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Africa

- Could investment in the fight against AIDS help reduce terrorism? That's the provocative thesis of a paper written by Trevor Neilson, executive director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. The paper is on SM Online.

Counterfeiting

- If you're wearing clothing by Armani or Burberry, carrying a bag by Coach or Louis Vuitton, or wearing a watch by Cartier or Rolex, you might want to take a closer look. These are a few of the most frequently knocked-off brands based on incidents compiled by counterfeit-intelligence analysts Gieschen Consultancy of Canada.

Terrorist Prison Population to Explode in England and Wales

- Prison officials say new high-security prisons will need to be built if estimates are correct.

Staging Security in a Theater of War

- One manager shares the lessons learned in leading personnel into Iraq to help rebuild the country's infrastructure.

Cost of War on Terrorism Should Not Be Hidden

- The GAO tells the Pentagon to stop using emergency requests to fund "the long war."

Quick Bytes: IT best practices

-  The Information Security Forum (ISF), a U.K.-based nonprofit group of more than 260 international corporate members from Adobe Systems to Zurich Financial Services, has released an updated version of The Standard of Good Practice for Information Security. This comprehensive standard allows organizations to measure the effectiveness of their security posture against an international benchmark. The latest version has added guidance on patch management and on mitigating threats posed by instant messaging. It has significantly updated sections on outsourcing, virus protection, and Web server security. Unlike most of ISF’s 200 or so publications, which are available only to members, The Standard of Good Practice is available to the public for free. Get it via SM Online.

New in Plain Text

- “Threats unseen are threats unbelieved,” says one terrorist in Hacking a Terror Network: The Silent Threat of Covert Channels, a new book by Russ Rogers. These unseen threats are the focus of Rogers’ book, about a fictionalized set of terrorists led by a young Arabic man who seeks revenge against the Americans whose bomb killed his brother.

It best practices

- The Information Security Forum (ISF), a U.K.-based nonprofit group of more than 260 international corporate members from Adobe Systems to Zurich Financial Services, has released an updated version of The Standard of Good Practice for Information Security. This comprehensive standard allows organizations to measure the effectiveness of their security posture against an international benchmark. The latest version has added guidance on patch management and on mitigating threats posed by instant messaging. It has significantly updated sections on outsourcing, virus protection, and Web server security. Unlike most of ISF's 200 or so publications, which are available only to members, @ The Standard of Good Practice is available to the public for free.

Study Questions CCTV’s Value

- In an expansive 160-page report written for the U.K. Home Office, which is responsible for domestic issues, Professor Martin Gill and Angela Spriggs did not find conclusive proof of CCTV’s beneficial effect on crime in town and city centers, parking areas, hospitals, and residential zones. Read the report.

32 al Qaeda Operatives Convicted in Yemen

- The defendants were convicted of planning suicide bombings against oil and gas installations in the country.

Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror.

- If only the location of Osama bin Laden were as easy to discover as the identity of the “anonymous” author of Imperial Hubris, an insider’s view of the search for bin Laden and a critique of the overall war on terrorism. A new edition names Michael Scheuer, a counterterrorism expert from the CIA assigned to the bin Laden “team,” who quickly surfaced as the author, appearing on talk shows to defend his book’s controversial positions.

EU Proposes New Antiterrorism Laws

- New proposal concentrates on terrorists using the Internet and mandating more passenger information for those flying to or from EU states.

ID cards

- The United Kingdom’s House of Commons has approved a bill to establish a national ID card system. The Identity Cards Bill sets out a system under which each citizen would have a compulsory ID card embedded with a computer chip by 2012. The chip will hold personal information such as names and addresses as well as a biometric identifier such as a facial scan or iris scan. All of this information will also be stored in a national database. The bill had little problem passing in the House of Commons with a vote of 224 to 64. However, it faces a greater challenge in the House of Lords, according to public comments from its sponsor, Secretary of State for the Home Department Charles Clark.@ The full text of the bill is available at Security Management Online.
 




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