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Morning Security Brief: Obamacare Database Secure, Arkansas Arms Teachers, World Leaders Discuss Syria

- The data collection system used for Obamacare applicants has passed critical security testing; 13 Arkansas school districts can continue to use teachers as armed guards; and Russia outlines its plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.

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: Snowden Receives Asylum, Warantless Cellphone Tracking Constitutional, NSA Program Scrutiny, And More

- Edward Snowden left a Moscow airport after being granted temporary asylum in Russia. A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that cellphone location data is not protected under the Fourth Amendment and can be accessed by government officials without a warrant. The Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill that will strengthen the nation's cybersecurity, while the Senate Judiciary Committee looked into the NSA's metadata collection program.

Morning Security Brief: NSA Defunding Bill Fails, U.K. Forensics Program Criticized, Colleges Hacked, and More

- A bill restricting the NSA's wiretapping efforts narrowly failed in the House, the UK's forensic science program may have been mishandled, and more.

Balancing Liberty and Security: Human Rights, Human Wrongs

- The academic work Balancing Liberty and Security explores the tension between international human rights legislation and the parliamentary system of government in the United Kingdom.

Morning Security Brief: NYC Stop & Frisk Law, Money Laundering and Digital Currency, and More

- The New York City Council passed policies that will severely curtail the city’s stop and frisk practice. Thomson Reuters Fraud Prevention and Investigation unit has a report on the rising use of digital currency in money laundering. And the GAO find that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) should increase interagency communication and strengthen the assessment of its efforts to stem illegal cross-border activity.

Cybersecurity Framework for Critical Infrastructure Underway

- As stakeholders work to shape a new cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure, they highlight some options and the challenges inherent in devising such standards.

Morning Security Brief: Statue of Liberty Security Screening, Nuclear-Weapon Plants, Crime Stats, and More

- The Statue of Liberty, which has been closed since Superstorm Sandy, will reopen July 4, but security screening will be in Manhattan before passengers board boats headed to the landmark, rather than on Ellis Island. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz vows to improve nuclear plant security, particularly at Y-12, the site of a protest break-in last year. FBI releases preliminary crime stats for 2012, and more.

Drones

- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the CIA must turn over documentation regarding its drone program.

Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure

- As stakeholders work to shape a new cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure, they highlight some options and the challenges inherent in devising such standards.

Gen. McChrystal Challenges Conventional Military Strategies in GovSec Keynote

- Threats to national security, chiefly cyberthreats, are evolving rapidly and must be met with an evolving strategy by our military and government. That’s according to General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan. He spoke at the annual GovSec conference in Washington, D.C., today.

Blue Ribbon Commission on Chemical Facility Security Proposed

- In the wake of the April 17 explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas, Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) call for the formation of a blue ribbon commission on chemical facility security.
 




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