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New smartphone security service allows NDSU students to call for help with the swipe of finger
06/30/2015

North Dakota State University students and staff will have access this year to a safety and security service that will allow dispatchers to track their whereabouts and let users call for help with one swipe of the smartphone screen.

The app was used by some students in a pilot program last spring and will be available this fall to everyone affiliated with the campus. The system works both on and off campus on a 24/7 basis and is integrated with the current NDSU technology that provides centralized electronic locks and a surveillance camera system.

Many changes in 10 years of June as National Internet Safety Month
06/29/2015

In 2005, Internet connections were slower. Cellphones were not quite as smart. Apps and social media were not yet part of our lives and routines.

A lot has changed. Now we’re sharing pictures and stories on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Vine. We are on Pinterest, Tumblr and Google Plus. We’re banking and managing our daily lives online. Our kids are downloading games to play with their online friends. And we’ve gone beyond traditional text messaging, in favor of video-sharing and new communication apps such as Kik and WhatsApp.

With the explosive growth in the use of social media, and the dramatic rise in the number of people and teens with smartphones, paying attention to Internet safety is now more important than ever before.

TSA Failure
06/24/2015

The TSA failed to find weapons in 95% of tests

It turns out that slightly annoying, mostly time-consuming airport security system is a whole lot less effective than you might have hoped.

Fines for Lab Security Breaches
06/23/2015

The Obama administration levied fines totaling nearly a million dollars this week against two of the nations nuclear weapons laboratories, mostly for failing to keep track of classified materials and for repeatedly disclosing information related to nuclear weapons design in public presentations stretching over nearly a decade.

In notices published by the Energy Department on June 5, the National Nuclear Security Administration provided only general information about the materials and data that got loose but said the breaches were among the most serious such infractions, and could have an adverse impact on national security.

It said a private company that operates Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, would be fined $577,500 for its poor handling of classified nuclear bomb design information.

A second private company that operates Los Alamos National Laboratories, also in New Mexico, faced a fine of $247,500 for failing to secure something that was identified only as classified matter, according to one of the notices, as well as a fine of $150,000 for an unrelated employee safety violation.

Vendor Cyber Security
06/22/2015

A weak link in many financial advisers cybersecurity plans is the outside companies that help run their businesses, such as payroll companies and computer-repair firms.

Advisers want to focus on delivering great service to customers, so vendors cybersecurity practices are often not top of mind, said John Brady, head of information security at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), at a recent conference.

Lack of STEM Students Impacts National Security
06/19/2015

As students make their decisions about which colleges to attend and contemplate their eventual majors and careers, it may come as a surprise that their decisions are fundamental to our national security.

The countrys defensive capabilities often depend on brains, not brawn. Development of nuclear weaponry is but one example. And the biggest contemporary threat – one that could surface at any time and on an unfathomable scale – is the likelihood of a massive cyberattack. Study after study warns that our dependence on advanced technology in almost every aspect of communication, commerce and transportation makes us highly vulnerable to the armies of hackers in countries that wish us harm.

Brain Print
06/18/2015

Just when you are getting used to the fingerprint scanners on your smartphone, here comes the next evolution of biometrics, with a brainy twist -- brainprints.

Indeed, if the results of a new study from Binghamton University in New York can be applied broadly in the marketplace, this new innovation may do away with e-mail, bank account and social media passwords, as well as fingerprint and retina scanning, forever.

Security Follies
06/17/2015

Air travelers who have had four ounces of shampoo confiscated, or forlornly pitched a $5 cup of coffee at the airport security gate, have new reason to be outraged. Although the U.S. Transportation Security Administration seems to do a first-rate job of separating ordinary Americans from their beverages and toiletries, its agents are letting undercover Department of Homeland Security agents slip through security with weapons and fake bombs.

In undercover tests at airports across the country, TSA officials failed to detect potentially deadly infractions in 67 of 70 cases, ABC News reported. The network cited a Homeland Security report that has not been publicly released.

Senators Attempt to Tighten Security for $500K Green Card Program
06/16/2015

Two leading U.S. Senators introduced legislation Wednesday night to clean up a boutique U.S. immigration program for wealthy foreigners that has repeatedly been undermined by fraud and in some cases may have been exploited by criminals, money launderers, and foreign agents looking for an easy way across the border.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Vermont Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy credited the program, known by the visa designation EB-5, for creating thousands of jobs by offering temporary residency and eventually Green Cards to foreigners who agreed to invest more than $500,000 in approved American ventures.

Symantec Confirms Existence of Unpatched Rootkit Mac Security Flaw
06/15/2015

Symantec says a critical vulnerability within some Apple Mac models could allow hackers to inject systems with persistent rootkit malware.

The security firm confirmed the existence of the security flaw late on Thursday. The flaw, called the Apple Mac OS X EFI Firmware Security Vulnerability, was originally disclosed last week by security researcher Pedro Vilaca.

Holes in Government Security
06/12/2015

Federal Officials said new tools allowed them to discover a massive breach of government-employee data by hackers suspected of working for the Chinese state. We would imagine that achievement will not inspire much gratitude among the millions whose personal data were violated. No doubt they, as well as U.S. taxpayers, are wondering why their government seems so incapable of protecting sensitive information from cyberattacks.

The Obama administration disclosed Thursday that the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management, which handles federal employee records and security clearances, had been hacked. The breach, affecting about 4 million current and former government workers, was detected in April but appears to have dated back to December.

More Security Breaches Expected
06/11/2015

A city attorney specializing in privacy and data security warns that cyber attacks like the one earlier this week on federal government computers — possibly compromising the personal data of millions of current and former federal employers — are likely to increase in frequency over the next decade.

All Indians To Get Free Security Against Viruses and Botnets
06/10/2015

Imagine a national level cyber security cover for every computer and mobile phone used inside India by Indian citizens; a centralized hub which identifies cyber attacks and broadcast solutions to every citizen within seconds of its outbreak.

Secom Security Drone
06/08/2015

If you think drones are more than slightly creepy, wait until you meet one that will autonomously follow you and record video.

Japanese security company Secom is launching a drone that will automatically launch when an intruder is detected and follow him or her while sending video to human supervisors.

The sleek silver quadcopter was shown off this week at the inaugural International Drone Expo held in Makuhari outside Tokyo, where about 50 companies gathered to exhibit drones and related technologies.

The UAV will be offered to businesses in Japan operating on relatively large parcels of land—big enough to warrant a flying security camera—such as shopping malls and supermarkets with large parking lots.

Security Expert Claims He Hacked Into ISS Controls
06/05/2015

Security company founder Chris Roberts, who is being investigated by the FBI for his claim that he hacked into an airliner's flight control system through the onboard Wi-Fi and was able to steer the plane from his seat, at one time claimed he had hacked into the controls of the International Space Station and adjusted the temperature on board the station.

Security Screening at Canadian Border
06/04/2015

Millions of people arrive at Canadian border crossings each month, and CBC News has learned that most of them are not fully screened against the countrys major police database. Most travellers are meant to be processed in under a minute by front-line border agents, who do not have access to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. CPIC contains criminal records, outstanding arrest warrants and other security information compiled by police.

Is Climate Change Really The Biggest Security Threat?
06/02/2015

The Islamic State may be considered a major threat to national security, but President Barack Obama has specified another immediate threat – climate change.

Obama used his commencement speech to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., on Wednesday to focus on the potential ramifications of climate change, CNN News reported. Critics, though, are blasting Obama over his statements, saying man-made climate change has not been proven and more serious threats such as ISIS must take a higher priority.

US Schools Step Up Security
06/01/2015

Safety drills, parent notification systems, and other safety measures in U.S. public schools grew in popularity in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticuts Sandy Hook Elementary School.

A government survey released Thursday shows the uptick came during a four-year span that saw an overall decrease in violent crime reported by schools, but one that included high-profile incidents such as the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings in December 2012 that left 20 children and six educators dead.

The findings, from the 2013-14 school year, come from the National Center for Education Statistics.



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