From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Deportation policy changes | Demand for terrorism insurance | Nukes insider threat
Date: Mon Apr 28 13:02:29 MDT 2014
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DAILY REPORT
Monday 28 April 2014 vol. 8 no. 97

In Today's Issue

Immigration
DHS mulling deportation policy changes

As part of an ongoing review of immigration deportation policies, DHS secretary Jeh Johnson is considering limiting deportations of undocumented immigrants who do not have serious criminal records. If adopted, the new policy would affect tens of thousands of immigrants who could have been deported because they committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the country illegally after being deported, failing to follow deportation orders, or missing an immigration court date.

Terrorism insurance
Demand for terrorism insurance remains strong

The fourth editionof the Terrorism Risk Insurance Report has found that demand for terrorism insurance remains strong and the renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (TRIA) plays a key role in making coverage available and affordable. A survey of roughly 2,600 organizations found that the demand and price for terrorism insurance has remained constant since 2009. Education organizations purchase property terrorism insurance at a higher rate, 81 percent, than companies in any other industry segment surveyed in 2013, followed by healthcare organizations, financial institutions, and media companies.

Nuclear plant safety
Threats from insiders are the most serious security challenges nuclear facilities face

Insider threats are the most serious challenge confronting nuclear facilities in today's world, a new study says. In every case of theft of nuclear materials where the circumstances of the theft are known, the perpetrators were either insiders or had help from insiders, the study found. Theft is not the only danger facing facility operators; sabotage is a risk as well, the study authors say.

Encryption
NIST removes cryptography algorithm from random number generator recommendations

Following a public comment period and review, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has removed a cryptographic algorithm from its draft guidance on random number generators. Before implementing the change, NIST is requesting final public comments on the revised document, Recommendation for Random Number Generation Using Deterministic Random Bit Generators. The revised document retains three of the four previously available options for generating pseudorandom bits needed to create secure cryptographic keys for encrypting data. It omits an algorithm known as Dual_EC_DRBG, or Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator.

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Infrastructure protection
New York public transit systems preparing for sea-level rise

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which operates many New York state public transit lines, is beginning measures to factor for future sea-level rises within its projected five-year capital plans.Tobey Ritz, chief engineer of capital engineering at Metro-North, said: “It’s not so much for us to pick which study [of sea-level rise] is right, but to look at the entire range [of sea-level rise predictions], look at the time frames that are predicted and then consider when is the right time to act.”

Intelligent urban planning to drive climate change solutions

A leaked report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that intelligent urban planning and investment in public transportation, especially in developing countries, could be the key factors in lower greenhouse gas emissions and reversing the effects of climate change.

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Geoengineering
Promoting nuclear power to avoid geoengineering

There are two basic geoengineering strategies to reduce climate change: injecting aerosols such as sulfates into the stratosphere to block a portion of the sun's radiation and thereby cool the Earth, much as volcanic emissions do; and the large-scale removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The aerosol-injection approach is much more likely to be pursued at current stages of technological development. Scientists say that in order to avoid the need for geoengineering, which could have enormous unforeseen consequences, the international community should pursue increased deployment of nuclear power plants, which do not emit carbon dioxide, to address the climate crisis. Many climate scientists are generally supportive of nuclear engineering and less fearful of it than they are of geoengineering.

Also noted

Dept. of Homeland Security struggles to recruit, retain cybersecurity tech workers | Book examines Homeland Security’s heavy hand | Lawmakers want Pentagon to clarify cloud security standards | New surveillance techniques raise privacy concerns | Jewish immigration detainee sues over lack of kosher meals in Alabama jail | Inspectors cite concerns at Pantex nuclear facility | U.S. court weighs police use of cellphone tower data

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