Morning Security Brief: Brazilian Fire, WTC Site Security, Pentagon Cybersecurity, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►Brazilian officials have opened an investigation into a fire at a nightclub that killed more than 230 people. “Many of the victims died inhaling toxic fumes during the rush to escape through the venue's single exit,” The Guardian reports. The fire was Brazil’s deadliest in the last 50 years.

►The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey may back out of a deal with the NYPD that tasks police with patrolling the 16-acre World Trade Center site. The agreement would create the largest police precinct in the city, but sources revealed to The New York Post that officials are considering abandoning the idea. The Port Authority police union would welcome the change because it would open up hundreds of jobs. A Port Authority spokesman when contacted said the deal is still unfinished.

►The Pentagon has plans to expand its cybersecurity force from 900 to around 5,000 people over the next several years. “Details of the plan have not been finalized, but the decision to expand the Cyber Command was made by senior Pentagon officials late last year in recognition of a growing threat in cyberspace,” The Washington Post reports. The plan would create three new forces: A national force to protect critical infrastructure computer system deemed critical to national security, a force to execute offensive cyberattacks, and a force to fortify DoD networks.

►In other news, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has a declared a state of emergency in response to widespread protests. ♦ Ransomware threats are on the rise, according to Symantec. ♦ And police in Jackson, Mississippi have “refused” to arrest a security guard who maced protestors outside of the state’s sole abortion clinic.


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