NEWS & ANALYSIS

TWIC Noncompliance Could Close Ports, Industry Rep Says

Major West Coast ports could shut down next spring if enough workers fail to acquire and carry the new Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card by April 15, 2009, a trade association official told stakeholders at the Maritime Security Expo Wednesday.

U.S. Waives Travel Visas for Seven More Countries

Citizens of 34 foreign countries may now visit the United States for three months without a visa; while the travel and hospitality industries are thrilled, one U.S. senator calls the waiver program a national Achilles' heel.

DHS Seeks Regulation of Ammonium Nitrate

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking comment on an amendment to the Homeland Security Act to regulate the sale and handling of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer ingredient, which can be used to make bombs.

Government Security Spending Expected to Fall Under Obama, Says Security Analyst

The financial crisis, the possibility of a U.S. military draw down in Iraq, and other factors will lead to a decrease in U.S. government security spending under President-elect Barack Obama, predicts security expert and ASIS member John Honovich.

Transition to New Administration Could be Messy for DHS; Top 10 Positions at DHS That Must be Filled Quickly

The transition from the Bush administration to either a Barack Obama or a John McCain administration could spell problems for the Department of Homeland Security, thus leaving the country vulnerable to attack.

FTC Delays Implementation of Red-Flag Rule

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a six month extension on the compliance deadline for its red-flag rule that requires creditors and banks to have identity theft programs.

U.S. Vulnerable During First Year of New President; Greater Possibility of Conflict Through 2025, Says Intelligence Chief

During a speech outlining the security problems the United States will face up to and through 2025, the Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell told an audience of intelligence officials and contractors yesterday that the U.S. is most vulnerable to attack during a new president's first year in office.

Chertoff Says U.S. Must be Vigilant During Transition to New President

Al Qaeda has a history of attacking enemies during election season.

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Homeland Security Must Emphasize IT and Data Security, Leaders Say

Post-9-11 efforts may be thwarting physical terrorist attack plots but, going forward, the nation must focus on protecting its IT assets and key intellectual property.

TSA Takes Over Matching Passengers to Watch List from Airlines

The Department of Homeland Security says by assuming responsibility of the Secure Flight program there will be fewer false matches between passengers and terrorists.
 




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