year

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A new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and sponsored by McAfee, says that cybercrime costs businesses approximately $400 billion worldwide, with an impact on approximately 200,000 jobs in the U.S. and 150,000 jobs in the EU.


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Australian MP Exposes Security Risks Using Fake Pipe Bomb

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Bill Heffernan, a member of the Australian Parliament, revealed a security flaw in the Parliament building Monday when he was able to successfully smuggle a fake pipe bomb and dynamite sticks in undetected.


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California's Immigrant License Doesn't Meet National Security Standards

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Federal authorities say the proposed design for a California driver's license for immigrants in the country illegally doesn't meet national security standards.


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White House Outlines Parameters for Withholding Security Vulnerability Information

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Why wouldn’t the government disclose a cybersecurity vulnerability? According to a White House blog post, it could mean foregoing “an opportunity to collect crucial intelligence that could thwart a terrorist attack, stop the theft of our nation’s intellectual property, or even discover more dangerous vulnerabilities that are being used by hackers or other adversaries to exploit our networks,” writes White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel.


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Federal Security Clearances Drop 9 Percent Since 2011

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The number of new security clearances provided by the federal government, including renewals, has decreased by 9 percent since 2011, according to a new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The number of approved clearances dropped for the second consecutive year in FY2013, to just more than 777,000. 


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ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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Security Magazine

September 2014

2014 September

In the September issue of Security Magazine, find out who this year's most influential people are in the security industry are. Also, take a peek at the technology products that ASIS 2014 will be showcasing at the upcoming event. Read about the lessons learned from security at the World Cup, find out why tactical medical training is a must for your enterprise and how Atlanta increased security by sharing surveillance.
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