The Federal Communications Commission has issued a final rule that calls for the first national test of the new Emergency Alert System in order to determine whether it functions as intended and is ready to deliver a national Presidential alert, if necessary.
In a notice it published in the Federal Register on March 8, the FCC said it would give all participants “at least two months prior notice” before any national test is undertaken.
A design competition will be held to find the best ideas for replacing unsightly jersey barriers, temporary guard booths and concrete planters currently protecting the park adjacent to the White House with new security elements that are more durable and more aesthetic.
In their desire to stay connected wherever they are, employees often use network connections that aren't secure. That doesn't have to be the case, claims one software maker that released March 7 an application called Private WiFi that encrypts all data going into and out of a person's computer.
A denial of service attack against some 40 government and private computers in South Korea has been launched by parties unknown, the country's National Cyber Security Center reported on March 4. Government agencies assaulted include the office of the nation's president and its national intelligence agency.
According to a threat warning meter published at an English version of the agency's Web site, the current threat level in the country is "Substantial," which is below "Critical" and "Severe" on the threat scale.
Environics Communications, Inc., a full-service North American public relations agency which specializes in advanced technology and other fields, has announced that Nick Mitsis has joined the agency’s Washington, DC, office as a senior account executive. Mitsis has almost 15 years of domestic and international experience in PR, marketing, corporate communications, financial communications and journalism.
A common way to spread digital mischief through an organization's computer network is through an infected USB stick. Electronic malcontents who know how irresistible those handy devices are to workers will on occasion toss them on the ground at parking lots. They know some cubicle inmate will pick one up and plug it into their office computer completely clueless about the havoc they're about to unleash.
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.