From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: DHS advises computer users to temporarily consider an alternate to Microsoft's Internet Explorer
Date: Tue Apr 29 13:01:21 MDT 2014
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April 29, 2014 


On the heels of the Heartbleed security bug, Microsoft Corp. is scrambling to fix a bug affecting the widely used Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. The U.S. DHS is strongly advising computer users to consider an alternate to IE until the security flaw is fixed.  The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of DHS, stated, "US-CERT is aware of active exploitation of a use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer. This vulnerability affects IE versions 6 through 11 and could lead to the complete compromise of an affected system." More 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that one of its police dogs helped them seize undeclared cash last week at Washington Dulles International Airport.

A man arriving at the Chantilly, VA-based airport from Qatar declared possessing only $8,000. While proceeding to the exit from the federal inspection area a CBP K9 enforcement officer led his partner, CBP currency detection K9 Nicky, over to sniff the traveler's luggage. Nicky alerted and the officer asked the man how much money he was carrying, according to a CBP release. He declared $8,000. The officer then referred the traveler for a secondary inspection. More 


Cisco launches managed threat defense service


San Jose-based Cisco Systems has announced Managed Threat Defense, a managed security solution that applies real-time, predictive analytics to detect attacks and protect against advanced malware across customers' extended networks. According to the Cisco Annual Security Report, in a sample of 30 of the world's largest multinational company networks all shared the fact their organization had traffic going to web-sites that host malware. As cyber threats become more sophisticated, it is increasingly difficult to address them in real-time; in many cases, years pass before organizations are aware their networks have been breached. More 


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has announced Air Quality Awareness Week to focus on awareness of air quality issues. From April 28-May 2, 2014, the general public will be encouraged to learn more about ways to reduce air pollution and how air quality issues affect the environment as well as public health and safety. There will be a series of public events on air pollution reduction. "Air quality is improving here in Pennsylvania and we can all do our part to help preserve our environment for future generations," said Christopher Abruzzo, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).   More 



"For the law enforcement industry as a whole, money is tight because the tax bases have decreased significantly throughout the U.S. due to the economic crisis," said David Salmon II. Salmon is the training coordinator at the OSS Academy. He has a B.S. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University and over 30 years of experience in security and law enforcement training. As a Persian Gulf War veteran, he also served in military intelligence in the U.S. Army for several years. Although state requirements can vary, most law enforcement officers are required to complete mandatory, elective, or professional development courses.   More    

Colombus, OH-based Battelle, an independent research and development organization, has announced production of a new chemical and biological hazard sensor system that operates at a fraction of the cost of current technologies. Battelle is offering the technology, known as the Resource Effective BioIdentification System (REBS), to the U.S. Department of Defense, DHS, and other federal biodefense initiatives, along with commercial industries for contaminant detection, for instance, where sterile production operations must be maintained. More 

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