U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to award a sole source contract to Actionable Intelligence Technologies, Inc., of McLean, VA, for use of the company’s Financial Investigation System (FIS) software, which enables large enterprises to upload massive amounts of complex data into pre-planned templates, which makes subsequent investigations and analyses much easier to conduct.
AtHoc, Inc., a supplier of network-centric emergency mass notification systems (EMNS), announced on March 2 that its AtHoc IWSAlerts Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering is now NIST-compliant.
Zynamics, a company that builds tools for reverse engineering computer code to identify and prevent vulnerabilities in software applications, has been acquired by search giant Google. No details of the deal were made available immediately by the companies.
Recent events in the Arab world have dramatized how multiple digital channels -- including text messaging, e-mail and social networks -- have become a powerful medium for collective human activity. This multi-channel communications presents a serious challenge for government agencies charged with tracking political developments in the region, however, because the content that that these agencies need to analyze is so fragmented, across so many disparate sources.
Intel Corporation announced on Feb. 28 that it had completed its $7.68 billion all-cash acquisition of security software maker McAfee, of Santa Clara, CA. The first fruits of the partnership will appear in the market later this year, according to a statement from Intel.
Teams from 11 colleges in the northeast United States will participate in a cyber defense competition at the EMC Training Center in Franklin, MA this weekend, March 4-6. The event is one of nine regional competitions that are being held across the country over the next two months. Regional winners will compete in the finals in April at the National Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio, TX.
Former president George W. Bush bailed out of a scheduled appearance at a conference of business leaders on Feb. 26 after learning that controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was also invited to address the gathering.
A statement from Bush spokesperson David Sherzer explained: "Six months ago, President Bush accepted an invitation to speak to the YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver on February 26, 2011. This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently been invited to address the same summit, President Bush decided to cancel his appearance."
Ten years ago, law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels was, at best, only strongly suited for dealing with jurisdictional criminal behavior. Even though criminals do not respect jurisdictional boundaries, the culture was still territorial. The concept of “information-sharing” was not top-of- mind with most officers.
For the last two days, the Web site of a religious sect known for its bashing of homosexuals and rude behavior at military funerals has been under an apparent denial of service attack claimed by the mysterious hactivist known as Jester. But the attack appears to be more of a blessing than a travail for the Westboro Baptist Church located in Topeka, KS.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill that would require several cabinet members to collaborate on a year-long cost-benefit analysis that would develop “voluntary or mandatory” cyber-security and Internet safety standards aimed at preventing terrorists, criminals, spies and other malicious actors from disrupting, damaging or destroying computer networks.