Morning Security Brief: Latin America's Armored Car Boom, House Passes MIlitary Travel Bill, Tech-Savy Taliban, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►In Latin America, where there is an increasing number of abductions, robberies, and killings, the affluent are pouring money into security. The number of body guards has grown 70 percent in the past five years and Venezuela has become one of the fastest growing markets for armoring vehicles. One shop said orders for armed vehicles has grown 100 percent annually and the number of car armoring businesses in Venezuela has grow from 10 to more than 40, the Associated Press reports. According to the Brazil Armoring Association, the number of armored vehicles sold has more than doubled since 2004. "An armored car is a strong deterrent. Most assailants know an armored car when they see one and stay away from it," said Jose Jacobson, president of Guard Patrimonial, Brazil's biggest private security firm.

►A bill that would let uniformed military members pass through airport security faster is moving to the Senate after it was approved by a unanimous vote in the House. “If passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Barack Obama, the Transportation Security Administration within six months will be required to implement expedited security screening for members of the U.S. military and any family members traveling with them,” MSNBC reports. One expert said she thinks “members of Congress have their heart in the right place,” but she’s never heard of any military personnel complain about having to deal with airport security. Only the U.S. Army travels in uniform, she noted.

►The International Herald Tribune talks to Taliban leadership about how it went from being media shy to a tech-savvy militia, launching cybercampaigns, publishing magazines, and increasingly using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, breaking past misconceptions about the group. “We never opposed modernity,” a Taliban spokesperson told the newspaper. “We trained our mujahideen in the use of (modern) media at scattered places in Afghanistan. Our mujahideen are also studying in different universities of the country, including in Kabul.” Experts say the Taliban embraced technology at the behest of al Qaeda who are known to have a number of communications and IT specialists.

►In other news, judges look at whether Privacy Act violators are responsible for distress damages. ⇒ Patient information breaches are on the rise and while 81 percent of respondents of a Ponemon Institute study say employees in their healthcare organizations are using mobile devices to collect patient information, 49 percent admit their organizations are not doing anything to protect these devices. ⇒ And the Guardian used Transparency International's Corruption Index to create an interactive map of worldwide corruption.



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