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Published: February 14, 2006 By Steve Riley Senior Security Strategist Security Technology Unit Microsoft Corporation See other Viewpoint articles .
A True Story One morning a few years back, a group of strangers walked into a large shipping firm and walked out with access to the firm’s entire corporate network. How did they do it? By obtaining small amounts of access, bit by bit, from a number of different employees in that firm. First, they did research about the company for two days before even attempting to set foot on the premises.
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I've long been skeptical of the Director of National Intelligence's emphasis upon "Excellence in Acquisition," but the recent contracting experience of a green badger has me convinced it might not be such a bad idea after all. And no, this is not a joke or parody. I'm business as usual in the wacky world of intel contracting. Recently, an intelligence community (IC) agency awarded a multi-year contract for services to a major government contractor after a lengthy, scrupulously fair competition.
Knowing the special concerns and avoiding the special risks that apply to you If you are a political activist or dissident, don't expect that just crossing borders will somehow make you immune to the repressive antics of the Bush administration and the country's reactionary state security apparatus. It won't - I can vouch for that fact from personal experience. If anything, it will actually increase the harassment and intimidation - the covert tentacles of Foggy Bottom truly stretch far and wide.
Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped by Sunni Muslim insurgents in Baghdad on Jan. 7, 2006. Over the next 82 days, she had closer contact with Sunni insurgents than any American who has lived to tell the tale. She cooked with the women. She played with the children.
Accidents, injuries, and emergencies happen to everyone, eventually. Properly preparing for these instances is all-important. Ideally, everyone should have a first aid kit or medical kit at home and in his or her auto. If your household includes children, keeping a kit in the house is especially important. As well, outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen will want to make a first aid kit an essential part of their gear. Simple to advanced kits can be bought through a variety of retailers, but you can easily put your own kit together from scratch.
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First aid kits can be bought ready made from a chemist or made up to your own personal specification. The components of a first aid kit are largely a matter of personal choice but the kit should contain items sufficient for the size of the party and appropriate to the activity undertaken. The list below is an example of a general first aid kit sufficient for a party of six persons. The list is by no means exhaustive but it gives an idea of the sort of things you may wish to include in your kit. The contents of the kit should be kept in a suitable plastic container such as a large sandwich box with a tight fitting and secure lid. This makes the kit suitable for travelling.
NEEDLES Surgical needles are classified in three categories: Within these categories, there are hundreds of different types. Use cutting needles on the skin, and for securing structures like drains. Use round bodied needles in fragile tissue, for example when performing an intestinal anastomosis. Do not use a cutting needle in this situation.