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The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.
One suspect, pictured in photos and video released by the FBI the evening of April 18, is dead, apparently after a shootout and car chase with police. The other suspect, who was also in the released pictures and video, remains at large prompting early morning warnings from police for residents in the Boston suburb of Watertown and adjacent suburban towns to remain indoors.
Reportedly, the men shot and killed a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (MIT), MA, and wounded a transit authority officer the night of April 18, about five hours after the FBI publicly released the suspects’ photos. The two men also reportedly carjacked a vehicle and lead police on a chase in which the suspects reportedly hurled explosives at their pursuers.
One suspect was pronounced dead at a local hospital after the shootout.
Police and federal authorities have called both suspects extremely dangerous and “terrorists,” with reports saying the remaining man could have explosives with him, or on him.
The Associated Press reported early on April 19, that the men are brothers from Chechnya and have lived in the U.S. for one year and also identified the living suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, MA.
The unprecedented, dramatic events began to unfold just after 5 p.m. on April 18 after the FBI at a press conference unveiled video capture and photos of the two men captured by private security cameras at a downtown department store near the finish line of the April 15 marathon.
At around 10 p.m., reports of a shooting near the MIT campus at a 7-11 store in Middlesex County, MA, came in and a subsequent carjacking. A statement from the Middlesex County district attorney the evening of April 18 said an MIT campus police officer responding to a report of a disturbance in the area of Vasser and Main streets was reportedly shot. According to authorities, the officer was found evidencing multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
“During the exchange of the gunfire, we believe that one of the suspects was struck and ultimately taken into custody. A second suspect was able to flee from that car and there is an active search going on at this point in time," Colonel Timothy Alben, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, told a news conference later that night.
Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.
A third device, which didn’t detonate, was found near the race grandstand at the finish line. Federal authorities have also told news organizations that the explosive devices were small and didn’t contain high explosives like C-4.
The New York Times reported two additional explosive devices were found in downtown Boston. Security measures in other U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C. and New York City, have been stepped up in response to potential future attacks, as have security measures in cities across the world, including London, where another marathon event is scheduled in the coming weeks.
Three people, including an eight year old boy, were killed in the blasts that occurred within 100 yards of one another near Boston’s Copley Square. More than 140 were injured, some grievously, with shrapnel injuries that first responders likened to battlefield wounds.
Many of the wounded included children and a two-year-old child was being treated at Boston’s Children’s Hospital for critical head injuries.
A motive for the attacks has yet to be determined. No person or organization, foreign or domestic, has claimed responsibility.
The Pakistan Taliban, which has threatened to carry out domestic attacks on the U.S. denied responsibility for the attack the evening of April 15.
“The situation remains fluid, and it remains too early to establish the cause and motivation,” said an FBI statement issued at 9 p.m. on April 15.
Hours before, in a televised statement president Obama said it was unclear who was behind it, but whoever it was would “feel the full weight of justice.” White House officials have called the incident an act of terrorism.
Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, like other federal agency officials in Washington sent her condolences to the families of the dead and injured and added that her agency is providing “any support necessary” for the investigation. She also encouraged vigilance in the aftermath of the attack.
House Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and other members of the committee, including ranking member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) in an April 15 statement said much the same, offering thoughts and prayers for the victims and thanks to first responders and the public for their actions in the minutes after the bombs went off and as the investigation moved forward.
The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) vowed to “get to the bottom of this” and use the information gathered along the way to bolster future defenses.
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
Best Identity Management Platform
Best Certificate Management Solution
Best Compliance /Vulnerability Assessment Solution
Best Data Security/Loss Management Solution
Best Endpoint Security Solution
Best Forensic Software
Best Intelligence Data Fusion and Collaborative Analysis Solution
Lookingglass Cyber Solutions
Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution
Vanguard Integrity Professionals
Best Network Security/Enterprise Firewall
Best Privileged Access Management Solution
Best Real-Time Dynamic Network Analysis
Best Continuous Monitoring Solution
Best Security Incident/Event Management Solution (SIEM)
CATEGORY 2 – VENDORS OF PHYSICAL SECURITY PRODUCTS & SOLUTIONS
PHYSICAL SECURITY ACCESS CONTROL & INDENTIFICATION
Best Biometric Identification Solution
Best Integrated System for HSPD 12/FIPS 201 Compliance
Best Platform for Physical and Logical Access
Best Interoperable First Responder Communications
Best Mass Notification Systems
Best Regional or National Public Safety Communications Deployment
Best Explosives Detection Solution
Best Long Range Detection Systems
Best Nuclear/Radiation Detection
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Best Intelligent Video Surveillance Solution
Best Thermal/Night Vision/Infrared Cameras
HGH Infrared Systems
Best Network IP Cameras
Best Video Storage/Digital Transmission Systems
Best Perimeter Protection Solution
Best Crash Barriers
Best Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) Solution
Best Disaster Preparedness or Disaster Recovery & Clean-up Service
High-Rise Escape Systems
Best Facility Security/Force Protection Service
Best Homeland Security Training/Higher Education Solutions
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
Naval Air Systems Command (Kestrel Wide Area Persistent Surveillance)
The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.
Returning as corporate Sponsors of the 2012 Program are BRS Laboratories of Houston, TX -- a leading software development company for video behavioral recognition software that deploys easily and rapidly on large scale video networks and provides actionable information without inundating end users with false alarms -- and Entrust, Inc. , of Dallas, TX, which offers physical/logical access, mobile security, certificate management and other identity-based solutions to governments and large enterprises. Additional sponsors will be announced, and profiles of all 2012 sponsors, will be published in coming weeks. Companies interested in joining the ranks of sponsors of the 2012 Awards Program should contact GSN Publisher and World Business Media President, Edward Tyler, at 212-344-0759, ext. 2001.
The cost to submit an entry in the 2012 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.
According Adrian Courtenay, managing partner of World Business Media, several new categories created in 2011 to acknowledge successful initiatives of federal, state or local agencies in responding to emergencies, countering terrorism and preventing crime will again be included in 2012. These categories are “Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation – Federal, State or Local”; “Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction, Arrest or Counter Terrorism Program – Federal, State or Local”; and “Most Notable Counter Terrorism or Crime Prevention Program”.
In the 2011 contest, the Bastrop Country, TX, Unified Command (including county, state and federal government agencies) was awarded the trophy for “Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation” in battling 2011 Texas wildfires in Bastrop County. The United States Customs and Border Protection, Detroit Sector, was winner in the “Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction or Arrest” category for a dramatic arrest on St. Clair River in Detroit, and the Los Angeles Police Department was recognized for having the “Most Notable Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism or Crime Prevention Program.”
Another category that was new in 2011, “Most Notable Cyber Security Program or Technology – Government or Military”, will also be continued, in recognition of the emergence of Cyber Security as a vitally important component of overall security for any nation. The winner of this award in 2011 was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The 2012 Awards Program will once again culminate with a gala awards dinner in the fall, at a venue to be announced shortly. In the 2011 program, the “GSN/Raytheon Award for Distinguished Leadership and Innovation” was introduced and presented to Admiral Thad Allen (US Coast Guard-ret.), who came out of retirement twice in recent years to serve his country, first in heading up the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and later in managing the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In remarks for the 2011 Awards Dinner audience, Admiral Allen said the continuing work of technology companies and first responders was key in any disaster. He urged everyone to become a “lifelong rapid learner” to better cope with disasters, both man-made and natural. He also said “reconciling opportunity and competency” when disaster strikes is essential to any effective recovery, and being on top of the latest, most effective technology is a product of being a lifelong rapid learner. He also said clear communications is also a key to effective response and amplified his call for a nationwide interoperable first responder radio network.
Photos of the 2010 awards reception and dinner are available at www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/, and video interviews with Admiral Allen, as well as sponsors and winners in the 2011 Awards program, are available at the GSN Video Center at www.gsnmagazine.com/videocenter.
Entry forms and other information about the 2012 Awards Program are available at www.gsnmagazine.com/hsa2012/welcome.
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:
Further information and entry forms for the 2011 Awards Program are available at:
Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.
“The total fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS, including fee funded and mandatory spending, is $56.3 billion, a two percent increase over the fiscal year 2010 enacted level,” said Peggy Sherry, the acting chief financial officer at DHS, in a telephone conference call with journalists on February 1. “The department’s fiscal year 2011 net discretionary or appropriated funding request is $43.6 billion, an increase of three percent over the fiscal year 2010 enacted level.”
In releasing his overall budget request, President Obama proposed a freeze in government spending for a portion of the discretionary domestic spending plan for three years, but he specifically exempted homeland security expenditures from that freeze. “It won’t apply to our national security – including benefits for veterans,” said Obama in remarks he made in the White House on February 1.
Some observers speculated that the slight bump up in DHS spending may have resulted from the nationwide trauma caused by the failed Christmas Day underwear bombing attempt, and the urgent call for stronger screening measures at the country’s airports. However, a DHS official who participated on the conference call with journalists, but requested anonymity, would not attribute the budget increase to that terrorist attack.
“As part of the budget process, we examined different scenarios and options,” explained the official. “Those are discussions that are internal to the Administration and what you see in the budget release today is the end product of all those budget deliberations.”
Among the thousands of individual line-items for specific programs and planned procurements are the following highlights:
Advanced imaging systems – The 2011 budget requests an additional $214.1 million to install about 500 extra advance imaging technology machines at airport checkpoints, above and beyond the 500 systems that had already been planned. These funds will place such whole body scanners in 75 percent of the country’s largest airports, said Sherry.
Explosive detection – Beyond body scanners, DHS will seek an additional $85 million to bolster international flight coverage by federal air marshals, an increase in $60 million for an additional 800 explosive trace detection machines and a $71 million bump up to pay for an additional 275 K-9 teams at airport check points.
Border Patrol – The new budget envisions a decrease of 180 personnel in the ranks of the Border Patrol, which will be achieved largely through attrition. A DHS official suggested that the overall operating effectiveness of the Border Patrol will not be affected by this decline in personnel slots because the Border Patrol has almost doubled in size during the past five years. “A lot of the agent workforce, the substantial portion of it, has only a couple of years experience,” said this DHS official. “As they become more seasoned and more mature in their jobs, their effectiveness will increase, and because we are not doing the extensive hiring of 2,000 to 3,000 new agents a year, we can afford to put less into training improvement.”
Cyber-security – By contrast, DHS is planning a substantial beef-up in its cyber-security efforts. The new budget seeks $379 million to develop the National Cyber Security Division, which will attempt to safeguard the dot.gov and dot.com domains, and limit the nation’s vulnerability to computer attacks. DHS wants to add another $5 million to the $5 million that was in last year’s budget for the National Cyber Security Center, which one DHS official characterized as “still in its infancy.” The budget envisions an increase in the Center’s staffing to 40 people and the enhancement of its expertise, so it can integrate with other cyber-centers throughout the federal government.
Terror trials – Contrary to media reports that a terror trial in Manhattan might require a billion dollars in security measures, the 2011 budget request for DHS includes only $200 million for such security measures, which would be available through the traditional urban area grant programs. “The department took a look at it and we think $200 million is really our best estimate of the costs,” said the DHS official.
Federal contracting – In what it calls “re-balancing the workforce,” DHS is planning to rely less on outside vendors and more on internally recruited and trained personnel, particularly in the areas of cyber-security -- where DHS is authorized to hire as many as 1,000 new cyber-specialists – and the intelligence work often referred to as “connecting the dots.” “In our analysis and operations activity, we have a major increase in the number of feds doing intelligence type work,” said Sherry.
Coast Guard – A DHS fact sheet issued by the Office of Management and Budget points out that the budget request includes $538 million for a fifth National Security Cutter and $240 million to produce four new Fast Response Cutters. Even so, the new budget seeks funds for 1,100 fewer active duty Coast Guard personnel. “We are looking to reorganize and restructure certain elements of the Coast Guard to create greater efficiency,” explained a DHS official, “and there are obviously tradeoffs made as part of that to ensure we could continue to recapitalize the Coast Guard.”
President Obama’s budget request was delivered to Capitol Hill and will now undergo months of scrutiny by lawmakers. Fiscal year 2011 begins officially on October 1, 2010.
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."
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alliantgroup Hosts Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge at its Technology, Economic, Legislative & Policy Summit
HOUSTON, -- Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and over 100 professionals, including current and former state officials, Congress members, executive officers, U.S. business leaders, CPA partners and business advisors from across the nation gathered for alliantgroup's inaugural Technology, Economic, Legislative & Policy Summit—an exclusive event created for the benefit of the firm's clients and CPA and industry partners.
During the two day conference, attendees were treated to a series of panels covering some of the most critical issues facing U.S. policymakers. Such topics included the impact of technology on the American workforce, the growing importance of cybersecurity, recent tax reform legislation and policy reforms that would foster a more technically skilled labor force and sustainable economic growth.
During the conference's keynote panel, former Secretary Ridge was joined by alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav and the leaders of several technology alliances. With the advancement of new technologies and the Internet of Things making our world more connected, Ridge and the panel stressed how cybersecurity must become a primary focus for both the public and private sectors. The panel emphasized that while these new technologies have improved our overall quality of life and enhanced the efficiency of countless industries, from manufacturing to healthcare services, the growing connectivity of individuals, systems and networks has made the country more susceptible to cyberattacks.
"There is a greater threat today in my judgement of a cyberattack causing economic damage and potential personal injury and death than even a physical attack," said Ridge.
During the panel, Ridge and the other technology experts highlighted the importance of maintaining good safety protocols to identify and prevent attacks, from standardized employee procedures to ensuring firewalls and other security systems were up to date. The panel also stressed the importance of employees to maintain these best practices and to exercise good judgement.
"I would like to thank Secretary Ridge and everyone who took the time to attend this event," said Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup CEO. "Our goal in hosting these conferences is to provide thought leadership to our CPA firms and the businesses they serve. By providing them with the information they need to stay ahead of emerging economic and policy trends, it is our hope that we are offering another avenue to ensure their continued success."
Those in attendance included former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, former Alabama Governor Bob Riley, former U.S. Congressman Rick Lazio, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Dean Zerbe, Private Equity and M&A Advisor Neeraj Mital, former IRS Commissioners Mark W. Everson, Steven Miller and Kathy Petronchak, and alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav.
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Richard "Chip" Terry Vice President and Client Relations Executive for Federal Health and Defense Programs
BELTSVILLE, Md.,-- ASRC Federal has named retired Air Force Colonel Richard "Chip" Terry vice president and client relations executive for Federal Health and Defense Programs. Terry will provide strategic leadership to advance and foster ASRC Federal's partnerships with customers across military and civilian health agencies, as well as with the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
"We are delighted to welcome Colonel Terry to our team," said Mark Gray, ASRC Federal president and CEO. "His expertise and leadership in health information technology and military health systems are recognized throughout the civilian and defense health industry. Chip is an enterprise leader who drives tailored, responsive support to agencies and brings the qualities to this position that will deliver great value to our government customers and industry partners."
Before joining ASRC Federal, Terry most recently served as the Acting Military Health System (MHS) Chief Information Officer and Acting Director, Health Information Technology (HIT) (J-6), at the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Virginia, where he was responsible for global HIT operations supporting the Army, Navy and Air Force in more than one thousand locations.
Throughout his 30-year military career, he has served in a variety of senior executive healthcare leadership positions including Chief Information Officer for the Air Force Medical Service; Vice Commander for the Air Force Medical Support Agency; and Air Force Headquarters Deputy Assistant Surgeon General, Modernization.
Terry was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1987 after receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He earned a master's degree in healthcare administration from the Medical College of Virginia in 1997 and is a board-certified fellow in healthcare management by the American Academy of Medical Administrators.
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 locations 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