Morning Security Brief: Hurricane Sandy Report, Pentagon Meeting with China Official, and More

By Teresa Anderson

► The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, established by President Obama in December 2012, is expected to release its report today. The Associated Press, in an article in The Washington Post, writes that the report will contain 69 policy initiatives but most of these focused on a single theme: “Plan for future storms in an age of climate change and rising sea levels.” In addition to discussing the use of natural barriers such as wetland and sand dunes, as well as encouraging regional disaster planning, the article said that the report says “the government should find ways to encourage the private-sector development of fuel distribution and communications systems less likely to be crippled by extended power outages.”

► Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will begin high-level talks at the Pentagon today with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Change Wunquan. According to an article in The Guardian, the discussions at the Pentagon should center on cybersecurity issues, including cyberattacks in general and specific incidences of intellectual property theft coming from China.

► Also in the news: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations announced that it arrested 361 people during a nationwide gang operation. Speaking at a summit in Sydney, Australia, a Gartner security analyst urged businesses to stick to the basics when developing cybersecurity strategies and to ignore high-level issues such as threats from nation states. A survey from IT Governance, a cybersecurity consulting firm in the United Kingdom finds that most respondents, 54 percent, believe that insiders are the biggest threat to their businesses.


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