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Another Hidden Enemy in Iraq

- There are so many threats in Iraq that it’s hard to know where to start: foreign jihadists, Shiite radicals, Baath party loyalists, and garden-variety criminals, to name a few. Add one unexpected threat to that list: private security providers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has warned that the lack of criminal-background data on prospective private security personnel puts U.S. military forces and Iraqi civilians at risk. The threat is mainly from Iraqi and third-country personnel, testified William Solis, GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management, before the House Committee on Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations. @ The testimony is at SM Online.


- 11 Percentage of Security Management readers who have had business continuity planning added to their list of responsibilities in the last 12 months. Other new fields of responsibility cited in the survey were disaster preparedness and response (7 percent of readers) and risk management (another 7 percent).

Evacuation Plans Evaluated

- The amount of rain and wind delivered by Katrina and Rita last year was nothing compared to the criticism that poured down on the federal government, Louisiana, and New Orleans for shoddy hurricane preparation and response. In the aftermath, Congress asked the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security to review federal and state evacuation plans for catastrophic hurricanes. The two agencies have just issued a nearly 200- page report on evacuation plan assessment and jurisdictional roles in evacuation. @ Read it now by going to SM Online.

Rail Security in Transition

- Rail and bus security

Cargo Security Getting Some Respect

- Cargo theft

Has Cybercrime Surpassed Physical Crime?

- Cybercrime versus physical crime, antiterror advice, cargo security, and rail security.

Security Market Trends

- U.S. Alarm Market Demand in Commercial Sector.


- 178 Number of complaints of sexual assault filed against cruise lines between 2003 and 2005, according to the International Council of Cruise Lines. Thirty-one million passengers took cruises during that period, according to the council.

Hospitals Probing Stun Gun Use

- The use of stun guns by security departments of hospitals and medical centers may sound shocking, but they may be a safer alternative to physical force.

Did you Know That?

- Recognizing that compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley is disproportionately costly for small companies, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has called for the Securities and Exchange Commission to exempt small public companies from certain provisions of Section 404 of the statute. Section 404 requires public companies to put into place an internal control structure for financial reporting and to report annually on the structure’s effectiveness. @ That recommendation, and four others, can be found in a fairer climb: improving Sarbanes-Oxley, available at SM Online.

The Air Up There

- U.S. air transportation system is an attractive target for a chemical or biological attack, according to the National Research Council’s (NRC's) Committee on Assessment of Security Technologies for Transportation; however, there are no “specific strategies, approaches, or procedures” developed by the air transportation system to defend against such attacks.

Studies Reveal System Flaws

- The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) American Shield Initiative (ASI)—a program of sensors, cameras, and databases that monitor U.S. land borders—lacks “key management capabilities” and has failed to define “key acquisition management processes,” such as those for tracking and overseeing contractors, says a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The auditors note that DHS has not fully staffed the ASI program office and has only defined roles and responsibilities for 3 of 47 positions.

Norwegian Wood:Good for Thieves

- A new report by the Swedish National Heritage Board and the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention chronicles the problem of Nordic cultural heritage crime.

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