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Defense Industrial Base Sector

5. August 21, U.S. Air Force Defense procurement director promotes balanced acquisition. The Department of Defense's (DoD) top acquisition executive shared his views with contract specialists regarding strategic sourcing designed to maximize efficiency in how the federal government procures goods and services August 16 at Brooks City−Base, TX. Shay Assad, the director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, held local town hall meetings to discuss DoD initiatives and strategies for improving support to America's warfighters while balancing the need to spend taxpayers' money more effectively. His nationwide tour of military installations to talk directly to the federal acquisition community was made in response to his commitment as DoD's primary change agent for the implementation of strategic sourcing for goods and services. "We (DoD) spend more than $150 billion a year on services. We've got to get it right in terms of being extremely focused on the kinds of goods and services we buy," Assad said. The DoD acquisition community is developing tools to conduct market research to assist the contracting workforce in finding a fair and equitable price for goods and services. Source: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123065287

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Banking and Finance Sector

6. August 21, Websense Security Labs Phishing Alert: Standard Life Investments. Websense Security Labs has received reports of a phishing attack that targets customers of Standard Life Investments. Users receive a spoofed e−mail message claiming that their accounts have been temporarily suspended, because Standard Life’s new security system has detected several attempts to access the accounts. The e−mail provides a link to a phishing site, which attempts to collect personal and account information. This phishing site is hosted in Australia and was down at the time of this alert. Source: http://www.websense.com/securitylabs/alerts/alert.php?AlertI D=797

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    August 21, Websense Security Labs Phishing Alert: Merrill Lynch. Websense Security Labs has received reports of a phishing attack that targets customers of Merrill Lynch. Users receive a spoofed e−mail message warning of a Trojan virus hidden in a Shockwave video has been spread around the world via e−mail. This message requests that Merrill Lynch customers log on to their accounts to allow the Merrill Lynch servers to check for infection. The e−mail provides a link to a phishing site, which attempts to collect personal and account information. This phishing site is hosted in Turkey and was up at the time of this alert. Source: http://www.websense.com/securitylabs/alerts/alert.php?AlertI D=796

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    August 21, Associated Press Wells Fargo fixes computer problem that disabled banking services. Wells Fargo & Co. announced early Tuesday, August 21, it has fixed a computer glitch that some customers said left them unable to access their online bank accounts or get cash from ATMs. Wells Fargo clients complained of widespread service problems beginning

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