►The Algerian hostage crisis has prompted businesses with operations in North Africa to reassess their security and safety programs, reports the Stamfordadvocate.com. "The incident is prompting businesses operating in North Africa and other politically volatile regions to enact safety programs to protect employees," noted the report. Among the plans currently being carried out by companies in the region is the relocation of nonessential employees.
► India is in the process of setting up a national cybersecurity architecture to prevent sabotage, espionage and other forms of attack, reports the Times of India. "The architecture [will] protect critical information infrastructure and other networks, will involve monitoring, certification and assurance of India's networks by designated agencies and bodies in accordance with the law," noted Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon in the article.
►Texas lawmakers have announced what they are calling the "Texas solution" to school security in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre. According to Dallasnew.com, "The Texas School District Security Act would allow taxpayers to decide through a local election whether to increase taxes to create a funding source for enhancing school security. The money would help beef up security with the presence of licensed and trained peace officers, metal detectors or other measures only at the campuses taxpayers and school districts approve."
►Meanwhile, in Florida, a local woman is paying an armed deputy to patrol her child's elementary school.