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3 Ways to Protect Your Critical Infrastructure

3 Ways to Protect Your Critical Infrastructure

By Jim Pruden, Senior Director Federal Civilian, Cloudera

 

An electrical fire at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in December 2017 left America’s busiest airport without power for nearly 11 hours, delaying thousands of passengers during the busy holiday travel season. While the outage was not linked to a malicious actor, the event demonstrates how devastating an attack can be, and the impact could be much worse than a slew of frustrated travelers if the scenario arose from a targeted attack on more critical infrastructure.

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the United States, including energy, communications, financial services and food and agriculture. These 16 industries are “considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic stability, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.”

 

Although it’s true that many critical infrastructure sectors are primarily owned and operated by the private sector, such as energy and commercial facilities, the role of government should not be neglected when evaluating how best to protect these industries from attack. It can seem like a daunting task to account for and defend against all threats, from a physical terrorist attack to a targeted cyber strike to a natural disaster. But given the rising prevalence of cybersecurity threats, there are some precautionary measures that government agencies should keep in mind.

 

  • Stay current on federal recommendations -- Securing our critical infrastructure requires coordinated efforts from state, local, and federal governments as well as the private sector. But it is the federal government that is tasked with issuing standards and best practices on the most effective approach. Managed by DHS, the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) is an annual report that offers a recap of the health of the nation’s critical infrastructure to reduce risks. Private sector organizations operating within a designated critical infrastructure sector can request an assessment from DHS against a number of cybersecurity standards. Assessing the current state of readiness is the first step to implementing an effective cybersecurity plan.

 

  • Be aware of the weaker lines between OT and IT--Operational Technology (OT) is a system that monitors and controls physical devices and processes, such as how much electricity is generated through transmission lines. Traditionally, these functions were run on manual equipment physically operated by a human, but as the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown and operations are streamlined, many OT devices are now equipped with IP addresses to enable remote access and control. This transition means that OT and IT networks are becoming more closely connected, and so security standards must catch up to ensure proper barriers between the networks. Such measures include improved access control and encryption, which help prevent hackers from gaining access to the IT network and quickly taking control of the OT, which could lead to the disruption or even ransom of essential services like electricity and water.

 

  • Adapt security standards as IT landscape evolves--Private and public sector organizations alike are moving toward more digital business models that rely on the latest technological trends. From the growth of IoT to moving into public clouds and BYOD policies, IT operations and security must adapt to keep pace with the newest advancements. But this shift doesn’t mean that agencies and private sector organizations have to reinvent the wheel. Although attacks on critical infrastructure are highly targeted and can have dire consequences, they are nevertheless typically the same types of cyber attacks that have hit other industries already, from phishing and malware to ransomware, and can be mitigated with the same best practices already in place. And there are many new or improving technologies assisting organizations in the protection of critical infrastructure assets, like voice and video analytics that provide a number of capabilities, including crowd control, gauging expected motions, and identifying objects and individuals whether stationary or in motion.

 

Critical infrastructure protection is essential to the security of the United States. The 16 critical infrastructure sectors occupy a unique position of having such a designation via a federal agency, yet most of the operations are owned and operated by private businesses. Thus, information sharing and collaboration between the public and private sectors are vital to securing our nation’s critical infrastructure.

 

 

 

Tri-Tech Forensics Announces Acquisition of Rescue Essentials

Tri-Tech Forensics Announces Acquisition of Rescue Essentials
Acquisition Expands Tri-Tech’s Product Offering to Include First Responder Kits and Emergency Supplies

Leland, NC and Salida, CO; - - Tri-Tech Forensics, Inc., a leader in the crime scene supplies, digital forensics, and evidence collection kit markets, announced today the acquisition of Rescue Essentials, a leading manufacturer and marketer of Individual First Aid Kits, tactical EMS supplies, and first responder trauma gear and equipment. Rescue Essentials’ products are sold to medical and law enforcement agencies throughout the world, including the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and U.S. Department of Defense.  

 

Tri-Tech Forensics will leverage its core kitting and logistics management expertise to enable Rescue Essentials to focus on product development and market expansion. The teams at Tri-Tech Forensics and Rescue Essentials are looking forward to offering their products to a wider customer base.

 

“The first responder and tactical medical market has been an area of keen interest for us given the market dynamics we expect to see over time,” said Tri-Tech Forensics CEO Jim Seidel. “Rescue Essentials will give us exposure to that growing market, and we are excited to welcome the Rescue Essentials team into the Tri-Tech Forensics family. We believe the purchasing experience of our customers will be greatly enhanced by the increased product breadth this acquisition brings.”

Rescue Essentials Founder and CEO Phil Carey added, “Rescue Essentials has found a great strategic partner to expand our production capabilities and to achieve greater market penetration with a wider product offering into the markets we serve. We are excited to be teamed with Tri-Tech Forensics and to be serving the increasingly complex needs of the tactical medicine community through our combined service and expertise.”

About Rescue Essentials
Rescue Essentials' core capabilities include the design, assembly, and distribution of customized trauma and medical kits. Excelling at contract assembly of customer-specified components, they specialize in the sourcing and assembly of these kits for law enforcement and government agencies. Their willingness to address both small and large runs in a variety of delivery systems sets them apart from other manufacturers. The outcome is a product line and a set of capabilities that address budget requirements, ever changing protocols, and fit within the world of real-time, tactical professionals. For more information, visit www.rescue-essentials.com.

 

About Tri-Tech Forensics
Tri-Tech Forensics (TTF) is a leader in providing physical and digital evidence collection solutions and crime scene investigation products to law enforcement markets throughout the world.  With over 30 years of experience, TTF is the nation’s most proficient developer and manufacturer of forensic evidence collection kits in the market today.  TTF’s premiere DNA collection kits have become the benchmark solution for DNA collection for U.S. Federal operations and across law enforcement customers in all fifty U.S. states. TTF continues to develop superior products to aid in all aspects of forensic investigation, crime laboratory analysis, digital forensics, and evidence preservation.  For more information, visit www.tritechforensics.com.

General Dynamics Conducts Successful Border Security Technology Pilot in Texas

General Dynamics Conducts Successful Border Security Technology Pilot in Texas

 

FAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics Information Technology has conducted a successful pilot of its Relocatable-Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) solution for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The company has established a teaming agreement with Parsons Government Services Inc., to support CBP with the deployment of six relocatable systems in Laredo and McAllen, Texas. CBP plans to expand the deployment across the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas in 2018.

 

Adaptable to multiple environments, the Relocatable-RVSS is a multi-sensor surveillance system that allows for flexible and rapid deployments. This provides U.S. Border Patrol Agents with advanced real-time situational awareness and the ability to predict, detect, track, deter, respond and resolve threats in remote locations. Throughout the pilot’s testing, the Relocatable-RVSS proved effective in increasing officer safety, intelligence and mission effectiveness and was adaptive to wide-ranging operational needs.

 

“General Dynamics is committed to supporting CBP’s mission to help increase the security of the nation’s borders,” said Mike Cassidy, acting general manager and senior vice president for operations of General Dynamics IT’s Global Solutions division. “The successful pilot and deployment of the Relocatable-RVSS delivers advanced technologies and demonstrates its operational value in providing enhanced tactical and mobile surveillance.”

 

In July 2013, CBP awarded General Dynamics a contract to upgrade the RVSS capability along the southern U.S. border. CBP announced in April 2017 that the General Dynamics RVSS solution had achieved a ‘Full Operating Capability’ designation. To date, General Dynamics has tested, installed and deployed the RVSS system across 68 sites in Arizona.

 

General Dynamics has a diverse portfolio of physical and border security contracts with DHS, the U.S. Department of Defense and commercial customers. The company has provided a wide range of integrated security systems leveraging next generation wireless network infrastructure, secure mobile communications, operational support systems and advanced surveillance systems such as electro-optical and infrared long-range cameras. Notable programs include: the Tactical Communications Modernization, Commercial Tier 1 Carrier Wireless Network Infrastructure and Rescue 21. Additionally, the company is supporting large technology integration programs, including the consolidation of DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths Campus.

 

Maryland-based and GSN-Award Winner, TCOM, to Showcase Effectiveness of Lighter-Than-Air Maritime ISR Solutions for Cost-Efficient Persistent Surveillance at The Singapore Airshow 2018

Singapore. TCOM, Columbia, Maryland-based, a global leader for innovative, cost-effective Airborne Persistent Surveillance Solutions is proud to announce its upcoming participation in the 2018 Singapore Airshow where it will showcase superior persistent surveillance solutions at booth R92 in the USA pavilion. The long-awaited 2018 Singapore Airshow will take place February 6-11 in the Changi Exhibition Centre; showcasing the world's finest and innovative in the avionics and defense industries.

TCOM is the global authority in airborne persistent surveillance solutions with operations in over 20 countries around the world. For over 40 years, TCOM innovations have defined the industry, and their pioneering achievements continue to revolutionize the design, manufacture, and deployment of Lighter Than Air (LTA) systems. TCOM platform solutions include numerous classes of aerostats that can each be equipped with a broad selection of proven payloads that are customizable for specific customer requirements. The TCOM 22M and 28M Operational Class Aerostats are versatile, battle-proven, rapid deployment, persistent surveillance solutions. They are equipped to detect and track targets in the most challenging terrain, including those at sea.

Recently, it has been widely reported that regional states such as the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and New Zealand, are actively increasing their ISR vigilance. Adding to that complexity is the presence of largely populated areas in multiple countries proximate to the conflict zone, making it difficult to select one tool or method to create an effective operational 'big picture' for decision makers. Wisely, countries are also considering an all-of-the-above approach for their defenses to ensure full situational awareness with optimized intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) for land, air, and sea domains.

This year, TCOM will showcase the unique value its maritime systems can provide. Unhindered by costly fuel or aeronautic maintenance the Aerostat systems provide unmatched ISR capabilities. Their true strengths are observed with their Maritime ISR showings as the Aerostat is not "just a balloon" but a persistent, unmanned, ISR platform. Specific to the maritime environment where ground surveillance is rendered ineffective by the scale of the maritime environment, tactical and strategic Aerostats outperform other solutions based on their ability to carry a wide variety of payload to altitudes in excess of 20,000 ft. above mean sea level (MSL) with station time measured in weeks not hours. Aerostat systems need little time to deploy and have lower maintenance requirements at a substantially lower hourly operational cost than conventional aircraft and drones. Moreover, aerostats offer a combination of wide viewing angles and high resolution for more precise identification of small objects as well as surveillance of larger areas. In short, aerostats enable true persistent, real-time tactical ISR at an affordable cost.

Aerostats can serve as a platform for an array of sensors to provide indications and warnings of aerial and maritime threats. The helium-filled Aerostat provides a clear line of sight over air and sea space to a range of up to 200km. The reinforced tether provides near real-time ISR to the ground station personnel who can make smarter decisions based on actionable assessments. This is especially useful when dealing with extremely busy ports, and the difficult task to observe highly a congested waterway. Threats to congested waterways are ever present and not hindered by time, a safe port is a productive port and is at risk of failure without superior surveillance systems such as the Aerostat.

To Learn More, visit TCOM's booth at R92 in the USA Pavilion at the Singapore Air Show.

About TCOM, LP:

TCOM, LP is a global leader of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions of Lighter-than-Air Persistent Surveillance Tethered Aerostat platforms for Air, Maritime, and Land. For over 40 years, the company's pioneering innovations have defined the persistent surveillance and Lighter-than-Air industries. By blending leading edge technology, manufacturing and field operation capabilities, TCOM has provided ISR systems for the United States and foreign governments with complete persistent surveillance capabilities. Our systems are in use around the globe including theaters of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. TCOM's delivered systems include fixed-site deployments, fully transportable systems and specialized sea-based deployments. TCOM's headquarters are based in Columbia, MD and the Manufacturing & Flight Test Facility is located near Elizabeth City, NC. TCOM is the only company in the world devoted to cost-effective LTA surveillance solutions with in-house aerostat and airship manufacture, assembly, flight test, and training capabilities. Learn more at http://www.tcomlp.com.

Forum Systems Advances Industry-leading API Security Gateway Technology

BOSTON, January 25, 2018Forum Systems Inc., a pioneer in API security technology, today announced industry-first capabilities in its award-winning Forum Sentry API Security Gateway that enable enterprises and government organizations to securely leverage the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) for key business initiatives. Further advancing the state-of-the-art in API security gateway technology, Forum Sentry now features a REST API for rapid deployment in virtual, cloud and containerized environments.

Now, more than ever, organizations are adopting on-demand platforms to power their businesses. In fact, Forrester forecasts that in 2018 “more than 50% of global enterprises will rely on at least one public cloud platform to drive digital transformation and delight customers.”

Addressing these realities, while offering maximum deployment flexibility, Forum Systems is making Forum Sentry available in an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) form factor to ensure customers launch security-hardened Amazon EC2 instances. Additionally, the new REST API supports autonomous deployment and fully automated provisioning of Forum Sentry in elastic computing environments.

“Amazon and other major cloud providers require customers to allow root administrator access to their infrastructure. While a boon to the cloud companies – which benefit from a wealth of monitoring and metrics data – these pathways lay bare customers’ operating systems to potential attack and compromise,” said Forum Systems CEO Mamoon Yunus. “By routing their network traffic through Forum Sentry, organizations can securely harness the power of virtualization, cloud computing, and containers – and achieve peace of mind.”

The only API security gateway to achieve NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Common Criteria NIAP Network Device Protection Profile certification, Forum Sentry protects and accelerates data exchange and API service access across networks and business boundaries, significantly reducing the cost and complexity of centralizing security, identity, and governance. Serving as an information broker deployed as a logical API protecting applications and services, Forum Sentry precludes clients from directly accessing application and services tiers. This unmatched level of security prevents identity compromise and enables SSO authentication and session management achievement – without required code changes or manipulation to backend systems.

To continue to differentiate itself from the competition and deliver customer value, Forum Systems introduced several other key capabilities in this latest version of Forum Sentry, including:

  • Richer Performance Metrics, Analytics and Reporting Capabilities – Forum Sentry now provides more granular visibility into individual transaction latencies (with seven-segment latency breakdown). Additionally, customers can seamlessly integrate with any Big Data analytics engine or monitoring infrastructure for real-time and historical traffic flow profiling, archiving, and heuristics learning of APIs, cloud services and on-premises application performance behavior.
  • Support for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program – Forum Sentry now complies with the FAA SWIM information sharing platform for secure identity using SAML, Binary Security Tokens and Username token formats.
  • Compliance Exacting Critical Infrastructure Security Mandates – Forum Sentry is now certified to comply with the strict cryptographic requirements of the U.S. Presidential Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre.

Notably, in the recent KuppingerCole Executive View: Forum Sentry API Security Gateway report, Senior Analyst Alexei Balaganski recognized Forum Sentry as an “integrated platform for API and service security, access management and legacy application modernization with a strong focus on ‘security by design.’” Emphasizing that Forum Sentry is “still the only product on the market where security forms the integral foundation of the architecture,” Balaganski deemed it “recommended for evaluation by any organization looking for the highest grade of security and reliability for their API infrastructure.”

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About Forum Systems
Forum Systems Inc. is the leader in API Security Management. Providing centralized security, identity, and integration for API communications, the Forum Sentry API Security Gateway enables enterprises to manage complex API strategies in an efficient, agile, highly secure manner. Processing more than 10 billion transactions per day worldwide, and architected on “security-first” design principles, Forum Sentry delivers unparalleled protection against modern API vulnerabilities. Forum Sentry is the industry’s only API security gateway to achieve NIST FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Common Criteria NIAP Network Device Protection Profile certification for enabling secure connectivity between users, applications and the cloud. For more information, please visit www.forumsys.com.

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Government Security News Judge Chuck Brooks appointed to Adjunct Faculty at Master's in Applied Intelligence Program at Georgetown University

Chuck Brooks, MA ’81 was recently appointed to be Adjunct Faculty at Master's in Applied Intelligence Program at Georgetown University. Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Applied Intelligence program focuses on three key sectors, namely homeland security, law enforcement, and competitive business intelligence.

Chuck will be teaching a graduate course in Risk Management in Homeland Security. His course will provide students with the skills needed to assess and respond to an organization's exposure to risk as related to homeland security. Students will learn how to model, measure, and assess undesirable risks and reduce risks relevant to large organizations with public obligations across criminal justice disciplines and in public-private security collaborations.

Chuck is currently President Brooks Consulting International, a firm specializing in cybersecurity and emerging technologies strategy, branding, thought leadership, and marketing. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn” out of their 500 million members.  He is also an advisor to LinkedIn on cybersecurity and emerging technology issues. Chuck has published more than 150 articles and blogs on cybersecurity and technology issues and is a frequent featured speaker at conferences.

Chuck has also judged five Government Security News Homeland Security Awards. In both 2017 and 2016, he was named “Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Chuck’s professional industry affiliations include being the Chairman of CompTIA’s New and Emerging Technology Committee, and as a member, Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Working Group. He is on the Advisory Board, Center for Advancing Innovation, and has also served as a Technology Partner Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chuck has served in government at The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the first Legislative Director of The Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. He served as a top Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter on Capitol Hill covering  security and technology issues on Capitol Hill. Earlier in his career he served a Special Assistant of the Director of Voice of America. He also was an Auxiliary Police Officer for Arlington County , Virginia.

Chuck was also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught a course on Homeland Security and Congress.  He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.  

You can follow Chuck on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuckbrooks/

And on Twitter @ChuckDBrooks

Preston Abbey Launches Solution for Secure Paperless Transfer of Government Classified Files

Preston Abbey PA-CFT eliminates the need for government personnel to manually feed secure fax machines and is compatible with Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol

 

 

RESTON, VA, 06 FEBRUARY 2018 – Preston Abbey, a developer of solutions for the secure transmission of confidential and sensitive documents, today introduced the     PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer), enabling government and defense agencies to transfer any classified files, including documents, photos, videos and maps, with the security of Secure Telephone Equipment (STE). When using Preston Abbey PA-CFT, transmitted files never leave a secure environment, thus providing a paperless solution that allows sensitive files to be sent electronically, dramatically reducing the risk of classified documents being compromised during the manual fax process.

 

“There is a pressing need for this type of solution due to the increasing number of attacks on Internet-based systems, such as email and databases, which represents a major threat to those in government who need to protect and secure classified information,” said David Shaw, President and co-founder of Preston Abbey.

 

Preston Abbey solutions accomplish the secure transmission of classified documents without the use of email, the Internet or any mechanism susceptible to eavesdropping or other interference by unauthorized parties, including foreign governments, terrorist groups, hackers and anyone who would leak sensitive material on public web sites.

 

Preston Abbey offers an effective migration path from obsolete or outdated secure fax equipment to a completely paperless operation, with little or no impact on the day-to-day operations of a government agency or its communications network. Preston Abbey solutions support the reliable connection of modern printer/scanner devices to replace legacy equipment and secure mission critical document exchange over existing communications channels, retaining the full advantages of STEs for confidentiality.

 

The full Preston Abbey product range meets the needs of civilian government and military agencies that rely on STEs and Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP) to send and receive classified files and includes:

 

  • PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer)
    • The paperless solution
  • PA-LFR (Legacy Fax Replacement)
    • A cost-effective alternative to aging and often failing fax machines
  • PA-SAA (Stand Alone Application)
    • A software solution allowing connection of a STE to Windows or Mac

 

The Preston Abbey solutions allow the standard RS232 interface for STEs to seamlessly access the full features of the advanced software.

 

“It is abundantly clear that the emerging requirement for sensitive file transmission is to retain the faxing mechanism’s extraordinary security of a point-to-point, direct communication path, while avoiding the tedious need to handle physical documents,” said James Abbey, CEO and co-founder of Preston Abbey. “With PA-CFT, government users will become more efficient by being able to transfer documents to or from their computer directly without having to go through the time and trouble of manually operating a fax machine.”

The Preston Abbey PA-CFT will automatically determine the nature of the recipient device and make the appropriate technical arrangements. Designed with reliability in mind, the proprietary firmware is hardened against transmission errors or other communications problems and will optionally retry data that fails internal integrity checking. Preston Abbey solutions provide long-term dependability for secure document handling requirements, as well as an upgrade path for new features.

 

Preston Abbey solutions require minimum engineering changes or network alterations. They enable users of legacy equipment to migrate easily and effectively to modern, inexpensive paperless solutions. Speed is mandatory and is provided by mature platforms that Preston Abbey leverages to provide robust solutions for critical document handling. The Preston Abbey solutions are fully automated and feature a simple web interface, ensuring quick and easy configuration and set-up. Once installed, they will operate continuously without user intervention.

About Preston Abbey

Preston Abbey develops reliable, mission critical communications solutions that secure the connectivity and delivery of confidential and sensitive documents for government and DOD agencies. Headquartered in the heart of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area's technology corridor, Preston Abbey has unparalleled experience, expertise and knowledge of secure fax technology for government deployments. For more information visit the website at: www.prestonabbey.com.

 

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Statement from Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health on the recent National Toxicology Program draft report on radiofrequency energy exposure

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- One part of the Food and Drug Administration's mission is to ensure the safety of electronic products that emit radiation, like televisions and cell phones. These types of products are part of Americans' daily life and we take our duty to protect consumers with the utmost gravity.

With cell phones, we have relied extensively on a myriad of scientific evidence developed over many years to help inform our regulatory thinking. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sets the standard for radiofrequency energy exposure limits from cell phones, the FCC relies on the FDA and other health agencies for scientific expertise and input regarding those standards.

We respect the recently released research conducted by our colleagues at the National Toxicology Program (NTP), which is part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences within the National Institutes of Health, on radiofrequency energy exposure. When we nominated this topic for study in 1999, there were limited epidemiological and long-term animal studies investigating the effects of radiofrequency energy exposure from cellular phones. Fortunately, since then, there have been hundreds of studies from which to draw a wealth of information about these technologies which have come to play an important role in our everyday lives. Taken together, all of this research provides a more complete picture regarding radiofrequency energy exposure that has informed the FDA's assessment of this important public health issue, and given us the confidence that the current safety limits for cell phone radiation remain acceptable for protecting the public health.

In this latest study, the NTP looked at the effects of high exposure to radiofrequency energy in rodents. It's important to understand that – as is commonly done in these types of risk assessment studies – the study was designed to test levels of radiofrequency energy exposures considerably above the current safety limits for cell phones to help contribute to what we already understand about the effects of radiofrequency energy on animal tissue. In fact, the current safety limits are set to include a 50-fold safety margin from observed effects of radiofrequency energy exposure. From the FDA's understanding of the NTP results, male rats that showed carcinogenic activity were exposed to a radiofrequency energy exposure rate that is much higher than the current safety standard. As our colleagues at NTP note in a statementissued earlier today, "the levels and duration of exposure to radiofrequency radiation were much greater than what people experience with even the highest level of cell phone use, and exposed the rodents' whole bodies. So, these findings should not be directly extrapolated to human cell phone usage."

Looking at the results in animals, the conclusions still require careful discussion, as our preliminary understanding of the NTP results is that the study found mostly equivocal, or ambiguous, evidence that whole body radiofrequency energy exposures given to rats or mice in the study actually caused cancer in these animals. There are additional unusual findings from the study, such as the exposed rats living longer than the control group rats, that we are assessing to understand how that may be relevant to the results. The FDA looks forward to participating in the peer review of this study in March, which is an important and crucial step in scientific research to assure the integrity and quality of the data and the conclusions that can be drawn from it. Public comment is welcome during this period and can be provided through the NTP's Federal Register notice.

As part of our work to assess this important public health and consumer safety issue, the FDA has reviewed many sources of scientific and medical evidence related to the possibility of adverse health effects from radiofrequency energy exposure in both humans and animals and will continue to do so as new scientific data are published. We have reviewed the 2016 interim NTP results and are currently reviewing the full set of data from the NTP draft final report. The FDA will work quickly to thoroughly review the data and consider any impact of this work within the context of the full body of scientific evidence on this exposure.

In the meantime, I want to underscore that based on our ongoing evaluation of this issue and taking into account all available scientific evidence we have received, we have not found sufficient evidence that there are adverse health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current radiofrequency energy exposure limits. Even with frequent daily use by the vast majority of adults, we have not seen an increase in events like brain tumors. Based on this current information, we believe the current safety limits for cell phones are acceptable for protecting the public health.

More information:
FDA: Cell phones 
NTP: Draft final report 
NTP: Federal Register docket

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Media Inquiries: Stephanie Caccomo, 301-348-1956, [email protected]  
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Atos Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 5, 2018 -- Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today announced that it has been positioned as a Leader by Gartner in the Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America1. This is the first time that Atos has been recognized as a Leader in this Magic Quadrant.

Gartner evaluated 20 service providers that offer managed workplace services in North America based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute.

With more than 125 Managed Workplace Services (MWS) clients in North America alone, and hundreds more worldwide, Atos understands clients business needs and puts a high emphasis on customer satisfaction.

"We believe being named by Gartner as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America validates our commitment to transform how workplace services are delivered to end users and how our Atos Digital Workplace offerings generate a differentiating value to our clients," said Michel-Alain Proch, Group Senior Executive Vice President and CEO North America Operations, Atos.

Atos Digital Workplace is one of the four strategic pillars that Atos will focus on growing over the next three years. Delivered through an enhanced partnership ecosystem, it includes:

  • A secure, mobile workplace, available anytime, anywhere
  • Cloud based services (Workplace-as-a-service)
  • Consumer-like end-user support with the Help and Interaction Center and
  • Feature-rich communication and collaboration services (including Unify's OpenScape Cloud & Circuit products).

Atos is also named as a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, Europe report2.

To read a complimentary copy of the full Gartner report, please go to https://pages.atos.net/gartner-mws/

1 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, North America, Daniel Barros, Helen Huntley, Karen A. Hobert, 23 January 2018.

2 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Managed Workplace Services, Europe, David Groombridge, Claudio Da Rold, Federica Troni, Nikos Drakos, 3rd January 2018.

Disclaimer
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose

About Atos
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with approximately 100,000 employees in 72 countries and annual revenue of around € 12 billion. European number one in Big Data, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and Digital Workplace, the Group provides Cloud services, Infrastructure & Data Management, Business & Platform solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies, digital expertise and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across various business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Energy & Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

 

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Kroll Names Managing Director Benedetto Demonte North America Leader for Cyber Security and Investigations Practice

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2018 -- Kroll ("the Company"), a global leader in risk mitigation, investigations, compliance, cyber resilience, security, and incident response solutions, today announced the appointment of Managing Director Benedetto Demonte as North America Leader for Kroll's Cyber Security and Investigations Practice. In his expanded role as a member of Kroll's Global Cyber Security leadership team, Demonte will help ensure that clients benefit from seamless cyber security services in a world where cyber challenges can span the globe.

"Ben brings to each engagement a unique blend of exceptional technical expertise, a deep commitment to our clients, and the ability to forge highly productive working relationships both inside and outside of Kroll," said Jason Smolanoff, Senior Managing Director and Global Cyber Security Practice Leader for Kroll. "Ben's appointment as North America Cyber Leader, joining APAC Cyber Leader Paul Jackson and EMEA Cyber Leader Andrew Beckett, underscores Kroll's holistic and global approach to helping our clients address complex cyber challenges, wherever and whenever they arise." 

As a Managing Director, Demonte serves clients on a daily basis with integrated services encompassing information security, cyber investigations, computer forensics, business continuity, disaster recovery, incident response, IT audit, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessments. Demonte leads the North America team of cyber investigators and digital forensic specialists in investigating client issues relating to large-scale information security reviews, data breach incident response, insider threats, investigations of computer security events, internet fraud, identity theft, and theft of intellectual property.

Demonte joined Kroll in 2012 after a distinguished career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation that spanned over two decades. During his career in the FBI, he served as a Senior Forensics Examiner and Assistant Director of the FBI's Regional Forensic Laboratory in New Jersey, where he managed a staff of more than 25 examiners. He also led a variety of complex cyber investigations, including technical analysis for national security, network intrusions, insider attacks, malware infections, internet fraud, child sexual exploitation, and theft of intellectual property.

Demonte is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Holy Family University, and holds the following certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE); and Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).

About Kroll:
Kroll is the leading global provider of risk solutions. For more than 40 years, Kroll has helped clients make confident risk management decisions about people, assets, operations and security through a wide range of investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical and operational security and data and information management services. Headquartered in New York with more than 35 offices in 20 countries, Kroll has a multidisciplinary team of nearly 1,000 employees and serves a global clientele of law firms, financial institutions, corporations, non-profit institutions, government agencies and individuals. For more information visit www.kroll.com.

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