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Relationships Critical to Overseas Personnel Protection

- Building and maintaining relationships can be the most crucial aspect for protecting an organization's assets and people in volatile regions overseas, a security director told attendees at ASIS International's global terrorism conference.

U.N.: Private Security Contractors Need Oversight

- A U.N. working group says private security contractors become mercenaries once they engage in low-intensity conflict or post-conflict situations.

U.K.: Al Qaeda Sleeper Cell Allegedly Found in Met Police Force

- MI5 reportedly has the suspected al Qaeda members under 24-hour surveillance.

Security Industry Booming in India

- India's rapid industrialization has spurred explosive growth in its private security industry.

Report: Pentagon Mismanaged IED Funding

- The government's top watchdog agency says the Pentagon isn't keeping proper track of the more than $1 billion spent each year to fight IEDs overseas.

U.K.: Foreigners and Certain Workers Will Get ID Cards Starting Next Year

- The Home Office has backed away from compulsory ID cards for all Britons, yet critics argue the plan is a "stealthy" attempt to accomplish the same result.

Russia's Dangerous Hangover

- Dmitry Medvedev will face some unpleasant political, military, and foreign policy choices when he takes over as president in May. (online exclusive)

U.K.: Tories Release New Cybercrime Plan

- Britain's opposition party looks to get tough on cybercrime.

U.K.: Biometric Visas Efficient and Working

- The United Kingdom's biometric visa system has reduced identity checks from two days to 30 minutes, says the British visa checking agency.

Chinese Hack Attacks Worry Pentagon

- The Defense Department, however, stops short of accusing the Chinese government of the attacks.

Australia: Security Industry Gets Tough on Its Guards

- Under tough new standards implemented in September, the security industry in New South Wales, Australia, has fired more than 150 security guards and refused licenses to 65 more for inappropriate behavior .

The Terrorism Threat Online

- Terrorism and computer security experts discussed the myriad real and potential terrorism threats emerging online, such as cyberattacks against vital infrastructure and terrorist use of online social networking to aid in their activities.

Slavery and Human Trafficking

- Slavery is becoming more common in the West as well as in developing countries, according to the Department of State’s annual report on human trafficking. In 2007, a California company settled a slavery case with the US government and Gap Inc. announced an investigation into subcontractor use of forced child labor.
 




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