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Washington, June 12 – As communities across the Western U.S.
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Baltimore, MD, June 11 – U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport found a small amount of marijuana...
Thu, 2015-06-11 08:53 PM
Washington, June 11 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the...
Thu, 2015-06-11 07:08 PM
Philadelphia, PA, June 10 – Two recent insect pest interceptions on imported produce earned U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Philadelphia the distinction of being...
Thu, 2015-06-11 05:51 PM
Geneva, June 11 – On World Blood Donor Day, June 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for increased regular blood donations from voluntary, unpaid donors in order to save millions of...
Wed, 2015-06-10 08:27 PM
Washington, D.C., June 10 – President Obama is committed to combating climate change to protect future generations while supporting a strong rural economy. Climate change can no longer be seen...
Wed, 2015-06-10 08:12 PM
Washington, D.C., June 9 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank Group, the World Health Organization (WHO), and countries and partners are coming together at the World...
Wed, 2015-06-10 01:37 AM
New Orleans, LA, June 9 – During a speech at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between...
Wed, 2015-06-10 01:09 AM
Washington, D.C., June 9 – Delivering on a major commitment announced by President Obama at the UN Climate Summit in New York last September, the Administration has announced the launch of an...
Wed, 2015-06-10 12:26 AM
Washington, D.C., June 9 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because...
Tue, 2015-06-09 11:47 PM
By Steve Bittenbender Another week, another controversy for the Transportation Security Administration, as CNN reported that the agency in charge of protecting the country’s airports and other...
Tue, 2015-06-09 11:26 PM

Senator Lindsey Graham

By Wendy Feliz Washington, June 5 – Last week, Lindsey Graham became the ninth candidate to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Attempting to distinguish himself from...

Company News

London, June 17 – Tripwire, Inc., a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a study sponsored by Tripwire on cyber literacy challenges faced by organizations.
Warren, NJ, June 15 – Professional Risk Solutions (PRS) has launched a new data breach insurance policy designed to cater to the needs of senior living facility owners. PRS CareNet is built specifically for the long-term care sector. It has been introduced on the back of research carried out by PRS, which revealed that data breach insurance is one the top concerns of senior housing investors and owners. This new product targets nursing homes, assisted living, continuing care retirement communities and other similar businesses that serve the aging.
Boulder, CO, June 11 – LogRhythm, a security intelligence company, has announced the appointment of Karen Blasing to the company’s board of directors.
Denver, CO, June 11 – Coalfire has announced that it has completed the independent assessment of the Virtustream Federal Cloud under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, received their Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the Joint Authorization Board for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).
Arlington, VA, June 12 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has selected Siemens as one of the contract vehicle holders for a base contract award that now gives the company the opportunity to bid on the design, construction and operation of a variety of energy savings projects across the U.S. Government. The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, AL (CEHNC) awarded USACE ESPC III to Siemens May 8.
Washington, June 9 – Oberthur Technologies (OT), a global provider of high-security solutions and a provider of Personal Identification & Verification (PIV) smart cards to the U.S. Federal government, has announced its latest generation of PIV cards, ID-One PIV® on Cosmo V8, has been submitted to the General Services Administration (GSA) for inclusion on the HSPD-12 Approved Products List (APL).
Cambridge, Ontario, June 8 – Together with Harris Corporation, exactEarth is thrilled to unveil our second generation Satellite AIS (S-AIS) constellation, exactView™ RT powered by Harris.
Washington, June 10 – LexisNexis® Risk Solutions and ISAFE Inc. has announced that LexisNexis’ identity management solutions will be integrated into ISAFE’s market leading school-enabled, cloud-based parental permissions platform, an advance which greatly simplifies organizations’ compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), while removing long term costs and complexity for schools.

Commentary and Opinions

As we enter into the new fiscal year, three trends are going to be on the minds of every IT leader in Washington, D.C. And -- no big surprise -- they all revolve around Big Data. Those three crucial initiatives that will top the government enterprise priority list in 2015 are application rationalization, virtualization and cyber security.
With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
The Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Study revealed that 13.1 million Americans became victims of identity theft last year. This startling statistic underscores the determination of malicious actors to access sensitive data. Despite the rise in exploits, vital aspects of security -- such as encryption -- has tended to slip through the cracks.
The possibility of governments collecting and analyzing personal data changed dramatically after the enactment of The Patriot Act in 2001. The public outcry following WikiLeaks and the NSA PRISM program has kept controversial data collection methods in the headlines over the past few years. The legality of this type of data collection is still in question.
When it comes to cybersecurity, boldface security organizations can seem just as susceptible to hacks as anyone else. For example, NATO suffered over 2,500 significant cyber attacks in 2012 alone. Security experts believe that the number of sophisticated offensives against NATO is likely to increase over the coming years.

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