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ASRC Federal Subsidiary Awarded $428 Million DHS Contract

BELTSVILLE, Md., Jan. 16, 2018 -- The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has awarded ASRC Federal Field Services the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), Center-Wide Support Program (CWSP) contract to manage, operate and maintain the Center's infrastructure and scientific support activities. The multiple-year contract has a potential value of $428 million.

In addition to supporting PIADC operations, ASRC Federal Field Services will assist with the eventual transition of the Center's animal disease research and training missions to the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) under construction in Manhattan, Kan.

"For more than a decade we have had the privilege of supporting the DHS mission at Plum Island, and our team looks forward to continuing a successful partnership," said Mark Gray, ASRC Federal president and CEO. "The training and research conducted at Plum Island are vital to protecting our country's livestock. We appreciate the trust the customer continues to have in us to help them support this important mission."

PIADC consists of 49 buildings on 840 acres, maintaining a staff of nearly 400 employees who provide a host of high-impact, indispensable preparedness and response capabilities, including vaccine R&D, diagnostics, training, and bioforensics.

About ASRC Federal
ASRC Federal comprises a family of companies that deliver engineering, information technology, infrastructure support, professional and technical services to U.S. civil, defense, and intelligence agencies. ASRC Federal companies have employees in over 40 states across the U.S. focused on providing reliable, cost-efficient services that help government customers achieve mission success. Headquartered in Beltsville, Md., ASRC Federal is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. For more information, please visit: www.asrcfederal.com

HID’s Statement about Security Flaws “Meltdown” & “Spectre”

Last week, cyber security researchers revealed two major security flaws that allegedly affect processing chips in a large number of devices.  The world was taken by surprise, and virtually every tech company has had to look at the potential impact of these flaws on their products.  Taking the security of HID products extremely seriously, we are in the process of doing a thorough investigation of these flaws, which are known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre.”

Given this complex situation that has shaken the world of computer security, we have analyzed all HID products for these two vulnerabilities in processors, and we present our initial findings here.  While we design defense-to-attack into our product development practices and the vast majority of our products are not vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre, the third-party operating systems that are beyond our control may be.  Consequently, we urge customers to be sure to install the latest patches for the operating systems of their devices. 

We would encourage all customers to review the following information carefully.  HID’s Technical Support team is available if you have any questions or require further clarifications.  For detailed technical conversations, you can also email [email protected].  If you want to communicate something in a confidential manner, we urge you to visit the security pages at www.hidglobal.com/security-center where you will find HID’s guidelines and responsible disclosure policy.

We have arranged the following information in generic “product groupings” and have addressed specific areas.  If you cannot locate your product of interest, please do not hesitate to contact us.

All HID products, drivers, etc installed on Windows, Linux or MacOS

All products, drivers, interfaces, applications etc. that HID has authored rely on the underlying operating system principles of third-parties, and the associated processor hardware, and, therefore, MAY be vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown, depending on the platform that you have installed these on.  We urge you to contact the developer of the operating system to obtain and install the latest patches provided.

All HID products, drivers, etc installed on iOS or Android

All “apps” that HID has authored rely on the underlying operating system principles of a third-party, and processor hardware, and therefore MAY be vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown, depending on the platform that you have installed these on.  We urge you to visit your device manufacturer website for their input on next steps you should take.

All HID products delivered through Web Presence

All of our hosted infrastructure has industry-standard best practices applied, preventing malware of any kind from being applied and/or installed.  For the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities to be exploited, malware would have to be installed into our systems.  Despite our defense in depth, we are actively working with our vendors to understand patching approaches to the underlying third-party computing platforms to providing protection from Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities

We utilize industry-standard security modules (HSM) and we are working with our vendors to understand their position.   We will update customers in the event we have relevant information, but at this stage we are a “closed system” and the attack surface is small and heavily protected.

All HID products delivered as a Virtual Machine

HID products delivered as a virtual machine may be susceptible to Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, because the virtual machine is running on a third-party virtualization platform.  Therefore, it is the third-party platform that will require patching and updating.  We urge you to contact the provider of your virtualization platform for further information and patches.

All HID Products delivered as an Appliance

All of our products delivered as appliances have industry-standard best practices applied in order to prevent malware of any kind being installed.  Malware would have to be installed for the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities to be exploited.  Nevertheless, HID is actively working with our vendors to understand patching approaches to the underlying computing platforms and we will update this post in the event that have more information

Specific Point Product Discussions

HID Lumidigm Fingerprint Sensors

Our devices are not vulnerable to the Spectre or Meltdown attacks; however, the third-party operating system support in the connected host may be vulnerable depending upon your patch level.  We urge customers to ensure that the latest operating system patches available are installed in these upstream computing platforms.

HID Fargo Card Printers

Our current shipping printers are not vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown attacks.

Cards and Credentials (including ActivID tokens)

None of our physical card or credential technologies are susceptible to either of Spectre of Meltdown

Controllers

The Spectre and Meltdown issues do not affect our “VertX Evo”, “EDGE EVO”, and “EDGE EVO Solo” controllers.

Similarly, our Mercury controller product lines are not vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown attacks

Credential Encoders

HID credential encoders themselves are not vulnerable to either Meltdown or Spectre attacks; however, the host systems may be and we urge customers to upgrade to the latest patch level available.

Embedded Modules

None of our embedded range of products are susceptible to Spectre or Meltdown; however, because these are connected devices, any upstream devices may be vulnerable.  We urge customers who are using connected devices to check the patch level of the host device system and to make appropriate decisions on patching based on upstream third-party system processor platforms.

Readers – Physical Access

None of our physical access reader products are affected by the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerabilities. However, our reader products are connected upstream and we urge customers to check these upstream devices for vulnerability and to upgrade all third-party operating system patch levels to guard against any potential threats.

Readers – Logical Access

None of our logical access reader range of products are susceptible to Spectre or Meltdown. However, these are (typically) USB-connected devices and the host may be susceptible.  We urge customers to check the patch level of the host device system and to make appropriate decisions on patching based on upstream, third-party system processor platforms.

HID Global to Collaborate with ThreatMark on its New Cyber Threat Solutions for Banking and Finance Sectors

ID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that it has signed a collaboration agreement with ThreatMark, a threat and fraud detection technology company, to develop new capabilities that will enhance the ability of financial institutions to detect cyber threats, such as malware, application hacking, phishing, account takeover, identity theft and fraudulent transactions. 

HID’s expertise in Identity & Access Management (IAM) includes multi-factor authentication, credential management system software and identity verification capabilities in complex environments. HID’s capabilities complement ThreatMark’s expertise in cyber-criminal detection and fraud prevention. The two companies will work together to extend threat and fraud detection in order to meet today’s ever-increasing risk from cyber attacks. 

“With cyber threats continuously evolving, HID Global is committed to advancing and extending our threat detection capabilities,” said Martin Ladstaetter, Vice President Products for IAM Solutions at HID Global. “Working with ThreatMark not only provides a partnership with a very successful company with domain know-how, but it also gives us visibility into an even broader attack surface that needs to be addressed, ensuring that we are staying ahead of cyber threats today and in the future.”

“Collaborating with HID gives ThreatMark the opportunity to combine our expertise to improve the overall security ecosystem through threat and fraud detection,” said Michal Tresner, CEO ThreatMark. “ThreatMark has differentiated itself by providing innovative deep behavioral profiling  technology that, together with advanced analytics, can help to understand how cyber-criminal work. Collaboration with companies like HID Global allow us to broaden our reach and develop better integrated solutions.”   

HID Global provides the broadest range of market-leading IAM solutions as the only company that can truly deliver a converged physical and logical identity management solution for high assurance and multi-factor authentication. ThreatMark’s solution integrated with HID Global’s portfolio for securing both consumer and employee transactions in banking and finance will greatly enhance security while maintaining a frictionless user experience that is important to the banking industry.

 

About HID Global

HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things.  We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com

 

About ThreatMark

ThreatMark is highly specialized research and development laboratory combining hacker level security know how with latest machine learning technology to combat cyber threats and online fraud. ThreatMark’s research into malware detection, artificial intelligence and behavioral biometry, is applied into the production environment of global banks, lending and payment providers and other online businesses that trust ThreatMark during their everyday operation.

ThreatMark solutions are designed to address the weakest link in security – the human factor. By monitoring subtle changes of the complex human behavior during their online business interactions even the stealthiest cyber-attack or fraud attempt can be identified and mitigated in the real-time. To learn more please visit www.threatmark.com

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Tektronix Instruments Support First Data Transmission Through Terahertz Multiplexer

Tektronix, a leading worldwide provider of measurement solutions, announced that its instruments played an important role in a technology demonstration that could one day enable the next generation of ultra-high bandwidth wireless communications links. In an article published in the journal Nature Communications, an international research team reported the first transmission of two real-time video signals through a terahertz multiplexer at an aggregate data rate of 50 gigabits per second, some100x faster than cellular networks.

With demand for wireless data transmission speeds and capacities growing beyond what microwave signals can carry, the search is on for ways to use higher frequency THz waves that have a much larger capacity to carry data. One of the teams leading the way is an international collaboration between Brown University and the Institut d'Electronique de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), CNRS/University of Lille, in France.

This team has previously shown that the worlds of fiber optics and radio can be bridged using photonic-based THz circuits to achieve high-data rates. However, for any system to be viable, a system for multiplexing and demultiplexing (mux/demux) signals is a fundamental requirement. Using a waveguide system involving two metal plates in parallel, the researchers encoded two high-definition television broadcasts onto terahertz waves of two different frequencies: 264.7 GHz and 322.5 GHz. They then sent both frequencies together into the multiplexer system, with a television receiver set to detect the signals as they emerged from the device. Further experiments show that this system could deliver data rates up to 50 Gb/s with low error rates.

 

The role of test instrumentation

The experiments in the demonstration employed QPSK modulation. For these, the optical signal was modulated using a dual-nested Mach-Zender modulator before a photomixing process generated the dual THz signals. Two Tektronix AWG70000 Series arbitrary waveform generators were then used to create two baseband non-return-to-zero (NRZ) data signals for the in-phase and quadrature data flows.

For detection, the dual frequency THz signal was down-converted in a Schottky-based sub-harmonic mixer to below 40 GHz. The output was then amplified and detected by a Tektronix DPO70000SX 70 GHz oscilloscope. The two QPSK signals corresponding to the down-converted THz channels were further analyzed to recover the modulated data and the corresponding constellation diagrams.

"What this demonstration definitely showed is that a THz multiplexing system can be used to carry actual data without the streams interfering with each other," said Guillaume Ducournau, an assistant professor at IEMN. "With support from Tektronix, we were able to fully test and characterize our system and the results show that this approach could lead to future commercial application of THz wireless networks."

Dean Miles, market development manager in Europe, Middle East and Africa for Tektronix added, "We are absolutely delighted to be involved with IEMN on this technology collaboration. The bridging of fiber optics and radio technologies using photonic-based THz circuits to achieve high-data rates is an area of continuous innovation and this is another example of how test and measurement enables innovation. Advanced test tools are needed today to generate and characterize signals at 100G, 400G and beyond and Tektronix offers a wide portfolio of optical communication test solutions, including those used on this ground-breaking research effort."

Wondering what else Tektronix is up to? Check out the Tektronix Bandwidth Banter blog and stay up to date on the latest news from Tektronix on Twitter and Facebook.

About Tektronix

Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix delivers innovative, precise and easy-to-operate test, measurement and monitoring solutions that solve problems, unlock insights and drive discovery. Tektronix has been at the forefront of the digital age for over 70 years. Join us on the journey of innovation at TEK.COM

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

DHS, DOJ Report: Three Out of Four Individuals Convicted Of International Terrorism and Terrorism-Related Offenses Were Foreign-Born

WASHINGTON – On January 16, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report revealing that three out of every four, or 402, individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016 were foreign-born. Over the same period, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed approximately 1,716 aliens with national security concerns. Further, in 2017 alone DHS had 2,554 encounters with individuals on the terrorist watch list (also known as the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database) traveling to the United States.

This report was prescribed by Executive Order 13780, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, which declared that “it is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks, including those committed by foreign nationals,” and directed a series of actions to enhance the security of the American people.

The actions directed by Executive Order 13780 have—among other things—raised the baseline for the vetting and screening of foreign nationals, improved our ability to prevent the entry of malicious actors, and enhanced the security of the American people.

“My top priority as Secretary of Homeland Security is to ensure the safety and security of the American people,” said Secretary Nielsen. “This report is a clear reminder of why we cannot continue to rely on immigration policy based on pre-9/11 thinking that leaves us woefully vulnerable to foreign-born terrorists, and why we must examine our visa laws and continue to intensify screening and vetting of individuals traveling to the United States to prevent terrorists, criminals, and other dangerous individuals from reaching our country. Without legislative change DHS will continue to see thousands of terrorists a year attempt to enter the United States, and while we must be right every time, the terrorists only need to be lucky once. Therefore, DHS has personnel deployed around the world and along our borders working with our global and domestic law enforcement partners to stop terrorists before they enter the homeland.” 

“This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality—our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” said Attorney General Sessions.  “And the information in this report is only the tip of the iceberg: we currently have terrorism-related investigations against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came here as refugees.  Our law enforcement professionals do amazing work, but it is simply not reasonable to keep asking them to risk their lives to enforce the law while we admit thousands every year without sufficient knowledge about their backgrounds.  The pillars of President Trump’s immigration policy—securing our porous borders, moving to a merit-based immigration system that ends the use of diversity visas and chain migration, and enforcing our nation’s laws—will make their jobs easier and make the United States a safer place.”

The report reveals that at least 549 individuals were convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016.  An analysis conducted by DHS determined that approximately 73 percent (402 of these 549 individuals) were foreign-born.  Breaking down the 549 individuals by citizenship status at the time of their respective convictions reveals that:

  • 254 were not U.S. citizens;
  • 148 were foreign-born, naturalized and received U.S. citizenship; and,
  • 147 were U.S. citizens by birth.

According to information available to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), since September 11, 2001, there were approximately 1,716 removals of aliens with national security concerns. 

As mentioned above, in FY 2017, DHS encountered 2,554 individuals on the terrorist watchlist (also known as the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database) traveling to the United States. Of those individuals, 335 were attempting to enter by land, 2,170 were attempting to enter by air, and 49 were attempting to enter by sea. Where consistent with the law, such individuals are denied entry into the United States, while in some cases law enforcement authorities are notified and can take appropriate action.

From October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2017, a total of 355,345 non-U.S. citizen offenders, were administratively arrested after previously being convicted of an aggravated felony, as defined in 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43), or two or more crimes each punishable by more than one year (felony offenses).  During that same period, a total of 372,098 non-U.S. citizen offenders were removed from the United States after conviction of an aggravated felony or two or more felonies. 

Data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate shows that between 2007 and 2017, USCIS referred 45,858 foreign nationals who applied for immigration benefits to ICE for criminal or civil enforcement action, based on information indicating that such foreign nationals had committed egregious public safety-related offenses within the United States.

Between FY 2010 and FY 2016, CBP identified and prevented the boarding of 73,261 foreign travelers on flights destined for the United States, who may have presented an immigration or security risk.

In October, the Trump Administration sent to Congress a list of legislative priorities that would enhance our national security—such as eliminating the diversity visa lottery and extended family chain migration, funding the wall, closing loopholes in our asylum system, combatting visa overstays, and closing other loopholes in existing law that potentially benefit aliens who pose threats to our national security.

Background on the Executive Order

Section 11 of Executive Order requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, to collect and make publicly available the following information:

  1. Information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; convicted of terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; or removed from the United States based on terrorism-related activity, affiliation with or provision of material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national-security-related reasons;
  2. Information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and who have engaged in terrorism-related acts, or who have provided material support to terrorism-related organizations in countries that pose a threat to the United States;
  3. Information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including so-called “honor killings,” in the United States by foreign nationals; and,
  4. Any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.

The link to the report is available HERE.

AT&T Expands Smart Cities Offerings with New Structure Monitoring Solution for U.S. Railways and Roadways

LAS VEGAS, -- For many, a new year ushers in a new set of resolutions. AT&T* is resolved to continue developing and delivering Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to help make our cities and communities smarter, safer and more efficient. We're currently testing a new structure monitoring solution that will help improve the safety of our roadways and railways.

This comes in addition to our smart cities work with several U.S. spotlight cities and our recently launched digital infrastructure solution.

 

U.S. infrastructure is aging and in disrepair. Almost half of U.S. bridges are more than 50 years old.Organizations normally rely on visual inspections to assess the state of our roadways and railways.  Since many are in remote locations, it is difficult to regularly assess. And many of the remote monitoring alternatives use older technology solutions that are bulky and not suited for the long-term.

We're set to deliver a solution so teams can monitor structural and environmental factors remotely in near real time.

"Safety is a top concern of citizens and cities alike. This concern extends beyond the realm of crime and natural disasters. It also includes the safety of our infrastructure," said Mike Zeto, general manager, AT&T Smart Cities.  "We're pleased to test this solution, which will allow for smart infrastructure analysis and monitoring.

With AT&T Smart Cities Structure Monitoring, selected infrastructure will receive AT&T LTE-enabled sensors to remotely monitor structural factors. The sensors, which measure things like cracks and tilts, also feature alert triggers and email alerts to capture significant events. 

How will this benefit organizations and the community?

  • Help improve safety and planning.
  • Fewer manual inspections can lower operational costs.
  • Organizations can monitor structures in near real time using the internet. All they need is a web-enabled device.

Our new AT&T Smart Cities Structure Monitoring product will join our growing Smart Cities solutions suite which includes AT&T Smart Cities Digital Infrastructure, AT&T Smart Irrigation, AT&T Smart Cities Operations Center, AT&T Smart Grid - Solar Solution and AT&T Smart Grid Solutions - Prepay Energy.

An AT&T Smart Cities Update
We launched our Smart Cities organization in the fall of 2015. Since then, we've worked closely with cities and their citizens to better understand key challenges and help them create impactful solutions. We've formed strategic alliances with technology companies, the developer community and other leading organizations. An example of this collaboration is our spotlight city program. It's a unique initiative that tests our smart cities framework in select cities and municipalities across the country.  

Atlanta: The City of Atlanta was one of the first cities to join our spotlight city program.  Our close collaboration with city leaders is helping to bring Atlanta's smart cities vision to life. Utilizing AT&T Digital Infrastructure with Current, powered by GE's CityIQTM, we are working with the local utility to transform the city's existing lighting infrastructure into a sensor-enabled data network that will accelerate the digital era of urban development.  To date, two hundred sensors have been added to previously installed LED streetlights encompassing key areas in the city. The sensors will help Atlanta address issues such as traffic flow, parking optimization and gunshot detection, and create a platform for citizen engagement.  We are also part of a broader effort to help the city strategically address road safety challenges as part of their Smart Corridor project.  From innovative programs like the Atlanta Civic Coding Competition to  our work with the IoT.ATL initiative, our commitment to helping Atlanta become one of the first true smart cities remains strong.

Dallas: We teamed with the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) and other technology leaders in the city to create a living lab. The solution addresses key challenges like sustainability and parking. To make the city's historic West End more sustainable, the city installed 22 new smart lighting solutions using connected LED and intelligent controls. The new lighting used 35% less energy in its first 90 days.

"A smart city works to solve city problems, conserve resources and create an inclusive and prosperous city. The technology itself isn't enough without measurable insights that come from data," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "The Living Lab from AT&T and the Dallas Innovation Alliance provides a great platform to test and share results of projects that could positively impact Dallas citizens. We look forward to continued progress in creating a truly smart city for all of Dallas."

The second phase of the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab powered by AT&T will launch later this month. For details, go to dallasinnovationalliance.com/events/.

Montgomery County: Montgomery County Maryland has a large commuter population.  Together with some of our strategic alliance members, we worked with them to enhance ridership through the use of technology, such as informing the public about transit time delays in real-time and improving the riders' experience.  To address these issues, Wi-Fi was installed on targeted buses and bus shelters.  Early research suggests the county will see increased ridership.

Mexico: Mexico City's Ministry of Economic Development (SEDECO) recently signed an agreement with us to run an Internet of Things (IoT) market pilot. This initiative, part of SEDECO's "Program to Promote and Improve Public Markets in Mexico City," reaffirms their interest in Smart Cities projects that are designed to promote sustainable development and effective management by using technology and connectivity.

To learn more about AT&T Smart Cities, go to att.com/smartcities.

12017 Infrastructure Report Card, American Society of Civil Engineers

 

*About AT&T
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Endgame Endpoint Protection Platform Wins Contract with U.S. Navy to Protect Critical Assets

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Endgame, the leader in endpoint protection against targeted attacks, today announced it has won a sole source contract with the U.S. Navy to safeguard endpoints from global attackers. As part of this agreement, the Navy, specifically the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet, will receive Endgame's endpoint protection platform to prevent, detect and respond, and hunt for advanced threats to protect critical infrastructure.

"Endgame is honored to enter this partnership with the U.S. Navy," said Nate Fick, Endgame CEO. "The Navy is widely known as being on the cutting-edge of cybersecurity defenses, and we were happy to exceed their protection requirements during this competitive process. Safeguarding the most targeted organizations across the Department of Defense is an important part of our mission, and we look forward to continuing it with the Navy."

The U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet will leverage Endgame to protect the entire Navy, including more than 500,000 computers and ships' hull, mechanical and electrical systems, weapons and navigation systems, aviation systems, and the technology controlling physical devices on bases and facilities. U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet's  mission is to "serve as the Numbered Fleet for Fleet Cyber Command and exercise operational control of assigned forces; to direct and deliver tactical and operational effects in and through cyberspace, space, and the electromagnetic spectrum to Navy commanders worldwide and ensure successful execution of Fleet Cyber Command assigned mission areas."

Endgame credits this contract win to its heritage protecting the federal government, including the U.S. Air Force, from targeted attacks. Endgame is rapidly becoming the standard endpoint protection platform across the Department of Defense due to its layered protections and ease of use for inexperienced analysts. As the need for more sophisticated protections has expanded into the commercial sector, Endgame's commercial customer base has grown rapidly, including in critical industries like financial services, healthcare and education. With Endgame, users of any skill level can prevent, stop, and proactively hunt ongoing threats that bypass incumbent security solutions.

The Navy chose Endgame primarily because of its ability to protect against targeted attack techniques and technologies outlined in the MITRE ATT&CK™ Matrix. The MITRE Corporation recently validated Endgame protections across the breadth and depth of the Matrix during a nation-state emulation exercise. Endgame will continue to work with MITRE to redefine the scope of endpoint protection to ensure technologies are truly effective against modern attacks.

 

About Endgame
Endgame's converged endpoint security platform is transforming security programs - their people, processes and technology - with the most powerful endpoint protection and simplest user experience, ensuring analysts of any skill level can stop targeted attacks before information theft. Endgame unifies prevention, detection, and threat hunting to stop known and unknown attacker behaviors at scale with a single agent. For more information, visit www.endgame.com and follow us on Twitter @EndgameInc.

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Next Generation Aegis Ashore Solution

MOORESTOWN, N.J. -- In a landmark demonstration, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) connected key components of its Aegis Ashore and Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) technologies, validating the ability to greatly increase operational performance, efficiency and reliability of Aegis Ashore.

"Connecting these systems is more than a technological advantage - it's a way to provide the warfighter with earlier intelligence and expanded situational awareness," said Dr. Tony DeSimone, vice president and chief engineer of Lockheed Martin Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors. "Integration of these technologies allows us to deliver the most advanced solid state radar system in LRDR with the proven tested capability of Aegis. For the warfighter this combination provides an increased capability, in terms of additional performance and reaction time, to safely protect the people and nations they defend."


Connecting the two mature systems, amounts to a low risk 'technology refresh' of the legacy SPY-1 antenna, resulting in:
    •    Ability to detect targets at longer distances
    •    Ability to combat larger numbers of targets simultaneously
    •    Additional target engagement opportunities
    •    Higher performance in complicated land environments
    •    Minimized interference with civilian or military radio emitters and receivers
    •    Increased use of the new SM-3 Block IIA missile's performance

 

Lockheed Martin Solid State Radar (SSR) is a scalable Gallium Nitride (GaN) based radar building block, which in addition to cutting edge performance provides increased efficiency and reliability. The Department of Defense's newest Ballistic Missile Defense sensor, LRDR, will use thousands of Lockheed Martin SSR building blocks to provide enhanced target acquisition, tracking and discrimination data to the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. LRDR completed its critical design review in 2017 and is on track to be operational in Alaska in 2020.
Aegis Ashore is the land-based ballistic missile defense adaptation of the proven Aegis Combat System, currently fielded in Romania and soon to be fielded in Poland.

The research and development demonstration proved that current and future versions of Aegis can simultaneously command tasking of the Lockheed Martin SSR and receive target tracks from the radar. The next phase of activity is to demonstrate simulated missile engagements with live tracking, scheduled for the first half of 2018. These tests build on multiple previous demonstrations in 2015 and 2016, in which Aegis software variant Baseline 9 already tracked live targets using a prototype version of Lockheed Martin SSR hardware powered by multi-purpose Fujitsu GaN from Japan. 

The Aegis software has evolved over time and is now compatible with multiple radars. Recently, Australia and Spain selected Aegis configurations featuring their own solid state radars. Weaving existing systems together is becoming more common to stay ahead of threats efficiently, by leveraging prior or concurrent investments in advanced technology.

"The Aegis Combat System is adaptable and flexible to address warfighting needs, which is one of the reasons the system is so widely used around the world," said Michele Evans, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors. "As our customers look to update their technology with the help of their industrial bases, they are increasingly choosing alternative radars to equip their platforms. In challenging threat environments, we can deliver advanced capability at lower cost if we can be flexible and connect a variety of existing technologies."

Lockheed Martin SSR, including very robust participation from Japanese industry, is one of the configuration options available to Japan for its upcoming Aegis Ashore installations. Because Lockheed Martin provides the Aegis Ashore software and SPY-1 radar, its SSR can operate in a way that uses a common Integrated Air and Missile Defense Aegis baseline with the one recently purchased by Japan's Ministry of Defense for its new destroyers.
For additional information, visit: www.lockheedmartin.com/radar.

 

About Lockheed Martin


Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
 
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General Dynamics Awarded $1 Billion Contract to Deliver PIRANHA 5 Wheeled Armored Vehicles to Romanian Army

MADRID, Jan. 12, 2018 -- General Dynamics European Land Systems signed a contract to deliver up to 227 PIRANHA 5 wheeled armored vehicles in six different configurations to the Romanian Armed Forces. The contract has a total value exceeding $1 billion. It is part of the Romanian Army's plan to modernize its legacy wheeled armored vehicle fleet.

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Deputy Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu attended the signing ceremony held at the National Defense Ministry headquarters.

 

Today, General Dynamics European Land Systems signed a contract to deliver up to 227 PIRANHA 5 wheeled armored vehicles in six different configurations to the Romanian Armed Forces. The contract has a total value exceeding $1 billion. It is part of the Romanian Army’s plan to modernize its legacy wheeled armored vehicle fleet.

 

 

The modern PIRANHA 5 vehicles will be produced in Romania under a strategic cooperation and transfer of technology project between General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag and the Romanian company Uzina Mecanică București (UMB).

Since 2006, the Romanian Armored Forces has fielded variants of PIRANHA vehicles which have been deployed in various missions in-country and abroad, demonstrating its reliability and performance.

"The Romanian Army is one of the most important PIRANHA users in Europe.  We are very honored by this contract award as it reflects the high confidence and satisfaction the Romanian Army has in our vehicles," said Oliver Dürr, Vice President Wheeled Vehicles and Managing Director of General Dynamics European Land Systems - Mowag.

"With this step, we have established a sustainable collaboration with a trusted partner which has a significant industrial footprint in Romania," said Thomas Kauffmann, General Dynamics European Land Systems Vice President International Business & Services. "The transfer of technology and the local production of these vehicles present an enormous opportunity to the Romanian industry."

With more than 11,000 systems fielded, the PIRANHA is one of the most successful 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles in the world.

 

 

About General Dynamics European Land Systems
General Dynamics European Land Systems, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and conducts its business through five European operating sites located in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland. With more than 2,000 highly skilled technical employees, the companies design, manufacture and deliver world-class land combat, systems, including wheeled, tracked and amphibious vehicles, bridge systems, armaments, and munitions, to global customers.  More information is available at www.gdels.com.

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Raytheon awarded contract worth more than $1.5 billion for additional Patriot™ integrated air and missile defense capability

ANDOVER, Mass.,-- Raytheon Company [NYSE: RTN] announced today it has been awarded a new, direct commercial sales contract worth more than $1.5 billion to provide additional Patriot Air and Missile Defense system capability to a member of the 14-nation Patriot partnership. The contract was awarded on Jan 4, 2018. Details on the specific contracting country were not disclosed.

 

Raytheon's Patriot™ is a missile defense system consisting of radars, command-and-control technology and multiple types of interceptors, all working together to detect, identify and defeat tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, drones, advanced aircraft and other threats. Patriot is the foundation of integrated air and missile defense for 14 nations.

 

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

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