Morning Security Brief: China Expands Broadband, Pennsylvania Schools Add Security, and Lobbyists Take on Cybersecurity
China expands broadband Internet coverage for homes and businesses, schools in the Philadelphia area add security systems to monitor visitors, and Washington lobbyists take an interest in cybersecurity issues.
►China announced plans yesterday to expand 4M broadband Internet access to 70 percent of Web users by the end of 2013, according to a report by TechCrunch. Miao Wei, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology minister, said the expansion would provide fiber-to-home coverage to 35 million households by the end of the year and also add 1.3 million wireless hotspots. There are about 564 million Internet users in China. According to TechCrunch, the broadband expansion will help expand “Internet infrastructure for small- to mid-sized businesses in China, especially since the country is lagging behind other member countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED).”
►Centennial School District in Pennsylvania is installing a new security system that will provide an extra degree of protection for students and faculty, PhillyBurbs.com reports . The measure will require that all visitors to its school buildings and centralized administrative locations show identification and pass through a secured vestibule. Using the Raptor Visitor Management Software System, IDs will be checked against a database of known sexual predators. The system will also identify whether the individual has custody rights or any existing court orders that would prevent them from taking the child from the school. CEO of Houston-based Raptor Visitor Management Systems said the technology takes an objective approach to protecting children. “We don’t get involved in deciding who and who cannot come into the school, and who and who cannot pick up a child,” Vesterman said. “What we do is help school districts by giving them the information.”
►President Obama’s executive order on cybersecurity is opening a new door for lobbyists in Washington, D.C., according to a report by The Washington Post . Filings from companies and consultants who want to press Congress on cybersecurity issues are up 85 percent from 2011, and almost triple what they were in 2010, based on Senate filings. Obama’s order encouraged government agencies to make voluntary standards for combatting cyberthreats for “privately held assets considered critical to national security.”