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GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala

GSN Awards 2012

Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.

The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.

Not only were the best tools and technologies acknowledged , but the people and groups who use them, from local police departments in Florida and Washington state, to the White House, were honored at the event.

During the awards ceremonies, Richard Reed, Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security, received the second annual Government Security News/Raytheon Award for Distinguished Leadership and Innovation in Public Safety and Security. Reed was chosen for tireless work in his key role in leading the development of national policy related to resilience, transborder security and community partnerships. He has been described as the president’s eyes and ears during disasters. In crises, such as the Gulf oil spill, H1N1 pandemic, and Haiti earthquake, Reed has sprung into action at the White House, coordinating information and gathering people to cope with these catastrophes.

Reed told Government Security News in an interview after the dinner that gatherings like GSN’s awards ceremony were invaluable in demonstrating that the hard work of creating a resilient, strong response to crises is performed by thousands of individuals, like those in attendance. Gatherings that bring the diverse emergency response and homeland security communities together can broaden perspectives and spur new ideas, he said.

Reed has been a determined, mostly behind-the-scenes, captain of federal emergency response efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations, helping prepare for, and respond to, some of the worst natural disasters the nation has known, from one of the deadliest tornado seasons in history in the Midwest, to historic wild fires in the west, and massive storms in the eastern U.S.

Reed said the key to capable response to such staggering events lies not only in federal hands, but in enabling state, local and even personal responses. Getting resources and training in place before disasters happen goes a long way in an effective response and recovery, he said. “The true first responders are friends, neighbors and co-workers” in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, said Reed. Local police, firefighters and other agencies arrive second, he said. Enabling people with information concerning what resources are available or where they can go for help or supplies empowers them, said Reed.

Government Security News managing partner Adrian Courtenay has made the GSN/Raytheon award an annual tradition. The prize is sponsored by the Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world, which is headquartered in Waltham, MA.

Notable 2012 government excellence award winners included the local police departments in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL, for their ground-breaking work in preparing for the Republican National Convention in Tampa this past summer. The departments put together comprehensive plans to gently defuse potentially volatile political demonstrations at the event. Both departments were also praised for implementing an innovative interoperable communications network during the GOP convention.

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was recognized for its groundbreaking work on a small radiation detector. The Naval Air Systems Command won an award for its work on the Kestrel Wide Area Persistent Surveillance program, which developed an aerostat for long-term surveillance capabilities to protect ground soldiers in Afghanistan.

The complete list of GSN’s 2012 Award winners appears below: 

CATEGORY 1 – VENDORS OF IT SECURITY PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

 

Best Anti-Malware Solution

 

Invincea

 

Best Identity Management Platform

 

Alert Enterprise

 

Best Certificate Management Solution

 

Entrust

 

Best Compliance /Vulnerability Assessment Solution

 

Agiliance

 

Best Data Security/Loss Management Solution

 

WAVE Systems

 

Best Endpoint Security Solution

 

StillSecure

 

Best Forensic Software

 

Silvertail

 

Best Intelligence Data Fusion and Collaborative Analysis Solution

 

Lookingglass Cyber Solutions

 

Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution

 

Intellidyne

Vanguard Integrity Professionals

 

Best Network Security/Enterprise Firewall

 

Black Lotus

 

Best Privileged Access Management Solution

 

Kikusema

Xceedium

 

Best Real-Time Dynamic Network Analysis

 

Fidelis Security

 

Best Continuous Monitoring Solution

 

ForeScout

Redseal

 

Best Security Incident/Event Management Solution (SIEM)

 

NetIQ

 

CATEGORY 2 – VENDORS OF PHYSICAL SECURITY PRODUCTS & SOLUTIONS

 

PHYSICAL SECURITY ACCESS CONTROL & INDENTIFICATION

 

Best Biometric Identification Solution

 

Fulcrum Biometrics

 

Best Integrated System for HSPD 12/FIPS 201 Compliance

 

Brivo

 

Best Platform for Physical and Logical Access

 

Alert Enterprise

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Best Interoperable First Responder Communications

 

Covia Labs

 

Best Mass Notification Systems

 

AtHoc

 

Best Regional or National Public Safety Communications Deployment

 

Desktop Alert

 

DETECTION PRODUCTS

 

Best Explosives Detection Solution

 

AS&E

 

Best Long Range Detection Systems

 

Vidisco

 

Best Nuclear/Radiation Detection

 

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

 

Best Intelligent Video Surveillance Solution

 

Panasonic

 

Best Thermal/Night Vision/Infrared Cameras

 

HGH Infrared Systems

Vumii

 

Best Network IP Cameras

 

Axis Communications

 

Best Video Storage/Digital Transmission Systems

 

Panasonic

 

OTHER PRODUCTS

 

Best Perimeter Protection Solution

 

Senstar

 

Best Crash Barriers

 

Nasatka

 

Best Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) Solution

 

NICE Systems

 

SERVICES

 

Best Disaster Preparedness or Disaster Recovery & Clean-up Service

 

High-Rise Escape Systems

 

Best Facility Security/Force Protection Service

 

Whitestone Group

 

Best Homeland Security Training/Higher Education Solutions

 

Bellevue University

 

Category 3: Government Security News 2012 Government Excellence Awards

 

Most Notable Airport Security Award

 

Defense Manpower Agency

 

Most Notable Maritime/Port Security Program

 

Ohio Department of Public Safety/Northern Border Initiative

 

Most Notable Railroad/Mass Transit Security Program

 

Denver Regional Transportation Authority

 

Most Notable Critical Infrastructure Program, Project or Initiative

 

U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Tucson, AZ

 

Most Notable Cyber Security Program, Project or Initiative

 

U.S. Department of Energy

 

Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation

 

U.S. National Guard

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction, Arrest or Counter-Terrorism Program

 

Orange County Intelligence Assessment Fusion Center

 

Most Notable Municipal/County Programs, Projects or Initiatives

 

Seattle, Washington Police Department

Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida Police Departments

 

Federal Government

 

Naval Air Systems Command (Kestrel Wide Area Persistent Surveillance)

GSN 2011 Awards Program opens for entries on April 26

Government Security News has announced that its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program  will officially open for business and start accepting entries in the program’s 45 awards categories on Tuesday, April 26.

The 2011 program contains a number of exciting new categories, reflecting the dynamically changing threat environment, in all three of the overall awards groupings: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions, and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

The cost for each entry in the 2011 program is $295 for vendors of IT security and physical security products and solutions. As in previous years, there is no cost for entries in the 10 categories of awards for federal, state and local government agencies.

Vendors of IT and physical security products and solutions may nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues or government clients, while government agencies or departments may similarly nominate themselves or be nominated by other agencies, colleagues or vendors.

Adrian Courtenay, Managing Partner of GSN’s parent company, World Business Media, LLC, cited two intriguing new categories in the government sector that have been selected to acknowledge solid “boots on the ground” achievements of federal, state or local agencies in responding to emergencies, countering terrorism and stopping crime. These categories are “Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation – Federal, State or Local” and “Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction, Arrest or Counter Terrorism Program – Federal, State or Local.”

Acknowledging the increasing importance of cyber security and the threat of cyber war among nation-states, Courtenay also pointed out that the government awards in 2010 have been expanded to include a category titled, “Most Notable Cyber Security Program or Technology – Government or Military.”

Returning for its third year as a sponsor of the GSN Awards Program is founding sponsor ArcSight, now a business unit of Hewlett Packard Software and Solutions, whose enterprise threat and risk platform is an integrated product for collecting, analyzing and assessing security and risk information. ArcSight is also a repeat winner in the GSN awards program for its Security Incident Event Management (SIEM) products for collecting, analyzing and assessing security incident event information.

Also returning as event sponsors are General Dynamics C4, located in Phoenix, AZ, a major developer and integrator of secure communications and information systems and technology; and  Mutualink, another GSN award winner, which creates networks of interoperable communities that can instantly share radio, voice, text, video and data files, and telephone communications in a secure environment.

The fourth and final sponsor to date in the 2011 Awards Program is Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc., of Houston, TX, also known as BRS Labs, whose software uses the fascinating, scientifically developed cognitive reasoning and artificial intelligence of behavioral analytics to leverage a stream of intelligence from millions of surveillance cameras worldwide, in order to provide alerts regarding abnormal or suspicious behavior.

Profiles of each of the 2011 sponsors will be posted on the GSN Web site in the coming weeks.

Additional companies or organizations interested in joining the ranks of 2011 sponsors of the GSN 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program should contact GSN Publisher and World Business Media President, Edward Tyler, at 212-344-0759, ext. 2001.

According to Courtenay, the 2011 Awards Program will culminate with the annual awards dinner in early November at a venue to be announced shortly. “It’s going to be hard to top last year’s elegant dinner and spectacular after-dinner keynote presentation by four-star General Barry McCaffrey (USA-Ret.). But we’re going to try!”

In 2010, the GSN awards were presented to a sold-out ballroom at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, that included many distinguished government and military officials, academics, law enforcement and public safety professionals from across the country, along with the systems integrators, defense contractors and vendors of products and solutions used in homeland security.

Photos of the 2010 awards reception and dinner are available at:

www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/.

Further information and entry forms for the 2011 Awards Program are available at:

www.gsnmagazine.com/hsa2011/welcome.

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XLIVE 2017 Convenes with U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Las Vegas Police Dept., Intellitix + More to Address Security at Live Events and Festivals in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 14, 2017 -- As live events and festivals are more prevalent than ever across the globe, the ability to keep attendees, creators and artists safe at these events remains the highest priority. Confronting potential security issues head on and offering up solutions to event producers, the directors of leading live event and festival conference XLIVE have gathered the top experts in Safety and Security to preside over a selection of workshops and panels geared specifically towards keeping events as safe as possible.

Inviting festival producers, event organizers and venue operators to explore a comprehensive program composed of case studies, roundtable discussions and panels, the primary goal of XLIVE is to deliver an educational platform where participants will learn how to identify key vulnerabilities and deploy methodologies to ensure safe and successful events. Participants of the safety and security activations at the conference will have direct access to interact with representatives from leading security companies, including AEG Presents, MSA Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Police Department, Intellitix, Unified Command plus many others.

CEO & Co-Founder of XLIVE, Waco Hoover said, "Creating a safe environment for festival attendees is a primary objective for all live event and festival producers. The programming and in-depth workshop at XLIVE this year will provide a robust set of safety and security resources that participants can immediately take back and implement in their organizations."            

Emphasizing the importance of building a strong core health and safety team in addition to discerning which measures should be in place well ahead of any event, XLIVE's faculty will focus on the establishment and maintenance of safety and security protocols at live events. To address the growing challenges festival executives are facing in the wake of tragic events such as the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester or natural disasters such as hurricanes, XLIVE demonstrates how to wisely invest funds to ensure artists and fans are protected from natural disasters and terrorist threats.

Fundamental learning opportunities include the Safety First - Building Out the Best Health and Safety Team, an informative roundtable discussion with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Clark County Fire Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to examine recent incidents and review strategies that were successful in crisis mitigation and prevention.

Further aiding in the advancement of safety at live events is the 2017 Safety and Security Workshop, a senior-level forum taking place on December 13th that will bring together entertainment and live event executives for a deep dive into all facets of event security. The expansive schedule targets Best Practices, Emergency Planning, Access Control and Credentialing, Surveillance and how to activate support from Federal, State and Local agencies plus an interactive Q&A at the end of the workshop to address singular queries. The Safety and Security Workshop will be led by driving forces on the international security circuit, with companies such as AEG Presents, MSA Security, Unified Command, Intellitix, Event Risk Management Solutions LLC and the Venue Solutions Group.

Among pivotal figures involved with the Safety and Security Workshop is Jeff Miller, SVP MSA Security, whose strong background covers Entertainment and Sports Venue Security, Crisis Communications, Explosive Detection K9, SmartTech, Investigations, Social Media Intelligence, Cyber Security and Executive Protection. Jeff Miller's resume includes former Chief Security Office for the National Football League and a 24-year long career with the Pennsylvania State Police, retiring as Commissioner in 2008. Also on board for the security workshop is AEG Present's Ashour Ebrahim, Director of Festival Health & Safety, who will bring a wealth of knowledge to the workshop and whose background covers Human Intelligence Development, Foreign Travel Security and Operations, Executive & Dignitary Protection, Specialized Security Services, Law Enforcement & Military Tactics Training, Site Security, Threat & Vulnerability Assessments, plus Threat and Risk Mitigation. Jeff Miller and Ashour Ebrahim will be joined by several other experts to consult in areas such as venue protection, major event security and crisis communications. More information on this critical seminar available here.

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure Unveils Safe City Framework Integrated solutions and coordinated capabilities make cities safer and more resilient

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure unveiled its Safe City Framework at Smart City Expo World Congress, the leading international event for smart cities. Hexagon's Safe City Framework offers flexibility to support solutions that advance capabilities, while being practical to implement within a city's new or existing information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

Hexagon has been independently assessed as the global market leader for computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and geographic information system (GIS) software in control rooms and offers an extensive portfolio of solutions and domain expertise for other vital public services. Hexagon's integrated solutions and coordinated capabilities amplify the benefits and impact of individual software applications to improve public services operations, increase citywide cooperation and expand stakeholder engagement.

"Cities must not only protect people and property, but also economic activity, the environment and the public perception of the city as a safe place to live, work and visit," said Steven Cost, president, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. "Hexagon provides the connectivity, collaboration and intelligence essential to making cities safer and more resilient."

Hexagon's solutions serve thousands of communities around the world, from mega cities like New York City and São Paulo to entire countries, like Germany and New Zealand. Supported by an extensive technology and implementation partner eco-system, and with safe city-ready components that advance city capabilities, Hexagon is uniquely positioned to realize customers' safe city strategies.

These safe city components and capabilities include:

Data mining and analytics solutions that help identify and mitigate risk and improve resource management and operational efficiency.
Sensor and video intelligence solutions that improve operational capability to detect, assess and respond to incidents.
Citizen reporting solutions that improve the ease and speed with which the public can request assistance and provide information.
Next Gen 911/112 call-taking and dispatching solutions that manage communications and critical information from multimedia sources and coordinate and track resources and situations in real time.
Multi-agency resource management solutions that provide the information and capabilities to optimize resources across services and jurisdictions.
Infrastructure management solutions that optimize planning and operations to better understand the condition of assets, minimize disruption to vital services and expedite recovery.
Incident command system solutions that enable collaboration between emergency services and other city services for faster, more efficient and effective major incident planning, response, recovery and mitigation.
Mobile working solutions that empower personnel and increase situational awareness, while enhancing efficiency and service delivery.
Digital records and evidence solutions that collect and manage information about people, places and incidents to aid evidence-based investigations and decision-making.
Dashboards and reporting solutions that make information accessible, interactive and fact-based for greater insight, visibility and engagement.
During Smart City Expo World Congress, Hexagon is demonstrating how its portfolio works across three areas essential to every smart city: digital, safe and connected. Hexagon will demonstrate its safe city capabilities in its own exhibit area, as well as alongside its partners Microsoft and Huawei, while Cost will speak of the challenges facing urban areas during the panel discussion, "Bend Not Break: Preparing Our Cities to Respond to Emergencies and Disasters."

About Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure provides mission-critical and business-critical solutions to governments and service providers. A global leader, proven innovator and trusted partner, our software and industry expertise help improve the lives of millions of people through safer communities, better public services and more reliable infrastructure. Visit www.hexagonsafetyinfrastructure.com.

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

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Lockheed Martin Honors Two Wounded Army Veterans through Scholarship Program

PORTLAND, Maine, Nov. 13, 2017 -- The Beacon Group welcomes Major General James "Jim" Madora, as Senior Advisor for Beacon's Aerospace, Defense & Government practice. Major General Madora will work alongside Senior Vice President Matt Keegan and Beacon's President and CEO Cliff Farrah. Major General Jim Madora is a retired Army Major General who has over 10 years' experience in the defense industry.

"I am really looking forward to having Jim on the team.  I am certain he will offer sage wisdom and experience.  His expertise in air defense, national security, and business will help us provide our clients with top notch strategies," says Senior Vice President and ADG practice leader Matt Keegan.

Major General Madora has had a distinguished career in the United States Army.  His last assignment before retirement was as Director of Army Program Analysis and Evaluation, in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources.  In this role, he developed Army funding strategy and the 6 year $500B Army Program / Budget Plan.  During his career, Major General Madora commanded at platoon, company, battalion, brigade and general officer level.  He is a combat veteran and his numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 6 awards of the Legion of Merit, 3 awards of the Bronze Star and 3 awards of the Army Meritorious Medal.

"Major General Madora's addition to the team is a wonderful way to position the firm for our activities in 2018. As we recently observed Veterans Day, our firm is grateful for the opportunity to work with some of our country's finest and most knowledgeable veterans through our Senior Advisor Program. Major General Madora exemplifies the thought leadership and strategy acumen our clients value so highly," said Cliff Farrah, Beacon's President and CEO.  

Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Jim is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He also holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Long Island University.  In addition, he received a State Department Fellowship to serve as the Army's representative to the United States State Department Senior Executive Seminar.  Major military schools attended include the United States Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

Media Contact: Natalie Barr, [email protected]

Cybersecurity Leaders to Probe Growing Threats to Our Political Campaigns and Electoral Process

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2017  -- The latest in a long-running series of open lectures on cybersecurity at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering will unveil the growing intensity of cyber threat to the applications and systems supporting our national, state, and local elections.

 

The lecture, entitled "Democracy Confronts Cyber Insecurity," will be given by Ed Amoroso, newly appointed distinguished research professor at NYU Tandon and the NYU Center for Cyber Security. The former chief security officer of AT&T Services and an advisor to four presidential administrations, Amoroso is the CEO of TAG Cyber LLC, a global cybersecurity advisory, training, consulting, and media services company supporting hundreds of companies across the world.

During his lecture, Amoroso will probe critical risks to our infrastructure, survey how major political parties grapple with issues of cybersecurity, look back at previous presidential administrations and their security concerns, and offer advice on protecting our electoral systems from hacking.

A panel discussion will follow, featuring Austin Berglas, formerly of the FBI and now co-head of managed services and incident response at BlueteamGlobal; Tracie Grella, global head of cyber risk insurance at AIG;  Michael Higgins, chief information security officer of NBCUniversal; and Rick Howard, chief security officer of Palo Alto Networks. The experts will tackle the critical issue of how businesses and governments mitigate external digital risks to social, mobile, and web services. NYU Tandon Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Justin Cappos will moderate.

The event will take place at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 3 to 5:30 pm.

"Security issues increasingly arise outside the enterprise perimeter, often manifesting in social media botnets, malware-laden email payloads, and infected mobile apps," explained Amoroso, who has written six books and dozens of major papers on cybersecurity, holds 10 patents related to the field, and worked with four presidential administrations on national security and policy. "While enterprise teams have developed their skills to protect corporate and enterprise assets, dealing with security issues on the public Internet requires a different way of thinking."

Sponsored for the first time by AIG, the event is the ninth in a series on cybersecurity and privacy at NYU Tandon. The series has consistently drawn high-level representatives of New York's regional businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, academic institutions, media, and concerned members of the public.

"Our students and researchers are at the forefront of building more secure cyber technologies, and in the face of increasing cyber risks that have the potential to undermine systems and processes that we hold dear, their work has never been more vital," NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan said. "We are honored to be affiliated with Ed Amoroso and proud to be hosting him and our esteemed panelists at this important and timely event."

Admission to the event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. For more information and to register to attend or to view the live stream, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/events/2017/11/16/democracy-confronts-cyber-security. Viewers may submit questions for the panelists during the lecture at [email protected] or on Twitter @cyberlecture. Follow discussions at #NYUCyberLecture.

The NYU School of Engineering is an internationally recognized center for cybersecurity research, education, and policy. It has received all three Center of Excellence designations from the National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command.  The School of Engineering joined with other NYU schools to form the Center for Cybersecurity. The consortium researches new approaches to security and privacy by combining security technology, psychology, law, public policy, and business. NYU Tandon's online master's program in cybersecurity was named the outstanding online program in the nation by the organization Sloan-C (now the Online Learning Consortium).

About the NYU Center for Cybersecurity

The NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to training the current and future generations of cybersecurity professionals and to shaping the public discourse and policy, legal, and technological landscape on issues of cybersecurity. It is a collaboration between NYU School of Law, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and other NYU schools and departments. Its wide range of activities include student scholarships, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and educational events. For more information, visit http://cyber.nyu.edu.

About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country's largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu.

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Can airlines and airports use 'smart contracts' for shared control of data?

SITA Lab, the research team of the air transport industry’s IT provider SITA, today revealed the learnings from research it carried out with British Airways, Heathrow, Geneva Airport and Miami International Airport into ‘smart contracts’ residing on a blockchain.

Blockchain has been heralded as a transformational technology for many industries. While several use cases have been identified for the air transport industry, the opportunity of using ‘smart contracts’ for shared control of data by airlines and airports is one which promises real benefits. SITA Lab today issued FlightChain, a paper outlining the findings of its research conducted with its airline and airport partners.

The air transport industry is highly-connected and there is a need for ‘single source of truth’ for various data used by different stakeholders. Control of shared data is a key concern for all. Blockchain offers potential to share data in a controlled way. SITA recognizes, however, that there is a need for research so the industry can take the right approach, to ensure governance, standards, compliance, security and more.

This research project was initially established by SITA Lab with Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (HAL) and International Airlines Group (IAG) with Geneva Airport and Miami International Airport participating. Called FlightChain, it was devised to investigate a single source of truth for flight data.  The “flight data problem” is a well-known issue in the industry - namely, there is no single source of the truth and the data that does exist, is not easily accessed by all parties.

While there are many cases of airlines and airports collaborating to share flight data, this data still resides in separate silos. When there are flight delays, this results in differences between passenger apps, airport FIDS and airline agents. FlightChain ensures all stakeholders have the same information.

Jim Peters, CTO, SITA, said: “Our FlightChain project has demonstrated that blockchain is a viable technology to provide a single source of truth for data for airlines and airports, specifically for real-time flight information. While there are other technologies available for sharing data, the use of blockchain, and smart contracts in particular, provides ‘shared control’ and improves the trustworthiness of the data. This research with our partners shows the potential of blockchain for sharing data across the air transport industry.”

FlightChain was established as a private permissioned blockchain (implemented on both Ethereum and Hyperledger-Fabric) that stores flight information on the blockchain, using a smart contract to arbitrate potentially conflicting data. British Airways, Geneva Airport, Heathrow and Miami International Airport provide flight data that is merged and stored on the blockchain. During this project more than two million flight changes were processed by the smart contract and stored on FlightChain.

Stuart Harwood, Heathrow Automation and Innovation, HAL, said: “Heathrow’s participation in FlightChain with SITA Lab has been very valuable. We are still early in the blockchain technology cycle and more research is required but FlightChain has shown the opportunities for shared control of data with our industry partners.”

Peters, added: “In a real-world network, it will be important to manage the changes to the smart contract as it affects all participants. Industry bodies such as ACI and IATA, working with SITA as the neutral IT provider to the air transport community, could be involved in the establishment of the contract. In fact, we can imagine a future where industry standards are written directly as smart contracts instead of published as PDF documents.”

Glenn Morgan, Head of Digital Business Transformation at International Airlines Group (IAG), said: “Now we’ve proven the technology, we are really excited by the opportunities that blockchain can create in the industry. We will work with IATA and ACI to ensure the best practices are in place.”

The research paper published today details key lessons learned regarding governance, smart contracts, system security and system performance, scalability and reliability. Along with a view on the use of public versus private blockchain networks for the air transport industry.

New Cybersecurity Regulations Adopted to Protect Financial Systems & Information

In 2016 almost 1.1 billion identities were stolen globally.  This number is up dramatically from a reported 563.8 million identities stolen in 2015.   In addition, the same Symantec Internet Security Threat Report placed the United States at the top of the list for both the number of breaches by country (1,023) and the number of identities stolen by country.

New York State’s Division of Financial Security and other government entities around the globe have been monitoring this increased cybercriminal threat and determining means to help protect the private information of individuals as well as the information technology systems of regulated organizations.

New York State’s Division of Financial Security released new cybersecurity requirements (23 NYCRR 500), directly affecting the way that financial data is managed going forward. Applicable to financial services companies operating in New York State, these regulations declare that, on an annual basis, financial firms are required to prepare and submit a Certification of Compliance with the NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations to the superintendent, commencing on February 15, 2018.

The scope of this legislation describes measures related to: cybersecurity programs and policy, personnel, resources and training, penetration testing and assessments, audit trails, access privileges, application security, third parties, NPI (Non Public Information) encryption, data retention, incident response and notification.

Among other requirements, this regulation dictates that companies declare any cyberattack to the superintendent within 72 hours. In the past, many companies chose to not disclose information related to these hacking exposures because much of their cost stems from damage to brand reputation and the necessary steps required to rebuild the trust of their clients post-attack.

Similar to the NY DFS proposal, the Federal Reserve Board (FSD), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the FDIC issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on enhanced cyber risk management and resilience standards for large banking organizations.  Additionally, the states of Vermont and Colorado have released laws pertaining to cybersecurity and the improved protection and monitoring of data. 

Two technologies specifically called out in the new NYS DFS Cybersecurity requirements, Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Risk Based Authentication (RBA), are key methods of complying with regulation and defending against attacks. 

Multi-factor authentication is defined as using at least two factors to authenticate a person, generally a combination of:

  • “Something I Have” — this could be a hardware token, a mobile soft token, etc.
  • “Something I Know” — like a PIN code, a password, and
  • “Something I Am” — such as a fingerprint or face recognition.

With MFA, the two factors are fully independent from each other (i.e. the failure of one factor would not compromise the other one).

Risk based authentication is the capacity to detect anomalies or changes in the normal use patterns of a person as part of the authentication process, require additional verification if an anomaly is detected to avoid any breach.

It is more efficient to avoid hacking and cyber-attacks in the first place by focusing attention on the security of the applications being accessed, both externally and internally.  To learn more about these regulations and how similar standards will impact you, visit www.hidglobal.com/iam.

Senstar Introduces the Senstar LM100 Lighting and Sensing Solution

New first of its kind perimeter security product to be on display at ASIS 2017 Booth 4296

Dallas, Texas (ASIS 2017) – September 26, 2017 - Senstar today introduced the Senstar LM100, the world’s first intelligent perimeter lighting and sensing solution. Combining two key security functions in one cutting-edge product, the LM100 acts as a powerful deterrent against intruders, detecting and illuminating them at the fence line while alerting a security management system (SMS). 

 “The Senstar LM100’s specially-engineered LED lighting was specifically designed for perimeter security applications and optimized for use with CCTV camera systems,” said Product Manager Todd Brisebois. “With its ability to sense vibrations caused by attempts to cut, climb or break through the fence, the LM100 is a highly effective tool for protecting property and assets from theft and vandalism.”

Consisting of luminaires mounted along the fence, the Senstar LM100 uses wireless self-healing mesh communication network technology to relay intrusion information enabling the system to operate in a coordinated fashion and resulting in robust site-wide security. When networked, the LM100 reports intrusion attempt locations to the site’s SMS to enable a directed response.

The Senstar LM100 provides configurable, localized, uniform lighting allowing cameras to operate with a higher dynamic range, and ensuring objects and people are illuminated while avoiding the generation of dark silhouettes in front of bright backgrounds. Its Color Rendering Index (CRI) of 70+ brings out critical details that enhance video analytics.

The Senstar LM100 is easy to install and maintain, environmentally-friendly, and is suitable for sites of all sizes as a standalone or complimentary perimeter security system.

For more information about the Senstar LM100, click here, or for a live demonstration, visit Senstar at ASIS 2017 Booth 4296. Also on the Senstar booth, check out our other perimeter intrusion detection products, and our video management systems and analytics.

About Senstar Corporation

Senstar has been safeguarding people, places and property with the world’s largest portfolio of perimeter intrusion detection sensors for over 35 years. Now combined with world-class video management systems and analytics (formerly Aimetis), Senstar offers a comprehensive suite of proven technologies that work together to reduce complexity, improve performance and unify support.

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For more information, please contact:

 

Miriam Rautiainen Director of Marketing

+1 613 839 5572 ext. 4357

Cell: +1 613 878 3905

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