Morning Security Brief: Fusion Centers Criticized, Czech President's Security Lax, No E-mail for Napolitano, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

► The Wall Street Journal reports that the Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations is less than pleased with the performance of the approximately 70 fusion centers created around the United States in the aftermath of 9-11. The fusion centers, which receive funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, are meant to collect and share intelligence. A report issued by the committee says that instead of meeting their mandate, fusion centers "often produced irrelevant, useless, or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS, and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever."

►Last week, a man walked up to Czech President Vaclav Klaus and shot him in the arm multiple times with an air-powered pellet gun, reports Gawker. The man then walked away without security intervention. It was only after he gave an interview to a Czech television network that he was arrested. Klaus's security chief has resigned.

►Gizmodo reports that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano does not use e-mail. Napolitano admitted this at a cybersecurity conference. "She explained that the lack of accounts is 'for a whole host of reasons,' but you have to imagine at least one of this is to avoid the irony of having her own account hacked," noted Gizmodo.

► "Senate Republicans urged President Obama on Tuesday not to issue an executive order on cybersecurity, arguing that only congressional action can adequately protect the nation's computer systems. Administration officials have said they began drafting an executive order after Senate Republicans blocked cybersecurity legislation in August. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in a recent congressional hearing that the order is 'close to completion,'" says The Hill. The senators believe that an executive order would fail to address the nation's cyber vulnerabilities.





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