Morning Security Brief: TSA Breaches, Stop and Frisk, Cybersecurity Information Sharing, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►TSA managers aren’t reporting nearly half of security breaches to headquarters, according to an inspector general’s report scheduled for release on Monday. “But much of the fault may lie with the Transportation Security Administration headquarters itself, which has a poor system for reporting and monitoring breaches,” reports the Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper that obtained an advance copy of the report. "The agency does not provide the necessary guidance and oversight to insure that all breaches are consistently reported, tracked and corrected. As a result, it does not have a complete understanding of breaches occurring at the Nation’s airports and misses opportunities to strengthen aviation security," states the report.

►The NYPD conducted more than 200,000 frisk searches in the first three months of the year, a 10 percent increase from the same time last year. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg say the stop and frisk program helped bring violent crime to historic lows, but the New York Civil Liberties Union and civil rights groups say the program encourages racial profiling. A study by the NYCLU found that black and latino men between the ages of 14 and 24 accounted for 41.6 percent of stop and frisk stops in 2011, though they make up only 4.7 percent of the city's population. Ninety percent of stops resulted in no further police action.

►The Department of Defense has extended an invitation to all eligible contractors to join an information-sharing initiative to help counter cyberthreats. The Pentagon will give participants classified information and suggested measures to counter cyberthreats in exchange for information on attempted cyberattacks on their networks and participation in government damage assessments. “Those eligible to join the public-private partnership must have met requirements for safeguarding classified information at least at ‘Secret’ level,” Reuters reports. More than 2,000 companies qualify for the program.

►In other news, Kenya is implementing a plan that would deploy 100,000 police ahead of general elections next Spring to prevent a repeat of the violence from the 2007 polls.♦ In the latest incident during a flare-up of cartel violence in Mexico, police found 49 dismembered bodies in a road leading to the U.S. border. Police are using DNA to try and identify the bodies, all of which were headless. ♦ Police continue the search for a “despondent” Los Angeles-based FBI agent who left his house on foot and hasn’t been heard from since.



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