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Morning Brief: Airport Evacuated, Olympic Security, and More

By Holly Gilbert

► The Richmond International Airport in Virginia has been evacuated this morning after a receiving a serious threat, according to reports from local news outlet WVVA. An airport spokesman said the threat was received by phone around 6 a.m., and the airport’s Twitter feed said K9 units had been brought in to sweep the premises. According to the report, “As of 8:30 a.m., nothing had been found.”

► Russian officials are promising that the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi will be “"the safest Olympics in history," as they are planning to use several new technologies such as drones, high-speed patrol boats, and robots for explosion detection at the games, according to the Associated Press. Regional experts and intelligence analysts in the area are saying that the extra security is certainly needed, as there is an “Islamic insurgency raging across the North Caucasus mountains that tower over the seaside resort of Sochi [that presents] daunting threats.” A spokesperson for the Russian military emergency branch says units have conducted extensive training to prepare for a number of potential threats and emergencies. While Dagestan only lies about 300 miles east of Sochi, and has become the center of the insurgency in the North Caucus region, the news report points out that “security always has been tight in Sochi, where Putin has a presidential residence that he uses often and where he frequently hosts visiting foreign leaders.”

► Check Point Software Technologies' second mobile security report, The Impact of Mobile Devices on Information Security, found that 79 percent of businesses had a mobile security incident in the last year, according to Tech Week Europe’s Web site. That study also shows 42 percent of companies reported spending six figures to resolve the incidents, while 16 percent said it cost them more than $500,000 dollars. Sixty-seven percent of companies surveyed allow employees to use personal mobile devices or company-owned devices on their networks. Among interesting findings, the news report says “Participants reported that the most common challenge IT organizations face in adopting BYOD is securing corporate information (67 percent), closely followed by tracking and controlling access to networks (63 percent).”

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