Morning Security Brief: Border Security, Cloud Forensics, and Trade Secret Theft

By Teresa Anderson

► Lawmakers included border security provisions as part of the immigration reform bill (S. 744) approved by the Senate yesterday. The bill would establish a Southern Border Security Commission to secure all high-risk segments of the border and would require high-tech fencing. The bill would also increase the number of border crossing prosecutions along certain sectors of the Southwest border region and require additional border patrol stations along the Southwest border region. Under S. 744, the government would deploy additional mobile, video, and portable surveillance systems, as well as drones along the Southwest border to provide 24-hour surveillance. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee released a statement yesterday criticizing the bill’s border security provisions. McCaul called the bill “a textbook example of government waste” because it “throws arbitrary resources at the border without a long-term national strategy or required outcomes.” McCaul touted his own bill (H.R. 1417), which would require that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) develop a comprehensive strategy that would include collecting metrics, such as the number of apprehensions, to define the program’s progress.

► The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has formed the Incident Management and Forensics Working Group, which will standardize a process for handling security incidents and forensics investigations in the cloud. The group has published a white paper to establish the issues that must be explored and how the group’s efforts can meet international standards. The co-chair of the group, Dominick Birk of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd., announced the project by saying: “The objective of this new CSA Working Group is to define best practices that consider the legal, technical, and procedural elements of responding to security incidents in the cloud in a forensically sound way.”

► The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Sinovel Corporation, a wind turbine manufacturer, with theft of trade secrets. Sinovel is accused of stealing proprietary wind turbine technology from AMSC. The theft allegedly cost AMSC $800 million and was perpetrated by recruiting an AMSC employee to steal AMSC’s intellectual property. “The allegations in this indictment describe a well-planned attack on American business by international defendants—nothing short of attempted corporate homicide,” said U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil in announcing the charges.


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