SM Online: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
04/22/2014 - 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.”
Cybersecurity: IT Security
10/24/2013 - It’s a given that Bring Your Own Device policies have become a security challenge that enterprises must grapple with. Companies are turning to mobile device management (MDM) solutions to control the wealth of gadgets living on their networks.
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08/20/2013 - Cisco Systems, Inc., announced on Monday that it’s releasing Cisco Instant Connect, a new push-to-talk service that allows mobile users to share audio, photos, and live video feeds without expensive infrastructure additions.
Case Study: Education
05/24/2013 - Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna University is using a smartphone app to make it easier for students, faculty, and staff to report concerns to security.
SM Online: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
03/27/2013 - The derecho storm that hit in April 2012 played havoc with telecommunications systems on the East Coast. Read the FCC’s report exploring the disruption and offering recommendations for improving resiliency.
02/19/2013 - Wireless carriers agree to support 911 calls, and researchers study disease tracking via Twitter.
Book Reviews: Surveillance
02/19/2013 - The technologies of communications and eavesdropping are increasingly complicated, and public policy must keep up with those innovations.
SM Online: Privacy
12/19/2012 - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that employees have an expectation of privacy even when working on computer equipment owned by their employer.
SM Online: Privacy
12/19/2012 - Changes to the way the Federal Trade Commission implements and enforces the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act are under consideration by the agency.
12/19/2012 - A proposed rule would limit the ability of companies to track and collect children’s online information.
Daily Headline : Cybercrime
12/06/2012 - From Anonymous to the Department of Homeland Security, security experts weigh in on cyberthreats to look out for in 2013. They include Java, privacy violations, DDoS attacks, and mobile malware.
Daily Headline : Privacy
12/06/2012 - Hospitals making flu shot mandatory. Police found fake government IDs and weapons in veteran’s pickup in October. Verizon patent for people-watching DVR approved. And more.
Daily Headline : Surveillance
11/27/2012 - The NYPD has been collecting cell phone call logs. The Supreme Court declines to hear an appeal of a ruling by lower court that found Illinois’s eavesdropping law violates the First Amendment. Authorities release surveillance video of Anders Behring Breivik. And More.