Mobile security, RFID to have largest impact on IT security 

IT security managers may want to take heed: emerging technologies like mobile security and RFID should be making a significant blip on your radar screens.
According to David Strom's article in InformationWeek, mobile security and RFID are two of the top five technologies projected to have a major impact on IT managers in 2007 and beyond....

Security concerns influence school design 

A 2005 school security and land price study has prompted school officials in Collier County, Fla., to change the way they build new schools.
Officials sought a new design for schools to keep students in a more enclosed space, according to a report in the Bonita Daily News. Veterans Memorial Elementary School, scheduled to open in the fall, will be the last one-story, open-air school built in Collier County, says Alvah Hardy, executive director of facilities management for the district....

InfoSecurity tops list of executive worries 

The compromise of corporate information systems is the number-one worry of business executives, according to a survey of 197 senior executives at corporations with $1 billion or more in annual revenue.
The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, revealed that 61 percent of the executives cited data breaches as their biggest worry. Terrorism (55 percent) and corporate malfeasance (40 percent) round out the top-three potential crisis situations....

Will the rapid rise of cyber-crime continue in 2007? 

Computer security experts say 2006 saw an unprecedented spike in junk e-mail and sophisticated online attacks from increasingly organized cyber crooks. Few of them believe 2007 will be any brighter for the millions of fraud-weary consumers already struggling to stay abreast of new computer security threats and avoiding clever scams when banking, shopping or just surfing online...

Railroad security plan announced 

The release of deadly chemicals from a rail car in a densely populated city could have catastrophic consequences, whether it's caused by a terrorist attack or a derailment.
Last week, transportation and Homeland security officials proposed ways to make it harder for terrorists to attack rail cars -- and less likely that an accident would result in mass casualties....

IACP calls for alarm panels with CP-01 standard 

Reinforcements have arrived for the battle against false dispatches. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has passed a resolution urging municipalities and ...

Seven resolutions for computer network security 

As New Year's Eve approaches in a hacker-prone era rife with data theft, historically high levels of SPAM, and increasingly innovative computer fraud, IT security managers should resolve to combat these attacks ...

Report to help companies measure up in corporate compliance 

It is an issue that senior management is taking very seriously -- and it can have both direct and indirect impacts on security. The rise of Sarbanes-Oxley and other federal laws has ...

IBM to pilot mobile transit security network in Chicago 

IBM is working with the Chicago Transit Authority on a pilot program to test a mobile security network that will improve safety and security on CTA's bus and rail system.
The pilot program will begin in mid-December and will allow CTA buses to transmit live video to Chicago Police Department Public Transportation cars and CTA supervisory vehicles. ...

Employers can do more to address workplace violence 

More than 70 percent of U.S. workplaces do not have a formal program or policy addressing workplace violence, according to a survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). More than 7.4 million U.S. employers, employing more than 128 million workers, participated in the survey -- making it one of the largest and most comprehensive workplace violence surveys to date.
The survey also revealed that nearly 80 percent of companies provide no training for workplace violence prevention....

Violent crime up for second straight year 

A surge in violent crime that began last year accelerated in the first half of 2006, the FBI reported this week, providing the clearest signal yet that the historic drop in the U.S. crime rate has ended and is being reversed.
Reports of homicides, assaults and other violent offenses surged by nearly 4 percent in the first six months of the year compared to the same time period in 2005, according to the FBI's latest Uniform Crime Report....

Universities especially vulnerable to ID theft 

Universities have become attractive targets for hackers who are taking advantage of the openness of the schools' networks, their decentralized security and the personal information they keep on millions of young adults, The Associated Press reports.
A major database breach at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), that went undetected for more than a year and a smaller breach at the University of Texas are the latest examples of how vulnerable colleges are to such attacks....

Online theft shifts to smaller retailers 

The year-end holiday season typically brings a surge in the number of fraudulent orders received at online retailers, and thieves seem to have shifted techniques to combat tightened security practices among bigger merchants this year.
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Mobile device security projected to boom 

A steady rise in security attacks on vulnerable mobile devices will power a boom in mobile device security, Juniper Research reports.
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Delaware rule could arm security officers 

Some security and armored car guards could soon be permitted to carry rifles and shotguns during certain emergencies if a new rule is passed in Delaware.
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Announcing the 2006 New Product of the Year 

The 2006 New Product of the Year is a system of wireless locks from SimonsVoss Technologies Inc. that provides users with a full-scale access control system at a reduced cost. The product was chosen as winner by a panel of judges and a tally of reader votes from 20 finalists in the fifth annual contest sponsored by Access Control & Security Systems magazine.

For a complete online listing of the Top 20 finalists for 2006 Product of the Year, Click here -- or to see all the entries in the contest, Click here ...

Homeland security miscue affects home garage doors 

A secretive Air Force facility in Colorado Springs recently tested a radio frequency that it would use to communicate with first responders in the event of a Homeland security threat. ...

New video certification exams announced 

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) has just released three new exams in the Video Security Systems (VSS) suite.
The Security Industry Association (SIA), which requested NICET to create this new credential, was one of the many organizations NICET worked with to craft the exams....

Convergence in today's security environment 

Clients are embracing not only the technical transformation from analog to digital video, but also the incremental value that integration brings when all security systems are managed at the enterprise level ...

Corporate security smart card market continues to grow 

Mounting security threats across the world and the positive spillover effects of smart card use in government ID and other applications continue to drive the growth of the global corporate security (physical and logical) smart card market, market research firm Frost and Sullivan reports. ...

NASCO announces 2007 legislative agenda 

Symantec launches online security training portal 

Symantec Corp. has launched its Security Awareness Center, a subscription-based online training program designed to help companies meet the regulatory requirements specific to employee security awareness training and improve their overall IT risk posture....

N.Y. schools implement security technology 

Several New York local school districts have increased spending on security after recent school shootings across the country.
Administrators say they think preventative measures already in place -- including single points of entry and checking in visitors -- work well.
But some school leaders say they are constantly looking for ways to make their schools more secure, and money put toward students' safety is well spent....

Corporations face mobile device compliance and security risks 

The dramatic growth in the use of mobile devices in the workplace exposes many corporations to the risk of regulatory compliance violations and security threats, a study from the Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum reveals, and corporate executives are largely to blame....

IBM jumps into video analytics 

IBM Corp. hopes to capitalize on the enormous growth in video surveillance by selling technology from its research labs that performs real-time analysis on footage captured by security cameras in stores and sensitive locales, The Associated Press reports....

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