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- In its ongoing effort to design an animal identification system that will trace all animals and premises potentially exposed to a foreign animal disease within 48 hours, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing an interim solution that will record locations where animals reside or will reside. USDA will be awarding almost $12 million to implement the system.

When Executives Go Their Separate Ways

- Nearly all major corporations have policies prohibiting high-level personnel from traveling together, according to Jack Riepe, communications director for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Now, more and more mid-size companies are getting into the act as well, says one high-level aviation insurance executive who asked not to be named.

Many Colleges Not Seeing Clery

- When a LaSalle University female student was allegedly raped by two of the school's basketball players in June, the case grabbed national headlines. But many serious crimes on campus continue to go unnoticed, despite the Clery Act's mandate that colleges and universities that receive federal funds report crime data. That's underscored by data that the nonprofit group Security On Campus (SOC) obtained from the Department of Education (DOE). The data showed that since mid-2002, 123 schools violated the Clery Act.

Concealed Weapons

- One is stored in what looks like an oversize locker key. Another sits inside a belt buckle. Others are concealed in brush handles, small crucifixes, and walking canes. These are among the ingenious knives and other weapons cataloged and exhibited by the FBI in a recently released guide to concealable weapons.

Medical Examiners

- Lots of agencies and departments call themselves "the last line of defense" against terrorism, but, at least with respect to biological and chemical terrorism, perhaps medical examiners and coroners have the most legitimate claim to that title. They are the last people to examine a body for signs of terrorist traces before evidence is buried or destroyed. With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has drafted a report providing coroners and medical examiners with information required to build their capacity for biological terrorism preparedness for the benefit of public health.

Emergency Responders

- The Roman satirist Juvenal famously asked, "Who will guard the guardians?" An equally pertinent question for today might be "Who will respond to the emergency responders?"

Al Qaeda

- Is Houston, Texas, high on al Qaeda's list of desired targets? A risk analysis report by Stratfor, a company that provides business and security intelligence, notes that Houston is a potential al Qaeda target, in part because it is home to Halliburton Co., a company that was specifically mentioned by Saudi Arabian militants in its May 27 attacks on western residential and business compounds in Khobar.

Information Sharing

- A new secure Department of Homeland Security Web site called Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) is open to approved emergency response providers and homeland security officials at the local, state, and federal levels.

World Trade Center

- Though it will not issue any recommendations until it releases a draft of the final investigation report in December, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been making solid technical progress in its probe of the World Trade Center (WTC) collapse.

CPPs Embracing Business Principles

- A new study of Certified Protection Professionals (CPPs) finds that they place a high priority on the need to master business practices that boost the bottom line, such as budget management skills. Information security was also rated as important. For more information, contact Daphne Philos at dphilos@asisonline.org.

The Young and the Restive

- The question was recently asked by the World Health Organization to determine the extent to which youth violence is a normal aspect of human development and the extent to which it is influenced by culture. As to how often they got into scrapes with other adolescents, the teenagers from the United States, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, and Sweden had basically the same rates. But the prevalence of school bullying in the five countries varied greatly. SM Online has a summary of the study.

The New Security Universe

- The Galileo system is just one development identified by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that will influence the immediate future of the security industry and the direction of what the OECD calls in a new report "the security economy." The report examines current and emerging security trends and their potential economic implications.

NIST Gives Fingerprint Systems a Whorl

- A testing body's attempt to clarify which fingerprint products perform best has devolved to fingerpointing. Recent testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) found that NEC Corporation, Groupe SAGEM, and Cogent Systems produce the most accurate fingerprint matching, identification, and verification systems. But the results of the testing, which evaluated 34 products from 18 vendors, also yielded objections from companies that didn't fare as well.
 




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