Security Services

Breach in NASDAQ cloud application

Top Priority Sector: 
cyber_security

NASDAQ was forced to acknowledge the systems that one of its Internet-based applications had been hacked on Feb. 5, but said the portions of  its systems that handle trades were unaffected.

After Feb. 5 news reports appeared saying hackers had repeatedly breached its computers, the exchange said it had to disclose the cyber attack, even though the government had asked it to remain quiet as an investigation moved forward.

Uncle Sam needs guards to protect 60 federal buildings in Maryland

Top Priority Sector: 
security_services
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Federal building
in Baltimore, MD

Federal Protective Services, a unit within DHS, wants to hire one small business 8(a) security company to provide guards and security personnel at more than 60 federal buildings located in the State of Maryland.

Clarification

Top Priority Sector: 
education_training
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U.S. Training Center, Inc.'s
facilities in Moyock, NC

Editor’s Note: In the November 2010 print issue of Government Security News, we reported the award of a $678,413 training contract to the U.S. Training Center, Inc., of Moyock, NC. Based on information contained on the federal government’s Federal Business Opportunities Web site, we indicated that the training would take place at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. It turns out that the training did not take place in Glynco, GA, or at any other FLETC site, as the following note from Laura Strong, a FLETC public affairs officer, makes clear.

DHS inappropriately spending billions on contracts? Not so fast.

Top Priority Sector: 
security_services
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Stan Soloway

In a recent article, Government Security News proclaimed that the Homeland Security Department had awarded billions in contracts for “inherently governmental” work. But, in fact, that is not what DHS reported. Unfortunately, the article treated “inherently governmental” functions and positions that are considered “closely associated with inherently governmental” or “critical” as if they were all synonymous. But they are not.

This is a mistake that is all too common and has led to both confusion and, in some cases, misplaced concern.

Verizon to acquire Terremark, operator of 13 data centers

Top Priority Sector: 
it_security
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Terramark's datacenters

Verizon Communications Inc. and Terremark Worldwide Inc. have announced a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Terremark, a global provider of managed IT infrastructure and cloud services, for $19.00 per share in cash, or a total equity value of $1.4 billion.

Both companies called the deal “a move that will decisively reshape the rapidly evolving global business technology solutions market.”

ASTM’s homeland security committee elects Mark Oakes as chairman

Top Priority Sector: 
security_services
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Mark Oakes

Mark Oakes, founder and chief executive officer of Intellimar Inc., of Sykesville, MD, has been elected chairman of ASTM International's Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications for a two-year term.

The committee, which has a membership of more than 360, addresses issues related to standards and guidance materials for homeland security applications. 

Top three sales mistakes made by security companies

Top Priority Sector: 
security_services
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Chris Peterson

Security businesses often make sales mistakes that restrain their growth. Since every aspect of the business is tied to the top line, the disappointing results can make management feel like they’ve got an anchor tied to their backs. 

It seems that most companies make similar errors unique to the security industry. Fortunately, these errors are easy to avoid. Below are three of the most common mistakes security companies make in regard to their sales strategy.

Mistake 1:   Hiring a “Rolodex”

Magal S3 wins a $21.4 million contract to enhance security at Port of Mombasa in Kenya

Top Priority Sector: 
maritime_port_security
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Port of Mombassa

Magal Security Systems, Ltd. signed a $21.4 million dollar contract for a turnkey project for the supply and integration of the security systems for the Port of Mombasa in Kenya.

This turnkey project involves the development of civil and communications infrastructure, installation of a comprehensive security solution, commissioning, training and support, says a press release issued by Magal on Jan. 20.

The Magal S3 complete solution incorporates:

Ten new video interviews with ASIS 2010 exhibitors and GSN 2010 award winners posted on GSN Web site

Top Priority Sector: 
access_control_identification

As a number of visitors to our Web site have already noticed, Government Security News has posted a module of 10 new featured video interviews on the home page of the GSN Web site. These videos include the final eight videos recorded with vendors discussing their products and solutions at the ASIS 2010 conference in Dallas, along with the final two interviews conducted with award winners at GSN’s 2010 Homeland Security Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.

DHS awards contractors billions to perform duties 'closely associated' with ‘inherently governmental functions’

Top Priority Sector: 
security_services

A large proportion of the service contracts that DHS awarded to commercial companies during the last fiscal year were for “professional and management services” or “information technology support services,” a revelation that raises concern that DHS may have become overly reliant on outside vendors to perform what are known as “inherently governmental functions.”

 

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