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“Let’s Talk Data Security” – Heather Mark in July 2012 Greensheet & TransactionWorld July 9, 2012

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Heather Mark is interviewed in the July 2012 issue of Greensheet in the article titled: “Expert Advice on Security Defense and Planning”.    The article discusses strategies for preventing and dealing with data breaches with the payment card industry.    Additionally, Heather has an article in TransactionWorld titled: “New School vs. Old School: Security and Emerging Technologies”.  You can catch Heather’s articles every month in Transaction World Magazine.

“Do as I say..not as I do”- UN Sends Restricted Computer Equipment to Iran and North Korea July 5, 2012

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In yet another shocking revelation of questionable actions within the United Nations, Foxnews reports that the US State Department is now investigating the shipment of sensitive computer and other equipment to Iran and North Korea by way of an obscure UN department.  The United Nations has prohibitions against sending such sensitive equipment to both countries as the countries are trying to develop nuclear weapons.  According to the report, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), of which the US is a member, sent computers and other technology to both countries.  The US State department was unaware of the shipment and, according to a top US official,  it now appears that “”official at the U.N. agency, the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, “has not yet been fully open” to the inquiries…””

“Proxy Wars 101” – Russian Attack Helicopters Caught Bound for Syria June 19, 2012

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According to a story on MSNBC, a ship carrying military attack helicopters and missiles from Russia to Syria was stopped off the coast of the UK yesterday.  The insurers cancelled the coverage of the ship forcing it to turn back.  The interesting part of this scenario is the fact that the ship was carrying Russian Mi25 (HIND) attack helicopters to Syria.  Thee Mi25 is one of the most noticeable and lethal attack helicopters in history.  It was highlighted in numerous movies including Red Dawn and Rambo 3.  It is very effective at ground support.  For those  who have been living in a cave for the past few months, Syria is currently engaged in a revolution and the government has been accused of a brutal crackdown on the revolt with the indiscriminate killing of civilians.  The international community has nearly universally condemned Assad’s actions….nearly.  Russia and China appear to in support of the Assad regime.  Syria and Russia have a long standing relationship extending to the days of the Soviet Union. You can read more about it here. (more…)

“A Victory?…for Democracy?”…Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egyption Presidency June 17, 2012

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It was just announced that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi was leading and expected to win the Egyption presidency in the first election since the removal of Hasni Mubarak from the Egyptian presidency.  Egypt was one of the countries that revolted in the Arab Spring of 2012.  Interestingly, Mr. Morsi is being elected in a democratic election.  What is the significance?  Many in the US have labored under the belief that if given the choice ALL people would choose a government similar to the US.  In 2003, at the National Endowment of Democracy, President George Bush said:

“This freedom deficit … has terrible consequences for people in the Middle East and for the world. In many Middle Eastern countries, poverty is deep and it is spreading. Women lack rights and are denied schooling, whole economies remains stagnant while the world moves ahead,” Bush said.   (more…)

“Al Qeada is Promoting!”- Job Duties Probably Include Getting Killed by Hellfire missiles June 8, 2012

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After killing Osama Bin Laden in 2011, the US embarked on a mission to remove any heir apparants that may have been waiting in the wings.  With this weeks’ killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi, the US has now killed 4 of the top 5 candidates for the #2 spot in Al Qeada.  Like any company in need of a new C-level to support their operations, the terrorist organization is now looking for a new #2 for their organization.   There are at least five names believed to be considered with several who have lived in the US and one American being considered.  While likely a very good job for an up and coming terrorist, it should be noted that one major job responsibility is probably going to include getting blown up by Hellfire missiles.

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