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Morning Security Brief: Russia Beefs Up Security, Maritime Security Plan Released, and Snapchat Hacked

- President Vladimir Putin has vowed to increase security across Russia after twin bombings left the region shaken just weeks before the Winter Olympics. The National Security Council has issued a maritime security plan that promotes risk management and information sharing. And the information of 4.6 million Snapchat users was published online after the app was hacked.

Homeland Security Spending

- A Government Accountability Office report details a variety of Department of Homeland Security programs that fight transnational crime by bolstering the security capacity of partner nations. DHS spent $451 million on these programs in 2012, but the GAO says the department must establish clearer priorities and better ways to track whether program spending was directed in ways that were optimal for furthering those priorities.

Micromanaging Terror

- By using managerial tools to conserve resources and control followers, leaders of terrorist groups are making their activities easier to track.

Morning Security Brief: FPS Contract Guards Not Properly Trained, FEC Site Hacked During Shutdown, And More

- Contract guards that protect federal facilities around the country are not sufficiently trained on screening or active shooters, a GAO report found. The Federal Election Commission site was attacked by Chinese hackers during the government shutdown. And NORAD is relying on special software to track Santa this Christmas Eve.

Morning Security Brief: Fake Interpreter At Mandela Service, Cybersecurity Attack On The Department Of Energy, And More

- The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial suffered from a schizophrenic episode during the service, raising questions about vetting and security. A report on the July DOE cyberattack revealed the department did not set up proper precautions to prevent such attacks. New legislation is designed to protect critical infrastructure from attack.

Morning Security Brief: NSA Spying on Gamers, CIA Business Spies Glean Little, Tech Companies Face Losses, and More

- The NSA infiltrated online gaming sites in search of terrorists. The CIA has gained little from a massive business spying program. Tech companies are seeing revenue losses because of NSA spying. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Police Collecting Personal Data, Sexual Abuse Reports Lacking, and Tech Companies Fight Back Against NSA

- The law enforcement practice of requesting data from cell phone towers has raised privacy concerns. The statistics collected on sexual abuse in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention facilities are incomplete. Eight major tech companies are launching a public relations campaign against NSA spying tactics.

Morning Security Brief: NIST Report on Joplin Tornado, U.S.-Afghan Pact Still Not Signed, 2014 Cybersecurity Forecast, and More

- NIST releases a comprehensive report on the deadliest and costliest tornado on record--the one that struck Joplin, Missouri in 2011; a U.S. official warns that security in Afghanistan could be threatened if the U.S-Afghan security pact is not signed quickly; risk management firm Kroll releases a 2014 cybersecurity forecast; and more.

Morning Security Brief: Report on Sandy Hook, Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Investigation, Yale Shooter, and More

- A 48-page report on the Sandy Hook shootings offers insight into shooter Adam Lanza's life, but offers no clear motive behind the attack; the supposed gunman on Yale's campus might have been a hoax; and there no criminal charges in a deadly meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy that killed 64 people.

One Lab’s Mission: Resilience Research

- The Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University is working with industry and government organizations to test cutting-edge technology, with the focus on resilience.

Morning Security Brief: Security Clearances Scrutinized, Sandy Hook Report Released Today, and Egypt Enacts Protester Law

- The gunman who opened fire at the Navy Yard had his security clearance pulled temporarily. Connecticut officials are expected to issue a report today on the investigation into the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A new law in Egypt sharply restricts protests.

Morning Security Brief: U.S.-Afghan Agreement Reached, Report On DoD Catastrophe Response, And More

- America and Afghanistan reached a pact that would place U.S. troops in Afghanistan until 2024; a report shows the DoD needs to improve its catastrophe response plan, and more.

Morning Security Brief: Security in Philippines, Tough Identity Laws in Russia, U.S. Government Hacked, and More

- Major aid organizations dismiss rumors that poor security is hampering relief efforts in the Philippines. Russia has enacted extensive identity checks for Olympic ticket purchasers. An FBI memo reveals that Anonymous has been hacking U.S. government sites for almost a year. And more.
 




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