05/06/2014 - The State Department's security branch needs to change its practices to improve embassy security, according to a new report. The global supply chain risk is down, but businesses must remain vigilant. The LAX air traffic meltdown last week was caused by a computer glitch. And new iPhones are vulnerable to hacking.
04/22/2014 - A January report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that 911 emergency calls may not be cyber safe. The document addresses five agencies that coordinate with state and local governments on cybersecurity-related activities, including the Department of Homeland Security, and cites the increased information-sharing between these agencies as a security concern. “Because these critical systems are becoming more interconnected, they are also increasingly susceptible to cyber-based threats that accompany the use of Internet-based services,” states the report. “This, in turn, could impact the availability of 911 services.”
09/30/2013 - A public-safety broadband network starts to get off the ground; the government releases a report on Hurricane Sandy response; and researchers discuss a new technique to find missed fingerprints at crime scenes.
09/17/2013 - Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis acted alone and has a record of abusing firearms, the ACLU has released a report on the FBI's abuse of power after 9-11, and Colorado's oil and gas infrastructure has been damaged by the region's floods.
02/28/2013 - A university erred in failing to release reports of sexual assaults on campus. A GAO report attempts to measure spillover violence from the southwest border. And efforts to curb human trafficking are underway.
02/22/2013 - The government urges federal contractors to use criminal background screening sparingly. The GAO says that physical security at government facilities could be improved. And all government agencies must develop policies to deal with domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the workplace.
10/15/2012 - The federal government should play a larger role in protecting consumer privacy, according to a recent report issued by the GAO. The report deals specifically with location data, which is collected from smartphone users by companies offering location-based services.