Baton Rouge, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – LSU is leading the way in cyber security research and they’ve even teamed up with the Louisiana National Guard.
“It’s a cyber war, once everybody is connected, if we don’t protect ourselves a proper attack on industrial control plant could result in an explosion,” said Henry Capello a cyber research engineer. Capello said it hasn’t happened here in Louisiana because systems are monitored. The NORSE system at LSU monitors millions of cyber attacks from across the world.
Louisiana National Guard uses the laboratory to train,”This will be another thing for us to be ready for cyber defense for the state,” said a member of the National Guard. Jeff Moulton, who leads the Transformational and Cyber Research Center at LSU said in the 21st Century privacy lacks.
“We have become a society where convenience trumps privacy,” said Moulton. Moulton emphasizes you must minimize your chance of being hacked.
“You strengthen your passwords, you put long passwords in, you back up your data,”said Moulton.
He also said protect your children.
“I recommend everybody start running credit checks by age 2, by age 2 if your child has a delinquent credit account… you have a problem,” said Moulton.
Major industries and future generation are all at risk of cyber attacks.
“Because everything is digital and we’re kind of at a war right now,” said Capello.
EL DORADO, Ark.–At South Arkansas Community College, students and faculty are paying close attention to the debate over legalizing guns on campus. A new plan by Senator Trent Garner would allow any concealed-weapon permit holder in Arkansas who is at least 25-years old to carry a gun on public college campuses.
“At the time in which you reduce in which a bad guy starts shooting, and a good guy with a gun shows up, it saves lives,” Sen. Garner said. The bill just introduced in the State Legislature would require gun owners to complete 16 hours of active shooter training if they want to carry their weapons on campus.
South Arkansas Community College says it will accept the outcome if the bill becomes law.
“Originally boards, college boards, university boards, could opt out of having weapons on campus, and ours chose to do that,” Carey Tucker, VP for Finance Administration said. “Now, it’s law, if it passes, which it looks like it will, then we will just abide by the law.”
Some say they will remain neutral on the issue, others believe this will improve their safety, but some student, they simply just don’t agree.
“We know who the security guard is here at school,” Richard Dunlap, Student Government President said. “We see him all the time. We know he’s carrying. If you let them start bringing weapons to school, you have to have it concealed. We don’t know who got a gun, so some students may take it the wrong way if they see it, and that’s going to cause a panic right there. We don’t know who’s going to have it and who’s not. As for training, some administrators believe that it is just enough.
“This training then teaches them how to act in a situation, so I think it’s a logical approach the legislature is taking on that portion of the amendment,” Tucker said. Others aren’t buying it.
“Sixteen hours when SWAT trains for years? No,” said Dunlap.
The says they have held FBI active shooter training exercises, and they will more than likely intensify it whether the bill passes or fails.
Members of the Vermont Air National Guard will return to the Green Mountain State, after serving three months in the Middle East, according to a press release. Guard officials did not give a specific date, but said members would return at the end of February. When reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Captain Tracy Morris, spokesperson for the Air Guard, said the mission went smoothly, and there were no reported injuries. Morris said for safety and security reasons, she could not release if the airmen were flying directly home.
While overseas, members helped with air-to-ground attacks, guard officials said.
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