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Alleged Al Qaeda Associate Charged With Conspiring to Kill Americans and Other Terrorism Offenses

A Superseding Indictment charging Christian Ganczarski, aka Abu Mohamed, aka Abu Mohamed al Amani, aka Ibrahim, aka Ibrahim the German (Ganczarski), 51, with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, providing and conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and conspiring to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization, was unsealed today in the Southern District of New York.  The United States is seeking Ganczarski’s extradition from France.

 

Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s New York Office and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill of the NYPD made the announcement.

 

 “According to the superseding indictment, between 1999 and 2001, Ganczarski regularly interacted with members of al Qaeda leadership who were responsible for terrorist operations, and provided them with the knowledge and technology to carry out attacks against the U.S. military and its allies,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Boente.  “This case demonstrates the National Security Division’s resolve to find and bring to justice, terrorists who target U.S. interests in any part of the world.  I want to thank all of the prosecutors, agents and analysts who made this result possible.”

 

“Christian Ganczarski, a German national, allegedly provided critical support to the most prolific terrorists of our time,” said U.S. Attorney Berman.  “Today we publicly announce charges against Ganczarski alleging that he participated in the planning of plots to kill Americans with high-level al Qaeda terrorists Khaled Shaikh Mohammad, Usama bin Laden and others.  The unsealing of the indictment exemplifies this Office’s commitment to the relentless pursuit and prosecution of those who seek to harm Americans.”

 

“As alleged, Ganczarski willingly supported the goals of al Qaeda, immersing himself in social circles that included the likes of Usama bin Laden and one of the future hijackers in the September 11 attacks, among others,” said Assistant Director Sweeney.  “He allegedly participated in efforts to kill Americans by providing technological support and guidance, and arranged meetings between senior officials in the organization and other like-minded individuals bent on future attacks against U.S. interests.  While he’s spent the past fifteen years behind bars in France, we haven’t forgotten his allegiance to those who have threatened our interests both at home and abroad.  We will continue to work with our international partners to mitigate the threat of global terrorism, bringing to justice everyone who participates in or materially supports this crime.”

 

“As alleged, Christian Ganczarski worked for al-Qaeda, lived in its camps and guest houses,” said Police Commissioner O’Neill.  “He rubbed shoulders with Osama Bin Laden and the men who planned and executed plots from the bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed 225 people, to the 9-11 attacks that cost 3000 lives, most of them here in New York City.  Ganczarski allegedly provided al-Qaeda with expertise in logistics, computers, radio communications and the maintenance of weapons systems that would be used against Americans soldiers after the 9/11 attacks.  This case is another example of the work of the FBI agents and NYPD detectives of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  There is no time too long, or place to far, or suspect out of reach when it comes to bringing terrorists, or those who aid them to justice.”

 

As alleged in the Superseding Indictment unsealed in federal court:

 

Al Qaeda is an international terrorist organization dedicated to opposing non-Islamic governments with force and violence.  The organization was founded by Usama bin Laden and Muhammad Atef, aka Abu Hafs el Masri (Abu Hafs el Masri), and was headquartered in Afghanistan since approximately 1996.  Bin Laden served as the leader or “emir” of al Qaeda until his death on or about May 2, 2011. 

 

Al Qaeda has a command control structure that included a majlis al shura (or consultation council) that discussed and approved major undertakings, including terrorist operations.  Bin Laden and Abu Hafs el Masri sat on the majlis al shura of al Qaeda, as did others, including Saif al Adel.  Khaled Shaikh Mohammad, aka Mukhtar, devised, planned, and facilitated terrorist operations for al Qaeda, and he also assisted in the preparation of promotional media used by al Qaeda to advertise its terrorist agenda and attract recruits.

 

Ganczarski, a German citizen born in Poland, traveled from Germany to Pakistan and Afghanistan on at least five separate occasions between 1999 and 2001.  During these trips, Ganczarski became associated with al Qaeda and developed personal relationships with bin Laden, Abu Hafs el Masri, al Adel and Mohammad.  Ganczarski lived at times with his family at al Qaeda’s fortified compound near Kandahar, Afghanistan.  At other times, Ganczarski lived in guest houses and other facilities operated by al Qaeda in Afghanistan.  Ganczarski participated in al Qaeda’s efforts to kill Americans in a number of ways, such as providing al Adel and other al Qaeda members with technological guidance and hardware, including computers, radios and other communications equipment. 

 

In approximately January 2000, Ganczarski attended a speech delivered by bin Laden at al Qaeda’s headquarters in Kandahar.  The January 2000 speech was attended by at least 100 men, including, among others, many significant al Qaeda leaders and terrorists, such as at least one of the plotters in the August 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in East Africa, and one of the future hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States (the September 11 Attacks).  During the speech, Ganczarski sat in the front row with al Adel’s son in his lap.

 

In approximately March 2000, Ganczarski attended a meeting in Karachi, Pakistan, between Mohammad and a member of Jamaah Islamiyah (CC-1), a Southeast Asia terrorist organization, at which U.S. and Israeli targets for terrorist attacks were discussed.  Following the meeting, Ganczarski helped transport CC-1 and a written communication from Mohammad to al Qaeda’s fortified compound in Kandahar, where Ganczarski spoke to bin Laden and took CC-1 to meetings with al Adel and Abu Hafs el Masri at which potential attacks on U.S. and Israeli interests were further discussed.

 

Ganczarski was in Germany at the time of the September 11 Attacks, and he indicated after the attacks that he had been aware that a significant event was about to occur.  In approximately early October 2001, Ganczarski returned to Afghanistan and met with other members of al Qaeda, including al Adel.  In approximately November 2001, Ganczarski and others attempted to repair anti-aircraft missiles controlled by al Qaeda that were not functioning, so that the missiles could be fired at U.S. military aircraft flying in the area at the time.

 

Ganczarski was arrested in France in 2003, and subsequently convicted of offenses under French law relating to a 2002 al Qaeda attack on a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia.  Ganczarski has been incarcerated in France since being convicted.

  

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The Superseding Indictment charges Ganczarski, with four counts: one count of conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison; two counts of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and provision of material support and resources to terrorists, which carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison on each count; and one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization (al Qaeda) which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

 

The maximum potential penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.  The charges contained in the Superseding Indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

Mr. Boente and Mr. Berman praised the extraordinary investigative work of the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force – which principally consists of agents from the FBI and detectives from the NYPD – for the critical role they played and continue to play in the investigation of Ganczarski and his co-conspirators.  In addition, Mr. Berman thanked the Department of Justice’s National Security Division and Office of International Affairs.

 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emil J. Bove III and Amanda L. Houle of the Southern District of New York are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance from Trial Attorney David Smith of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Justice Department Files Notice to Appeal and Intends to Petition for Immediate Supreme Court Review in DACA Lawsuit

The Department of Justice today filed a notice of appeal in The Regents of the University of California and Janet Napolitano v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Elaine Duke seeking review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The Department also intends later this week to take the rare step of filing a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, seeking direct review in the Supreme Court.

“It defies both law and common sense for DACA—an entirely discretionary non-enforcement policy that was implemented unilaterally by the last administration after Congress rejected similar legislative proposals and courts invalidated the similar DAPA policy—to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It is clear that Acting Secretary Duke acted within her discretion to rescind this policy with an orderly wind down. This was done both to give Congress an opportunity to act on this issue and in light of ongoing litigation in which the injunction against DAPA had already been affirmed by the Supreme Court. We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved.”

Justice Department Files Notice to Appeal and Intends to Petition for Immediate Supreme Court Review in DACA Lawsuit

The Department of Justice today filed a notice of appeal in The Regents of the University of California and Janet Napolitano v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Elaine Duke seeking review before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The Department also intends later this week to take the rare step of filing a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, seeking direct review in the Supreme Court.

“It defies both law and common sense for DACA—an entirely discretionary non-enforcement policy that was implemented unilaterally by the last administration after Congress rejected similar legislative proposals and courts invalidated the similar DAPA policy—to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “It is clear that Acting Secretary Duke acted within her discretion to rescind this policy with an orderly wind down. This was done both to give Congress an opportunity to act on this issue and in light of ongoing litigation in which the injunction against DAPA had already been affirmed by the Supreme Court. We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved.”

Bureau of Prisons Tests Micro-Jamming Technology in Federal Prison to Prevent Contraband Cell Phones

 

On January 17, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), in collaboration with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission, conducted a test of micro-jamming technology at the Federal Correctional Institution at Cumberland, Maryland.  The test was conducted to determine if micro-jamming could prevent wireless communication by an inmate using a contraband device at the individual cell housing unit level. 

Prior to this test, the BOP had conducted a limited cellphone jamming demonstration with NTIA in 2010, at the same field site in Cumberland supporting NTIA’s congressionally-mandated study of cellphone interdiction technologies.  

As part of the Jan. 17 test, NTIA conducted an independent evaluation of micro-jamming technology to determine its efficacy and interference potential with Radio Frequency communications.  The BOP and NTIA will review the data and analysis results from both BOP’s and NTIA’s testing and develop recommendations for strategic planning and possible acquisition.

“Contraband cell phones in prisons pose a major and growing security threat to correctional officers, law enforcement officials, and the general public,” said Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy.  “As criminals increase their technological capacity to further criminal activity from within prisons, we must also explore technologies to prevent this from happening.  This test is part of our ongoing efforts to find a solution.” 

Contraband cellphones have been an ongoing correctional security and public safety concern for the BOP as well as for state and local correctional agencies across the country.  Contraband phones are used to further ongoing criminal activity, including threats to public officials, intimidation of witnesses, and continuance of criminal enterprises.  

The BOP will continue to evaluate cell phone detection technologies and work with its federal partners and Congress to achieve cost-effective options to combat this threat to corrections and public safety.  The agency does not endorse any specific vendor or product. 

Safety Dynamics' Advanced Portable Gunshot Detection Solution SENTRI II Successfully Deployed in Baltimore by Beeper Communications and Mantaro Networks

GERMANTOWN, Md., Jan. 15, 2018 -- Beeper Communications, Israel and Mantaro Networks, Inc. have successfully deployed the first portable/mobile versions of the Safety Dynamics' SENTRI II, Gunshot detection systems, in the city of Baltimore. The deployment marks a milestone in the advancement of this proven public safety technology, by allowing the standalone gunshot detection systems to be completely portable using Beeper's advanced wireless cellular bonding solution, the IE 5000 Multi-WAN Channel Bonder. The IE 5000 delivers high capacity broadband connectivity where and when needed by the user.

"Integrating the Beeper IE 5000 bonded Cellular platform to the SENTRI system has resulted in a real market disruption in the industry…" said Sally Fernandez, CEO Safety Dynamics. Fernandez went on to say "...SENTRI II changes the game for gunshot detection technology. Safety Dynamics now has a complete standalone portable system, with power and network connection that offers gunshot detection and surveillance, anytime and anywhere you need it." Unlike competing GSD solutions, each SENTRI unit operates independently and does not rely on a larger matrix of sensors. This provides superior reliability and significant cost savings for the end user. The integration of bonded cellular wireless communications adds unmatched flexibility, as the units are now untethered from any reliance on fixed wired infrastructure such as fiber or cable resulting in significantly reduced deployment costs." Through the IE 5000 SENTRI II offers the end users link aggregation, bonding, load balancing and redundancy, assuring highly reliable and secure data and video transmission.

Beeper's IE 5000 cellular bonder is the leading anywhere-to-everywhere wireless Comprehensive Communication Device (CCD). "There is a clear and rapidly growing need for GSD solutions, as many major cities continue to experience gun violence on an epidemic scale. The flexibility that the portable SENTRI II provides is unprecedented in the industry. Competitive solutions are expensive and can require months of test and validation which adds to expense and can strain municipal budgets," said Fernandez. "Our new solution, SENTRI II, that we have jointly developed, is rapidly deployable and immediately operational … and now can be moved at will to the areas most in need of this deterrent technology saving both time and money," states Moshe Levinson, SVP Business Development and Special Situations, Beeper Communications.

Safety Dynamics is an industry pioneer specializing in gunshot detection, camera and acoustic surveillance and other analytical sensory technology and warning systems. The SENTRI solution uses patented acoustic algorithms identifying the precise location with plus/minus 1 degree of accuracy. Alert and notification is delivered directly to the user within less than 1 second of an event. The system immediately geo-locates the event and will plot it on a map, which can be integrated with the user's command center or Network Operations Center (NOC). The current project is an extension of a 2015 pilot project with the City of Baltimore. The addition of the SENTRI II portable version of Safety Dynamics advanced acoustic surveillance analytical sensory technology with Beeper's communications solution will enable further efficacy and strategic use of the systems. For example, the City of Baltimore can now deploy quickly for "one-off" events, such as the Preakness, that occurs once a year. Events and concerts such as the one at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas or unplanned events can now be protected more effectively and on short notice. "SENTRI II could have detected the glass breaking at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas within less than 1 second and provided the precise location of the shooter enabling security personnel to move in more quickly and more accurately to apprehend the shooter," said Fernandez.

Mantaro Networks provides best in class engineering services for the project working closely with all partners from the manufacture of the system itself to the installation. Mantaro already sells and supports the Beeper and Safety Dynamics technology in the U.S., and will also incorporate enhanced automatic testing and emulation software. This "24/7 Health Check" further improves upon the existing system's maintenance, monitoring and control capabilities.

The Companies will expand the program with 4 other US city projects in the Northeast and Midwestern US. The next deliveries are scheduled for January of 2018 to the City of Houston.

CBP’s Air and Marine Operations in Miami Partners with U.S. Marshals Service during Coordinated Takedown

MIAMI—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Miami Air and Marine Branch (MAMB), working in partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service for the Southern District of Florida Special Operations Group and Miami-Dade Police Department, provided air support during the arrest of a high-risk fugitive with ties dating back to Miami’s “cocaine cowboys” era.

CBP Air and Marine Operations Miami Air and Marine Branch crews with Air Crew Rifle Operators (ACROs) used sophisticated surveillance equipment and streamed live video as part of the multi-agency operations on Jan. 12. Additionally, Marine Interdiction Agents from the Miami and Key Largo Marine Units supported the U.S. Marshals Service tactical commander with communications assistance.

Once law enforcement personnel arrived at the residence, the suspect attempted to evade authorities on an ATV and then on foot. The AMO crew located the individual and directed ground agents to his location for the arrest. The suspect was on the run for four years. Authorities also recovered a cache of weapons and $36,700 in cash.

“Partnership efforts and community involvement are extremely important to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission,” said Martin Wade, Director of the Miami Air and Marine Branch. “This coordinated enforcement effort is a shining example of our ability to support our partner law enforcement agencies in apprehending a very high profile and dangerous fugitive.”

The mission of CBP's Air and Marine Operations is to serve and protect the American people.  AMO applies advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and employs a unique skill set to preserve America’s security interest. Air and Marine Operation’s day-to-day operations along Florida’s coastline involve patrolling the seas and skies, intercepting contraband, catching smugglers, and assisting in rescue and recovery operations.

Partnership efforts and community involvement are extremely important to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission.  CBP asks you to report maritime smuggling and other suspicious activities through 1-800-BE-ALERT or after hours toll-free number 1-800- 562-5943.
For breaking news and information updates from U.S. Customs and Border Protection follow @CustomsBorder @CBPFlorida and CBPCaribbean on Twitter. File footage is available through U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs via the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.

BlackRidge Technology Forms Government Advisory Board and Appoints Four Proven Leaders

RENO, Nev., Jan. 17, 2018 -- BlackRidge Technology International, Inc. (OTCQB: BRTI), a leading provider of next generation cyber defense solutions, has formed a Government Advisory Board and named David L. Peed, Kevin Carroll, Rhett A. Hernandez, and Cindy E. Moran to the board. The BlackRidge Government Advisory Board was created to add expert executive perspective and insights into the specific network and cyber security needs of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) IT environment as well as mission-critical federal government networks. BlackRidge products have completed the rigorous testing process required for use in DoD information networks.

The BlackRidge Government Advisory Board inaugural appointees are


    •    David L. Peed, who will chair the advisory board. Mr. Peed is currently Vice President and General Manager of Equinix Government Solutions responsible for shaping and executing Equinix's Americas Public Sector strategy. Previously he was the President of ITekFED of which he co-founded. Mr. Peed is the former VP & GM for Ciena Government Solutions, Inc. (CGSI) where he was instrumental in the growth of the organization during his nine-year tenure with Ciena. Under his leadership, CGSI became a major player in critical networks for the U.S. Department of Defense, Internet2, as well as many others in the government community. Mr. Peed has more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry.


    •    T. Kevin Carroll, President of The Kevin Carroll Group from 2007 to the present. Mr. Carroll provides consulting advice to information technology companies on Federal Government acquisitions, with key focus on the Department of Defense, Veteran Administration and Army procurements. Previously he was the Army Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), responsible for the program management of the DOD and Army business and combat service support systems, as well as related Army communication and computer infrastructure. Mr. Carroll has over 30 years in government service, primarily in leading Army information technology procurement and contracting organizations.


    •    Rhett A. Hernandez, LTG, Retired,who served nearly 40 years in the United States Army as a Commander, Senior Staff Officer and Strategist, focusing on combat operations and cyber security. His last active duty assignment was as the first Commander of Army Cyber Command, where he was responsible for the daily operations, defense and risk management of all Army networks. Mr. Hernandez also served in numerous command and key staff assignments, including Deputy Chief of Staff for Army Operations, Commander Human Resources Command and Operations Division, and senior military advisor to Ambassador Saudi Arabia. He currently serves as the West Point Cyber Chair to the Army Cyber Institute and as President, CyberLens, LLC, which focuses on leadership, strategic planning, and risk management.


    •    Cindy E. Moran, a highly regarded expert within the defense information systems field having spent nearly 30 years working for the DoD with communications networks. Ms. Moran is currently the President and managing partner for Pikes Way LLC, an IT consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and management in the telecommunications sector. Her post government experience has her serving as a director on public and private boards. She previously served as the Director for Network Services, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), where her responsibilities included systems management of all DISA terrestrial and satellite communications networks supporting the DoD Information Network (DODIN). Ms. Moran has held multiple positions in support of DoD information technology systems, including hands-on network and system administration roles.
"The BlackRidge Government Advisory Board appointees bring extensive experience and strategic insights to BlackRidge, to help us advance the company as a trusted provider of world-class cyber security solutions to public sector customers," said Bob Graham, Chairman and CEO of BlackRidge Technology. "We look forward to working with these outstanding individuals who are proven leaders and have extensive backgrounds in building and securing highly sensitive networks."


About BlackRidge Technology


BlackRidge Technology provides an adaptive cyber defense solution that enables our customers to deliver more secure and resilient business services in today's rapidly evolving technology and cyber threat environments. The BlackRidge Adaptive Trust solution provides end-to-end security that proactively isolates cloud services, protects servers and segments networks. Our patented First Packet Authentication™ technology authenticates user and device identity and enforces security policy on the first packet of network sessions. This new level of real-time protection blocks or redirects unidentified and unauthorized traffic to stop attacks and unauthorized access. BlackRidge was founded in 2010 to commercialize its military grade and patented network security technology. For more information, visit www.blackridge.us.

NATSO Briefs House Homeland Security Committee on Industry Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17, 2018 -- NATSO Foundation President Lisa Mullings today told members of the House Committee on Homeland Security that the truckstop and travel plaza industry plays a vital role in combating human trafficking that takes place along the nation's Interstate Highway System.  NATSO was invited to participate as an example of the positive role that the private sector can play in the fight against human trafficking.

"As an industry, our primary goal was not only to rally behind an important cause but also to have a real impact," said Mullings. "The multi-faceted approach taken by the truckstop and travel plaza industry illustrates that private enterprise can make a consequential difference in the fight against human trafficking. When companies take the time to learn about it and invest resources into combatting it, it can make a real difference in changing lives for the better. We thought it was important for Congress to know this."

Mullings briefed the House Homeland Security Committee about the multi-pronged anti-human trafficking initiative undertaken by the NATSO Foundation on behalf of the entire truckstop and travel plaza industry.

Specifically, Mullings cited the NATSO Foundation's partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign to distribute public awareness materials that truckstops can post in their locations.

As an industry that caters to millions of travelers every year, truckstops and travel plazas and their employees are in a key position to help identify and report suspected incidents of human trafficking. Although there is no official estimate for the total number of U.S. human trafficking victims, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of adults and minors are victims of human trafficking each year in the United States — many of whom are moved from state to state along our Interstate Highway System.

"Our partnership with DHS and the law enforcement community helps ensure that the millions of Americans who stop at truckstops and travel plazas nationwide are educated about human trafficking and able to assist in the transportation sector's fight against this crime," Mullings said.

The NATSO Foundation has been helping members of the truckstop and travel plaza community engage in the fight against human trafficking since 2012. The NATSO Foundation's goal is to provide the truckstop and travel plaza industry with the necessary tools to train owners, operators and employees so that those individuals are equipped to help if they encounter a victim of this horrible crime.

The NATSO Foundation provides the industry with an online education course, titled "The Role of Truckstops in Combating Human Trafficking," to help truckstops and travel plazas train their staff in recognizing and responding to suspected incidents of human trafficking. The course is available on the NATSO Foundation's website free of charge so that any member of the truckstop and travel plaza industry can leverage this educational resource. The course can be accessed at www.natso.com/onlinelearning.

The NATSO Foundation is the research, education and public outreach subsidiary of NATSO. NATSO is the trade association of America's travel plaza and truckstop industry. Founded in 1960, NATSO represents the industry on legislative and regulatory matters; serves as the official source of information on the diverse travel plaza and truckstop industry; provides education to its members; conducts an annual convention and trade show; and supports efforts to generally improve the business climate in which its members operate.

FAA Approves Ravn Alaska's Safety Management System

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 16, 2018  -- Today, Ravn Air Group, Alaska's largest regional airline, is proud to announce its Safety Management System, or SMS, has been approved by the FAA.

"Ravn is committed to providing the very best in local and regional air travel across the state of Alaska, and that always means putting the safety of our customers and our team members above all else," said Ravn's President and CEO Dave Pflieger. "We're excited Ravn now has an FAA-accepted program that has the same processes and meets the same standards that are in place at much larger major U.S. airlines."
An SMS program looks proactively at how to identify and mitigate safety issues. It ensures safety is folded into every facet of an airline's operation, informing the policies and procedures that are put in place and therefore formalizing the processes for assessing potential risks and taking action to make sure any risks are promptly addressed.

"Ravn's safety culture starts with our people," said Pflieger. "Our team members know that the safety of our passengers and our team members is our top priority and that we expect everyone to play an active role in ensuring we operate at the highest level of safety possible."


About Ravn Air Group

Ravn Air Group is proud to be Alaska's largest regional airline. Headquartered in Anchorage and supported by over 1,000 employees, Ravn operates a highly reliable fleet of 77 aircraft on more than 400 flights per day (almost 3,000 flights a week) from our hubs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Aniak, St. Mary's, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalakleet, Barrow, and Galena. We provide our passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers with air transportation and logistics services to 118 destinations throughout Alaska. Ravn has interline airline agreements with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines. Passengers may participate in Ravn Alaska's FlyAway Rewards program for all Ravn Alaska or Ravn Connect flights or accrue Alaska Airlines miles on select Ravn flights. For more information visit flyravn.com.

Dragos Announces New 5-Day, Hands-On Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Course on Assessing, Monitoring and Hunting Industrial Threats

HANOVER, Md., Jan. 17, 2018 -- Industrial control systems (ICS) cybersecurity company Dragos, Inc. announced today the addition of a new, 5-day ICS cybersecurity course: "Assessing, Monitoring, and Hunting ICS Threats." The course is hosted at Dragos' state-of-the-art training center in Hanover, Maryland and is aimed to help information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) security professionals increase their industrial cybersecurity best practices expertise, expand their knowledge of industrial environments, and more effectively secure their environments. The course also leverages the team's software technology, the Dragos Platform, to better enable customers and introduce them to complex environments and attacks outside of those they might face at their own organizations.

"Assessing, Monitoring, and Hunting ICS Threats" offers students:

  • 5 days of in-depth training on ICS basics, best practices, environment assessments, threat hunting, and industrial network monitoring
  • Access to ICS cyber ranges and individual training stations equipped with control system kits
  • Immersion into real-world ICS scenarios through various hands-on labs and exercises
  • Instruction from Dragos' team of ICS experts and practitioners who have boots-on-the-ground experience securing industrial control systems and surrounding infrastructure

"The industrial community faces shortages of both the talent and technology required to keep pace with threats and the methods they use," said Robert M. Lee, Dragos CEO and Founder. "Dragos training classes are a key element of Dragos' response to these challenges and just one of the ways we transfer our team members' knowledge and experience as ICS defenders back into the community."

The next class is scheduled for February 26, 2018. More details about the course can be found at www.dragos.com/training/.  Contact [email protected] for more information.

About Dragos
Dragos applies expert human intelligence and threat behavioral analytics to redefine industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity.  Its industry-first, ICS cybersecurity ecosystem provides industrial security practitioners with unprecedented situational awareness over their environments, with comprehensive threat intelligence, detection, and response capabilities.  Dragos' solutions include the Dragos Platform, software providing ICS-specific asset discovery, threat detection, and response capabilities; Dragos Threat Operations Center, providing ICS threat hunting, incident response services, and ICS cybersecurity training; and Dragos ICS WorldView, providing global, ICS-specific threat intelligence in the form of weekly reports.  Headquartered in metropolitan Washington DC, Dragos' team of ICS cybersecurity experts are practitioners who've lived the problems the industry faces hailing from across the U.S. Intelligence Community to private sector industrial companies.   For more information, please visit dragos.com.

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