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Airport Security Just Got More Awkward

If airport security measures weren t uncomfortable enough, TSA recently revealed they re making pat down procedures a little more invasive . A spokesperson told Bloomberg, I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn t involved will notice that the new pat-down is more involved.

The TSA has warned airport officials, crew, and law enforcement that the new procedure may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before . If CNN correspondent Angela Rye s recent experience is any indication, yeah, the new procedure does sound a lot more involved2. The TSA doesn t get very detailed on what the new procedure will look like, but the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent a security notice to members that offered a vague description, according to Bloomberg:

Now security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives, according to a security notice that the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent its U.S . members following a March 1 conference call with TSA official. The TSA website doesn t give you much to go on3 in terms of options, either . They simply say: At any time during the process, you may request private screening accompanied by a companion of your choice . A second officer of the same gender will always be present during private screening.

Not very comforting, considering it s the same procedure, just in private. According to LegalMatch4, rejecting a pat down altogether will likely get you booted from the airport . It s worth noting that if you reject the full-body scanner, you ll get a pat down instead . That said, you can still get a pat down if you go through the full-body scanner. (Also, TSA can still reject your request5 if you d rather have a pat down and a scan, so that s not even necessarily an option). If you want to avoid a pat down, here s what one TSA agent told Reader s Digest6:

Don t wear shirts or pants with extraneous pockets, buttons, or zippers, or anything with sequined bling on it . These items tend to appear suspicious on the scanner, which is programmed to flag anything out of the ordinary. Of course, don t look suspicious is pretty ridiculous advice, but the TSA isn t exactly flexible, and their policies seem to only be getting more aggressive . If nothing else, these new procedures are something to be aware of next time you fly .

For more detail, head to the links below.

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Microsoft Releases Azure Blueprint To Support UK Government …

Microsoft says its Azure Blueprint for the UK Government s Cloud Security Principles will provide the highest level of security for cloud services. Azure Blueprint for the UK Government details how services built on Microsoft s cloud platform1 implement the 14 cloud security principles2 published by the UK s National Cyber Security Centre, which include practices around data governance, authentication and operational security.

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The Azure Blueprint UK Government Customer Responsibilities Matrix outlines how Azure implements security controls designed to satisfy each security principle and assists customers in understanding how they may implement safeguards within their Azure solution3 to fulfill the requirements of each principle where they hold a responsibility, said Matt Rathbun, chief information security officer for Azure Government. Microsoft has also released a Blueprint compliance architecture ARM (Azure Resource Manager) template on GitHub, which provides a baseline from which customers can build secure environments in line with the cloud security principles4.

In other Microsoft news, business communication service Yammer5 has been integrated into Office 365 Groups, enabling users to connect and communicate with colleagues across their organisation.

When users create a new group in Yammer it will automatically be part of the Office 365 Groups environment, providing a OneNote notebook, Planner for task management, a SharePoint Online site and a document library.

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All shared resources can be access directly from Yammer by all group members, with group membership queries based on Azure Active Directory attributes such as role, location and manager.

This integration between Yammer and Office 3656 Groups affects customers who have enforced Office 365 identity in their networks, and have only one Yammer network associated with their Office 365 tenant, added Connie Woo, product marketing manager at Yammer.

The full rollout of Office 365 Groups will take place in phases, which will connect Office 365 Groups7 with existing non-connected Yammer groups and remaining Office 365 tenants.

You can also look forward to integration with Outlook Calendar as well as greater enhancements to Yammer integration with SharePoint Online and Planner.

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Global health security: Let’s prove Camus wrong on plagues …

Albert Camus | WikiCommons


Merck CEO says pharma has a vital role in building global security.

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In 2014, the devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa took the world by surprise . The virus claimed more than 11,000 lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and caused immense suffering. Nevertheless, the world avoided a much larger catastrophe by a hair s breadth . Ebola revealed many shortcomings in health crisis preparation . Just imagine what would have happened had the virus been airborne . It would have taken just a few days for the disease to spread around the world.

As Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former director general of the World Health Organization, noted: In an interconnected and interdependent world, bacteria and viruses travel almost as fast as email messages and money flows. The Ebola crisis clearly demonstrated that health is a major dimension of global security . Apart from the immediate human toll, crises caused by viruses and the like can destabilize countries, ruin entire economies and severely affect international stability. Rising population numbers, rapid urbanization, increased mobility and failing political systems in many parts of the world further aggravate the challenge .

Health is a precondition for social and economic development and, ultimately, for international security . It is therefore more than justified that health security is now firmly anchored on the agenda of the Munich Security Conference, which begins Friday. First and foremost, we have to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries. The next health security challenge is a known unknown . While it is impossible to predict exactly what it will be, we do know that it will come .

And we need to be prepared . In my view, there are three crucial topics that we must address. First and foremost, we have to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries . After all, health systems that are able to provide quality services during normal times not only bring vast social improvements, they also deliver essential care during crises . And preparation literally pays off: The cost of preventing a full-scale health crisis is far less than responding to one . While the Ebola response in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia cost at least $4.3 billion, only $1.6 billion is considered sufficient to achieve the minimum package of essential health services for these countries.

However, many governments in low and middle-income countries lack the resources or the political will to provide adequate health services . Therefore, secondly, we need an approach involving stakeholders from all sectors . Governments must make health a priority and use their clout to champion better health care . The private sector, including the pharmaceutical industry, must also play its part . Given our ability to mobilize resources, scale up efforts and innovate, companies have a lot to contribute . We can help to strengthen health systems in two ways . Companies can engage in multisectoral partnerships . There already are many successful cases, for example when it comes to neglected tropical diseases or HIV/AIDS .

The recently launched Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) specifically addresses the development of vaccines against epidemic threats . Moreover, companies can contribute by sharing their expertise and experience in a wide range of business disciplines, such as research and development, manufacturing or supply chain management.

Global Health Security: Let's Prove Camus Wrong On Plagues ...

A Liberian health worker speaks with families in a classroom used as Ebola isolation ward

Thirdly, an effective global governance framework is critical for cross-sectoral collaboration to yield the best possible results . Consequently, we need to further enhance the effectiveness of the World Health Organization . The WHO is of tremendous importance owing to its legitimacy in addressing health concerns across borders, its authority to communicate about health as a global public good and its ability to work together with different sectors and industries . The next director general2 will need to strengthen accountability and transparency to gain significant funding and improve efficiency . He or she will also need to set priorities . Given the experience of the Ebola crisis, this should include health security.

Seventy years ago, in his novel The Plague, Albert Camus wrote, There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet plagues and wars always take people equally by surprise . We must not content ourselves with this notion . By strengthening health systems, intensifying cross-sectoral collaboration and improving the WHO s effectiveness, we can make sure that the next plague does not catch us completely off-guard . We can prove Camus wrong . The time to act is now.

Stefan Oschmann is chairman of the executive board and chief executive of Merck.

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