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All 50 U.S. States, 2 Territories and the District of Columbia Opt-In to FirstNet

VIENNA, Va., Dec. 29, 2017 --  This is a big day for public safety. With yesterday's close of the FirstNet opt-in/opt-out period, the unanimous decisions of states and territories across America are in. Fifty states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia opted in to the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T's* plan to design and build a dedicated wireless broadband network for their respective public safety communities. This gives first responders nationwide a groundbreaking new choice for their communications.

 

FirstNet is America's first-ever nationwide public safety broadband network. The recommendation for a separate, dedicated network for first responders was made by the 9/11 Commission based on the communication challenges public safety experienced during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Since then, it's been clear that the needs of public safety demand more than the networks of the past.

"Our FirstNet offering will forever change the way first responders communicate," said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T – FirstNet. "Securing 53 opt-ins is significant for the public safety personnel that this network will serve. And we're honored to give first responders across the country quick access to this life-saving solution."

FirstNet – purpose built with and for public safety – brings first responders their own world-class network to help them connect to the critical information they need every day and in every emergency.

"With every state saying 'yes' to the FirstNet plan, America's first responders now have a nationwide interoperable network they can rely on 24/7/365 – like their mission," said First Responder Network Authority Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth. "I applaud these governors for their decision and congratulate public safety for its advocacy and partnership throughout the process. With more than 50 states and territories participating in FirstNet, public safety is assured of an enduring, self-sufficient network to serve them for years to come."

Many states spent an exhaustive amount of time researching their options. New Hampshire – for example – spent more than 2 years exploring vendors who could design and build its statewide public safety broadband network. Ultimately, New Hampshire and the other states that issued requests for proposal opted in, indicating that we offered public safety the best solution with the least risk.

Decisions from the 3 Pacific territories of American Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas Islands are not due until March 12, 2018.

What's Ahead in 2018
Now that opt-in decisions are in, the First Responder Network Authority is expected to give AT&T the official green light in early 2018 for its aggressive network build, including new site builds. This will help cover unserved or underserved areas. And it will help drive investment and job creation.

AT&T will spend about $40 billion over the life of the contract to deliver FirstNet. And the First Responder Network Authority is providing success-based payments of $6.5 billion over the next 5 years as well as 20 MHz of high-value spectrum to support FirstNet's build.

FirstNet will also bring first responders a host of new capabilities in 2018. These will help make their communications simpler, safer, faster, more collaborative and more secure.

"FirstNet is the network for public safety. 2017 was about planning, preparing and moving quickly to bring public safety a meaningful option – one they can rely on without delay. We'll build on that groundwork in 2018 with transformative capabilities that will make FirstNet the most valuable communications system for first responders," Sambar said. "And since this is likely the biggest innovation that most first responders will see in their careers, we can't wait to bring it to as many emergency responders as possible."

Planned advancements that AT&T's FirstNet subscribers can expect in the new year are:

  • Increased coverage and capacity from AT&T's FirstNet build. Plus, access to mobile dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed.
  • Launch of the AT&T-built FirstNet nationwide, dedicated evolved packet core network with end-to-end encryption. All FirstNet traffic will be routed through this multi-million-dollar core to give first responders the separate, highly secure, non-commercial network they deserve.
  • Access to a dedicated Security Operations Center, offering 24/7/365 support.
  • Roll out of a range of next-generation public safety tools. This includes mission-critical push-to-talk and device offerings, like BYOD, to bring value to urban and rural first responders.
  • Continued innovation with the FirstNet app ecosystem. This will be supported by FirstNet-focused hackathons in the new year to help fuel development.

"As first responders, we face an incredible amount of risk every day. So, to have a network that is focused on driving innovative capabilities to improve our safety is game changing," said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. "2017 was a pivotal year for public safety. And with the advancements planned for 2018, it's only going to get better."

For more information on FirstNet, please go to FirstNet.gov/mediakit and att.com/FirstResponderNews. More information on a governor's decision can be found here. Additional details on the benefits of opting in and the buildout plans can be found here. And information on subscribing to FirstNet can be found at FirstNet.com.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

*About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation's largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.
AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

**Coverage not avail. everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data

Delaware to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Carney Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

RESTON, Va., Dec. 22, 2017 -- Delaware is moving to advance first responder communications. Today, Governor John Carney announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority* and AT&T** plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.

"Delaware's first responders need access to state-of-the-art technology to communicate and respond effectively during emergency situations," said Governor Carney. "This is only a first step, but this plan has real potential to prioritize communications among law enforcement agencies, fire and EMS personnel, and help our first responders protect the lives of Delawareans across our state."


AT&T, in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Delaware's public safety community at no cost to the state for the next 25 years. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.


FirstNet will transform the way Delaware's fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, it will:

  • Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large events in Dover, Wilmington and throughout the state.
  • Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the state during natural disasters and severe weather like Hurricane Jose in September 2017 that caused coastal flooding and high winds in the state.
  • Enhance and expand network coverage across Delaware to cover areas underserved today, benefitting first responders and residents throughout the state's urban, coastal and rural areas.
  • Provide first responders with access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed.
  • Usher in a new wave of dependable innovations for first responders. This will create an ever-evolving set of life-saving tools for public safety, including public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies. It also carries the potential for future integration with NextGen 911 networks and Smart Cities' infrastructure.

The First Responder Network Authority and AT&T designed Delaware's network solution with direct input from the state's public safety community. This helped to address the state's unique communications needs, including:

  •  Extending coverage to include rural areas across the state, the Atlantic beach areas and the coastline of the Delaware Bay while also improving in-building coverage.
  • Including a deployable solution that supports emergency response and events.
  • Demonstrating awareness of the public safety mission when it comes to customer care and support.

"With Governor Carney's decision today, FirstNet will deliver a state-of-the art network to address the challenges of communicating in all parts of Delaware – whether along the coast or in rural or underserved areas," said First Responder Network Authority CEO Mike Poth. "Joining FirstNet will make all the difference for Delaware's first responders when working to keep the communities they serve safe and secure."

The decision enables the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Delaware's first responder subscribers will have immediate and dedicated access to the information they need, quality of service, and priority and preemption for voice and data across the FirstNet network, when and where they need it – 24/7/365.

"I'd like to thank Governor Carney for his dedication to first responders here in Delaware," said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Delaware. "We're honored to help support the public safety mission and to provide the state with the best solution to help protect the safety of those first responders who save lives." 

For more information on FirstNet, please go to FirstNet.gov/mediakit and att.com/FirstResponderNews. For more about the value FirstNet will bring to public safety, please go to FirstNet.com.

*About The First Responder Network Authority

The First Responder Network Authority is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow FirstNet (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

**About AT&T


AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation's largest and most reliable network*** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions. 

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.


***Coverage not avail. everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.
 
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Massachusetts State Police Selects Orion Communications' AgencyWeb® Workforce Management Solution

DALLAS, Dec. 21, 2017 -- Orion Communications, a provider of Public Safety workforce management software, announced today that the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) in conjunction with the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) has selected Orion's AgencyWeb® solution to centralize workforce management processes for the 3,000 MSP employees located throughout the Commonwealth.  The AgencyWeb® solution will be used to consolidate data systems and streamline business practices related to scheduling, deployment of resources, training, supply management and asset tracking.

"We are very excited about working with MSP and helping them realize the efficiencies of online automation using their own business rules," states Orion's President, Leslie DeLatte.  "Using their new AgencyWeb® system, MSP leaders will be able to monitor and analyze workforce data in real-time for data-driven insight regarding resource planning, compliance management and policy decision making."

The new AgencyWeb® solution will centralize data accessibility for all MSP personnel throughout the Commonwealth.   Each employee will have mobile access for remote viewing of assignments and self-services.  Previous paper-based processes will be replaced using automated workflows based on the agency's collective bargaining agreements and business process rules.

Decision makers and command staff will have real-time information regarding available human and material resources ready for deployment.  Supervisors will access real-time information regarding time-off requests, approvals, and backfills so that assignments can be issued fairly and equitably.  Time and attendance and extra-duty detail assignments will be enforced based on union rules, policies and procedures.

Employees will be able to initiate self-service functionalities, such as time-off and overtime requests, vacation and shift bidding to name a few.  Sworn personnel will receive and be able to acknowledge court notifications in real-time.  Asset issuance and employee training will be managed using one platform.  Disparate data sources will be consolidated for a comprehensive picture of sworn personnel and their training, certifications, special skills, vehicle, weaponry, and equipment.

 

The MSP AgencyWeb® project kicked off in December 2017 with project completion by June 30th, 2018.

 

About Orion Communications, Inc. 
As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software. Orion's AgencyWeb® solution helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  For more information, please visit www.orioncom.com; or contact Jackie Belasky at 337-504-2369 or [email protected]


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BlackRidge Technology Signs Term Sheet for Private Placement of up to $7.0 Million In Preferred Series B Shares with an Institutional Investor

RENO, Nev., Dec. 21, 2017 -- BlackRidge Technology International, Inc. (OTCQB: BRTI), a leading provider of next generation cyber defense solutions, has entered into a term sheet for a private placement of $6.0 million with an option to invest an additional $1 million in preferred series B shares and warrants to purchase the Company's common stock. The Company anticipates that it will close the first tranche of the financing in January 2018.

 

The securities offered and sold in this private placement and the securities issuable upon any conversion or exercise, as applicable, thereof were not and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any of the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

Details regarding this private placement can be found in BlackRidge Technology's Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 21, 2017.

 

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

 

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AT&T Earns Texas Department of Information Resources Contract for Managed Security Services

DALLAS, Dec. 21, 2017 -- The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) awarded AT&T* with a contract to offer managed security services statewide. The services include security monitoring and device management, risk and compliance testing, and incident response.

"Texas takes cybersecurity and data privacy threats very seriously. The wellbeing of many people depends on it. So, we must protect sensitive information and use necessary tools to educate and protect ourselves from attacks," said Stacey Napier, executive director, Texas Department of Information Resources. "DIR is committed to proactively strengthening our security services. And we're confident in securing Texans' private data and detecting potential threats faster."

We've worked with the State of Texas for 10 years to help state agencies and institutions address cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Through this new agreement, our security products are now available to additional state agencies, higher education institutions, cities and counties, special districts and school systems. These organizations can buy the security solutions through the DIR multisourcing service integrator. The system helps simplify order and fulfillment processes and saves costs.

The contract also helps agencies comply with the recently enacted Texas Cybersecurity Act. The legislation calls for added security assessments of Texas systems, additional cybersecurity training for state employees, and a review of state digital data storage.

AT&T cybersecurity solutions and services will help state agencies securely support their device, application and network operations. The solutions include analytics and security expertise to help reduce risk and offer more end-to-end security. And our integrated suite of cybersecurity tools and technologies can help state agencies detect, prevent and respond to threats quickly.

"Cybersecurity is a growing concern for the government and private sector. But Texas has taken action. It's implementing cybersecurity protocols and addressing threats to critical infrastructure through new initiatives," said Chris Roy, vice president, State, Local and Education, AT&T. "We're here as a resource to help the state secure its networks and data from attacks."

To learn more about AT&T State & Local Government, go to corp.att.com/stateandlocal/.

 

*About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We have the nation's largest and most reliable network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We're one of the world's largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.
AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and on YouTube at youtube.com/att.
© 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.


**Coverage not avail. everywhere. Based on overall coverage in U.S. licensed/roaming areas. Reliability based on voice and data performance from independent 3rd party data.

TechMIS Awarded Department of Veterans Affairs VECTOR Contract

DADE CITY, Fla., Dec. 21, 2017 -- TechMIS has received an award on the Veteran Enterprise Contracting for Transformation and Operational Readiness (VECTOR) IDIQ contract.  The Department of Veterans Affairs intends VECTOR to streamline contracting with Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and support critical VA missions.

TechMIS is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with trademarked, proven processes to take programs from conception to planning and through execution, building on the lessons of previous efforts to ensure continuous learning and program improvement.  Our process is in already in use at the Department of Veterans Affairs and also at the Departments of Defense, Labor, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Homeland Security.

We start by analyzing program goals to inform schedules, identify risks, shape budgets and enable agile response to changes in the program or the environment.  We call this process Start Better, Get Better, Stay Better® which includes upfront analysis of requirements and goals including analysis of similar, recent VA and industry programs to gather Lessons Learned and Best Practices; Forecasting performance, schedule, risks, budget, based on that up-front analysis and the program goals; Identification and inclusion of internal and external stakeholders; Continuous Assessment by means of relevant Measures of Performance and Effectiveness; Continuous Monitoring with non-obtrusive monitoring techniques including automated data collection, surrogate indicator tracking, economic and social assessments as well as with face-to-face and remote surveys; Continuous Learning; and the Capture and Sharing of Lessons Learned.

We developed the Start Better, Get Better, Stay Better® process to improve program and project management in Department of Veterans Affairs and some of the most critical Department of Defense organizations: the Joint Staff, Special Operations Command and the US Marine Corps. We have also applied it to the Departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Homeland Security.

"As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business we are excited to expand our support to the Department of Veterans Affairs through the VECTOR contract." said Dr. Steven Mains, Chief Executive Officer of TechMIS.  "We are confident our trademarked tools and procedures, along with our rigorous, common-sense approach to tackling tough problems, will continue to provide high value to the VA as they support Veterans and their families."
About TechMIS
TechMIS (www.techmis.com), incorporated in the year 2000, is a world leader in knowledge management, media monitoring, cyber security, and systems engineering.

SteelCloud Simplifies DFARS NIST 800-171 Compliance for DOD Mission Partners

SteelCloud LLC announced today the selection and successful implementation of ConfigOS, its patented STIG remediation software, by integrators and consultants to address the requirements of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to comply with NIST SP 800-171. This NIST mandate requires the protection of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) by dictating that contractor infrastructures comply with the DISA STIGs.

“We have seen that STIG compliance, required by NIST 800-171, has had a significant impact on DoD contractors, especially those that have not had to deal with STIGs before,” said Brian Hajost, SteelCloud President and CEO. “Our ConfigOS software has greatly simplified both the upfront hardening and ongoing STIG maintenance. Our DoD mission partner customers have been attracted to ConfigOS because they have gotten concrete results the very first day. ConfigOS is the perfect solution for automating STIGs, no matter whether our customer has thousands of endpoints or just a handful.”

ConfigOS is currently implemented in classified and unclassified environments, tactical programs, disconnected labs, and the AWS commercial cloud. ConfigOS is client-less technology, requiring no software agents. ConfigOS scans endpoint systems and remediates hundreds of STIG controls in under 90 seconds. Automated remediation rollback as well as comprehensive compliance reporting and STIG Viewer XCCDF output are provided. ConfigOS was designed to harden every CAT 1/2/3 STIG control around an application baseline in 60 minutes - typically eliminating weeks or months from the RMF accreditation timeline. ConfigOS automates the incorporation of documented policy waivers to ensure flawless automated STIG remediation and compliance reporting.

ConfigOS addresses Microsoft Windows workstation and server operating systems together with application components such as SQL, IIS, IE, Chrome, and all of the Microsoft Office components including Office 2016. ConfigOS remediates all user profiles in a single pass, providing significant benefits when transitioning to Windows 10. Additionally, the same instance of ConfigOS addresses Linux STIG remediation for Red Hat 5/6/7, CENTOS, SUSE, Ubuntu, and Oracle Linux. ConfigOS content includes over 10,000 STIG and CIS controls.

To receive more information on ConfigOS, please contact SteelCloud at [email protected]. Video demonstrations of ConfigOS Windows and Linux STIG remediation are available on the Company’s website, www.steelcloud.com, under the “Demos” tab.

About SteelCloud

SteelCloud develops STIG and CIS compliance software for government customers and those technology providers that support the government. Our products automate policy and security remediation by reducing the complexity, effort, and expense of meeting government security mandates. SteelCloud has delivered security policy-compliant solutions to military components around the world which simplify implementation and ongoing security and mission support. SteelCloud products are easy to license through our GSA Schedule 70 contract. SteelCloud can be reached at (703) 674-5500. Additional information is available at www.steelcloud.com or by email at [email protected].

 

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New NIST Spectrometer Measures Single Photons with Great Precision

Future communications networks that are less vulnerable to hacking could be closer to reality with an invention that measures the properties of single-photon sources with high accuracy.

Built by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the device could help bring about “quantum communications” networks, which would use individual particles of light to send bits of information. Because each bit of information can be embedded in the quantum properties of a single photon, the laws of quantum mechanics make it difficult, if not impossible, for an enemy to intercept the message undetected.

Both the telecommunications and computer industries would like such networks to keep information secure. The NIST method may help overcome one of the technical barriers standing in their way by measuring photons’ spectral properties—essentially their color—10,000 times better than conventional spectrometers.

Individual photons have a limitation: They cannot travel through fiber-optic cables for more than about 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) without likely being absorbed. A quantum network able to handle worldwide communications would need periodic way stations that could catch photons and retransmit their information without loss. The NIST team’s invention could help such a “quantum repeater” interact effectively with photons.

Key to the operation of the quantum repeater would be a memory component that uses an ensemble of atoms to store the photon’s information briefly and retransmit it at the right moment. Its operation would involve an atom’s energy structure: As an atom catches the photon, the atom’s energy level rises to a higher state. At the desired moment, the atom returns to its original state and emits the energy as another photon.

Not just any photon can readily interact with this atom, though. It needs to be exactly the right color, or wavelength, needed to make the atom’s outer electron jump to a higher state. To make usable repeaters, engineers need to measure photons’ wavelengths far more precisely than conventional spectrometers can.

The NIST team goes past convention with a technique called electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT), which starts out by using atoms’ ability to block light of a specific wavelength.

Astronomers can tell what gases form the atmosphere of a far-off world because light passing through it makes the gas molecules vibrate at frequencies that block out light of particular colors, creating telltale dark lines in the light’s spectrum. EIT essentially creates a single dark line by beaming a laser at atoms whose vibrations block much of its light. A second laser, tuned to nearly the same wavelength as the first, is directed at the same atom and the interference between these two nearly identical beams alters the darkness. Instead of a simple dark line, it creates a line with a narrow transparent hole through which photons only of an extremely specific wavelength can pass.

By making fine adjustments to the second laser’s wavelength, the team found it could move the hole back and forth across the dark line’s width, giving them a way to make highly precise measurements of a passing photon’s wavelength.

To give a sense of how precise their spectrometer is, the team gave the example of a common laser pointer that shines in a single narrow color range, creating a pure-colored point on a screen. The typical spectrum width of a laser pointer is right around 1 terahertz (THz). The NIST invention can measure the color of a single-photon-level signal that has a spectrum 10 million times narrower than the laser pointer, resulting in a performance 10,000 times better than typical conventional spectrometers.

“Additionally, we can extend our EIT spectrometer’s performance to any other wavelength range using other processes developed by our group without sacrificing its spectral resolution, high wavelength accuracy and high detection sensitivity,” said Lijun Ma, an optical engineer on the NIST team. “We think this will give the industry the tool it needs to build effective quantum repeaters.”

How Avigilon is Protecting Against Cyber Vulnerabilities

As the number of internet protocol (IP) connected devices in physical security systems increases, conversations about information security are a natural part of the sales process. Organizations such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are actively proposing an Identify-Protect-Detect-Respond-Recover framework for cybersecurity.
The NIST framework advocates the identification of key business risks due to cyber threats; the protection of data, devices, and services from these threats; continuous monitoring to enable detection of cybersecurity events as they happen; and the development of a clear response and recovery process.

The Three Layers of Avigilon Cyber Protection
The protection of data, devices, and services can be successful only if the network-connected software and hardware implement an appropriate amount of defensive measures to ensure integrity, confidentiality, and availability.


1. INTEGRITY
The integrity of a system is compromised when the software is maliciously modified or taken over by an attacker who has learned an administrator-level password. Software defects that permit buffer overflow, database code injection, and cross-site scripting vulnerabilities can also cause a loss of integrity.
Goal: To ensure data and the function of the system are not maliciously or inadvertently manipulated.
Solutions:
    •    No backdoor administrative or maintenance access accounts
    •    Signed and encrypted firmware
    •    Disabling access to the operating system
    •    Fully encrypted control communication
    •    Transport Layer Security Secure Remote Password (TLS-SRP) for client-server connections
    •    Automatic firmware updates




2. CONFIDENTIALITY
A system's confidentiality is compromised when users circumvent a system's access controls to gain unauthorized access to the data it contains. Most often, a breach in confidentiality is the result of an attacker guessing or obtaining a legitimate user's password to access the system.
Goal: To keep information private and secure.
Solutions:
    •    Centralized user control through Active Directory integration and/or parent/child user sharing
    •    Password strength enforcement
    •    Ability to bulk-change camera passwords from Avigilon Control Center (ACC)™ video management software
    •    Lock-out on multiple invalid login attempts




3. AVAILABILITY
In addition to loss of confidentiality and integrity, the availability of a system and its data can be compromised by external attacks. These usually take the form of a denial of service (DoS) attack where an attacker bombards a system with requests. Although it is difficult to protect against all forms of these attacks, the effect is usually temporary.
Goal: To ensure system uptime and continuity of function.
Solutions:
    •    Progressive back-off on multiple invalid login attempts
    •    Separate, limited-access gateway for thin client (web and mobile) access to video
    •    802.1x device authentication

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Battelle Team Wins $23 million in Contract Awards for Microelectronics Security from U.S. Department of Defense

COLUMBUS, Ohio —Battelle will continue its work to help the nation keep counterfeit and untrustworthy integrated circuits and embedded systems out of the military supply chain.

Under the Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Assurance (MESA) contract vehicle, two awards worth $23 million were recently announced for research that will be conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

The contracts build on Battelle’s experience in conducting basic and applied research on technologies designed to address the increasing threat and proliferation of counterfeit microelectronics and integrated circuits.

All modern defense weapon systems are inherently reliant on microelectronic devices and embedded systems for their operation. Any threat to the integrity of these components can result in significant harm to operations, people and systems.

“We’re excited to leverage our innovative cyber trust and assurance research and solutions in continued support of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Sensors Directorate,” said Tom Bergman, cyber program manager at Battelle. “Ensuring the security and reliability of military microelectronics and embedded systems against the growing threat is an imperative.”

The work, which will occur over the next four and a half years, will be performed with teammates from MacAulay-Brown, Inc. and the BerrieHill Research Division of Applied Research Associates.

“Hardware device security is a strategic focus of the Cyber Innovations business unit, and these contract wins continue to build on our expertise in the research and development of technologies for hardware trust and assurance,” said Lisa McCauley, general manager of the unit. “Battelle is dedicated to supporting our customers’ national security mission, and we are pleased that AFRL recognizes the strength and innovation of our team with these awards.”                     

For more than a decade, Battelle has been trusted by government clients to solve some of their most perplexing cyber challenges and manage the ever-changing cyber landscape through custom solutions, discipline-diverse talent, and unique tools, technology and expertise.

About Battelle
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org. 


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