Security Services

FCC issues final rule for nationwide test of new Emergency Alert System

Top Priority Sector: 
disaster_preparedness_emergency_response

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.

Design competition planned for security elements adjacent to White House

Top Priority Sector: 
access_control_identification
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Design competition
for security elements
near White House

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.

New app protects data on unprotected WiFi networks

Top Priority Sector: 
it_security
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Kent Lawson

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.

South Korean government hit with DDoS attack

Top Priority Sector: 
cyber_security

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 p.r. firm hires Nick Mitsis as senior account exec

Top Priority Sector: 
security_services

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.

More than 75% of workers use unknown USB drives

Top Priority Sector: 
cyber_security

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.

ICE to hand Actionable Intelligence a sole source contract for database software

Top Priority Sector: 
border_security

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 introduces NIST-compliant cloud offering of its mass notification system

Top Priority Sector: 
disaster_preparedness_emergency_response

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.

Google acquires security firm Zynamics

Top Priority Sector: 
cyber_security
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Halvar Flake

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.

Making sense of demonstrations in North Africa and the Middle East: The challenge of text analysis

Top Priority Sector: 
law_enforcement_first_responders
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Bob Carter

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.

 

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