The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.
Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.
GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala
Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.
The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.
The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.
The Response Network, of Hanover, NH, a provider of online training programs for law enforcement and public safety professionals, has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) to develop customized in-service training courses that will be available to all Virginia law enforcement personnel on the company’s PoliceCommunity.net online training portal.
Government Security News has announced that its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program will officially open for business and start accepting entries in the program’s 45 awards categories on Tuesday, April 26.
Viscount Systems, a supplier of security systems and software, announced on May 17 that its Freedom access control technology has been selected for a secured U.S. Government site in Philadelphia, PA.
The system will include the company's Freedom Encryption Bridge technology, Viscount's enrollment and revocation list software applications, and Viscount's enhanced alarm management. In keeping with government requests, the nature of the facilities and agency involved cannot be identified, said Viscount in a May news release.
Sotera Defense Solutions, a mission-critrical technology company, announced on May 16 that John Hillen will leave his position as Chief Executive Officer to serve in a new role as vice chairman of Sotera's advisory board.
Nobody can argue that cyber security and data privacy have become hot topics this year. The buzz has been felt world-wide, as people strategize on both offensive and defensive aspects. When cyber security is mentioned, many reflexively jump to thoughts of firewalls, complex passwords and malware protection.
In an effort to manage its wire taps, “pen registers,” “trap & trace devices” and other forms of electronic communications intercepts, the U.S. Secret Service is seeking a contractor that can provide the highly specialized software that makes these intercepts possible, along with ancillary support and training.
The Secret Service currently relies on intercept software provided by the incumbent contractor, Pen-Link Ltd, of Lincoln, NE.