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Senate confirms U.S. Attorney Saldana as Asst Secretary of ICE over Republican objections

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In comments made following the confirmation of former U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas as Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DHS Secretary Jay Johnson described Saldana as “an experienced federal prosecutor and public servant” who is “committed to supporting those that enforce our laws, protect the homeland and promote public safety.”

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Hikvision expands DarkFighter range with world's first 1080P ultra low-light PTZ network camera

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Hikvision is expanding the DarkFighter range of ultra-low-light surveillance cameras with the release of the DS-2DF8223I-AEL PTZ network camera. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras.

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David Bowdich named assistant director in charge of FBI Los Angeles

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Director James B. Comey has named David Bowdich the assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. Since September 2012, Bowdich has served as special agent in charge (SAC) of the Los Angeles Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division. In that role he led the Joint Terrorism Task Force, responsible for all counterterrorism investigations and operations in the Los Angeles region and surrounding counties, as well as overseas investigations in Southeast Asia. As SAC, Bowdich was also in charge of all Los Angeles Crisis Response assets.

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U.S. adult correctional system population falls to lowest level in nearly a decade

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that the number of people in the adult correctional systems in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 2003. The finding is highlighted in a new study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

According to the study, an estimated 6,899,000 persons were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at year end 2013, down from 6,940,500 at year end 2012. The decrease of 41,500 offenders in 2013 resulted in the number of persons under correctional supervision falling below 6.9 million for the first time since 2003.

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Survey: consumers dubious of mobile payment security

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Portland, OR-based Tripwire, Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a consumer survey conducted on holiday shopping security practices by One Poll and Dimensional Research. Evaluating online cybersecurity awareness of 2,011 consumers from the U.S. and U.K., the survey revealed that more than 40 percent of respondents believe using a third party payer such as PayPal or Google Wallet is the safest way to pay for goods online.

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Take Charge America helps parents protect kids from fraud, identity theft

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Parents go to great lengths to shield their children from life’s bumps and bruises, but even the best bicycle helmets and baby gates can’t ward off a hazard that has surfaced in recent years. Identity theft is a threat many moms and dads don’t know how to protect against.

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Community banks reissue nearly 7.5 million payment cards following Home Depot data breach

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The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) has said that the nation’s community banks reissued nearly 7.5 million credit and debit cards at a total reissuance cost of more than $90 million as a result of the Home Depot data breach. ICBA’s survey of a sample of community banks also found that more than 4 percent of community banks reported fraud on accounts that were compromised by the April-September breach. This number would have been higher had community banks not reissued cards as quickly as they did.

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Shetler Security CEO Michael Shetler discusses array of security issues facing Americans

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Recent protests around the country regarding deaths in various cities, as well as holiday travel and the upcoming Superbowl in Phoenix, are at the top of the list for security professionals, according to Michael Shetler, CEO of Phoenix-based Shetler Security.

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Staples provides update on data security incident

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Framingham, MA-based Staples has given an update on the investigation into its previously announced data security incident involving a small percentage of its retail point-of-sale systems.

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One year after Target data breach confirmed, consumers vulnerable as ever, study says

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One year after Target confirmed the company’s massive data breach, and as the holiday shopping season is approaching its peak, National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger reiterated the need for national standards on data security and breach notification for retailers.

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