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Oregon Must Upgrade System to Comply
11/29/2013

Oregon must spend $16.3 million over the next six years to improve the security of drivers licenses, or the federal government could refuse to recognize Oregon IDs for things like boarding a plane, a report to the Legislature says.

The state doesn't meet standards set by the REAL ID Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2005, and in 2009, Oregon lawmakers said agencies could not use state dollars to make the required changes unless federal dollars covered the costs, the Salem Statesman Journal reports.

MLB Tightening Security
11/28/2013

According to the Associated Press, Major League Baseball plans to increase security measures starting next season. Every club will be expected to screen fans prior to entering the ballpark. Some aspects of the screening process will be left to the individual teams, but the league will recommend walk-through metal detectors.

Vermont Health Connect Website Confirms a Security Breach
11/27/2013

Officials overseeing the Vermont Health Connect website confirmed Friday there was a security breach on the system last month in which one user got improper access to another users Social Security number and other data.

A report from state to federal officials overseeing the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act said a consumer reported the incident with the Vermont Health Connect website on Oct. 17.

Twitter Tightens Security Against NSA Snooping
11/26/2013

Twitter has implemented new security measures that should make it much more difficult for anyone to eavesdrop on communications between its servers and users, and is calling on other Internet companies to follow its lead.

Cloud is Still Growing Even with Security Issues
11/25/2013

Ask a CIO what her top concerns are with public cloud services like Amazon Web Services, and she is almost certainly going to list security as her #1 concern. But ask her whether shes running serious applications in the public cloud, and the answer increasingly is Yes.

Put simply, the increased agility of cloud computing trumps its many drawbacks, including security.

Cellular Kill Switch
11/23/2013

The US Department of Homeland Security's ability to seek a shutdown of cellular and wireless networks in times of crisis, such as the potential of a remote detonation bomb threat is not new. Exactly how and when that authority can be used, however, must be disclosed, thanks to a new ruling by a Washington, D.C.-based court.

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has rejected Homeland Security's argument that its reasoning and protocols for the so-called kill switch were exempt from public disclosure.

Adobe Breach Problems Persist
11/22/2013

The reverberations from the theft of user data associated with Adobe Cold Fusion, Acrobat, Acrobat Reader and PhotoShop accounts continued this week. On Wednesday, Automattic notified users of its paid WordPress VIP service that it would reset their passwords if their user information was in the affected Adobe database.

Bug Bounties
11/21/2013

A hacking contest that makes sport out of serious security bugs paid $117,500 this week for exploits that compromised handheld devices powered by both Apple's iOS and Googles Android mobile operating systems.

The biggest of the three cash prizes was $50,000, paid to Pinkie Pie, a pseudonymous hacker not yet past his 21st birthday, who already has collected at least two major bug bounties in the past 19 months.

Security What is at Risk?
11/20/2013

FBI Director James B. Comey testified Thursday that the risk of cyberattacks is likely to exceed the danger posed by al-Qaeda and other terrorist networks as the top national security threat to the United States and will become the dominant focus of law enforcement and intelligence services.

Appearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Comey said he expected Internet-related attacks, espionage and theft to emerge as the most consuming security issue for the United States by the end of his 10-year FBI term.

Shopping Centers Upping the Security
11/19/2013

Recent mall shootings are prompting shopping centers across the country to step-up security as the holiday shopping season approaches.

Mall security teams across the country are working with law enforcement to prepare for possible shootings.

In Columbus, Ohio, security guards practiced using fake guns against a shooter projected on a screen while police in Memphis recently held a simulated mall shooting.

Sensitive Data Sent From IRS to a Small Business
11/18/2013

The IRS mistakenly sent sensitive taxpayer data intended for a California accountant to a nearby small business in September, exposing one man’s Social Security number, wage and tax information and third-party network payments.

The 10-page document, dated Sept. 10, was addressed to certified public accountant David Reinus in Thousand Oaks but was erroneously sent to a fax machine at a tire supply warehouse in the same town, which is roughly 35 miles outside Los Angeles.

Red Sox Security
10/29/2013

Citing lessons learned during the Boston Marathon bombings in April, a Boston Police official discussed details of security preparations in case the Red Sox win the American League Pennant on Saturday or Sunday night.

In a press conference late Saturday afternoon, police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linsky said it has been a while since a major Red Sox celebration in the city, but he added the Boston Police have had several opportunities in recent years to practice massive crowd control efforts, including the Celtics’ championship season in 2008 and the Bruins Stanley Cup title in 2011.

Border Secuirty Delays Bridge
10/28/2013

Lauded last year as a model of cooperation and a means to boost Texas robust trade relationship with Mexico, a rail project here in the Rio Grande Valley has hit a snag over the relocation of an X-ray machine.

And if Cameron County and United States Customs and Border Protection remain at an impasse, the opening of the Brownsville West Rail Bypass International Bridge — the first new rail bridge to connect the countries in more than a century — could face a months long delay, preventing an expansion at a crucial land port.



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