Security Management RSS Feeds National Security RSS Feed 11/08/2018Breaking News: Shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, CaliforniaA gunman killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy, late Wednesday night when he opened fire on revelers in the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular venue with college students for dancing in the suburb of Thousand Oaks, California. Here's what we know, according to various news reports:The gunman was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who had previous run-ins with the law.The gunman was dressed in black and wearing glasses. He walked up to the Borderline Bar & Grill and shot a security guard standing outside. He then entered the bar, turned right and shot other security guards and employees.Sgt.11/01/2018Crossed WiresWhen a man stole a car at gunpoint, sped off on a reckless 45-minute ride across the Los Angeles area, and then took unsuspecting restaurant patrons hostage in September 2015, the police response was intense. The car chase spanned several cities, involving first responders from multiple jurisdictions as well as the California Highway Patrol and SWAT members. There was just one problem: once the officers had surrounded the restaurant where the man had barricaded himself, they had no way to communicate with each other, even though they were all in the same parking lot."The restaurant was surrounded by multiple law enforcement entities11/01/2018Disastrously UnpreparedEffective emergency response requires more than rapid, targeted action and brave rescue efforts. The efficacy of the response also depends on what takes place before the event, when the responding agency is shoring up and maintaining its programs and resources so that it is prepared for whatever disaster or force of nature might be in the works. Two recent reports illustrate the importance of pre-response actions. The two studies critique the response to two of the most significant disasters of the last few years: the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which featured the nightmarishly destructive trio of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and10/01/2018Shaping SanctuaryAs the holding and deportation of illegal immigrants from the United States took center stage over the summer, cities and states felt increasing pressure to pick a side. Should they enact so-called sanctuary city policies, limiting federal involvement in their law enforcement activities, and foster relationships with immigrant communities? Or should they work with federal officials to assist in detaining and deporting illegal immigrants, sometimes for profit?The Trump administration's sweeping crackdown on undocumented citizens has affected a swath of people, from families crossing into the United States illegally to immigrants who have lived09/26/2018Terror Attacks are Down, But Deaths are UpA lot has changed in the global terrorism landscape over the past year, after ISIS lost its foothold in Iraq and Syria and security practitioners around the world continued to harden soft targets susceptible to lone wolf-style attacks.But while the number of terrorist attacks worldwide fell in 2017, they remain historically deadly, according to new data from the University of Maryland's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism Global Terrorism Database (GTD). More than half of terrorist violence last year took place in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan, and almost a quarter of all deaths were in Iraq alone. Cybersecurity RSS Feed 11/01/2018Something in the WaterWith this access, the hacker obtained information about the status and operation of the dam, including the water levels, temperature, and status of the sluice gate that controls water levels and flow rates.However, the hacker was prohibited from obtaining control of the gate because it had been manually disconnected for maintenance.After a lengthy investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted seven Iranians for their alleged roles in both the dam hacking and a broader series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on financial institutions in New York state. "The infiltration of the Bowman Avenue Dam represents a frightening11/01/2018Book Review: Small Wars, Big DataPrinceton University Press; press.princeton.edu; 408 pages; $29.95.A 2012 Forbes article titled "How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did" showed the power of data collection. In that article, author Kashmir Hill wrote that every time you go shopping, you share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers, who study those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are likely to make you happy. Target figured out how to guess that a baby is on the way long before the parents need to start buying diapers.Big data has revolutionized retail, and it has also changed10/01/2018A Stronger HandshakeThe announcement came as a shock to the cybersecurity industry. In October 2017, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) reached out to roughly 100 organizations to alert them of a new vulnerability affecting a major Wi-Fi protocol—WPA2. “US-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol,” it said. “The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others.”The specific vulnerability was Key Reinstallation Attacks, otherwise know as KRACK, which allowed10/01/2018Q&A: Cybersecurity and InfrastructureJeanette Manfra serves as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications.Q. What is NPPD's role in protecting the nation's cybersecurity infrastructure?A. We see ourselves as the national risk manager. It's not that we own all the risk or have the ability to unilaterally take actions to reduce that risk, but we are the organization that sits in the center between the intelligence community, U.S. Department of Defense, and law enforcement, and the threat side—federal networks, critical infrastructure, and all of our partners in10/01/2018Book Review: Online DangerMorgan James Publishing; morgan-james-publishing.com; 182 pages; $17.95.When this reviewer wrote Computer Security: 20 Things Every Employee Should Know 13 years ago, it was two years before the iPhone was released. A lot has changed since then in the world of information security. The threats and risks have increased exponentially, and that trend is sure to continue. Cyberspace has many benefits; but with each benefit comes associated risks. If you are not careful, in a few clicks, you can reveal your entire medical history, lose your life savings, and more. In Online Danger: How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones From the Evil Security by Industry RSS Feed 02/25/2014RSA Executive Chairman Addresses NSA Allegations at Cyber Conference Information technology security firm RSA has been under scrutiny recently after Reuters reported the firm was allegedly awarded a $10 million dollar secret contract from the National Security Agency (NSA). The revelation caused at least nine security experts to withdraw as speakers from the 2014 RSA Conference in San Francisco, including a senior software security engineer from Google. The RSA conference, which centers around cybersecurity, attracts more than 20,000 attendees annually. On Tuesday morning, keynote speaker Arthur Coviello, executive chairman of RSA, addressed the NSA controversy, insisting05/06/2014ASIS International Accolades Awards Submissions Open 05/06/2014 - ASIS International, the leading organization for security professionals worldwide, invites companies exhibiting at the ASIS 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2014) or the colocated (ISC)² Security Congress 2014 to enter the ASIS 2014 Accolades: Security’s Best, an awards competition that recognizes the security industry’s most innovative new products and service solutions. The program, which is for products or services launched after September 26, 2013, opens May 5, 2014. The submission deadline is July 31, and winners will be announced at the ASIS 2014 Networking Luncheon06/10/2009Homeland Security Heads to High School Since 9-11, colleges and universities have begun offering degrees in homeland security. Now that trend has perculated down to high schools, reports The Los Angeles Times. Meade High School [in Fort Meade, Maryland], where Edler teaches, made its own history this year. The long-troubled public high school become one of the first in the nation to offer a four-year course in domestic security. The goal: to help graduates build careers in one of America's few growth industries. "This course will help me get a top-secret security clearance," said10/17/2013Visa Discusses Efforts to Prevent Fraudulent Transactions In a world where consumers regularly use mobile devices to make purchases and take advantage of online banking options, financial institutions are working harder than ever to verify cardholder identities and prevent fraudulent transactions, said Visa, Inc., Head of Risk and Authentication Products Mark Nelsen, speaking on a panel at the Visa Global Security Summit 2013 in Washington, D.C. last week. Traditionally, banks have only seen “what happens through the payment network, which means we see the data elements within the authorization message and to be honest, there’s not a lot in there about the person,”01/08/2013FDA Proposes New Food Safety Rules Aimed at Preventing Foodborne Illness According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data, nearly 130,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die annually from foodborne illnesses. As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) the FDA has proposed two new food safety rules aimed at preventing foodborne illness. The FSMA, enacted in 2011, was the first overhaul of the country’s food safety system in more than 70 years. “The proposed rules build on significant strides made during the Obama Administration, including the first egg safety rule protecting consumers from Salmonella and stepped up testing Physical Security RSS Feed 11/09/20182018 Physical Security Survey Is OpenA strong physical security program is going to use a variety of techniques and technologies to secure and protect locations. Security Management’s research arm is partnering with Brivo to learn about trends and best practices at the intersection of physical security and technology. The survey is open for responses now, and is capturing information on current physical security practices, the state of physical security integration technology adoption, and what directions corporate physical security practices are heading.11/01/2018Shooing off Copper Crime WavesCopper theft can be dangerous—even deadly. The metal is attractive for thieves, who often find the cover of night and the remoteness of a construction or utilities site the perfect scene for their crimes. The value of copper is driven by the classic supply-and-demand scenario—the world's copper mining industry can't produce enough to keep up with the demand, says Ross Johnson, CPP, senior manager, security and contingency planning at Capital Power in Alberta, Canada."Since you cannot mine copper fast enough to keep up with the demand, the shortfall is made up from the recycling industry, and that's what drives up the value of11/01/2018Safer ShippingFor almost two decades, maritime security has largely been framed by the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which focuses on detecting and preventing security threats against ports and ships. But due to increasing concern for the safe and secure movement of cargo, as well as the maturity of the implementation of the ISPS Code over the last 14 years, maritime security has begun to focus on treating ports and ships as conduits within the supply chain—not just targets. This shift from port and vessel security to broader cargo and supply chain security is driven by the evolution of both global trade and11/01/2018Building a Hostility-Free WorkplaceThis is the #MeToo era. The great wave of public accusations involving inappropriate conduct such as sexual harassment between managers, employees, and coworkers has washed over U.S. workplaces, unsettling everything in its wake.But sexual harassment is not the only conduct that can help turn a working environment hostile. Given this, employers and security managers who take action now to help establish and solidify a welcoming and hostility-free work environment will be better positioned for the future. Such actions can come in many forms, ranging from zero-tolerance anti-harassment policies and violence prevention training to diversity task11/01/2018Book Review: Are We Safe Enough?Elsevier; Elsevier.com; 268 pages; $99.95.A brilliant look at aviation security through a unique prism of academia and statistics, Are We Safe Enough? provokes the reader to think about transportation security in a different light. By focusing purely on numbers, the authors remove emotion from the conversation and show what works and what doesn't.From the opening chapter, the book forces the reader to abandon certain assumptions. Presenting facts and figures for the actual frequency of terror events and the associated costs of these events, the authors use raw data to break emotional attachments to the way things are done. They perform a fascinating Strategic Security RSS Feed 11/01/2018SM Online November 2018Security CareersASIS International and the Security Industry Association commissioned research to understand the career pathway of security management and supplier personnel, including their educational and professional backgrounds, job titles and responsibilities, and required knowledge, skills, and abilities.Cyber ResilienceFinancial services businesses stopped 81 percent of cyberattacks in 2018, compared with 66 percent in 2017, according to a new report from Accenture. But cybercriminals are attacking with new strategies and breakthrough technology, and financial firms may not be keeping up.Construction Sites To prevent theft at construction11/01/2018Legal Report Resources November 2018Harassment. Employers—in some circumstances—can be held liable for a nonemployee's behavior if it exceeds expected norms, a U.S. appellate court ruled.Cybersecurity. U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation into law to create new requirements for agencies addressing cybersecurity risks.Identification. U.S. President Trump signed into law legislation that prevents the U.S. Coast Guard from implementing previous identification requirements.Violence. Domestic violence is now a crime under the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice, an inclusion in the annual defense authorization act that U.S. President Trump signed into law.Discrimination.11/01/2018Career Pathways in SecurityA career in security management comes with diverse options for growth and impact, and the many different pathways available are not always clear or intuitive.When students are trying to plan for their future, or more tenured professionals are contemplating a career transition, there are many questions. What traits and competencies do professionals need at different stages in their careers? Should individuals focus on becoming more specialized or growing into broader responsibilities? How can you take your career to the next level?ASIS International partnered with the Security Industry Association (SIA) to answer these very questions in the Security11/01/2018Supply and DemandGrowing up in rural Oklahoma, I thought "Government Cheese" was a brand name, like Kleenex or Coke. My grandmother's freezer was full of the stuff and we never left her house without a 5-pound brick. Salty, gritty, and smelly, it was a staple ingredient in the casseroles and grilled cheese sandwiches of my childhood. It was also a cautionary tale of economics, supply and demand, and unintended consequences.Government Cheese began as government milk. In an article for the History Channel's website, "How the U.S. Ended Up with Warehouses Full of 'Government Cheese,'" Erin Blakemore writes that "during the 1970s, as Americans11/01/2018November 2018 Legal ReportJudicial DecisionsHARASSMENT. Employers—in some circumstances—can be held liable for a nonemployee's behavior that exceeds expected norms, a U.S. appellate court ruled.Kymberli Gardner was a certified nursing assistant at an assisted living facility operated by CLC of Pascagoula from 2012 until she was fired in 2015. Gardner was trained in tactics to handle aggressive patients who were sometimes physically combative or sexually aggressive.Patient J.S. lived at the facility between 2006 and 2014, and was diagnosed with several physical and mental illnesses, including dementia, traumatic brain injury, personality disorder with aggressive behavior, Morning Security Brief RSS Feed 11/14/2018Hate Crimes Increase, National Security Challenges, Alleged Ethiopian Coup, and moreThe number of U.S. hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased about 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to the agency's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program's annual Hate Crime Statistics report, released Monday. Law enforcement reported 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016. According to the report, the most common bias categories in single-bias incidents were race/ethnicity/ancestry at 60 percent, religion at 21 percent, and sexual orientation at 16 percent. In addition to the 7,106 single-bias incidents reported last year, there were also 69 multiple-bias hate crimes reported.America's military11/13/2018Security Officer Killed in Shooting, Arrest Made in Australian Strawberry Contamination Case, Nations Sign Cybersecurity Pact, and MoreJemel Roberson, a 26-year-old security officer at a nightclub outside of Chicago, was killed on Sunday when police officers mistook him for a gunman, according to The New York Times. A fight broke out at the club and Roberson evicted the several people involved in the altercation. One of the participants returned to the bar with a gun and started shooting. Roberson, who was armed and wearing gear indicating that he was a security officer, subdued the shooter outside of the bar and was awaiting the police. Police officers arrived on the scene and shot and killed Roberson. Four other people, including the shooter, were injured in the incident.My11/09/2018Thousand Oaks Gunman Visited Site Previously, Wildfire Blazes Near LA County, Trump Administration Issues New Rules On Asylum, And MoreThe gunman who opened fire at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, had previously visited the location and had interactions with law enforcement. The shooter, identified as Ian David Long, 28, served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. Friends of his told CNN that Long had visited Borderline several times to listen to music. Authorities are continuing to investigate the motive behind the shooting, which killed 12 people and injured more than a dozen others.The venue in the Thousand Oaks shooting was considered a safe haven for many survivors of last year’s shooting in Las Vegas, where more than 50 people were killed at11/08/2018Thousand Oaks Shooting, Security Overseer Resigns, U.S. AG Fired, and moreA gunman killed 12 people including a sheriff's deputy when he opened fire on revelers in a crowded country and western bar in Los Angeles late on Wednesday night, police said. The gunman was also killed. An unknown number of people were wounded after the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular venue with college students and local young adults for parties and dancing in the suburb of Thousand Oaks, California. It was the third mass shooting in the United States in under two weeks, six days after the death of two women at a yoga class in Tallahassee, Florida, and 12 days after a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a synagogue in11/08/2018Breaking News: Shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, CaliforniaBreaking News: Shooting at Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, CaliforniaA gunman killed 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy, late Wednesday night when he opened fire on revelers in the Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular venue with college students for dancing in the suburb of Thousand Oaks, California. Here's what we know, according to various news reports:The gunman was identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who had previous run-ins with the law. The gunman was dressed in black and wearing glasses. He walked up to the Borderline Bar & Grill and shot a security guard standing outside.