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Kindergarten Cop

- Department of Justice Office (COPS) examines how to recruit, screen, train, retain, and supervise school resource officer.

Improve Coordination

- Coordination between the military and the private sector has improved, according to this GAO report, but some problems remain.

First - Responder Tool

- Find out how video game technology is helping first responders deal with hazardous materials.

Iris Scanning

- The FBI, NIST, and DHS are working to assess iris scanning technology.

Government to Release National Intelligence Budget

- One of the government's most closely guarded secrets will be outed at the end of the month.

Government Leak Compromises Private Intelligence Firm's Methods

- A government leak of an al Qaeda video has tipped off the terrorist organization to its IT vulnerabilities.

Business News

- The ASIS Foundation aids the U.S. government in a victim-services effort, and 9-11 hero Rick Rescorla, CPP, is remembered.

Quick Bytes: RFID planning

- 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.

Flight Crew Training

- 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.

No Consensus on FEMA Focus

- Experts disagree on merits of FEMA preparedness function.

World Trade Center

- NIST's final report on the collapse of the World Trade Center has been released.

RFID planning

- 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.

DOT’s Security Off Track

- 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.
 




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