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Department of Homeland Security Selects Booz Allen as Prime Contractor on $621M Task Order to Enhance Cybersecurity Across Federal Government

Cyber-attacks against government networks are growing more sophisticated, frequent and dynamic. To tackle the constantly evolving challenge of protecting the United States from these attacks, DHS established the CDM Program in 2012, which envisioned a flexible approach to strengthen the cybersecurity of every computer network and system in the Government. In 2015, Booz Allen (NYSE: BAH) was among the first awarded multiple contracts to partner with DHS and to implement the ambitious CDM Program. Within this first Phase, Booz Allen integrated foundational cybersecurity solutions that spanned 80 percent of the .gov enterprise and gave the 13 participating departments and agencies unprecedented visibility into their networks.

DHS has now selected Booz Allen as the first prime contractor under the next chapter of the CDM Program to continue driving its implementation with a $621 million single-award, six-year task order.

“We’re thrilled to grow our partnership with Department of Homeland Security in their critical mission to protect the United States and its citizens from cybersecurity threats,” said Marcie Nagel, a Booz Allen principal and leader of the firm’s CDM work. “Our work will expand into new areas of cybersecurity, like incident response and automation. This work aims to help these federal departments and agencies leverage new capabilities that will ultimately empower our clients to defend their networks faster with more flexibility and greater visibility into the network itself.”

The new contract will extend across the three current and possible future CDM Phases and is part of the larger DEFEND Program, which has a total value of up to $3.4 billion. The CDM DEFEND program will focus on reducing the Federal Government’s threat surface by delivering innovative solutions that adapt to dynamic Agency environments and combat the latest cyber adversaries. This critical mission to develop and deploy next-generation cyber capabilities will be led by a strong partnership between DHS, the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) within the Government Services Administration and the task order’s seven participating Agencies.

“The cybersecurity threats facing government agencies today are growing increasingly dynamic and sophisticated, making them more challenging to defend against,” said Brad Medairy, a Booz Allen senior vice president and leader of the firm’s Civil cyber business. “We are well positioned to help in this fight, applying experiences that our analysts, threat hunters and engineers gain by working on the cutting edge of cybersecurity. We are embedded in the nation’s most important missions and will continue to help drive toward innovative solutions like CDM to make the world a safer place in the face of ever-evolving cyber threats.”

Booz Allen will apply deep cyber expertise, with strong systems engineering and technical management processes, combined with leading-edge commercial tools to help protect our nation against cyber-attacks. To learn more about Booz Allen’s cyber capabilities, visit www.BoozAllen.com/Cyber. To learn more about DHS’ CMD program, visit www.DHS.gov/CDM

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than one hundred years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise.

With international headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm employs approximately 24,225 people globally, and had revenue of $5.80 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2017. To learn more, visit www.boozallen.com.

Aperio Systems Announces $4.5M Strategic Investment for Next Generation Cybersecurity Intrusion Prevention System to Secure Critical Infrastructure

HAIFA, Israel, -- Aperio Systems, the company providing the last line of defense for securing critical infrastructure, today announced a strategic investment from Energias de Portugal (EDP), one of Europe's largest utilities. EDP was joined in the round of financing by Data Point Capital, a venture fund with deep cybersecurity expertise from Siemens, expansion stage venture firm Jump Capital with strong Enterprise Infrastructure focus, and Scopus Ventures, a venture fund investing in category-defining companies. The $4.5 Million in seed funding will support Aperio Systems' global growth and the introduction of its next-generation Intrusion Prevention System (IPS for SCADA).

Following highly successful beta programs across sites in EMEA, Aperio Systems has moved to the installation phase at some of the world's largest utilities. EDP's investment follows a successful pilot program with Aperio Systems to protect thermal generation assets.

"Aperio Systems impressed us as truly innovative during a successful pilot in which the system was rigorously tested and showed its ability to prevent sophisticated attacks," said Luís Manuel, Executive Board Member at EDP Inovação. 

Headline-making cyberattacks have demonstrated that attackers are able to penetrate critical systems. Once attackers breach a system, the only way to cause severe and long-lasting damage is to blind operators by falsifying operational sensor data. Aperio Systems' proprietary Intrusion Prevention System based on Data Forgery Protection (DFP) technology detects artificial manipulations of industrial process data. From the rate of gas flow at a petroleum refinery, to the temperature and spin rates of turbines in a power plant, or the chlorine level of water supply networks, Aperio Systems delivers the last line of defense in protecting critical assets against insider and external threats.

"The utility sector is embracing the digital world at an incredible speed — with devices including smart meters, smart home devices, and smartphones — making us ever more dependent on sensors to run and secure our most critical systems from malicious attacks and damage," said EDP's Manuel. "By protecting critical assets – be they isolated systems or IoT connected to physical systems – Aperio Systems offers resilience along with peace of mind. As a customer, and now investor, EDP is proud to partner with Aperio Systems to accelerate its growth globally."

Data Point Capital, a Boston-based venture capital fund affiliated with Leonardo DiCaprio, has an impressive leadership team that includes Managing Partner Mike Majors, known for his previous role at Siemens Venture Capital where he was founder and head of the $100 million early-stage Industry of the Future Fund and one of the most active global investors in cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. Scopus Ventures is an LA-based firm with a team that collectively holds more than 80 years of operating and investing experience in enterprise technologies. Jump Capital is an early and growth stage firm that focuses on data-driven, enterprise software companies across a breadth of industries.

"There is a global need to protect every critical control system from internal and external cyber threats and malicious actors," said Bahram Nour-Omid, Managing Partner, Scopus Ventures. "Aperio Systems' founders are exceptional technologists and visionaries, whose AI based approach, requiring no new hardware, provides exceptional protection for critical infrastructure against potentially catastrophic attacks."

EDP, Data Point Capital, Jump Capital and Scopus Ventures join a consortium of private investors, including prominent cybersecurity veterans Doron Bergerbest-Eilon, Liran Tancman, and Shlomi Boutnaru.

"We are thrilled by EDP's vote of confidence and are excited by the possibilities offered through the investments from EDP, Data Point Capital and Scopus Ventures, which allow us to expand Aperio Systems' presence globally to secure critical infrastructure and ensure data quality," said Michael Shalyt, CEO Aperio Systems. "This past year has demonstrated without a doubt that physical assets are the true targets of attacks against critical infrastructure. You don't target nuclear plant engineers to steal credit cards. Securing critical infrastructure has tangible financial, social, and even life-or-death implications. We are heartened to see the heavy industries are gaining awareness of the threats and taking them seriously."

Since emerging from stealth in November 2016 Aperio Systems has garnered a stream of awards and accolades, including:

 

About Aperio Systems 
Aperio Systems secures critical infrastructure systems against internal and external cybersecurity threats by ensuring ironclad operational data integrity.  Integrating into existing SCADA and industrial control solutions, its Data Forgery Protection (DFP) technology reveals the true state of ICS systems in the face of malicious manipulation.  Providing a last line of defense against sophisticated cyberattacks, Aperio Systems dramatically lowers the risk of shutdowns and service outages – delivering operational continuity and maximum system resilience.  More information at http://www.aperio-systems.com.

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Thales secures PassBy[ME] Mobile ID solution from Microsec to enable digital transformation

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 8, 2018 -- Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces Microsec, a Hungarian provider of public key infrastructure (PKI) solutions and services that includes e-Passport, e-ID card security technology, transaction authorization, and mobile PKI, is deploying Thales nShield hardware security modules (HSMs) to secure its highly popular Microsec PassBy[ME] Mobile ID solution and meet European Union's eIDAS regulations.

Thales nShield HSMs provide a hardened, tamper-resistant platform for performing functions such as encryption, digital signing, and key generation and protection. Thales nShield HSMs support an extensive range of applications, including certificate authorities, code signing or any other application that uses digital keys, either on-premises, or in virtual or cloud environments. PassBy[ME] Mobile ID is a PKI-based mobile ID solution designed to equip smartphone users with a secure mobile identity. That identity can then be used for online banking access, payment or non-payment transaction authorizations, e-government services such as e-health or tax services, or by contracted third party providers for secure remote digital administration.

PassBy[ME] is a versatile mobile ID tool with many application possibilities to go fully digital. It offers legal compliance which is an essential cornerstone of all online transactions.

By selecting Thales nShield HSMs to protect its PassBy[ME] Mobile ID, Microsec is able to:

  • Replicate the guarantee process that exists in the physical world – such as a bank branch office – inside a protected digital environment
  • Facilitate legally-binding online transaction authorization and signatures
  • Protect private signing keys used within the PassBy[ME] Mobile ID solution
  • Deliver hardened cryptographic processing
  • Ensure compliance with rigorous industry and governmental standards, such as the Electronic Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS), a European Union regulation designed to ensure electronic transactions are secure

Dr. Sándor Szőke, deputy director of eIDAS Trust Services at Microsec says:
"We have extensive experience relying on Thales for HSM solutions. The integration of the Thales nShieldHSM with PassBy[ME] Mobile ID has been straightforward and provides future-proof user authentication and enables our customers and service providers to meet European Union cross-border standards as well as deliver a source of trust for all derived digital services."

Peter Galvin, VP of Strategy at Thales eSecurity says:
"Digital transformation is now an enterprise-wide initiative where mobile and other emerging technologies play an integral part. The security of mobile data, applications and devices is essential as organizations look to strike a balance between cyber-awareness, the need for functionality and meeting the growing number of privacy-driven regulations – such as The European Commission's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and eIDAS. Microsec's mobile ID solution creates a truly digital end-to-end experience built on the trust delivered by high assurance Thales HSMs."

Find out more about how Thales is helping Microsec by reading the case study.

About Thales eSecurity
Thales eSecurity is the leader in advanced data security solutions and services that deliver trust wherever information is created, shared or stored. We ensure that the data belonging to companies and government entities is both secure and trusted in any environment – on-premises, in the cloud, in data centres or big data environments – without sacrificing business agility. Security doesn't just reduce risk, it's an enabler of the digital initiatives that now permeate our daily lives – digital money, e-identities, healthcare, connected cars and, with the internet of things (IoT), even household devices. Thales provides everything an organisation needs to protect and manage its data, identities and intellectual property, and meet regulatory compliance – through encryption, advanced key management, tokenisation, and privileged-user control and high-assurance solutions. Security professionals around the globe rely on Thales to confidently accelerate their organisation's digital transformation. Thales eSecurity is part of Thales Group.

Industry insight and views on the latest key management trends can be found on the Thales eSecurity blog at blog.thalesesecurity.com.

Follow Thales eSecurity on Twitter @Thalesesecurity, and on LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

Positioned as a value-added systems integrator, equipment supplier and service provider, Thales is one of Europe'sleading players in the security market. The Group's security teams work with government agencies, local authorities and enterprise customers to develop and deploy integrated, resilient solutions to protect citizens, sensitive data and critical infrastructure.

Thales offers world-class cryptographic capabilities and is a global leader in cybersecurity solutions for defence, government, critical infrastructure providers, telecom companies, industry and the financial services sector. With a value proposition addressing the entire data security chain, Thales offers a comprehensive range of services and solutions ranging from security consulting, data protection, digital trust management and design, development, integration, certification and security maintenance of cybersecured systems, to cyberthreat management, intrusion detection and security supervision through cybersecurity Operation Centres in France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Hong Kong.

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SANS Announces its Return to Baltimore Maryland for Cyber Security Training Event

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 8, 2018 -- SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training, today announced SANS Baltimore Spring 2018 taking place April 21 – 28 in Maryland. SANS Baltimore Spring 2018 features courses designed to help security professionals at every level to continually develop and sharpen their skills to stay ahead of adversaries. Included among the course line-up is the popular SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling course.

According to Alissa Torres, Incident Response Manager at Cargill and a SANS Certified Instructor (@sibertor), "The SEC504 class embodies the 'offense informs defense' ethos, shedding light on offensive tactics to ramp up the blue team professional with approachable hands-on exercises. For practitioners working in the offensive space, SEC504 reveals forensic artifacts left behind by today's attacks and lateral movement techniques and the successful defensive strategies that counter these tactics. Join me in Baltimore where I will tear into the tools that make threat actors' newest attacks doable, diving into not only how these tools work but also why an attacker chooses to implement them."

For additional information on the SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling course, or to register, visit: www.sans.org/u/Agt

SANS Baltimore Spring 2018 features hands-on immersion style courses covering a variety of security topics.  Those new to cyber security will benefit from the SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style course. More seasoned professionals will appreciate courses like SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth, SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, SEC575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking, and many others.

For a complete list of courses, or to register for SANS Baltimore Spring 2018, please visit: 
www.sans.org/u/Agy

About SANS Institute
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cybersecurity training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (www.SANS.org)

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Swordfish Redefines Tomorrow's Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Saab’s Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) brings a new level of operational confidence to the global MPA market. The winning combination of Bombardier’s Global 6000 ultra-long-range aircraft, General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada’s acoustics processor and Saab’s pedigree in total airborne surveillance solutions, ensures a new era in maritime air power.

Saab’s Swordfish Maritime Patrol Aircraft is a strategic, multi-role ISR system that redefines air power in the maritime domain. No other MPA on the market delivers such a high level of mission performance in such an adaptable and sustainable package. With a payload of up to six torpedoes, anti-ship missiles, over 200 sonobuoys, the world’s most modern sensor suite and a mission endurance close to 13 hours, Swordfish is in a class of its own.

Saab has a unique portfolio that covers every element of the maritme equation; from silent AIP submarines and stealthy warships to weapons, sensors, electronic warfare and communications. Thanks to this huge body of experience, Saab is best-placed to build, deliver, support and sustain a modern, relevant and supremely capable MPA.

“Saab understands every mission that the modern MPA will be called upon to perform and we know how to deliver success. That is why we carefully selected the Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft for our airborne surveillance solutions. It brings a perfect balance of operational performance and cost, and is ideally suited to demanding, multi-level MPA operations. Although an MPA has to be able to handle many different missions, airborne anti-submarine warfare remains the core competence of any credible MPA. General Dynamic Mission Systems-Canada heritage as the premier supplier of acoustic processors to aircraft means that Swordfish can locate, track and classify all submarine types,” says Lars Tossman, Head of Airborne Surveillance at Saab.     

The evidence shows that large, costly airliner-type platforms are no longer needed to perform the MPA and maritme ISR role. New technology means that size, weight and power requirements have been reduced across all key mission systems. This, together with more powerful computer processing power, means less space and fewer operators are needed. This is the smart solution for a future-proof MPA, and the Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft provides the perfect platform. Saab’s GlobalEye multi-role AEW&C system also uses the Global 6000 and has the same engineering base as the Swordfish.

“The Swordfish initiative and the Global 6000 aircraft are truly a perfect match,” says Stéphane Leroy, Vice President of Specialized Aircraft at Bombardier. “The redundancy built into the baseline Global 6000 aircraft – such as the four variable frequency generators as well as an auxiliary power unit and RAM air turbine generator – ensures safety and reliability on MPA missions. Other features, such as the revolutionary Bombardier Vision flight deck, reduce pilot workload for a safer, more efficient experience and the head-up display and MultiScan weather radar provide comfort, control and enhanced situational awareness for pilots. Most importantly, its advanced and flexible wing design contributes to a smooth ride, reducing the effects of turbulence on both the crew and on-board equipment. These features are very important when one considers the Swordfish can stay on station for over 11 hours at 200 nautical miles from base.”

Saab’s Swordfish MPA is part of a common family of advanced airborne systems that includes Saab’s GlobalEye multi-role and swing-role airborne early warning and control system. Based on a common engineering programme that is tested, proven and proceeding on schedule, both Swordfish and GlobalEye benefit from Saab’s many decades of success as a supplier of large-scale, complex systems for national defence and security. A thorough process of definition, development and verification has now delivered a smart, future-proof solution for maritime air power.  

As the number of submarines in service continues to increase, and as more complex martime and littoral threats emerge, there is an urgent need to provide multi-mission solutions that serve as force-multipliers and multi-service assets. This mix of adaptability and versatility is at the heart of the Swordfish programme. By working closely with our key suppliers and sharing experience and new ideas, Swordfish is ready to defend the seas for decades to come.

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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market to Reach $835.0M by 2022 Military and Defense Segments Will Fuel Growth, Especially in North America

Growing demand for underwater surveys, the inspection of submerged structures, undersea mapping and undersea cable laying is helping to boost the global market for autonomous underwater vehicles, according to a first-ever report by BCC Research.

The global market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 4.5% through 2022, when the sector could be worth $835 million, according to the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Global Markets to 2022.

Research Highlights

  • Commercial applications lead the market in size, with a projected 2022 value of $537.2 million. Military and defense applications will lead the market in growth, with a compound annual growth rate through 2022 of 6.1%.
  • Lightweight class autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) will lead the market in value through 2022, with a projected market totaling $366.7 million in 2022. Heavyweight class AUVs will lead the market in growth, with a projected compound annual growth rate through 2022 of 5.7%.
  • In the military and defense segment, growth will be led by the force protection subsegment, which has a projected compound annual growth rate of 7.5% through 2022. By size, antisubmarine warfare will be the leading subsegment, with a projected 2022 value of $61.9 million.                                              

“AUVs are fast becoming accepted as highly useful data gathering platforms within the worldwide marine science community, as both the range and depth envelopes are being pushed by developments in battery technology, propulsive efficiency and pressure vessel technologies,” said BCC Research analyst and report author B.L. Gupta. “It is already accepted that AUVs can provide substantial benefits in data quality and cost, in, for example, geophysical surveys for oil and gas exploration. But within the science community, there is the perception that AUVs are expensive, complex and risky to use.”

North America Will Continue to Lead the Global Market 

Market data suggest that North America will continue to dominate global AUV expenditures, with military unmanned technology leading the way. In 2017, North America accounted for nearly 40% of the global AUV market. By 2022, North America’s market share is projected to grow to 42.3% of the global market. By 2022, the value of the North American AUV market is projected to reach $353.1 million. In North America through 2022, the search and salvage market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4% while the use of AUVs to service offshore oil and gas pipelines is projected to grow at 5.1% annually through the period. Other leading growth segments in North America include oceanography (8.6% CAGR), antisubmarine warfare (9.5% CAGR), and mine countermeasures (7.8% CAGR).

Major players in the field mentioned in this report include Allied Vision Technologies, Boston Engineering, Deepwater Buoyancy, Edgetech, Fugro, Gabri, Hydroid, International Submarine Engineering, Klein Marine Systems, Lockheed Martin, Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding, National Oceanography Centre, Oceaneering International, Paroscientific, Sea-Bird Scientific and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, among others.

About BCC Research

BCC Research is a publisher of market research reports that provide organizations with intelligence to drive smart business decisions. By partnering with industry experts worldwide, BCC Research provides unbiased measurements and assessments of global markets covering major industrial and technology sectors, including emerging markets. For more information about BCC Research, please visit bccresearch.com. Follow BCC Research on Twitter at @BCCResearch

Agility is First Forwarder to Work with Maersk IBM on Blockchain Solution

BAAR, Switzerland – Feb. 6, 2018 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, is the first freight forwarder to collaborate on a Maersk-IBM solution to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade by using blockchain technology to manage and track container shipments.
Agility has agreed to identify events associated with individual shipments and to share and receive information about them via the distributed ledger blockchain technology developed by IBM and Maersk.
Agility’s goal is to reduce costs and increase shipping efficiency by integrating information about shipments onto a secure platform accessible to shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and others in the supply chain.

“Blockchain technology is going to make shipping cheaper, safer and more reliable. As early adopters, companies like Agility can help Maersk and IBM understand the needs of shippers and develop standards that will make trade more efficient,” said Essa Al-Saleh, CEO of Agility Global Integrated Logistics. “We can help customers understand how to use blockchain to improve shipment visibility, eliminate paperwork, reduce errors, and shorten transit and clearance times.”

Blockchain is a secure, immutable and tamper-resistant ledger that can be used to track shipments, documentation and payment transactions. Its digital infrastructure can connect parties in the supply chain, giving them access to information and real-time visibility based on their level of permission.
Documentation and administration are estimated to be one-fifth of the $1.8 trillion spent annually to move goods across borders. In addition to showing the location of containers in transit, blockchain can show the status of customs documents, bills of lading and other documentation. It can improve workflow, cut processing costs and enhance visibility by integrating shipping processes and partners.
Customs and border authorities can use the technology to improve the information available for risk analysis, leading to increased safety and security as well as greater efficiency in border inspection clearance.

“For Agility, it’s important to be involved early in blockchain and to work with forward-thinking companies like Maersk and IBM,” Al-Saleh said. “Together, we have a lot to learn and share in order to bring the benefits of this technology to shippers and consumers as quickly as possible.”

About Agility
Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with $4 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

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Port projects: Security nod for bidders holds good for 5 years

Security clearance granted to companies bidding for port projects, and those taking up dredging work in domestic ports, will be valid for five years, according to the new rules framed by the Centre. At present, the clearance is valid for just three years.
For port projects, the Shipping Ministry will share the list of companies/bidders with the Home, Defence and External Affairs Ministries on a case-by-case basis to seek security inputs. The security agencies will provide the inputs in 12 weeks and price bids will not be opened till security clearance is accorded by the Shipping Ministry.
The Shipping Ministry will also separately prepare and circulate a list of all Indian and foreign companies who normally bid for port projects to the security agencies. The agencies will provide their inputs to the ministry in 12 weeks.
Once the Shipping Ministry gives security clearance to a company for a port project — based on inputs from the relevant ministries/departments/organisations — it is valid for five years unless there is a change in management control and change of more than 10 per cent in shareholding in the company by any shareholder.
Security clearance accorded to dredging companies will be valid for five years for a particular port only, according to the revised policy.
Approval for any change in equipment or vessel of foreign origin, and clearance to hire foreign personnel, should be obtained from all security agencies.
If a dredging company that has already been cleared seeks to bid for another port project, it will require clearance only from the Defence Ministry/Navy. However, the information regarding award of the dredging project, including particulars of the vessels and the foreign personnel, should be shared with the Home, External Affairs and Defence Ministries. These provisions have to be incorporated in the contract to be signed by major ports trusts with the selected dredging companies.
As more than one-third of India’s shipping trade takes place through non-major ports, security clearance has been made mandatory for the latter. This includes private ports set up in PPP mode and dredging works in the state sector due to the sensitiveness of the port sector, the Shipping Ministry said.
Source: The Hindu Business Line

Cellebrite Plays Key Role in Defining Global Standard for Digital Forensics Information Sharing

PETAH TIKVA, Israel -- Cellebrite, the leading provider of digital intelligence solutions, today announced details about the company's leading role in establishing a global interoperability standard for digital forensics information sharing.  Working with participating organizations like the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), the U.S. National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST), Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), University of Lausanne, governments and law enforcement agencies, industry peers, and academic institutions, Cellebrite is contributing its deep subject matter knowledge and technical expertise to define critical elements of the community-driven global standard referred to as the Cyber-investigation Analysis Standard Expression (CASE).

With the main objective of enabling critical investigative data exchange among systems and agencies, the global community of cyber investigations and digital forensics experts have called for an open community-developed specification language that would enable investigators to seamlessly share data between investigators, thereby improving and streamlining the investigative process. CASE is a community-driven effort to define a unified standard that enables seamless data exchange.

Committed to its mission of supporting a safer world, Cellebrite is taking a leading role in developing the component of the CASE standard that relates to mobile data by convening the major digital forensics companies and forming a collaborative working group.  While the CASE standard covers a broad range of cyber-investigation domains including incident response and counterterrorism, Cellebrite will leverage its vast and deep expertise to develop and enhance the standard by providing recommendations to the participating community for specifications for the sections of the standard related to digital forensics systems and solutions. The Cellebrite-led working group will create the technical means of sharing data between platforms by exchanging information and reaching collaborative agreements on the technical details.

With digital data playing an increasingly important role in a broad spectrum of investigations and operations, the global community of end users, specifically government and law enforcement agencies, need the ability to seamlessly collaborate.  While sharing digital intelligence within a particular software solution, such as Cellebrite's industry-leading UFED platform, is easily accomplished, collaborating across various technology tools requires time and technical resources. The lack of interoperability between digital forensics platforms is particularly problematic for crime types that involve multiple agencies and countries or requires investigative data to be collected from a large variety of sources, such as terrorism, trafficking and smuggling.

"As a global leader in digital intelligence solutions, Cellebrite has a deep understanding of digital data—how information is obtained, analyzed and shared by investigators—and we appreciate the growing importance of achieving seamless interoperability between digital forensics platforms to end users," said Ron Serber, Global Co-CEO, Cellebrite.  "Having the industry's best technical minds and the broadest understanding of digital data, the Cellebrite team is committed to creating a safer world by removing barriers to collaboration and enabling our customers to streamline their investigations by exchanging data across solutions and tools."

"The entire law enforcement community is faced with a massive challenge posed by digital evidence and, speaking for Europol/EC3, our ability to solve crimes is increasingly dependent on collaborating with other agencies by sharing information across any number of geographical and technical borders," said Jean-Dominique Nollet, Head of Europol's Forensic Lab.  "While the standards development process is often a complex challenge, we appreciate the efforts by industry leaders, academics and convening authorities, as we will all benefit from a workable global interoperability standard for digital forensics information sharing."

Cellebrite: Digital Intelligence for a Safer World

Digital data plays an increasingly important role in investigations and operations of all kinds. Making data accessible, collaborative and actionable is what Cellebrite does best. As the global leader in digital intelligence with more than 60,000 licenses deployed in 150 countries, we provide law enforcement, military, intelligence, and enterprise customers with the most complete, industry-proven range of solutions for digital forensics, triage and analytics.

By enabling access, sharing and analysis of digital data from mobile devices, social media, cloud, computer, cellular operators and other sources, Cellebrite products, solutions, services and training help customers build the strongest cases quickly, even in the most complex situations. As a result, Cellebrite is the preferred one-stop shop for digital intelligence solutions that make a safer world more possible every day.

Many Companies Are Not Assessing Risks Of Adopting Emerging Technologies: KPMG Study

NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2018  -- While companies across various industries are increasing their focus on emerging technologies to help transform their businesses, many are not assessing the risks that come with their adoption, according to KPMG LLP's Tech Risk Management Survey. Nearly half (47 percent) of the 200 senior IT risk management executives surveyed whose companies have adopted mobile applications and devices have not included them in recent IT risk assessments. The findings for other emerging technologies are similar, with 46 percent that adopted Internet of Things (IoT), 44 percent that adopted cloud computing, 34 percent that adopted artificial intelligence (AI) and 32 percent that have adopted robotic process automation (RPA) not assessing their risks.

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"Change and disruption has never moved faster and the speed of technology deployment is critical, but it can't be at the enterprise's expense," said Phil Lageschulte, Leader of Global IT Advisory Services for KPMG.  "Tech risk management should anticipate changes while or before they happen and determine the associated risks. Accordingly, tech risk management should be involved in strategic business planning, embedding the risks and adding value upfront."

While not actively assessing the risks of adopting emerging and disruptive technologies, the majority of those surveyed are very aware that these risks exist. And, the risks may only escalate as companies seek to increase their investment in these technologies. The survey found that companies expect to make significant investments over the next year in mobile (48 percent), IoT (46 percent), cloud computing (46 percent), RPA (41 percent) and AI (40 percent).  

"Tech risk management is challenged to improve how it filters through data in a meaningful and consistent way so that it can efficiently communicate how this data impacts the business," said Vivek Mehta, Partner in KPMG LLP's Emerging Technology Risk Services practice. "The proper parameters should be created to classify data so that the organization can make well-informed business decisions from it."

Other Key Findings

  • IT Risk Management: Value Center Aspirations, But Still Treated As a Cost  – While 88 percent of survey respondents agree that IT risk management is driving value for the organization:
    • Nearly half (49 percent) expect their IT risk management spending to stay the same or decrease over the next three years.
    • Less than half are involving IT risk management in their IT initiatives at the outset of the project.
    • More than ¼ (27 percent) have a perception that IT risk management impacts time to market, challenging the notion that ITRM adds value to the organization.

About the Report
KPMG LLP, in collaboration with Forbes Research, conducted a telephone survey of 200 senior executives responsible for IT risk management at large U.S. companies across the financial services, technology, healthcare and life sciences, and industrial manufacturing Industries.

About KPMG LLP
KPMG is one of the world's leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world's largest and most prestigious organizations.

KPMG is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, inclusion and diversity, and eradicating childhood illiteracy.

KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"). KPMG International's independent member firms have 197,000 professionals working in 154 countries. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us.

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KPMG LLP
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