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Cybersecurity Review Leader Resigns

- Melissa Hathaway, who led the Obama administration's 60-day cybersecurity review, has resigned her post as the administration's senior aide on cybersecurity, The Washington Post reports.

DHS Continues Its PR Makeover

- The Department of Homeland Security yesterday relaunched its Web site and unveiled its new YouTube channel to harness the power of social media.

More Unconventional Security Solutions

- If you liked the pepper-spraying ATM machine, get a load of these other security technologies that exploit human biological weaknesses.

U.K.: Police Force Suspends Stop and Search Counterterrorism Powers

- A police force is southern England has suspended a controversial police power that allows police to stop and search street-goers that was originally meant to prevent terrorism.

Napolitano Pushes REAL ID Rollback

- The bill could ease the burden of 2005’s REAL ID Act and allow residents of non-compliant states to board commercial flights after Jan. 1. Critics say it would eviscerate post 9-11 identity fraud protections.

DHS Task Force to Review Color-Coded Terror Alert System

- Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has formed a bipartisan task force to review the color-coded terror alert system instituted after 9-11 to communicate the threat of terrorism to the United States.

U.K.: Hair Tests Could Test Terrorists' Alibis

- Researchers in the United Kingdom have devised a laser test that can determine the recent whereabouts of an individual by analyzing hair strands. According to the Guardian, the British government wants to use the new technology to test the alibis of terrorism suspects and asylum seekers.

DHS Announces $1.8 Billion in Grants to States, Cities

- States and cities at risk of natural disasters and terrorism will receive nearly $1.8 billion in federal preparedness grants to protect, prevent, respond, and recover from potential calamities this fiscal year, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

DHS Launches Blog

- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the launch of a blog it calls The Blog @ Homeland Security.

Engineer Allegedly Offered Drug Smugglers Remote-Controlled Semi- Submersibles

- A Washington Post story from Saturday provides more evidence that narcotraffickers are looking to build remote-controlled self-propelled semi-submersibles to smuggle drugs risk-free from Colombia into the United States.  

Napolitano Swears in Hacker on Homeland Security Advisory Council

- One of the 16 homeland security advisors sworn in by homeland security chief Janet Napolitano on Friday is a world-renowned hacker, reports CNET

Obama Folds Homeland Security Council into National Security Council

- President Barack Obama also announced the creation of three new offices dealing with cybersecurity, terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction, and resilience.

Report: Federal Freight Rail Security Must Go Beyond Hazmats

- The Transportation Security Administration must also emphasize physical assets and cybersecurity, while measuring mitigation efforts, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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