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.”
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.
For more information about Agility, visit www.agility.com
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
SECUR Now Offering Europe's Leading Storage And Transport Containers For Shippers Of Radioactive Wastes And Materials
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport has been designated an official Innovation Task Force (ITF) site by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
TSA's Innovation Task Force seeks to drive improvements in overall transportation security effectiveness and efficiency, while ensuring a positive experience for customers. To meet that goal, the ITF works with airports, airlines and other transportation partners to champion innovative and cutting-edge technologies and procedures to protect the nation's transportation systems.
"DFW Airport has a long-standing, constructive relationship with the TSA and our team looks forward to hosting demonstrations of new technology that will explore how to make airports more secure while improving the customer experience," said Chad Makovsky, DFW's executive vice president of Operations. "We recently completed the installation of ten automated screening lanes, which will increase the throughput at four checkpoints, and we've welcomed the TSA into our Airport Operations Center where we collaborate on new ideas and respond quickly to our customers' needs."
"TSA has actively been demonstrating new technologies in airports across the country, and we are pleased that DFW Airport has been named an official Innovation Task Force site," said Steve Karoly, Assistant Administrator for the TSA Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis. "With this partnership, we can find new ways to work together to improve all aspects of aviation security."
This year, the task force will bring more deployment and experimentation of new technologies into public settings. As an ITF site, DFW is eligible for pilot programs to test and refine groundbreaking technologies and processes.
TSA selects innovation sites based on several criteria to ensure TSA resources are utilized efficiently, and in compliance with the requirements of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. Criteria include the ability of partner airports to support the initiative and nimbly respond to various needs.
In addition to Automated Screening Lanes, some of the additional technologies under demonstration with the ITF include Computed Tomography (CT) scans, Biometric Authentication and improved passenger communication techniques. For more information about TSA's Innovation Task Force, visit www.TSA.gov.
About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:
Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport holds the distinction of the best large airport in North America for customer service from Airports Council International. DFW Airport warmly welcomes more than 66 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world. DFW Airport customers can choose among 173 domestic and 57 international nonstop destinations worldwide. DFW is elevating the customer experience with modernized facilities and updated amenities, as well as through a $2 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel. For more information, visit the DFW website.
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BOSTON and MILAN -- DFLabs, the pioneer in Security Automation and Orchestration, today announced it has increased its total funding to $9M from existing investor Evolution Equity Partners and that it doubled revenues in 2017. The company also expanded operations in the US and Europe to capitalize on accelerating demand among Fortune 500 and Global 2000 enterprises, government agencies, law enforcement and intelligence agencies that want to contain and limit cyber breaches using its IncMan security automation and orchestration platform.
According to Gartner, Inc.: "The challenges from an increasingly hostile threat landscape, combined with a lack of people, expertise and budget are driving organizations toward security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) technologies." The report further states, "By year-end 2020, 15% of organizations with a security team larger than five people will leverage SOAR tools for orchestration and automation reasons, up from less than 1% today."
"2017 was our best year to date on all fronts, revenue bookings, customer acquisition and fund raising," said Dario Forte, CEO of DFLabs. "Recent high profile data breaches have forced organizations to recognize that prevention is no longer sufficient, they also need automated capabilities to quickly respond to and neutralize security incidents. This additional financing from Evolution Equity Partners will enable us to invest in the resources we need to keep up with market demand for IncMan around the world."
DFLabs pioneered intelligence-driven security monitoring, automation and orchestration that uses machine learning and rapid response runbook capabilities. DFLabs IncMan is the only platform capable of full incident lifecycle automation that includes built-in, automated threat intelligence gathering, risk assessment, triage and notification, context enrichment, hunting and investigating, and threat containment.
DFLabs achieved the following results and milestones for the year ended Dec. 31:
- Increased revenue bookings by 100%
- More than doubled its pipeline
- Signed multiple new enterprise clients, including Fortune 500, Government and Global 2000 organizations
- Grew sales, marketing and engineering teams by 100%
- Expanded operations in the US/Boston and UK/London
- Average customers reduced their incident resolution times by up to 90%
- Typical customers increased incident handling by 300%
DFLabs is a recognized global leader in security automation and orchestration technology. The company's management team has helped shape the cyber security industry, which includes co-editing several industry standards such as ISO 27043 and ISO 30121. Its flagship product, IncMan, has been adopted by Fortune 500 and Global 2000 organizations worldwide. DFLabs has operations in Europe, North America, and EMEA. For more information, visit www.dflabs.com or connect with us on Twitter @DFLabs.
Rheinmetall and Sikorsky Sign a Strategic Teaming Agreement to Offer CH-53K for Germany's New Heavy Lift Helicopter Competition
BONN, Germany, Feb. 6, 2018 -- Rheinmetall and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company signed a strategic teaming agreement for competing in the German Air Force "Schwerer Transporthubschrauber" (STH) Program.
Rheinmetall brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sikorsky STH team. With Sikorsky's breadth and depth of heavy lift experience and Rheinmetall's leadership as the lead teammate for STH sustainment, the German Air Force will experience the high levels of aircraft availability and reliability that Sikorsky customers have come to expect.
With Rheinmetall as the strategic partner for Sikorsky, we are convinced that together we provide the best possible state-of-the-art aircraft for the German Air Force as successor for the legacy CH-53G fleet," said Armin Papperger Rheinmetall CEO. "Furthermore, we stand strongly together in offering a cost-effective, reliable solution oriented to the needs of today's operations, and able to evolve with the Armed Forces as its needs change over time."
"Sikorsky has a 45-year history supporting the German Armed Forces fleet of CH-53G aircraft, and we are humbled by the opportunity to continue to serve the German Armed Forces for another 45 years with Sikorsky's CH-53K," said Dan Schultz, president of Sikorsky. "As a former CH-53 pilot, I can attest that this aircraft is truly the most capable heavy lift helicopter we have ever built. Sikorsky's CH-53K, combined with Rheinmetall as our key German partner, is a winning solution for STH."
Sikorsky and Rheinmetall will look to introduce more German teammates in the weeks to come. The team will leverage and build upon the deep knowledge and expertise of the German defense industry.
The CH-53K King Stallion advances Sikorsky's 50 years of manufacturing and operational success of its CH-53A, CH-53D/G, and CH-53E. Built to thrive on the 21st-century battlefield, including shipboard operations, the CH-53K aircraft is an all-new aircraft, using modern intelligent design. The rugged CH-53K is designed to ensure reliability, low maintenance, high availability and enhanced survivability in the most austere and remote forward operating bases.
The U.S. Marine Corps will field the CH-53K as a fully-operational aircraft in 2019. By the time Germany receives its first aircraft, the CH-53K will have been in service with the U.S. Marine Corps for five years. The CH-53K provides the German Armed Forces with a proven heavy lift helicopter that can be entered into service seamlessly without need for upgrades for the next several decades.
The CH-53K helicopter is the best choice for completing missions like humanitarian aid, troop transport, casualty evacuation, support of special operations forces, and combat search and rescue. No matter the mission, the aircraft provides the highest degree of safety for its crew and occupants in all conditions.
With the legacy fleet of the CH-53G, Sikorsky has a long lasting strong relationship with the Bundeswehr, which Sikorsky looks forward to strengthening with the CH-53K. The CH-53K will enable the German Armed Forces to conduct real heavy lift operations. Intelligent, reliable, low maintenance and survivable, the CH-53K is the future of German Heavy Lift.
For additional information about CH-53K, visit: https://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/ch-53k-helicopter.html
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
The Rheinmetall Group is a high-tech enterprise specializing in mobility and security solutions. Consisting of three divisions – Vehicle Systems, Electronic Solutions and Weapon and Ammunition – the Group's Defense arm is one of the world's foremost defense technology organizations. Its wide array of products ranges from vehicle, force protection and weapon systems to infantry equipment and air defense technology, and from engagement sequence networking to sensors and electro-optics as well as advanced simulation and training solutions. With some 23000 employees worldwide, the Düsseldorf based Group generated sales of €5.6 billion in 2016.
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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.