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Law enforcement, homeland security, White House vow to find Boston bomber

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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

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GSN Awards 2012

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.

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

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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.

OzVision

Alan Avidan, President, indicates that OzVision is pushing the forefront of hosted video services for dealers and users. The company’s government market includes military bases, government facilities, and national monuments such as the Washington Monument, the State of Liberty and Ford’s Theater. Avidan calls for dealers and central services to join in the hosted video movement, which he describes as the future of the industry.

Obama seeks three percent hike in discretionary budget at DHS

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.

Staples provides update on data security incident

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Framingham, MA-based Staples has given an update on the investigation into its previously announced data security incident involving a small percentage of its retail point-of-sale systems.

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SPR receives funding to deploy innovative solution to combat Ebola epidemic

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Boston, MA-based SPR Advanced Technologies (SPR) has announced that it has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to test, refine and deploy its patented technology to assist USAID and its partner agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the United States Department of Defense, with an Ebola response solution to protect health care workers in affected countries from contamination by the Ebola virus.

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One year after Target data breach confirmed, consumers vulnerable as ever, study says

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One year after Target confirmed the company’s massive data breach, and as the holiday shopping season is approaching its peak, National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger reiterated the need for national standards on data security and breach notification for retailers.

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FBI investigates Sony cyber attack

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the cyber attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), the agency says. In late November, SPE confirmed that it was the victim of a cyber attack that destroyed systems and stole large quantities of personal and commercial data. A group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” claimed responsibility for the attack and subsequently issued threats against SPE, its employees, and theaters that distribute its movies.

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