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Morning Security Brief: Education on Active Shooters, Trusted Travelers, Olympic Security, NIST Advice

By Ann Longmore-Etheridge

►The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers an online course to teach first responders how to deal with a public shooting spree, as well as seminars, posters, and more, aimed at educating "mall owners, office managers and the public on how to lessen the likelihood of becoming a casualty.... The online course consists of quizzes and assignments such as telling how to respond during a gunfire assault," reports Jeff Bliss of the Washington Post. "Boiled down to the essentials, the advice is to evacuate or hide, and if those options aren't available, disrupt the attack by distracting the shooter or taking him out."

►The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that Delta Air Lines and US Airways have joined the Trusted Traveler program at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. "Under the program, which is open to frequent fliers and participants in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection trusted traveler programs, participating passengers traveling domestically are allowed to keep their shoes, belts and light outerwear on and leave laptop computers and liquids and gel containers of 3 ounces or less inside carry-on bags," notes the Chicago Tribune. "Passengers enrolled in the program are prescreened by voluntarily providing personal information and undergoing background checks." Passengers, however, are complaining that the TSA is mismanaging the program at the airport and that it doing little to shorten security screening backups.

► Private security officers from G4S and police, Special Forces, and military officers are not turning out to be the best of friends at the London Olympics. A guest writer for the Guardian who is currently working as a security officer at the Olympics, states that "resentment simmers just under the surface," and that "it's also clear the G4S staff are being given all the worst jobs." The Telegraph reports that G4S is investigating whether one of its security officers at an archery competition "flipped" at an Afghan War veteran in attendance, spat at him, and called him a "baby killer."

InformationWeek Government reports that the National Institute of Standards and Technology "has released updated guidance on how federal agencies and businesses can deal with network attacks and malware. The advice comes in the form of two publications that have been revised to reflect the latest in security best practices: NIST's Guide to Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems and Guide to Malware Incident Prevention and Handling for Desktop and Laptops. The agency is seeking public comments on the draft publications before releasing them in final form."

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