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CCTV at Another Junction

- Few places in public life are out of the eye of video cameras, subway and passenger train cars being one of the last refuges for the surveillance-shy. That may be changing, as rail security professionals consider expanding the use of cameras from stations and tunnels to the passenger cars themselves.

Do al Qaeda Tapes Augur Attacks?

- Although there have been dozens of warning tapes since 9-11, there’s no clear correlation between a tape and a strike.

Global Anticounterfeiting Plan

- Some crimes, like the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals, are difficult for a country to fight alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to unite against this growing problem, which not only hurts corporations and raises drug prices but also injures or kills the victimized patients. In a new concept paper, WHO "seeks to launch discussions on a mechanism of effective international collaboration for combating counterfeit drugs," to include the adoption of guidelines and standards. The group would be known as the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT). The paper lays out proposed objectives and principles for IMPACT, covering topics ranging from amendment of national laws to the use of tracking technology. @ SM online takes you to the paper.

The National Electric Manufacturing Association

- The National Electric Manufacturing Association has released a standard that aims to make fire panels, or annunciators, more useful by making real-time information clearer and more quickly available. In part, it standardizes symbols for conditions, such as biochemical hazards, and the location of smoke vents and elevators. It also establishes equipment specifications concerning wireless and remote applications. @ Read the standard on SM Online.

Rogue Nukes Program Possible

- North Korea and Iran present probably the biggest threat of rogue nations gaining nuclear weapons. Other countries pose a danger as well, but a main watchdog over nuclear weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is hampered in its ability to ensure that nations are not developing clandestine weapons programs. @ The GAO report, including recommendations for future action, is at SM Online.

DHS Struggling with Risk Management

- Insurers and financiers have mastered the skill of risk management, which entails anticipating future events, deciding which of those expected risks the organization will bear, and allocating resources to mitigate the rest. @ SM Online has the report.

Identity Theft Can Be Fun

- The Federal Trade Commission now offers an amusing online quiz about the basics of identity theft, spyware, phishing, and other scams. It also teaches users how to obtain a free credit report, use sufficient passwords, report identity theft, and otherwise protect themselves from identity thieves. @ The site, onguard online, also provides links for sending information on scams and attacks to government authorities. get there via SM Online

Money Laundering

- A government report on money laundering notes the rise in popularity of online currency services as a conduit for illicit funds.

Into, Through,Out of Africa

- Trends in tightening fraud controls and preventing identity theft. Plus, security intelligence aids an African journey, and more.

Numbers

- 4 The percent drop that occurred in the level of property crime in the U.S. Northeast from the first six months of 2004 to the first six months of 2005, according to the FBI.

Security Trend Lines

- Card-Based Access Control Demand in million of dollars

Challenges Confront Federal Smart Card

- Federal agencies are gearing up to roll out new ID cards for employees and contractors as required by President Bush in 2004 under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).

Union, BOMA Spar Over Security

- A move to unionize security guards is underway nationwide. One major battle on that front is Los Angeles.
 




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