Morning Security Brief: Sequester's Effect on Homeland Security, Guns on Campus in Arkansas, IT Security Experts Needed

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano warns that the potential budget cuts looming will damage the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) ability to maintain national security. According to CBS News, "The sequester cuts, which would cut $85 billion from the federal budget this year and $1.1 trillion more over 10 years, would force DHS to cut its budget by about 5 percent, Napolitano said. The impact would be significant, she said, since her department is personnel-heavy. The department, for instance, will have to furlough Customs and Border Protection officers and reduce overtime, decreasing the number of hours Border Patrol has to operate between the nation's ports of entry by up to 5,000 agents.
►The Republican-controlled Arkansas state senate has voted to allow concealed weapons on the state's college campuses if the educational institutions themselves approve of it. The schools would have to make an annual decision to renew permission for concealed carrying. Reuters reports that the senate "voted 31 to 4 on Monday to allow colleges and universities to decide themselves whether to allow concealed weapons on their campuses." The bill previously passed the Republican-controlled Arkansas state House 70 to 11. The bill now goes to Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat. He is expected to sign the legislation.
►According to a new study from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2, a shortage of security experts with strong leadership and communications skills poses a direct challenge to organizations around the world. The study, which was prepared in cooperation with research firm Frost & Sullivan and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, included feedback from more than 12,000 information security professionals from across the globe.


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