Morning Security Brief: Surveillance Review, UK Cybersecurity, Airport Lawsuit, and Military Security Education
By Ann Longmore-Etheridge
The Obama administration will set up a surveillance review group. The United Kingdom has announced a new cybersecurity strategy. An airport employee has won a wrongful termination suit in a case resulting from claims he let a friend breach TSA security and attempt to travel without a boarding pass. A new study says that military graduate programs need to improve cybersecurity education.
►The administration of President Barack Obama has announced the undertaking of a surveillance review to explore whether the United States is using the optimal technology to protect national security while weighing potential unauthorized disclosures against the privacy rights of citizens. According to PCWorld, "Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has been directed to form the new Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, which is to brief Obama on its interim findings within 60 days of the establishment of the group. A final report and recommendations are to be submitted through Clapper to the president no later than Dec. 15."
►The United Kingdom has announced a cybersecurity strategy to fight increasingly sophisticated and plentiful cyberthreats. According to UPI, "The Government Communications Headquarters, the British intelligence agency in charge of so-called signals intelligence, announced it was teaming up with its private-sector counterparts to provide the information needed to respond to the consequences of cyberattacks."
►A former employee of the Des Moines, Iowa, airport has been granted a $275,000 settlement in a wrongful termination suit after losing his job for causing a security breach that required a plane to be deboarded and its passengers rescreened. The Des Moines Register reports that Gary Hagan, who was a marketing coordinator with the airport, was suspended and later fired for escorting a friend who had been accidently deprived of a boarding pass through areas reserved for screened passengers to reach a gate desk where he could be issued a pass. The judge in the case said that the airport had failed to prove its contention that Hagan was attempting to let his friend travel without a boarding pass or without security screening.
►A new study, Joint Professional Military Education Institutions in an Age of Cyber Threat , by Pell Center Fellow Francesca Spidalieri, finds that "most of the six military graduate programs have not fully integrated cybersecurity education into their curricula or aligned their programs with the strategic goals of the nation’s cyber defense strategy," notes the site Nextgov. The report adds that "while most military leaders do not need specific training in computer science or engineering, it is still imperative that they have a deep understanding of the cyber threat landscape. Yet this remains an area where most military graduate programs continue to fall short."