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Espionage

- The NATO report Pandemonium: Nation States, National Security, and the Internet looks at nation-state hacking and the power of espionage in modern culture.

EU Corruption

- Corruption is costly. In fact, it is costing the European Union about €120 billion ($165 billion) per year, according to a recent report from the European Commission. It assesses corruption in all of the EU’s 28 member countries, analyzing industry sectors, the nature and level of corruption, and the effectiveness of measures taken to fight it, which vary from country to country.

Morning Security Brief: Search For Nigerian Girls, Iranian Hacker Threat, and Questions for Google

- The U.S. is deploying surveillance aircraft in Nigeria, Iranian hackers have become more aggressive, and Europe's Google search results come into question.

Morning Security Brief: Bomb Plot Foiled, Subway Crash, Transportation Protocols, and More

- Police have foiled a teenager's elaborate plan to kill his family and bomb his high school, more than 200 people were injured after two subway trains collided in Seoul, the GAO says HAZMAT transportation protocols should be reviewed, and more.

Israeli Security Concepts

- While discussions of tactics, drills, weapons, and warrior skills should apply to all executive protection and bodyguard personnel, the book will be most useful to those on foreign assignments.

Security by Design in Abu Dhabi

- The Abu Dhabi Safety and Security Planning Manual (SSPM) establishes a system for approaching crime prevention and counterterrorism in the earliest stages of a project’s life: during planning and design.

Morning Security Brief: Sanctions Against Russia, Taliban Attacks Afghan Police, Secure UK Currency, And More

- EU leaders are considering economic sanctions against Russia, which could have grave consequences for Europe's economy. Taliban insurgents attacked a police station in Jalalabad, killing 10. The UK is working on a £1 coin with enhanced security features to curb counterfeiting. And a congressional hearing deals with human trafficking.

Upcoming Referendum Crucial in Ukraine Conflict, Expert Says

- A leading Ukrainian expert briefed ASIS members on the unfolding crisis in the Crimea during a CSO Roundtable teleconference on Thursday.

Morning Security Brief: Ukrainian Conflict Goes Cyber, Bitcoin Hacking Woes, and Sally Beauty Data Breach

- Ukrainian and Russian activists are taking the battlefield online by hacking government Web sites. Virtual currency exchange service Flexcoin closes its doors after being drained financially by hackers. And information from 282,000 credit cards used at Sally Beauty has surfaced on cybercrime markets.

Morning Security Brief: U.S. Offers Ukraine $1 Billion; ATMs Face Major Security Risk; GAO Report on Electronic Health Records

- The U.S. offers $1 billion in subsidies to Ukraine and prepares sanctions against Russia; a majority of bank ATMs in the United States face major cyber risks as the Windows XP operating system loses tech support; and a GAO report says the government needs to move on plans to maintain separate but interoperable electronic health records systems.

Morning Security Brief: Deadly Force on the Border, North Korea Launches Missiles, And More

- A report reveals that Border Patrol agents have used excessive force along the U.S.-Mexico border, resulting in 19 deaths. North Korea launched four short-range missiles Thursday in response to South Korea's military drills. And Target takes a financial hit from the data breach, Women's Security Council annual awards opened, and more.

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.

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.
 




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