09/11/2007 - Twenty-nine percent of all stolen laptops are taken from offices, with thefts from cars responsible for another 25 percent of laptop losses, according to survey data from CREDANT Technologies, a security software provider. Some of the 283 executives who responded to the survey noted that office laptops had been stolen despite being locked or even glued to desktops. Only 10 percent of the units had a full-disk encryption solution in place, and 82 percent of the stolen laptops were never recovered
@ More details from the survey are available at SM Online.
09/11/2007 - When it comes to street gangs, “network analysis” has nothing to do with identifying risks in computer systems but rather with analyzing the pattern of social relationships among gangs and individual members. In an innovative program, the North Jersey Gang Task Force has been using network analysis to combat the gang problem in Newark. Partnering with Rutgers University, which has provided free access to graduate students and researchers, the task force has been documenting relationships among gang members, such as which ones hang out together and which have been incarcerated together. Among other things, the analysis has revealed differing levels of “embeddedness” on the part of specific gang members, indicating that different tactics for intervention are necessary for particular gang members. “Cut points”—people who are the only connection among people or groups—have been identified as potentially ideal targets for disrupting gangs.@ Learn more about the program in a report published by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of COPS. it is available at SM Online.
08/24/2007 - The period from the late 1990s into the early years of the 21st century is likely the best-documented era of corporate scandal in history. In Corporate Crooks, Greg Farrell, an investigative reporter for USA Today, offers a simple primer on the subject.
08/16/2007 - Named for the section of the 1958 Nigerian Criminal Code that makes it illegal, the modus operandi should be familiar to all readers: a powerful person’s relative has access to huge money and needs your help laundering it.