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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.

Innovation, Dual Use, and Security

- Assessing the security risks of emerging technologies is no easy task. Compounding the issue is a paradox that many of the things created to benefit human health and welfare are the very things that—without proper safeguards—can be used for hostile intent.

DHS Announces National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security

- The plan aims to help protect the U.S. supply chain from terrorists, criminals, and natural disasters.

USPS Reductions Won’t Affect its Door-to-Door Anthrax Response Capability

- Despite financial woes, the USPS remains ready to act as a first responder to a biological attack.

Missing Thumb Drive Causes Security Problems for Germany's Spy Agency

- In Germany, a missing flash drive forces the government to go through a costly redesign of a secure facility.

Can Venture Capital Bolster America's Biodefenses?

- The Department of Health and Human Services wants to partner with the private sector to reinvent biodefense research and development.

The New Security Universe

- The Galileo system is just one development identified by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that will influence the immediate future of the security industry and the direction of what the OECD calls in a new report "the security economy." The report examines current and emerging security trends and their potential economic implications.

Security design

- How security is integrated into public spaces was the topic of a symposium held by the American Society of Landscape Architects. Among the examples discussed was the well-known Battery Park City, a 90-acre planned community at the southern tip of Manhattan, which incorporates military fortification strategies and technologies developed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Plans for the Washington Monument, which include about 800 shade and flowering trees that will double as vehicular barriers, were also discussed, as were security design features at the Chicago Federal Plaza. Topics included balancing building security with design, historic preservation, and liability concerns; security design after 9-11; design guidance to reduce potential terrorist attacks; and new standards and technologies. In one paper that discusses balancing building security with other factors, presenters offer tables on important security planning considerations, such as how to harden historic walls without sacrificing original materials and the importance of standoff distance and setback requirements.

Insight About Outsourcing

- Companies need to consider these issues before outsourcing.

Respecting and Protecting Elders

- As the U.S. population ages, and more people reside in long-term-care facilities, security professionals must learn to assess and address the unique risks of these facilities.

DHS Change Creates Challenges

- Plans for a major realignment of agencies will run up against old cultural divides.

Food-Borne Illness

- A wide range of intentional and accidental threats must be countered to protect the U.S. food supply; learn more from this Institute of Medicine of the National Academies report.

Jargon Watch

- Demystifying terms used in the security industry. SWOT Analysis: This SWOT has nothing to do with tactical assault teams, but rather strategic planning for a project or venture. In competitive intelligence, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis is often used to turn information into actionable intelligence. According to a recent survey by the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), SWOT is one of the two analytical techniques (along with competitor analysis) frequently used by competitive intelligence practitioners.
 




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