Morning Security Brief: Dozens killed in Nigeria at Mosque, Increased Security at Manning Trial, IT Security Spending, And More

By Holly Gilbert

► Forty-four people were shot and killed in a mosque by suspected Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria on Sunday, the Associated Press reports. Twenty-six worshippers who survived with gunshot wounds were hospitalized. According to the report, these violent acts are just the latest in a string of radical violence in Nigeria where “the radical Boko Haram group poses the greatest security threat in years,” though it is not clear whether that group committed this attack.

► Security has been tightened surrounding the trial of Army private Bradley Manning after a 16-second video surfaced online from inside the courtroom. As the trial commenced on Monday, bags were searched for cameras or other impermissible recording devices. The rogue footage, posted to the media sharing site Vimeo, shows the judge at the bench and Manning at the defense table, according to CBS News. The Army private’s supporters can be heard in the background chanting, “Free Bradley Manning.” Manning is accused of leaking hoards of classified documents through Wikileaks and could face up to 90 years in prison.

► Independent analyst firm Canalys released a study on Monday which predicts that IT security spending will increase to $30.1 billion worldwide by 2017. Although IT budgets are being trimmed down during austere economic times, “investment in security solutions is less affected than other infrastructure areas, such as networking and unified communications,” according to the press release. Among its findings, Canalys predicts medium-size businesses will increase IT security spending more than any other sector over the next five years to $8.5 billion, at a compounded annual growth rate of 7.3%. From a regional standpoint, North America’s IT security spending is predicted to grow by 5% in 2013, Asia Pacific by 9%, and Latin America by 15% in 2013. The EMEA’s 2013 spending was forecasted to grow by a mere 3%.

► Also in the news: Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, arrived in Israel Monday to discuss regional security issues ♦ NYPD officers have been advised to tighten security on and around the city’s bridges after a flash-mob dance party took place on Saturday on the Manhattan Bridge’s walkway ♦ Google announces it has rewarded more than $2 million to researchers for finding security vulnerabilities as part of its Chromium bounty program.


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