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United Kingdom to Beef up Security Once Again

- Prime Minister Brown's new counterterrorism plan seeks to protect the nation's transportation infrastructure.

Financial Firms Face Infosec Perils

- A British financial services firm discovered that a fake Web site bearing its name had been set up, presumably to "phish" for customer passwords and account information. Unfortunately, it took ten days before the firm could find out a way to have the site taken down. (They ultimately went to the U.S. Secret Service for help in getting the American Internet service provider to take down the site.) @ Countering Financial Crime Risks in Information Security: Financial Crime Sector Report is available through www.securitymanagement.com.

Cyberpros on the March

- The number of security professionals will nearly double, rising to 2.1 million by 2008, predicts the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2. The rate of growth will vary by region, however, according to the group's Global Information Security Workforce Study. For example, growth of about 12 percent annually is anticipated in the Americas, while growth of about 18.3 percent is expected in the Asia/Pacific region. The study, conducted by market intelligence firm IDC, was based on a questionnaire filled out by 5,371 respondents from more than 80 countries.

Privacy

- Malaysia and Japan use video surveillance to oversee public places. Italy uses the technology to monitor transportation. And Germany uses it to collect tolls. That's just a small sample of countries adopting public-area surveillance, notes an annual report by watchdog group Privacy International.SM Online takes you to the report.

Did You Know That?

- Saudi Arabia holds one-quarter of the world's proven oil reserves, making security of its oil infrastructure essential to the global economy. A report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies cites the kingdom's "weakest link" as its 10,700 miles of pipeline. Still, security is taken so seriously there that "most foreseeable assaults are likely to be quickly confined and any resulting damage is likely to be repaired relatively quickly," says the report. @ Read it at SM Online.

Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

- Author Steve Coll's reporting is exemplary. Information comes from a range of respected and noted intelligence officers who served in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation or the rise of the Taliban. Coll details such topics as command of the Northern Alliance and the plan to target Tarnak Farm, where Osama bin Laden stayed with his family. Coll also paints a thorough picture of CIA and State Department achievements and setbacks in the region.

German Companies the Target of Foreign Espionage

- China, aiming to become more technologically competitive, is aggressively spying on German companies.

United Kingdom: Thousands of Security Jobs Held By Illegals

- A government review has found that 5,000 illegal immigrants are employed in U.K. security jobs, some sensitive in nature.

White House Says War on Drugs Working

- Antidrug chief says the increase in price of cocaine is evidence the U.S. strategy is working.

Business Under Fire: How Israeli Companies Are Succeeding in the Face of Terror--and What We Can Learn From Them.

- Information from interviews is presented as Q&A, then discussed. The author interviews an Israeli CEO, for example, then discusses the main points. A summary follows. The book proceeds like this through three sectors: hotel/tourism, high technology, and transportation.

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.
 




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