Morning Security Brief: TSA's PreCheck Expands, U.S. Cybersecurity Framework Criticized, And More

By Lilly Chapa


► The Transportation Security Administration announced that its expedited airport screening program will be coming to 60 more airports this year, according to USA TODAY. Passengers who sign up for the PreCheck program undergo background checks and pay an $85 fee. Once they are approved, they may leave on their shoes, belt, and jacket and won’t have to remove their laptops or liquids from their carry-on bags during airport screening. The program has already been rolled out at 40 airports across the country and will be expanded to 60 more locations this year, TSA officials said. Right now, only U.S. citizens who are frequent fliers or members of trusted traveler programs may participate in PreCheck, but a new application program in the works will allow more citizens to enroll.
► According to CSO Online, global cybersecurity experts have criticized the latest draft of the U.S. Cyber Security Framework (CSF), which was mandated by President Obama in February. The framework, which was drafted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is meant to bring together existing standards, policies, and best practices into a tool that organizations can use to ensure effective cybersecurity. However, experts say the draft provides no specific methodologies for securing the industrial control systems found in water treatment facilities and power plants. “A fundamental problem of the CSF is that it is not a method that, if applied properly, would lead to predictable results,” said Ralph Langner, a Germany-based consultant. NIST officials said the current document is only a draft and was issued to ensure they got feedback on the framework.
► Also in the news, world leaders have gathered in St. Petersburg for the United Nations G-20 Summit to discuss the global economy, but the prospect of U.S. military action in Syria has overshadowed the economy-focused gathering. A special envoy will be present at the summit to rally efforts to convene a peace conference in Geneva. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the authorization of a strike on Syria, and the debate will now move to the full Senate, which will reconvene September 9. And in the first attack targeting a high-ranking official, Egypt’s interior minister Mohammed Ibrahim survived an apparent assassination attempt after an explosion targeted his convoy. Egyptian officials said it is unclear whether the explosion was caused by a suicide car bombing or an explosives-laden car detonated by remote control.


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