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January 2020 Issue

January 2020 cover.jpgFood Defense and the Insider Threat
By James T. Summers and Frank Pisciotta

  It was a story of strawberries, needles, and spite, and it launched a nationwide scare. In 2018, the Queensland police arrested a former strawberry farm supervisor for spiking supermarket strawberries with sewing needles, a crime that terrified consumers and crippled Australia’s strawberry industry.
   When it comes to food defense in manufacturing and processing facilities, personal grievances can trigger widespread public health impacts.

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Food Defense and the Insider Threat

January 2020 cover.jpgJanuary 2020 | COVER STORY

It was a story of strawberries, needles, and spite, and it launched a nationwide scare. In 2018, the Queensland police arrested a former strawberry farm supervisor for spiking supermarket strawberries with sewing needles, a crime that terrified consumers and crippled Australia’s strawberry industry.

When it comes to food defense in manufacturing and processing facilities, personal grievances can trigger widespread public health impacts. Learn more in this month's cover story. 

Online, Bullying Risks Build Up

Students are under ever-increasing pressure to perform academically, to navigate complex social scenes in school and online, and to keep safe.

Pennsylvania’s new Safe 2 Say Something school threat reporting system generated more than 23,000 tips in its first six months of operation, with submissions via mobile app, website, and tip line. Most reports were not about threats of violence toward schools or other people. Instead, bullying, self-harm, and suicide were the most common concerns brought forward.

Keep Reading

The Faults in 5G

As the world prepares for the final rollout of 5G, some nations are better poised to address the security vulnerabilities that come with the new generation of bandwidth.

Check out this month's issue of Security Technology.

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Food Defense and the Insider Threat

January 2020 cover.jpgComing 1 January 2020
   It was a story of strawberries, needles, and spite, and it launched a nationwide scare. In 2018, the Queensland police arrested a former strawberry farm supervisor for spiking supermarket strawberries with sewing needles, a crime that terrified consumers and crippled Australia’s strawberry industry.
   When it comes to food defense in manufacturing and processing facilities, personal grievances can trigger widespread public health impacts.

Focus on Active Assailant

Active Assailant, Unarmed Officer

Active shooter attacks often end when the perpetrator is apprehended or killed by law enforcement, or when the attacker commits suicide—rarely do assailants run or escape. Having security guards onsite may mitigate the chances of an attack, but this type of embedded response is no guarantee that the attacker will be deterred or stopped.

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Breaking News

New York City Blackout Officials of Con Edison, which operates the city’s power grid, said there was “a significant electrical transmission disturbance” at 6:47 p.m. on Saturday that left 72,000 of its customers on the West Side of Manhattan without power until late into the night. But they provided scant insight into the underlying cause of the failure, which came on the 42nd anniversary of one of the most infamous blackouts in the city’s history.

Focus on Cybersecurity

Seeking SMS Authentication Alternatives

Mobile device security; banking, finance, and insurance (industry)

Multifactor authentication based on SMS-delivered codes has been successful in preventing phishing attacks in many cases. But on 17 September 2019, the FBI issued a Private Industry Notification warning cybersecurity professionals that the Bureau had seen cyber actors circumventing multifactor authentication through social engineering and technical attacks.

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