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Morning Security Brief: Cyber Monday Crackdown, Women in Security Awards, Counterterrorism Training to be Reviewed, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►On Cyber Monday, the FBI shut down 150 Web sites for selling counterfeit goods. The operation was a multi-agency effort called Operation in Our Sites that targets online retailers selling fake or pirated products. “For most, the holidays represent a season of good will and giving, but for these criminals, it’s the season to lure in unsuspecting holiday shoppers,” said ICE Director John Morton. “More and more Americans are doing their holiday shopping online, and they may not realize that purchasing counterfeit goods results in American jobs lost, American business profits stolen and American consumers receiving substandard products. And the ramifications can be even greater because the illicit profits made from these types of illegal ventures often fuel other kinds of organized crime.” Since the operation began in June 2010, authorities have seized 350 domain names.

►The Women’s Security Council is looking for nominees for the WSC Women of the Year Award. “Nominees will be judged based upon the leadership they have exhibited in the security industry and at their companies, and the ways they have given back to the women's business community by mentoring or supporting other women in the security market,” according to a WSC press release. The women will be awarded in a number of categories and the winners will be announced at ISC West in Las Vegas next March.

►President Barack Obama ordered a sweeping review of government counterterrorism training after the blog Danger Room revealed FBI training documents calling all Muslims extremists. A Pentagon memo directs departments and agencies to explain their screening process for trainers and speakers. “The ongoing review will examine whether counterterrorism training material throughout the government is accurate and relevant, and will make sure the briefings given to federal field offices and local cops meet the same standards as FBI headquarters or the Pentagon,” Wired reports.

►In other news, SecureData director Etienne Greef said the security industry is under-regulated and the "trust me, I'm a doctor" culture prevalent in the security industry is no longer good enough. Greene said the field has standards that organizations can adhere to, but the vast majority of them don’t. His comments come after SecureData became the first in its field to bag the ISO 27001 accreditation. → Rapiscan, the creator of TSA’s controversial body scanners, won the award for the best explosive detection solution at Government Security News magazine’s Annual Homeland Security awards. It also won in the Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions category for the Eagle M45, a mobile cargo and vehicle scanning unit. → And a DUI stop in Tennessee leads to the arrest of a man who was wanted by Homeland Security and the evacuation of a local government building.

 

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