From The Guardian: One of the world’s leading cyberwarfare experts has warned of the damaging lack of government literacy in cybersecurity issues, pointing out that some senior officials don’t know how to use email, and that one US representative about to negotiate cybersecurity with China asked him what an “ISP” was.
From HS Today: Reforming the way security clearances are granted is one of the urgent steps that needs to be taken to improve periodic reinvestigation (PR) of persons holding a security clearance. In addition, fundamental improvements are needed throughout the overall security clearance process, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) said in a new […]
From Bloomberg: The discovery that two passengers boarded the missing Malaysian jet using stolen passports reveals flaws in the screening of air travelers that persist more than 12 years after security worldwide was strengthened in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
From The Federal Times: Modernization of a key border enforcement system is making progress, a senior Customs and Border Protection manager said this month, seeking to rebut criticism from members of Congress and the Government Accountability Office. CBP’s portion of the program has stayed within budget since it began in 2008, has achieved many milestones […]
From The Livingston Daily: For years, the Transportation Security Administration has “managed” the risk of in-flight terror attacks by throwing every one of us — from geriatrics to infants in strollers — into the same category…Finally, that policy is changing. The TSA is dramatically expanding a service that allows participating passengers to pass through the […]
From The Wall Street Journal: Before dawn this month, a convoy of Mexican marines quietly surrounded a house in the Spanish colonial city of Puebla and arrested an alleged drug trafficker also wanted for questioning over the kidnapping of a Mexican politician. Little did the marines know then, but his capture would become a vital […]
From NextGov: The Homeland Security Department is exploring technology that would use facial and iris recognition to track the departure of foreign visitors, according to contracting documents. “At land border exit[s], currently there are no biometrics captured resulting in an inability to accurately verify that a departing traveler matches a specific entry record,” states a […]
From Reuters: The latest warning to airlines about shoe-bomb threats is a product of heightened U.S. concern about al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate, whose leaders include a technically-savvy bombmaker, U.S. security sources said on Thursday. U.S. Homeland Security authorities on Wednesday issued a new warning about shoe bombs to airlines which fly from overseas to the United […]
From The Federal Times: The Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration announced a $61 million plan Feb. 18 to significantly expand and modernize the Laredo, Texas, Land Port of Entry. An estimated 3.5 million privately-owned vehicles cross the border at Laredo per year.
From The Hill: It isn’t illegal to print the National Security Agency’s (NSA) official seal above the words “Spying On You Since 1952” on a novelty mug, the agency acknowledged on Tuesday. The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are abandoning their protests against a line of mugs, hats and shirts that mock […]