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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.
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.
Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.
Washington, April 23 – Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., has announced the selection of three projects spearheaded by entrepreneurial teams across the agency. The chosen projects are part of the latest round of funding provided through the HHS Secretary’s Ventures program, a component of the department’s innovation initiative led by the HHS IDEA Lab. The announcement was made during the HHS IDEA Lab’s Shark Tank and Demo Day that showcased the results of innovation projects.
Atlanta, GA, April 23 – The U.S. Secret Service Atlanta Field Office has arrested eight members of an organized fraud ring accused of stealing over $10 million in U.S. Treasury checks. Five additional targets were already in custody for unrelated arrests. One additional suspect is expected to surrender to authorities. The arrests were made in coordination with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Social Security Administration; the Office of Inspector General; and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.
San Mateo, April 21 – Agari, the provider of data-driven security solutions that detect and prevent advanced email cyberattacks, has announced the availability of the Agari Email Trust Cloud.
San Francisco, April 21 – Accuvant and FishNet Security, which recently joined together, have announced plans to launch their new, combined corporate name and brand, and to begin conducting business as Optiv Security in summer 2015. This change will enable the company to complete its transformational growth merger and allow it to become a strategic primary source that helps organizations more effectively fight the cyber security battle. The announcement was made at RSA Conference 2015.
Digital Version of March/April 2015