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Thu, 2015-07-30 06:27 PM
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of accounts of exceptional achievements in homeland security, as described in winning entries in GSN’s recently completed Airport, Seaport,...
Mon, 2015-07-27 01:08 PM
Washington, July 23 – A National Security Agency (NSA) cyber tool that allows computer systems to maintain a specific security posture is now publicly available on GitHub, a website for sharing...
Mon, 2015-07-27 12:58 PM
Washington, July 23 – FBI officials announced a nationwide campaign geared toward educating business and industry leaders about the growing threat—and mounting losses—of economic espionage. As part...
Sun, 2015-07-26 09:53 PM
One of the great treats we have as publishers of our two awards programs is the pleasure of reading about some of the great accomplishments in the homeland security field, as they are described in...
Thu, 2015-07-23 04:31 PM
WASHINGTON, July 22 – Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña today presided over the unveiling of a...
Thu, 2015-07-23 03:25 PM
EL SEGUNDO, CA, July 21 – Boeing is completing the first tests of military Ka-band service available through the Inmarsat-5 F2 commercial communications satellite, part of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress...
Wed, 2015-07-22 05:41 PM
Ottawa, Ontario July 22 - Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, was joined by the President and Chief Executive of the Canadian Council...
Wed, 2015-07-15 01:16 PM
Washington, July 9 – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced the results of an interagency forensics investigation into the recent cyber incident involving Federal background...
Wed, 2015-07-08 01:11 PM

Lucas Michael Chansler

Washington, July 7 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance to identify additional victims of convicted online predator Lucas Michael Chansler. Chansler, 31,...
Thu, 2015-06-25 03:14 PM
GSN is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its 2015 annual Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which once again demonstrates the spectacular scientific achievements and...
Thu, 2015-06-25 12:47 PM
Washington, June 24 – A multi-year cyber investigation, led by the U.S. Secret Service, has culminated in Brooklyn federal court with the arraignment of Ercan Findikoglu, (AKA “Segate”). Findikoglu,...
Tue, 2015-06-23 10:57 PM
Washington, June 22 – Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces arrested 1,140 child predators from 41 states during a two-month, nationwide operation, the Office of Juvenile Justice and...

Company News

St. Petersburg, FL, - In a new development for the General Services Administration (GSA) government buyers have begun implementing a new way to evaluate a contractor’s performance on active contracts. The GSA has started using what they like to call “Objective Scorecards” in order to increase the speed and efficiency of the way contractors are graded for their work. Every scorecard allows each contractor to grade themselves based on a variety of criteria. This score is then incorporated to the overall evaluation conducted by the government buyer who awarded the contract.
Washington, DC, July 28 – Clarion Events announces today the acquisition of two events, Border Security Expo and the US/Canada Border Conference, FROM Eagle Eye Expositions, effective immediately.  
Cincinnati, OH, July 28 – Response Technologies Ltd., the manufacturer and distributor of the Centurion® duress and emergency notification system, has extended the application deadline for its inaugural emergency safety grant program for eligible K-12 public schools in the U.S, to August 31, 2015. Applications are accepted online only at http://response-technologies.com.
Annapolis, MD, July 28 - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.  announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency has exercised its second year task order option for TCS to continue to provide Ku satellite bandwidth, terrestrial support and 24-hour support services for the U.S. Marine Corps' Tactical Satellite Communications Network. The additional $14.2 million funding covers the period from August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016. News Facts: This task order was issued under the joint DISA/GSA Future Commercial Satcom Acquisition program.
New York, July 27 - Good Vibrations Shoes, Inc. today announced that Vindai Corporation has acquired the company. Vindai specializes in developing and supplying equipment, including body cameras, to law enforcement, military, and large private security firms in order to protect citizens from the officer brutality, and abuse of power that seems to be sweeping the nation.
Tucson, AZ., July 21 - Raytheon Company, in partnership with Fokker and Dallara, has developed a lower-cost carbon fiber airframe for the U.S. Air Force's Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) by applying robotics and formula racing technologies. The three companies reduced airframe production costs by 25 percent. The new innovative composite design will be included in this year's Lot 7 production.
Melville, NY, July 20, 2015 - Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced today that its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, received an additional $5.3 million of funding for its previously announced three-year sustainment contract to support the U.S. Army's Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below - Blue Force Tracking ("BFT-1") program, a battle command real-time situational awareness and control system. “We are pleased to receive this additional funding and the opportunity to continue to provide our support for the U.S. Army.”
Waterloo, Ontario, July 22 – BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AtHoc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Commentary and Opinions

Teaneck, NJ, July 14 – Multi-factor authentication – a security protection required by US government standards – could have prevented the recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) security breaches that have exposed the personal information of millions of citizens to hackers, spies and cyber-criminals. The Federal government has been encouraging its agencies to use multi-factor authentication since November 2009, when it published the FICAM (Federal Identity and Access Management) Roadmap and Implementation Guidance.
By Austin MartinIf you’ve ever wondered whether or not the Army is just like World of Warcraft, the answer is: kinda. It turns out that all branches of the military are experimenting with some special form of LMS or virtual training – with ever-increasing complexity and capabilities. Here are just a few examples: Battlefield Visualization
By Nir PolakEspionage isn’t what it used to be. While Hollywood still loves to produce thrillers about secret agents in disguise, the news tells a different story about how intelligence leaks out of the U.S. government. Often, its starts with an incoming email that looks innocuous. That’s exactly what happened to the White House recently, when a group of Russian hackers launched a sustained attack armed only with a phishing email and a piece of malware.
By John HarrisWith the 1998 implementation of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, the United States government made clear its intentions to become more efficient and save taxpayer dollars by reducing its dependence on paper documents.
 

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John Szczygiel describes Brivo, Winner of the 2012 Award for “Best Integrated System for HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance” for the second year in a row, as a cloud company that provides hosted subscriber services in the physical access control domain. The company’s “CloudPass” product has been established as a government community cloud, specifically for federal government agencies that want to take their physical access control and PAC into a cloud configuration. Brivo also offers a cloud transition service to clients that have on-premise servers and want to make the transition.

Jody Mack provides a thumbnail description of Vanguard Integrity Professionals, a Sponsor of the 2012 GSN Awards Program as well as a Winner in the 2012 IT security category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and 2012 Finalist in the categories of “Best ID Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution”, not to mention a multiple Winner and Finalist in prior GSN Awards Programs.

Xceedium Corporation garnered its second GSN awards trophy for the entry of its Xsuite solution in the “Best Privileged Access Management” category of the 2012 Awards Program.  Ken Ammon, Chief Strategist for the company, describes how privileged access management has become increasingly important as physical and logical access have merged, and the government, through HSPD-12, has required that the PIV smart card, historically used for physical access now must be used for logical access as well.

Sony has recently announced a hybrid line of cameras, according to Mark Collett, which allows customers to use or replace their analog cameras with a hybrid camera that simultaneously streams HD video along with traditional analog, enabling customers to integrate HP quality video into existing infrastructure without changing the control room or any of existing procedures. He also describes the company’s new line of IPELA engine products that offer a common integration platform.

Joe McDonald states that ASIS International, which has deep roots in federal government and law enforcement, has had a banner year in which membership increased from 37,000 to 38,000, with interesting new changes in membership demographics, accompanied by strong growth internationally. As a standards and training organization, ASIS has written and released a new organizational resilience standard and a code of conduct standard for provide security service providers, and is working on a new standard for the Department of Defense.

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Narus, a leader in real-time traffic intelligence for protecting governments, service providers and enterprises, just completed its 2010 annual cyber security survey focusing on the United States. Sponsored jointly with Converge Network Digest and Government Secuirty News, the survey queried a cross-section of security professionals in a variety of industries, and revealed compelling details relating to cyber security concerns, opinons and expectations for protection against attacks. More...

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