Morning Security Brief: Food Safety, Energy Sector Security, and Robots to the Rescue.

By Sherry Harowitz


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing a rule that would require meat processors to hold meat sampled for safety until test results are in confirming that it is safe to eat. Currently, products can be shipped before tests are analyzed. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “believes that 44 of the most serious recalls between 2007 and 2009 could have been prevented if this procedure had been in place,” states the agency’s release. That could have saved $46 million a year, the agency estimates, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), not to mention the health effects. The Federal Register notice announcing test and hold and soliciting public comments will be published in the near future.

► “Sixty-seven percent of [energy sector] information-technology professionals surveyed said their organizations had not deployed the best- available security to guard against hackers and Internet viruses, according to a report released today by Ponemon Institute LLC, an information-security research group,” reports Bloomberg. The report further found that the strategic importance of IT security among C-suite executives had not increased despite cyberattacks and 77 percent of survey respondents “said that compliance with industry security standards did not rank as a priority at their organizations,” wrote Bloomberg.

► "The Office of Naval Research recently announced that it’s looking to build a prototype medical robot it calls the Autonomous Critical Care System. ACCS’ first job would be monitoring critical patients’ vital signs. Eventually, though, the Navy wants its bot to provide fluid, drugs, anaesthesia, suction, oxygen and help regulate a patient’s temperature," reports Wired's Danger Room.


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