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Background checks

- In an expansion of the state's program to require fingerprinting for government agencies, a new Arizona law (formerly H.B. 2073) requires that child protective service (CPS) workers obtain fingerprint clearance cards.

Volume Speaks Volumes about Homeland Security

- Can you guess which of the following groups, offices, and councils are part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)? The Homeland Security Council. The Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. The Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office. The Terrorist Threat Integration Center. The Homeland Security Advisory Council. The answer is the Homeland Security Advisory Council, but don't feel too bad if you were wrong (the others, respectively, are under the White House, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Central Intelligence Agency). The creation of the DHS centralized many functions related to terrorism and homeland security, but others remain in separate departments. Security professionals who would like to understand these various functions and how they fit together may want to get the Homeland Security Deskbook, a looseleaf volume by the attorneys at Venable LLP that explains the organization of homeland security functions both within and outside the DHS. Link to the bookseller.

Quick Bytes: DVD deterioration

- CDs and DVDs give businesses a space-saving way to archive data and an easy way to retrieve it. But what standards must these media storage formats meet? The Government Information Preservation Working Group, made up of experts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the DVD Association, is devising requirements for archival-quality CD and DVD media and making specifications for meeting these requirements. NIST is also developing a test for media manufacturers to determine whether their products meet these criteria. @ Link to the project and a research paper from NIST via SM Online.

Quick Bytes: Government-eye view.

- Government IT managers spend three hours each day completing information security compliance reports, according to research from Intelligent Decisions, a systems integrator that interviewed more than two dozen government security professionals. But patch management tops their list of concerns. @ More from Federal Information Security Officer Survey Results is at SM Online.

Government-eye view

- Government IT managers spend three hours each day completing information security compliance reports, according to research from Intelligent Decisions, a systems integrator that interviewed more than two dozen government security professionals. But patch management tops their list of concerns. @ More from Federal Information Security Officer Survey Results is at SM Online.

Cybercrime Flourishes as the U.S. Government Fails to Respond

- A new investigative report says the U.S. government is short-changing its cybersecurity efforts while cybercrime costs U.S. businesses $67.2 billion annually.

Aviation security

- A new rule proposed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would impose additional requirements on companies that ship cargo via aircraft. The rule would require that companies conduct background checks on workers who handle air cargo but do not operate within a secure area. Currently, only those employees in secure areas of operation are screened. Checks will also be required for all people traveling on an all-cargo aircraft regardless of their job. @ The rule can be found at Security Management Online

Port security

- In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the Coast Guard's progress in conducting threat assessments on the nation's most valuable ports. @ The full report is available at SM Online.

GAO Report

- "We deliver for you," the U.S. Postal Service likes to say in its ads. Delivery of physical security for its facilities hasn't been as regular, however. GAO site visits to 13 "core facilities revealed a number of security problems," including unaccounted-for keys, deactivated alarms, unlocked gates, unsecured stamps, and employees without ID badges. On the positive side, the USPS has specified security requirements for core facilities and has made gains in carrying these out. @ SM Online has the GAO report on the audit.

Taking Risk Assessments to Extremes

- Property owners and security professionals should look at risk assessment in a holistic context, according to a new report prepared at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School on behalf of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read the NIST report, Risk Analysis for Extreme Events: Economic Incentives for Reducing Future Losses .

Homeland security.

- Federal Appeals Court Judge Michael Chertoff was nominated to be the next head of the Homeland Security Department.

Quick Bytes: Security proposals

- A recent report from the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research & Development of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security has proposed six recommendations for consideration by the Department of Homeland Security. These include the creation of an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security in the department; and the development of a program and budget that will help the nation reach the goals of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. @ Cybersecurity for the Homeland is available at SM Online.

Bush Pushes to Redirect Funds into Cybersecurity

- President Bush is asking Congress to redirect $152 million to shore up cybersecurity vulnerabilities at government agencies.
 




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