• How safe is your computer? Symantec vice president warns of rise in cyber attacks

    Power Players

    How safe is your computer? The vice president of the security software company Symantec warns that it might not be as safe as you think.

    Symantec vice president Samir Kapuria tells Power Players that cyber attacks pose a “constantly growing” danger to the United States — threatening individuals, the government, and businesses alike.

    “The volume, the variety and the velocity in which these attacks are hitting companies and organizations around the world is constantly growing,” Kapuria said in an interview at Symantec headquarters in Silicon Valley, Calif.

    “The value of that information could be in something that is related to national defense security,” Kapuria said. “In another category, that could be the intellectual property, the lifeblood of a company. In another domain, that could actually be the intellectual property about you … your personal information that could affect you.”

    The recent attack by the pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army on the U.S. Marine recruiting

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  • Cracking the ‘Waffle House Index’: How breakfast may determine the severity of this hurricane season

    The Fine Print

    If disaster strikes this hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will use an unconventional system to evaluate damage: the ‘Waffle House Index.’

    FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told “The Fine Print” that he started using Waffle Houses as an informal metric of measuring the severity of a storm in its aftermath. He first started using the method in his previous post overseeing emergency management in Florida.

    “If the Waffle House was open and had a full menu, it was green because that meant they hadn't lost power.”

    “If [it] was open but had a limited menu, it meant that there were more problems, so they were yellow. And if the store was closed, it was red.”

    Fugate, who is responsible for briefing President Obama after natural disasters strike, said he hasn’t shared the ‘Waffle House Index’ with the President, but that the two have enough experience responding to disaster sites.

    The Waffle House Index was put into use earlier this year in the deadly

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  • All the president’s filmmakers: “Our Nixon” documentary exposes home movies of Nixon’s top aides

    Top Line

    Richard Nixon is viewed historically as one of the nation’s most corrupt presidents, but the new documentary “Our Nixon” uses never-before-seen Super 8 home videos shot by Nixon’s closest aides—H.R. Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin—to reveal a lighter side of the 37th president of the United States.

    Filmmaker Penny Lane tells “Top Line” she set out to reveal a “nuanced” view of Nixon by pairing the home videos, which were seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, with some of the less-heard moments from the Nixon tapes -- Nixon’s secretly recorded meetings and phone conversations.

    “There were almost 4,000 hours of tapes, and so even though a lot of people think we’ve already heard them, we really haven’t,” Lane tells “Top Line.” “With this film, we were really looking to explore less charged and a little bit more nuanced view of the man, but also of his staff.”

    In listening through many hours of the Nixon tapes during the making of the documentary,

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