Morning Security Brief: Penn State Campus Unrest, Terrorism in Nigeria, TSA Training, and More

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge


► Students at Penn State University reacted angrily last night, after legendary football coach Joe Paterno and the school's president, Graham Spanier, were fired. CNN and other media outlets report that students tipped over a news van and destroyed lamposts. Police employed pepper spray to breakup the rioters. The unrest took place in the wake of a serial child sexual molestation case against the football team's former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

The Atlantic reports on the growth of terrorism in Nigeria, a violent group called Boko Haram has been linked to the deaths of as many as 150 people. "Since the inauguration of the southern Christian Goodluck Jonathan as president in May, Boko Haram attacks in the northeast have occurred almost daily. The group has also claimed responsibility for bombings of the national police headquarters and the UN headquarters building in Abuja. Security fears led Jonathan, in effect, to cancel the public celebration of Nigeria's fifty-first anniversary of its independence in October," writes the author, John Campbell, a former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria.

►Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is training airport screeners in an "Intelligence Analysis and Security Technology" class, reports "The nationwide program began in Newark and 10 other locations in 2009, and is now offered at 70 airports in all 50 states, including John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports," the article reports, with more than 2,500 TSA employees participating thus far.

 ►DARPA's Director Regina Dugan says that since 2009, "the agency has steadily increased its cyber research efforts and its budget submission for fiscal year 2012 increased cyber research funding by $88 million, from $120 million to $208 million. In addition, over the next five years, the agency plans to grow its top-line budget investment in cyber research from 8% to 12%." The effort and cost of information security software has grown exponentially during the last 20 years and Dugan says the current U.S. approach to cybersecurity that layers security on top of a standard architecture is not working. Networkworld has more.



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