Morning Security Brief: Data Breaches, Olympic Training, Codis, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►The Securities and Exchange Commission has formally asked companies to start disclosing when they are hacked or suffer a data breach. The guidance, issued last week, says corporations should disclose “timely, comprehensive, and accurate information about risks and events that a reasonable investor would consider important to an investment decision.” It also offers suggestions to help companies make decisions after falling victim to a cyberattack. The statement emphasizes that disclosing is not a rule. 

►New training being administered to all 250,000 police in the United Kingdom aims to prepare them for the 2012 Olympic Games. The training focuses on main security threats, including terrorism and public disorder, but also trains police to spot signs of crimes from human trafficking to IT crime and ticket fraud, Sustainable Gov reports. “The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime event and it is vital that all those policing them are clear about what is expected of them. By completing this awareness training module they will be prepared and motivated for this unique challenge,” Chris Allison, the national Olympic security coordinator, said.

►The FBI is proposing changes in Codis, its DNA database, that it says will increase accuracy in identification. The current system identifies a person based on a set of 13 genetic markers – which is usually enough, but as the database grows, it increases the chances for false identification, the BBC reports. The FBI is reassessing which genetic markers it wants to review when testing DNA and raising the number of markers to 24. Scientists say the FBI should research what the best markers for identification are before making a decision.

►Mexican authorities say they have captured one of the top Zeta Cartel bosses. Known as “El Chabelo,” he was captured after a shootout that left nine people dead. “El Chabelo is believed to have been in charge of several cities in the northern Nuevo Leon region,” Al Jazeera reported. The Mexican military reported that in a separate incident it freed 61 men who were being held as drug slaves by cartels. Also, 16 tunnels in Mexico leading directly to 18 parking spaces were found in Nogales, Arizona. Authorities believe drug smugglers used the tunnels to load up cars with drugs from beneath the ground. The spaces cut out of the parking lots were held in place by jacks.

►NYPD detectives were paid overtime in a “covert reward system” for making cocaine or heroin busts, according to Stephen Anderson, a former detective who testified during an ongoing police corruption trial. Anderson’s testimony offers an inside look into NYPD narcotics units, including how officers planted drugs on suspects to make arrests.⇒ And the Sesame Street YouTube page becomes the target of hackers causing some to say its time for YouTube to revamp its security measures.


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