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Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco

“The San Francisco Business Times reported last week that the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption group, put a security robot to work outside its facilities in the gentrifying Mission neighborhood” writes Melia Robinson for businessinsider.sg. In San Francisco, autonomous crime-fighting robots that are used to patrol parking lots, sports arenas, and tech company campuses are now being deployed to keep away homeless people.The robot’s presence is meant to deter homeless people from setting up camps along the sidewalks.The K9 robot circling the SF SPCA has drawn…

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Aldermen move to restore powers and title of aviation officers

“Five-day suspensions were handed to two other aviation security officers who boarded the plane; the incident, captured on cellphone video, went viral and gave Chicago and United an international black eye” writes Fran Spielman for suntimes.com. Chris Taliaferro (29th) wants to reverse the moves that Evans has already made to neuter the security force that was blamed for dragging a flailing and bloodied Dr. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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Will the new tax plan mean the end of Social Security and Medicare as we know them?

“That means that with tax reform just days away from becoming law, retirees and soon-to-be-retirees should be on notice” writes Elizabeth Kelly for marketwatch.com. Some guess that targeted low-income security programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, will be the first hit.While there has been much talk about how the historic $1.5 trillion in pending tax cuts will spur the economy and drive new job growth, the real legacy of tax reform may be to end Social Security and Medicare as we know it. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Chertoff: Cyberattacks Hint at Nation-State Effort to Build Database of Americans

“Sign up for the WSJ Pro Cybersecurity newsletter and other products” writes Sara Castellanos for wsj.com. NEW YORK — Among the growing list of cybersecurity threats to corporations and citizens is the worry that nation states could be compiling dossiers of Americans for intelligence purposes, said Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Source: wsj.com Share This:

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Gov’t Agencies No Longer Able To Use Kaspersky Lab Products

“President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab software within the U.S. government” reports pymnts.com. The ban, included as part of a broader defense policy spending bill that Trump signed, reinforces a directive issued by the administration in September that agencies remove Kaspersky Lab software within 90 days. “The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning.She added that the company’s software represented a “grave risk” to U.S. national security. Source: pymnts.com Share This:

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EU’s Mogherini: Preserving nuclear deal is ‘an absolute must’

“Civil nuclear cooperation is also integral part of the deal – and let me stress here, as the debate refers to the Iran nuclear deal, I am focusing here on the implementation of the deal and all the nuclear related parts of it” reports tehrantimes.com. Since we reached the nuclear deal, our engagement with Iran has entered into a new phase.Preserving the deal is our shared security interest, and the best way for the United States to address their security concerns which are also ours, is in close cooperation with…

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UK Government Urged to Look at Blockchain Tech for Identity Services

“Not only that, but its heightened security means that hacking it would be impossible, thus reducing the risk of identity fraud” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. Reform cites Estonia’s measures to use the blockchain for identity management, enabling control to be handed back to the citizen.The use of biometrics to add another layer of security and improve efficiency would also be put into place. Source: cryptocoinsnews.com Share This:

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World leaders, high security at Paris climate summit

“More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate accord” reports foxbusiness.com. Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elon Musk are among prominent figures joining the world leaders at the summit, which marks the second anniversary of the Paris accord.Some 3,100 security personnel are fanned out around Paris for Tuesday’s event, including extra patrol boats along the Seine River. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Better Cybersecurity Starts with Fixing Your Employees’ Bad Habits

“When a software update is released, send an email instructing employees to block off a time on their calendar to actually complete the update” reports hbr.org. We’ve also outlined what organizations and administrators can do to improve their users’ behavior (to learn more, check out our research-based true-crime novella, Deep Thought: A Cybersecurity Story).A lament that echoes in information security circles is that we’re not doing enough to deal with cybersecurity’s biggest, most persistent threat – human behavior.Sometimes enabling auto-updates for system software isn’t possible, leaving the choice of whether…

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Man admits misusing President’s Social Security number…

“A Louisiana private investigator pleaded guilty on Monday to misusing Donald Trump’s Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president’s federal tax information before his election last year” reports cnbc.com. It doesn’t specify how much of Trump’s tax information could have been retrieved with the online tool.Authorities have said Hamlett failed in his attempts to get Trump’s tax information through a U.S. Department of Education financial aid website.After obtaining a username and password, he tried to use an Internal Revenue Service data retrieval tool to obtain Trump’s tax…

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