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Morning Security Brief: Napolitano's Farewell, Investment Capital for Cybersecurity, Tennis Open Security, and More

Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►Janet Napolitano bid adieu to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security yesterday during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.. She has headed the agency for four years."The Homeland Security chief said her tenure involved 325 federally declared disasters and more than 60 emergency declarations. Her legacy includes helping coordinate federal responses to the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy, deadly tornadoes in the South and Midwest, and an attempt to blow up an airplane headed for Detroit on Christmas Day of 2009," notes The Wasington Post. Napolitano will transition to the private sector to head the University of California system.

►As the cloud becomes an everyday part of computing, threats to its security are opening floodgates of investment capital in cybersecurity companies. USA Today reports, "The breadth of eight-figure venture capital deals directed at tech security firms in the past 20 months is astounding: AnchorFree, $52 million; Bit9, $25.8 million; Bromium, $26.5 million; CipherCloud, $30 million; CrowdStrike $26 million; Cylance, $15 million; Cyphort, $7 million; Cyvera, $11 million; Endgame, $23 million; FireEye, $50 million; Mocana, $25 million; Nok Nok Labs, $15 million; Shape Security, $20 million; Skyhigh Networks, $20 million; Veracode $30 million; and Vormetric, $15 million."

►Tennis fans arriving at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the US Open were surprised and not pleased by massive lines at security check points. The slowdown, reports The New York Times, was the result of new security measures put in place by the United States Tennis Association. It "required guests to proceed through magnetometers and wanding before entering the grounds." Fans were instructed to arrive early and anticipate "slight delays upon entering." There was  a limit of one bag per person. The new security procedures were in response to the Boston Marathon bombing last April.

►As schools reopen around the United States, many are introducing fresh security measures. In Nashua, New Hampshire, for example, strict new guidelines for parent visits have been put in place. According to Nashua newspaper The Telegraph, "All visitors to the school must now use an intercom system to communicate with office staff before being allowed through the main doors.... They must check in at the office, sign in and wear a visitor’s badge at all times." The school system is also introducing keycard access for teachers and staff and additional CCTV cameras.

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