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911 Calls Scrutinized

- A January report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that 911 emergency calls may not be cyber safe. The document addresses five agencies that coordinate with state and local governments on cybersecurity-related activities, including the Department of Homeland Security, and cites the increased information-sharing between these agencies as a security concern. “Because these critical systems are becoming more interconnected, they are also increasingly susceptible to cyber-based threats that accompany the use of Internet-based services,” states the report. “This, in turn, could impact the availability of 911 services.”

Officers at Federal Facilities Lack Training

- Contract guards are often not properly trained, according to a government report.

Transportation Safety

- A recent Government Accountability Office report discusses the need for better data and analysis of safety risks involving cargo tank trucks.

Intelligence

- A public-safety broadband network starts to get off the ground; the government releases a report on Hurricane Sandy response; and researchers discuss a new technique to find missed fingerprints at crime scenes.

Morning Security Brief: Navy Yard Shooter Had Pattern of Misconduct, ACLU Releases Report on FBI Abuse of Power, And More

- Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis acted alone and has a record of abusing firearms, the ACLU has released a report on the FBI's abuse of power after 9-11, and Colorado's oil and gas infrastructure has been damaged by the region's floods.

Morning Security Brief: U.S. Border Patrol Improves Training, Syrian Hackers Attack NYT, and More

- The GAO reports that the CBP has improved officer training and management. The New York Times and Twitter were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Plus India captures key terrorist.

Morning Security Brief: Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Spillover Violence, and Human Trafficking

- A university erred in failing to release reports of sexual assaults on campus. A GAO report attempts to measure spillover violence from the southwest border. And efforts to curb human trafficking are underway.

Morning Security Brief: Criminal Background Screening, Physical Security Standards, Domestic Violence Policy, and More

- The government urges federal contractors to use criminal background screening sparingly. The GAO says that physical security at government facilities could be improved. And all government agencies must develop policies to deal with domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the workplace.

White House Issues Executive Order on Cybersecurity

- President Barack Obama has issued a much-anticipated Executive Order on cybersecurity.

A Department Under Fire

- The Department of Homeland Security has been criticized for poor management, but a new focus could get the agency back on track.

Morale Problems Persist at DHS

- The GAO reports average employee morale at DHS is still lower than the average morale of the federal workforce.

Report Urges Government Involvement in Privacy Protection

- The federal government should play a larger role in protecting consumer privacy, according to a recent report issued by the GAO. The report deals specifically with location data, which is collected from smartphone users by companies offering location-based services.

Morning Security Brief: Copyright Reform, Fake Photos, and Counterfeit Driver's Licenses

- An Australian study advocates copyright reform, new software can determine whether a photo is fake, and a government report finds that counterfeit documents remain the weak link in fraudulent driver's licenses.
 




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