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Battelle Team Wins $23 million in Contract Awards for Microelectronics Security from U.S. Department of Defense
COLUMBUS, Ohio —Battelle will continue its work to help the nation keep counterfeit and untrustworthy integrated circuits and embedded systems out of the military supply chain.
Under the Microelectronics and Embedded Systems Assurance (MESA) contract vehicle, two awards worth $23 million were recently announced for research that will be conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
The contracts build on Battelle’s experience in conducting basic and applied research on technologies designed to address the increasing threat and proliferation of counterfeit microelectronics and integrated circuits.
All modern defense weapon systems are inherently reliant on microelectronic devices and embedded systems for their operation. Any threat to the integrity of these components can result in significant harm to operations, people and systems.
“We’re excited to leverage our innovative cyber trust and assurance research and solutions in continued support of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Sensors Directorate,” said Tom Bergman, cyber program manager at Battelle. “Ensuring the security and reliability of military microelectronics and embedded systems against the growing threat is an imperative.”
The work, which will occur over the next four and a half years, will be performed with teammates from MacAulay-Brown, Inc. and the BerrieHill Research Division of Applied Research Associates.
“Hardware device security is a strategic focus of the Cyber Innovations business unit, and these contract wins continue to build on our expertise in the research and development of technologies for hardware trust and assurance,” said Lisa McCauley, general manager of the unit. “Battelle is dedicated to supporting our customers’ national security mission, and we are pleased that AFRL recognizes the strength and innovation of our team with these awards.”
For more than a decade, Battelle has been trusted by government clients to solve some of their most perplexing cyber challenges and manage the ever-changing cyber landscape through custom solutions, discipline-diverse talent, and unique tools, technology and expertise.
Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.
WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen spoke with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill regarding the details of the attempted terrorist attack in New York City. Secretary Nielsen released the following statement on the Department’s role in coordinating a federal response to terror-related incidents.
“The Department of Homeland Security is taking appropriate action to protect our people and our country in the wake of today’s attempted terrorist attack in New York City. We will continue to assist New York authorities with the response and investigation and we urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. More broadly, the administration continues to adopt significant security measures to keep terrorists from entering our country and from recruiting within our borders. The enemy we face is persistent and adaptive. But they should know this: Americans will not be coerced by terrorism, and we will not allow it to become the new normal. We will fight back aggressively and bring terrorists to justice.”
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What GAO Found
GAO's prior work has shown that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should complete, document, and make available analyses of key questions related to its chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) consolidation proposal. In August 2016, we reported that several key factors were not included when DHS evaluated its organizational consolidation of CBRNE functions. For example, DHS did not fully assess and document potential problems that could result from consolidation or include a comparison of benefits and costs. Further, DHS conducted limited external stakeholder outreach, thus the proposal may not sufficiently account for stakeholder concerns. Attention to these key areas, identified from GAO's analysis of previous organizational consolidations, would help provide DHS, Congress, and other stakeholders, such as DHS components with assurance that important aspects of effective organizational changes are addressed as part of the agency's CBRNE reorganization decision-making process. GAO previously recommended that DHS complete, document, and make available analyses of key questions related to its consolidation proposal, including: (1) what problems, if any, consolidation may create; (2) a comparison of the benefits and costs the consolidation may entail; and (3) a broader range of external stakeholder input including a discussion of how it was obtained and considered. DHS did not concur, asserting that the recommendation did not acknowledge the extent to which these questions were discussed both internally within DHS and externally with Congress and that DHS's decision to consolidate CBRNE functions had already been made which would make additional analysis redundant. GAO closed this recommendation as not implemented. While GAO has not fully assessed DHS's most recent reorganization plans, GAO continues to believe that documenting information and analyses used to assess the benefits and limitations of its consolidation plan would assist DHS in fully demonstrating how its proposal will lead to an integrated, high-performance organization.
GAO's prior work found that key mergers and organizational transformation practices could further benefit DHS in its proposed CBRNE consolidation. GAO reported in July 2003 on key practices and implementation steps for mergers and organizational transformations that range from ensuring top leadership drives the transformation to involving employees in the implementation process to obtain their ideas and gain their ownership for the transformation. In August 2016, GAO recommended that DHS use key mergers and organizational transformation practices identified in GAO's previous work to help ensure that lessons learned from other reorganizations are considered during the consolidation effort. DHS concurred with the recommendation and stated in its October 2017 consolidation notice to Congress that it will consult the practices during consolidation implementation. GAO will monitor DHS's implementation of the key practices which will help to ensure that lessons learned from other organizations are considered during the consolidation effort.
Why GAO Did This Study
Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive weapons, also known as weapons of mass destruction (WMD), have the potential to kill thousands of people in a single incident. In 2013 Congress directed DHS to review its WMD programs, including the consolidation of CBRNE mission functions. DHS recently notified Congress that consolidation would begin in December 2017.
This testimony is based on GAO findings from an August 2016 report on (1) the extent to which DHS's CBRNE consolidation proposal assessed the benefits and limitations of consolidation and (2) GAO's key practices from past organizational transformations that could benefit the CBRNE consolidation effort. GAO reviewed DHS consolidation planning documents, interviewed relevant officials and obtained selected updated information on DHS planning efforts.
What GAO Recommends
GAO made two recommendations to DHS in 2016 to (1) complete, document, and make available analyses of key questions related to its consolidation proposal; and (2) use the key mergers and organizational transformation practices identified in GAO's previous work. DHS did not concur with the first recommendation and it was closed as not implemented. DHS concurred with the second recommendation and has not yet implemented it. GAO will continue to monitor DHS's efforts to address the second recommendation.
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Artificial Intelligence to Bio Scanners: DENSO Broadens Investment in Startups to Make the Future of Transportation a Reality
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 7, 2017 -- DENSO, one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, plans to expand its venture capital investments in a broad range of new technologies to make a world of self-driving, truly connected cars a reality. CES 2018 will provide a glimpse of the present and future for these innovations, including both core automotive startups and innovative technologies from bio sensors to cybersecurity with potentially huge applications for the way we get around. Three successful DENSO ventures will demonstrate at the company's CES exhibit, while the next wave of early-stage startups can pitch DENSO's venture capital head, Tony Cannestra.
"DENSO's vision for the future of mobility goes beyond automotive, and it will take the combination of a broad range of emerging technologies to make that vision a reality," said Tony Cannestra, director of Corporate Ventures at DENSO. "This year we'll look especially at companies tackling automated driving, cybersecurity and both biometric and vehicle sensors, including LIDAR and radar. Our CES meetings will play a big role in decisions over the next year."
The CVC Group led by Cannestra typically invests between $1 - $4 million in early stage startups working on technologies that are strategically relevant to the transportation industry. Currently, DENSO has a portfolio of more than 10 startup investments and is aggressively seeking to expand its investment efforts.
Startups attending CES can sign-up for a 20-minute pitch meeting by visiting www.densomedia-na.com/cesstartups. Meetings will take place on Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11 from 1-4pm PST at DENSO's CES exhibit in LVCC, North Hall #7917.
DENSO's startup investments target innovative technologies with applications in connectivity, autonomous drive, shared mobility and electrification (CASE). Recently, DENSO has also announced several investments in R&D and manufacturing CASE technologies. That includes a $4.3 billion global R&D commitment and $1 billion investment in its largest US manufacturing facility to produce electrification and safety technology. DENSO's startup investments complement R&D and production, all aiming to bring new solutions to market that benefit automakers and consumers.
About DENSO in North America
DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 28 consolidated subsidiaries and 4 affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO's North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to www.denso.com/us-ca/en. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica.
DENSO Worldwide DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.
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Automated Border Control Kiosks Reach 71% CAGR Over Four Years with 71 Installations at 59 International Airports and Cruise Terminals
DENVER, Dec. 11, 2017 -- According to Acuity Market Intelligence, border authorities have embraced digital identification and biometric-based automation to simplify and accelerate border control processing. Acuity's latest report on border control kiosks reveals that 71 installations deploying 2283 border control kiosks are active at 59 ports of entry across the globe. These include Automated Border Control (ABC) Kiosks, Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks, and Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIK).
"As airports and other ports of entry struggle to keep up with increasing volumes of global travelers, automation is the only solution for border control," says Maxine Most, Principal at Acuity Market Intelligence. "integrated digital Identification technology, including document readers and biometrics, allow border agents to securely facilitate low risk international travelers while focusing expensive, high value human resources on genuine threats."
"The number of border control kiosks increased more than 60% over last year with CAGR projected to exceed 20% for the next 3 years," Most says. "The US and Canada dominate the market landscape with 60% and 35% of all border control kiosks deployed. Though only about 100 kiosks are deployed at ten locations across the Caribbean, Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, Acuity expects the use of these highly efficient and cost-effective border control solutions to migrate broadly within existing regions while expanding to include Asia, Latin America, and Africa over the next few years."
Today, kiosks are deployed at just a few cruise ports, but Acuity expects broader use of kiosks at more seaports and land crossings over the next three to five years. Vancouver Airport's Innovative Travel Solutions group dominates the global market with more than 60% kiosks unit and installation market share.
Acuity Market Intelligence's "APC Kiosk Deployment List" (http://www.acuity-mi.com/APCdep.php) provides details for all kiosk border control deployments including location, program, owner, units, vendors, costs, and market share analysis.
Acuity's border control research and analysis also includes the "ABC eGate Deployment List" (http://www.acuity-mi.com/eGatedep.php) and "The Global Automated Border Control Industry Report: Airport eGates and Kiosks" (http://www.acuity-mi.com/ABCair_Report.php).
About Acuity Market Intelligence: Acuity Market Intelligence (http://www.acuity-mi.com) is an emerging technology strategy and research consultancy with a proven record of accurately anticipating biometric and digital identity market trends. Follow us on twitter @cmaxmost.
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Swimlane Achieves Integration With McAfee® ePolicy Orchestrator® Through The McAfee Security Innovation Alliance
LOUISVILLE, Colo., Dec. 7, 2017 -- Swimlane, a leader in Security Automation and Orchestration (SAO), announced today that it has achieved technical integration of its SAO platform with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO™) technology, enabling customers to deploy more robust security solutions and better protect their assets from ever-evolving cyber threats.
As a member of the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance, Swimlane plays a critical role in the program's mission to accelerate the development of interoperable security products and simplify product integration within complex customer environments, delivering joint customers better value and more protection against the growing threat landscape. With this integration, Swimlane and McAfee address a rising industry need to shorten response times from security events and more easily remediate compromised systems, leading to a simplified Threat Defense Lifecycle.
"Swimlane streamlines operational efficiency, lowers incident response times, and improves security by integrating with best-of-breed solutions like McAfee ePO," said Cody Cornell, CEO and founder of Swimlane. "Through integration with McAfee ePO, Swimlane and McAfee now provide our joint customers with highly automated incident response and interoperability with other security platforms. By automating the workflow and response, Swimlane and McAfee joint customers can now respond faster and more consistently to a broad range of advanced attacks that are targeting their endpoints."
Swimlane helps organizations get the most out of existing resources by automating time-intensive, manual processes and operational workflows in real time. An API-first architecture, extensive out-of-the-box integrations and pre-packaged templates allow organizations to quickly enable orchestration across their entire security infrastructure. Swimlane delivers powerful analytics, real-time dashboards and key performance reporting to maximize the incident response capabilities of over-burdened and understaffed security operations teams.
With the integration of McAfee ePO technology, customers can now automatically initiate incident response workflows to address alarms. Importing configuration data from the McAfee ePO database into Swimlane delivers consolidated event details tied to potential endpoint attacks. This data can be correlated against additional event details pulled from multiple platforms for rapid investigation and triage. Swimlane can also apply tags from the McAfee ePO console to specific endpoints for immediate policy enforcement to help facilitate faster incident response and a greater return on investment from the entire security infrastructure.
"We're pleased to see Swimlane complete McAfee compatibility testing with ePO to meet multiple use cases that will help joint customers address threats faster and more efficiently," said D.J. Long, head of McAfee Security Innovation Alliance. "With this integration, joint customers will reap the benefits of reduced operational costs, greater protection and improved compliance."
Swimlane was founded to deliver innovative and practical security solutions to organizations struggling with alert fatigue, vendor proliferation and chronic staffing shortages. Swimlane is at the forefront of the growing market for security automation and orchestration solutions that automate and organize security processes in repeatable ways to get the most out of available resources and accelerate incident response.
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Today, ThoughtWorks, a global software development and digital transformation consultancy, is proud to name three new members to its Board of Directors: Jane Chwick, William G. Parrett and Dr. Anita Sands.
This announcement comes as ThoughtWorks is approaching 25 years of revolutionizing software design and delivery, while advocating for positive social change. The three new members, with their variety of experience across multiple industries, strengthen ThoughtWorks leadership as the company continues down the path of double digit growth.
“Each individual brings a unique perspective to our board,” said Guo Xiao, Chief Executive Officer, ThoughtWorks. “Jane Chwick’s proven record creating and implementing high-value, long term strategic initiatives will benefit our next phase of growth. Bill Parrett’s global business experience is a perfect fit for the increase in cross border collaboration clients are demanding and our global footprint. And Dr. Sands, with her extensive experience driving technology innovation and organizational change, will provide great insights into how we can become better change agents for our clients in their strategic transformations. I have great confidence that under their guidance, ThoughtWorks will become the partner of choice for enterprise organizations grappling with complex digital transformations.”
About the Members of the Board
Ms. Chwick was a partner at Goldman Sachs where she had a 30-year career in technology, most recently as Co-Chief Operating Officer of the technology division. In this role, she was responsible for financial and business planning, setting the technical strategy and management of an 8,000-person organization within the firm. Ms. Chwick was also the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Trewtec, Inc., providing Corporate Directors, CEOs and Chief Technology Officers with vital information they need to improve their oversight of a company's technology function. Ms. Chwick currently serves as a director of Voya Financial, a financial, retirement, investment and insurance company; People’s United Bank, the largest regional bank Headquartered in New England; and MarketAxess, the leading fixed income electronic trading platform for institutional investors and dealers.
William G. Parrett
Mr. Parrett is a former Senior Partner of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, a public accounting firm. Mr. Parrett retired in 2007. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT). Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer of DTT, he was Managing Partner of Deloitte & Touche USA since 1999. Mr. Parrett joined Deloitte in 1967 and served in a series of roles of increasing responsibility. Mr. Parrett currently serves as a director of The Blackstone Group L.P., an investment and advisory firm; Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a provider of analytical and laboratory instruments and products; Conduent Corporation, a business process services company. Additionally, Mr. Parrett is Past Chairman of United Way of America and of the United States Council for International Business.
Dr. Anita Sands
A Fulbright and O'Reilly Scholar, Dr. Sands began her banking career in 2004, handling derivatives analysis at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Canada's fifth largest general bank. She then joined the even larger Royal Bank of Canada and was the youngest-ever Senior Vice President at the Royal Bank of Canada as the Head of Innovation & Process Design. After moving to New York City to work as Head of Transformation for Global Technology and Operations at Citigroup, she joined UBS Wealth Management, where at the age of 33, she was appointed Chief Operating Officer responsible for technology, operations and corporate services. Currently, Dr. Sands is on the board of directors of three public companies including Symantec Corporation, a member of the F500, and the world’s leader in Cyber-Security; Service Now, an enterprise SaaS service management company; and Pure Storage, a leading innovator in the enterprise storage space. She is also an active investor and serves on the advisory board of Grand Central Tech—a leading New York-based technology incubator - as well as the Dean’s Advisory Board at Heinz College, CMU. She is a member of the Advisory Board at DocuSign and Accompany, as well as a member of the Digital Advisory Board at Box.
We are a software company and a community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change.
Cook County Official Joins Cyber, DHS and National Security Leaders to Unveil First-Ever "Voting Infrastructure Security Plan"
, -- Today, DEFCON – the world's largest, longest running hacker conference – joined forces with the of Public Policy to host an event on cybersecurity and U.S. elections infrastructure. The event featured a panel of leaders from the cyber industry, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the national security community. It also featured the release of an "Election Security Plan" authored by Noah Praetz, Director of Elections with the Clerk's Office.
Mr. Praetz's Election Security Plan represented the first-of-its-kind to be put forth by a local official since news broke that attempted to infiltrate voting networks in at least 21 U.S. states during the 2016 election. The plan outlines several strategies for stakeholders to better defend, detect, and recover from cyber threats aimed at voting equipment, systems, networks and databases. Specifically, it describes "a challenging, comprehensive, yet achievable list of actions" for both federal leaders to support the more than 9,000 voting jurisdictions around the country, as well as the responsibilities of state and local officials.
"This is a critical time when Americans need to be reassured that their vote is secure – and I am proud that my election administration colleagues at the state and local level are the ones serving valiantly on the front lines," said Praetz, underscoring the need for local action backed by federal support. "Like good servants, these officials will tell you they can continue to hold the line. But they need to be fortified by resources from the federal government, and they need guidance in terms of what line they even can hold."
Today's event comes at a time when leaders are increasingly referring to election security as a national security priority. In early 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated elections as a critical infrastructure subsector, giving the federal government more authority to take action. from the DHS's Office of Cyber Security and Communications participated in the event, highlighting DHS's current role with the Elections Security Task Force. Less attention has been placed, however, on the perspectives of state and local officials.
"Recently, we've seen a groundswell of bipartisan national security and cyber leaders uniting to frame the problem and highlight what or other nefarious actors could do to our democracy," said Jake Braun, a cybersecurity lecturer at and DEFCON Voting Village representative who emceed the event. "Now its encouraging to see state and local leaders like Mr. Praetz – and many others who helped influence his plan – coming together to offer solutions. With the full funding and resources to do their job, there's no question they can better secure our democracy for 2018 and beyond."
The event, which was held at the historic International House on campus, represented the third in a series of high-profile events hosted by DEFCON to build awareness around cyber vulnerabilities facing our democracy. Earlier this year, in response to cyberattacks in 2016, DEFCON hosted a "Voting Village" demonstration at its annual conference in Vegas. The Village assembled 25+ pieces of election equipment – including voting machines and pollbooks still widely used in U.S. elections today – and made them accessible to 1000+ hackers who were encouraged to test the technology and expose cyber vulnerabilities for educational purposes.
A full report on the Voting Village's findings is available online.
The Global Passenger Security Equipment Market Is Expected to Reach $79,042 Million in 2023, from $43,398 Million in 2016, Growing at a CAGR of 8.9% from 2017 to 2023
LONDON, Dec. 6, 2017 -- Passenger Security Equipment Market by Transport Infrastructure (Airports, Train Station, Bus Stations, and Seaports) and Type (Baggage Inspection System, Explosive Detection System, Video Surveillance, Intrusion Detection and Prevention System, Fire Safety & Detection System, People Screening Systems, and others) - Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023
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The global passenger security equipment market is expected to reach $79,042 million in 2023, from $43,398 million in 2016, growing at a CAGR of 8.9% from 2017 to 2023. Passenger security refers to a technique, which helps them protect from accidentals harms, crimes, and other threats. Such procedures help the government to avoid any crimes and allow passengers to travel from one place to another without any harm. Honeywell International, Orbocomm, and L-3 Communications are some of the leading key players of the passenger security equipment market.
Increase in terror attacks on public transport infrastructures drives the passenger security equipment market growth. Further, rise in demand of biometrics technologies for identity verification by the government also fuels the market growth. However, high installation cost is anticipated to hinder the passenger security equipment market during the forecast period.
Based on type, the global passenger security equipment market is categorized into baggage inspection system, explosive detection system, video surveillance, intrusion detection and prevention system, fire safety & detection system, people screening systems, and others. The people screening systems segment dominated the global passenger security equipment market, in terms of revenue, and is expected to maintain this trend.
Honeywell International, Orbocomm, L-3 Communications, Kapsch, Siemens AG, Rapiscan Systems, Rockwell Collins, Safran Group, Raytheon Group, and Smiths Group are some of the leading key players of global passenger security equipment market.
KEY MARKET SEGMENTS
BY TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
Baggage Inspection System
Explosive Detection System
Intrusion Detection and Prevention System
Fire Safety & Detection System
People Screening Systems
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
The other players in the value chain include (profiles not included in the report):
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