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Airport Screening

- A Government Accountability Office report recommends that the Transportation Security Administration no longer fund its behavior detection programs because they are generally ineffective. Its meta-analysis of hundreds of studies found that the ability of human observers to accurately identify deceptive behavior based on behavioral cues is the same as or slightly better than chance.

Educational Opportunity: Security Force Management

- ASIS International is offering a two-day program designed to help security professionals learn more about managing a contract security force. The job requires an understanding of the law, management practices, technology, and best practices and procedures. This program delivers an update on these core management requirements and also spells out what separates a great contract security agency from an average one.

Data Protection

- The IT Risk/Reward Barometer, conducted by the nonprofit global association ISACA, examines the gaps between what people believe and what they do when it comes to the Internet and sharing information online. For example, people tend to fear that their information is at risk, but most continue to be careless with their passwords.

Pregnancy Discrimination

- A federal appeals court has ruled that an employer who terminated a pregnant employee is guilty of pregnancy discrimination. The court ruled that because her managers discussed her pregnancy in relation to her termination, saying that her “belly would be in the way,” the comments were discriminatory.

Cruise Line Security

- The cruise industry and federal agencies have implemented 11 of 15 of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act provisions introduced in 2010. A report by the Government Accountability Office examines the delay in regulations and policy for the implementation of the remaining four provisions, including man-overboard technology.

Document Destruction

- A joint study conducted in January by the Ponemon Institute and Cintas shows that one-third of businesses do not have a policy for secure document destruction. Of those organizations that do have a policy, more than half say the guidelines do not cover the secure destruction of hard drives. Read about these and other findings in the full report.

Corruption

- A new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) highlights corruption as a priority area for both the private sector and development implementers. The report, The Costs of Corruption: Strategies for Ending a Tax on Private-sector-led Growth, says that reducing corruption should be a major focus of development assistance and diplomacy, but of trade coalitions and business community efforts as well.

Infrastructure Protection

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an updated National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) in December to help secure critical infrastructure assets, systems, and networks that Americans depend on in the new year. Along with the plan itself, DHS has also issued supplements for the plan geared towards helping the infrastructure community implement the plan, including sector-specific plans and resources for state and local partners.

Cybersecurity

- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the preliminary version of its cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure. The voluntary guidelines were crafted by NIST with the help of private sector input and engagement with industry stakeholders. The final version of the framework is due in April.

Organized Crime

- Organized crime groups have adopted cyber tactics to bring their organizations into the 21st century and to further their reach. EUROPOL’s EU Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment and Threat Assessment: Italian Organized Crime both outlined new ways that organized crime is using the Internet to recruit members, distribute products, and launder money in new markets.

Security Clearances

- More than 4.9 million federal government and contract employees hold, or are eligible to hold, a security clearance in 2012. However, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, there is no clear defined policy guidance for determining when a federal position needs a security clearance.

Chemical Plants

- After a West, Texas, fertilizer plant exploded in April of last year, President Barack Obama created the Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working group, which held listening sessions with stakeholders during the fall of 2013 and winter of 2014. Read some of their talking points and options for recommendations to the president.

School Security

- Video Insight and STANLEY Security offer grants to schools for security equipment. Video Insight donates equipment to one school each month, and STANLEY Security provides four grants at the end of the year, based on a contest held in the autumn.
 




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