10/04/2007 - The actions TSA has taken to develop guidance and standards for flight and cabin crew security training and to measure the effectiveness of such mandatory training are reviewed in a GAO report.
10/04/2007 - The Department of Defense (DoD) is using radio frequency ID (RFID) tags throughout its supply-chain operations; by January 2007, all DoD commodities will have these tags. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that the Pentagon has identified many of the challenges it needs to resolve before this can happen but notes that “it has not yet developed a comprehensive strategic management approach” to guide, monitor, and assess implementation. @ Read the full GAO report at SM Online.
10/04/2007 - When the Zotob worm appeared only days after Microsoft released a patch that would have prevented infection, 700 Department of Transportation (DOT) computers were infected after a contractor connected a laptop to the DOT’s network against the department’s policy. This incident, which is recounted in a report on the department’s IT security by the DOT’s Inspector General (IG), is just one indication that some federal IT professionals are having trouble in meeting the challenges of locking down networks.
Here’s another. The IG notes that “about half of all Federal Railroad Administration computers are not subject to routine vulnerability checks because they are being used by employees who telecommute (or travel around the country) for the majority of the year.” As is made clear by the Zotob example, these laptops, “if infected with hostile software, could become conduits for spreading problems to the rest of the networks.”
@ The IG’s full report is available at SM Online.
09/28/2007 - Revenue from sales of chemical and biological detectors surged past $700 million in 2006, and is projected by forecaster Frost & Sullivan to reach $952 million in 2011. Purchases by the U.S. military have driven, and are expected to continue driving, these numbers.