Book Reviews: Terrorism
12/10/2007 - Like any perceived phenomenon or rapid growth area, global terrorism has inspired many authors to venture into the security and intelligence fields. That's not surprising given that there is an avid audience, not least in the security profession itself, keen to grasp the essential knowledge and skills needed to manage the current and emerging terrorist threat.
Book Reviews: Risk Management
12/10/2007 - The book had its genesis in an assignment to conduct a risk assessment on an (unnamed) international telecommunications company. The authors try to bring the reader into the process, but gaps interrupt a smooth narrative flow. One suspects overly aggressive editing, the result being that the book is neither easy nor enjoyable to read.
Technofile: Airport Security
12/10/2007 - Airport IT security budgets are taking off, and airports worldwide are expected to invest some $2 billion in IT and telecommunications projects annually. That's according to the Airport IT Trends Survey conducted by the Airports Council International, Airline Business magazine, and SITA, a European IT company. The study showed that IT infrastructure projects were the top investment priority, followed by security-related solutions and passenger and baggage processing. More than 96 percent of airports will face additional IT-security challenges as they roll out wireless services by 2006 and implement e-commerce and other Web services. @ The full survey costs $245 and is available at the Airline Business Web site.
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12/10/2007 - Traditional security guards on Pemuteran, a five-hectare marine conservation zone, protect the ecosystem's natural treasures.
Legal Report: Legislation
12/05/2007 - In a recent In a recent decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a United Nations (UN) official has been allowed to sue The Washington Post for libel even though the case does not involve any Canadian interests. (Bangoura v. The Washington Post, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, No. 03-CV-247461CM1, 2004)
Intelligence: Risk Management
12/05/2007 - Britain's largest companies have become considerably more concerned about terrorism in the last year, according to a recent survey conducted by RAND Europe and Janusian Security Risk Management in conjunction with the Financial Times.
12/05/2007 - Even after the October 2002 Bali, Indonesia, bombings resulted in more than 200 deaths, counterterrorism cooperation among Southeast Asian governments remains "patchy," according to a briefing by John Chipman, director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Chipman noted that Southeast Asian intelligence and law enforcement bodies are often "lacking in specific counterterrorism capacity...." The IISS briefing can be reached through SM Online.
12/05/2007 - Upon kidnapping a group of people, execute any security forces immediately. "This prevents others from showing resistance." That chilling comment is contained in al Qaeda training manuals on kidnapping, recovered by Western forces and translated by the Search for International Terrorist Entities Institute (SITE Institute). The SITE Institute has posted these translated documents.
Beyond Print: Terrorism
12/05/2007 - British companies are more concerned about terrorism, says RAND Europe.
12/05/2007 - A look at bomb detection technologies and how they are being used.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
12/04/2007 - The Coast Guard authorization bill (H.R. 2443) has been approved by the House of Representatives and has been approved in a different form by the Senate. In a conference committee, which is designed to hash out differences in the two versions, lawmakers rejected a controversial provision that would have required Coast Guard representatives to review the security plans of all foreign vessels entering U.S. waters. (Under current law, the Coast Guard is required to review the security plans of domestic vessels.) At a hearing before the bill was passed, Coast Guard Commandant Thomas H. Collins contended that the agency does not have the money or personnel to complete the task, which would have required reviewing plans for more than 10,000 foreign vessels.
Intelligence: Risk Management
12/04/2007 - 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.
International: IT Security
12/03/2007 - Some phishing scams may involve a "well-orchestrated, systematic criminal organization," according to Anatomy of a Phish, part of a study by the Anti-Phishing Working Group. Analysts noted, for example, that in June "identical attack methods were used to exploit two different banks, even though the phishing attacks were hosted in different locations over time," from Plano, Texas, to Uruguay and South Korea. @ Phishing Attack Trends Report, which also analyzes phishing schemes and trends from the first half of 2004, is available through SM Online.