Morning Security Brief: Nor'easter Headed for NY and NJ, Workplace Shootings, USC Heightens Security, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►Just one week after Superstorm Sandy trounced New York and New Jersey, another storm is barreling down on the states' residents and businesses. This time, however, what is expected is snow from a moderately heavy nor'easter. Evacuation orders have been given in areas that might be effected by a storm surge. Thousands of homes and businesses are without power and temperatures will be dropping. According to NBC News, "The Federal Emergency Management Agency put a number to the storm's homeless in New York and New Jersey, saying 95,000 people were eligible for emergency housing assistance. In New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, more than 277,000 people have registered for general assistance."
► Yesterday, a 42-year-old man shot coworkers, killing two and wounding two before killing himself. The deadly workplace violence incident occurred at Valley Protein, a chicken processing plant in Fresno, California. The shooter, Lawrence Jones, who had a lenghty criminal history, had worked at the plant for 14 months. Authorities say that his motive remains unclear.
►The LA Times reports that "in the wake of last week's shooting on campus, USC [University of Southern California] on Tuesday announced heightened security measures that will restrict late-night entrance to the university and require identification checks for all visitors between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m." Four people were wounded during a Halloween party promoted by a non-USC firm that invited people from across the city. None of those injured were USC students.
►In Australia, the government of New South Wales is warning online holiday shoppers about the security of their transactions. Australians are estimated to spend $11 billion online annually, however, "forty-eight percent of businesses surveyed do not use a secure webpage for payments or collecting personal details and only 33 per cent of businesses have a risk management procedure in place to deal with security breaches," says The Australian.


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