Editor's Note: Terrorism
09/13/2007 - The plan, or rather the process, which would lead to the development of the plan for improving intelligence sharing, was mandated in the 2004 Intelligence Reform Act, and this official was charged with carrying it out. He explained that under this plan for the plan, his division had 90 days—which will just be ending as you read this—to map out what the existing information-sharing arrangement among government agencies and private industry entities looks like.
Homeland Security: Contract Management
09/12/2007 - A provision in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, however, mandates that by the end of 2006 all clearance requests must be processed in 90 days.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
09/12/2007 - A court rules that a business owner should have increased security because of gangs on his property. Plus, legislation on identity theft, aviation security, and discrimination.
Homeland Security: International
09/12/2007 - “Muslims are the largest religious minority in Europe, and Islam is the fastest growing religion,” says a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The report, Muslims in Europe: Integration Policies in Selected Countries, notes that understanding how best to integrate and engage these growing populations can help mitigate the risk of Islamic extremism finding a foothold. @ Go to SM Online to read more.
Legal Report: ID issues \ Identity Theft
09/12/2007 - A new law (formerly H.B. 6191) in Rhode Island will require that any business that owns or licenses computerized, unencrypted information on customers implement and maintain reasonable security measures to protect information.
Legal Report: Airport Security
09/12/2007 - A bill (H.R. 4439) introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) would overhaul the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to increase aviation security.
Legal Report: Legislation
09/12/2007 - The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill (H.R. 4437) that is designed to strengthen border security. The House of Representatives has agreed to consider the measure.
09/12/2007 - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received public comments on its proposed rule to track radioactive material within the United States. The system set out in the proposed rule would require those licensed to use this radioactive material to report the manufacture, transfer, receipt, or disposal of that material. To start the program, each licensee would be required to provide the government with its inventory of radioactive material and to assign a unique serial number to each item. The NRC received 33 comments to its proposed rule. @ To read all the comments, please visit Security Management Online.
SM Online: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
09/12/2007 - Check out this checklist intended to help businesses prepare for the worst if a flu pandemic hits.
Homeland Security: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
Homeland Security: International Security
09/11/2007 - While “the vast majority of Muslims in Europe are not involved in radical activities,” according to the report, many Muslims in Europe are poor, unemployed, or imprisoned, which may lead to a sense of “cultural alienation and discrimination.” If these negative feelings are not given enough attention, Islamic militancy could be the unwitting result.
News & Trends: Terrorism
Legal Report: ID issues \ Identity Theft
09/11/2007 - Several bills that address identity theft are pending in the Senate. One bill (S. 1326), introduced by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), would require any person or agency that stores or controls sensitive personal information to protect that data from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure. Another identity theft bill (S. 1408) is also pending in the Senate. S. 1408, which would set national standards requiring businesses to report data security breaches to customers, has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. To advance, it must be taken up by the full Senate. A third bill (S. 1789), introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), would enhance penalties for those who use computers to commit identity theft crimes. It would also provide law enforcement officials with more money to investigate and prosecute identity theft.