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Inmate assaults, kills female North Carolina corrections officer

WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCN[1]) A North Carolina state prison officer died Wednesday after being assaulted by an inmate. Sgt. Megan Lee Callahan, 29, of Edenton, was attacked around 5:30 p.m. at Bertie Correctional Institute, and died about 6:20 p.m., officials said. Authorities are investigating Craig Wissink in connection with her death, officials said. Wissink has been in prison for more than a decade after being convicted of first-degree murder in Cumberland County and sentenced to life in prison.

I am deeply saddened and send my heartfelt sympathies to Sgt. Callahan s family, Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks said. We will do all we can to support her family as well as the correctional family. The department will cooperate fully with the law enforcement investigation as well as conduct its own internal investigation.

Callahan had been with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety since 2012. She was promoted to sergeant in February 2016.

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Sword & Shield Enterprise Security Offers Purple Team Assessment Services

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sword & Shield Enterprise Security[1], a leading national cybersecurity firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is now offering collaborative network attack penetration testing via their Purple Team Assessment Service[2].

Sword & Shield Enterprise Security Offers Purple Team Assessment Services

Sword & Shield Enterprise Security Offers Purple Team Assessment Services

Intended for organizations with mature information security programs, Sword & Shield’s Purple Team Assessment Service is a joint venture between Sword & Shield’s attacking force (Red Team) and a company’s defending force (Blue Team) that goes above and beyond a vulnerability assessment or network scanning tools.

“Our new Purple Team service uses a highly collaborative process that shows companies with comprehensive security plans how their regimen stands up to real-world threats,” said John McNeely, president and CEO of Sword & Shield Enterprise Security. “This helps to improve the security posture of organizations with even the most advanced security programs.”

Sword & Shield’s Purple Team Assessment Service renders insight through real world attack and defense scenarios to instill confidence in an organization’s current security controls and practices while identifying gaps in your implementation.

Sword & Shield offers these potential attack paths or scenarios:

  • Successful phishing campaign
  • Compromised standard user account
  • Unauthorized device
  • External attacker

Depending on the scenario specified, Sword & Shield can evaluate the effectiveness and proper implementation of the following technologies:

  • Firewall
  • Segmentation
  • IDS/IPS/SIEM
  • Log management
  • Application white listing
  • Anti-virus
  • Proxies
  • Endpoint detection

“The primary goal of the Purple Team assessment is to evaluate an organization’s security controls and actual vulnerabilities in their detection,” said Russel Van Tuyl, security analyst and leader of Sword & Shield’s Purple Team. “You can have all the best security tools and procedures in place, but you can’t truly know how they all fit together to protect your organization without a real world test that is unique to your business and information security program.

(CNN) – California authorities on Wednesday charged a suspect with eight felony counts, including murder, after …

(CNN) - California Authorities On Wednesday Charged A Suspect With Eight Felony Counts, Including Murder, After ...Fresno Police Department via CNN

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(CNN) – California authorities on Wednesday charged a suspect with eight felony counts, including murder, after police said he killed three men in an alleged hate crime.

Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is accused of fatally shooting the three men at random in downtown Fresno, California on April 18, police said. Muhammad is black and his victims were white. Muhammad allegedly opened fire at a Pacific Gas & Electric truck, killing one man. He then walked away and fired his handgun at four others, as well as a motor vehicle, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office said. The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed a complaint against Muhammad, charged him with counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Zackary Randalls, a 34-year-old worker for the Pacific Gas & Electric utility who was in the truck, and Mark Gassett, 37, and David Martin Jackson, 58.

Gassett and Jackson were standing near an office of the Catholic Charities social services agency where they were clients, Fresno Police said. The murder counts include special circumstances alleging that Muhammad killed the victims because of their race and committed multiple murders, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Muhammad was also charged with one count of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, three counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.

At the time, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Muhammad had previously posted on social media about his dislike for white people and government officials. Muhammad also yelled “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic words that mean “God is greatest”) when he was arrested shortly after the shooting, officials said.

“We do not believe … that this is a terrorist-related crime,” Dyer told reporters then. “This is solely based on race.”

He said the FBI was assisting with the investigation. When Muhammad surrendered shortly after the shootings, Muhammad told an officer, “I did it. I shot them,” according to Dyer.

Muhammad is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on the charges in Fresno County Superior Court. At the time of the killings, Muhammad was already wanted by police in the fatal shooting on April 13 of Carl Williams, a 25-year-old unarmed security guard, police said. Muhammad is currently in custody on a murder charge related to Williams’ death outside a Fresno motel. If convicted, Muhammad faces a sentence of either death or life in prison, according to authorities.

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