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Former NYPD Officer Peter Liang Won’t Spend a Day in Prison for Akai Gurley’s Death

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There’s no dispute over whether former NYPD officer Peter Liang shot and killed Akai Gurley in a darkened Brooklyn stairwell in November of 2014. But after a jury found him guilty on charges of manslaughter in a high-profile trial, a judge reduced the charge to criminally negligent homicide on Tuesday, reported NBC News. Though Liang faced up to 15 years in prison after his initial conviction, he will serve five years of probation and 800 hours of community service.

And will not spend one day in prison for Gurley’s death.

Liang’s case became national news amid harrowing stories of police violence in black communities. In New York City and across the country, Liang’s supporters said that he had become an easy scapegoat for police accountability because he is Asian-American. In one petition to the White House, supporters wrote, “the circumstances surrounding Mr. Gurley’s death lead to a manslaughter indictment this week, whereas police officers in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner case were never charged. Criminal charges appeared more likely in the later two cases, but these two non-Asian police officers were never charged.”

Gurley’s family, however, was buoyed by the initial verdict. “We have to send a message not only to the system, but to these police officers, their commanders, to the mayor: no more,” Hertencia Peterson, Gurley’s aunt, said in an interview at the Kings County Supreme Court in downtown Brooklyn during Liang’s trial. “Enough is enough. Stop with the excuses. Hold these officers accountable because, at the end of the day, they have a job, they’re collecting a paycheck, they’re seeing their loved ones. Akai Gurley’s not.”

Still, an unlikely coalition of black and Asian-American activists emerged in the aftermath of Gurley’s death that vowed to bring Liang to justice. “Just because it’s an Asian cop doesn’t mean that doesn’t mean that he shouldn’t be indicted,” said Meejin Richart, an organizer with CAAAV, at the time. “In fact, all cops need to be held accountable when they brutalize and kill communities that they’re paid to protect.”
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US University to spend $3 million on cyber security after hack attacks

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Rutgers University in New Brunswick is to spend up to $3 million (£1.9 million) on cyber security to prevent hackers crippling the university’s computer networks. This expensive action is in response to at least four cyber attacks during the 2014-2015 school year that knocked the school offline and resulted in cancelled classes. SEE ALSO: Steve “the Woz” Wozniak trolls Samsung: Sells “worthless” Galaxy Gear smartwatch on eBay According to documentation sourced from the state’s Open Public Records, the flagship state university has hired three cyber security companies that are currently testing the huge computer network used by the university, and looking for vulnerabilities. The firms that have been hired are: FishNet Security, a major information security company that is privately owned, headquartered in Kansas, and has offices in New York City. Level 3 Communications, a multinational telecommunications and Internet service provider based in Colorado. Imperva, a leading California-headquartered company that specialises in providing data and cyber security products to help combat cyber attack. For security reasons, campus officials remain mum about exactly what the three firms are doing, but confirm that they are budgeting between $2 and $3 million to ensure that the networks are not crippled again. Since the […]

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CISOs spend 77% of their time on tech, not enough time on strategy

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According to the Deloitte CISO Transition Lab, a chief information security officer (CISO) has four faces — the strategist, the advisor, the guardian of business assets, and the technologist. The findings suggest that on average, CISOs spend 77 percent of their time as “technologists” and “guardians” on technical aspects of their positions, and that they would like to reduce this investment to 35 percent. “This demonstrates a recognizable shift in their desire to place greater emphasis on the “strategist” and “advisor” functions.” Faced with escalating cyber threats and increasingly complex regulatory mandates, CISOs are experiencing growing pressure to protect critical information and infrastructure assets, while also embracing strategic business initiatives to integrate a comprehensive enterprise approach to cybersecurity. To address this problem, Deloitte developed the CISO Transition Lab to help accelerate a CISO’s performance. “As organizations realise that cyber risk is intimately linked to their innovation and growth strategies, expectations of CISOs are changing dramatically,” said Ed Powers, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP. “An effective CISO can no longer rely on his or her technical expertise alone. They must understand how strategic initiatives create risks and develop security programs that balance the need to drive business performance with the growing […]

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Incident response spend up as firms recognise cyber attacks are inevitable

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European firms are shifting their cyber security investment from traditional prevention and protection to detection and response capabilities, a study has revealed. The shift in spending is due to a realisation that cyber attacks are inevitable, according to the study by analysis and consultancy firm Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC). But the study shows this shift is overdue, with nearly 40% of respondents admitting they have no incident response (IR) plan in place, and only 30% of those with IR plans test and update them regularly. The study, sponsored by FireEye, HP, Telefonica and Resilient Systems, polled 200 people from companies with more than 1,000 employees in the UK, France and Germany, which together account for 60% of the western European cyber security market. The study showed that firms still spend 77% of their security budgets on a traditional prevent-and-protect approach using endpoint security products and firewalls. But researchers revealed that security investments are moving towards the post-breach detect-and-respond capability. They expect spending on this approach to increase from 23% of security budgets to 39% in the next two years. PAC researchers ascribe this trend to the growing number of cyber security breaches, with 67% of respondents reporting their firm experienced […]

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Bulgarian hacker on the run for 10 years will spend next 30 months in prison in N.J. cybercrime case

Bulgarian hacker on the run for 10 years will spend next 30 months in prison in N.J. cybercrime case

After a decade on the run, a Bulgarian national tied to a worldwide cybercrime ring responsible for racking up millions in unauthorized bank charges was sentenced today to 30 months in prison. Aleksi Kolarov, 32, who pleaded guilty to identify […]

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Coast Guard will spend millions for Sandy-related emergency supplies without ‘full and open competition’

Jacob Goodwin Top Priority Sector:  disaster_preparedness_emergency_response Due to the urgent need for food, shelter and other services in the Northeast in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Coast Guard has authorized the procurement of as much as $30 million worth of mortuary services, construction, bottled water, trailers, food services and shelter from a group […]

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ASIS 2012: Napolitano calls on industry to spend more on cyber preparedness

Jacob Goodwin Top Priority Sector:  cyber_security Image Caption:  DHS SecretaryJanet Napolitano When DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano received the 2012 CSO Roundtable’s “Leadership and Security Award” and addressed a luncheon crowd at the ASIS show in Philadelphia on September 10, the not-so-subtle message she seemed to deliver was this: I’m telling you the cyber-threat is real, […]

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