NEWS & ANALYSIS

Afternoon Security Brief: Airport Breaches, Wi-Fi Security, Baggage Screening, and More

Thousands of breaches at U.S. airports have occurred. A man who hacked his neighbor's Wi-Fi network and planted child porn on his computer is sentenced. A judge orders agencies to produce Secure Communities data. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Heroine Control, Iran Supplying Weapons, TSA Duped, and More

More Heroin being seized at the Southwest border. U.S. says Iran is still backing the insurgency in Iraq. And TSA is baffled at how a man was able to crisscross the country with fake boarding passes.

GAO Suggests 'No-Fly' List for Potential Child Abductors

International parental child abductions are on the rise, according to U.S. State Department data. A new U.S. Government Accountability Office report considers how some abductions might be stopped at the airport with a new 'No-Fly' list.

House Subcommittee Explores Whether Wireless Broadband Expansion Could Affect Aviation Safety

An up and coming broadband company is building a network that would make wireless Internet available to everyone in America. Now their plans to connect the entire country are facing criticism from aviation and GPS organizations who say expansion of wireless broadband services shouldn’t trump the importance of safety in aviation and maritime operations. But researchers say more study is needed to determine whether nationwide broadband would really affect transportation safety.

Morning Security Brief: Pakistan Nukes Secure, TSA Pat-Down Policy Revised, Cartel Leader Captured

State Department says Pakistan nukes are safe. TSA pat-downs for children scaled back. Cartel leader captured. And more.

GAO Assesses Physical Security at General Aviation Airports

Lack of standardized physical security measures at general aviation airports across the country could allow intruders to commandeer planes, presenting a terrorism risk, the Government Accountability Office reports.

Morning Security Brief: Insecure ID Tokens, Homeland Security Turf Battles, Drug Lord Defenses, and More.

RSA replacing SecureID tokens, admits breach compromised systems. What's really driving cuts in funding for airport screeners? How Mexican drug lords are adapting. Intelligence-led policing gets attention in Florida. And the effort to train Libyan rebels is spotlighted.

Screeners No Longer Isolated

TSA screening operators will no longer have to be isolated from passengers when using automated target recognition software due to increased privacy controls on the machines, reports Government Security News.

RAND: Trusted Traveler Program Should Result in Security Benefits

Even if terrorists rush to apply for a trusted traveler program and some get accepted, commercial flights would still be more secure than if no trusted traveler program existed, concludes RAND.

Morning Security Brief: Lapses at Northern Airports, Blackwater Founder Starts Private Army, and How Poverty Relates to Guns

Drug traffickers are using northern airports to move contraband, Blackwater founder raises a private army on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, and a college grant leads to studies of poverty and gun violence.
 




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