State | Local Security
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
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.
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.
Government Security News has announced that its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program will officially open for business and start accepting entries in the program’s 45 awards categories on Tuesday, April 26.
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.
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.
The Federal Protective Service has been directed by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to enhance its presence and security at various U.S. Government buildings in Washington D.C. and other major cities and locations around the country. The precise actions DHS are taking and the precise locations at which they will enhance security is law-enforcement sensitive, will vary and shift from location to location, and will be continually re-evaluated, DHS says.
AlliedBarton Security Services, a provider of highly trained security personnel, has announced the election of Mike Smidt, vice president/general manager, to the Executive Board of the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associates (CALSAGA). He will join the Executive Board for 2015 and 2016 as the Board Secretary.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has selected Booz Allen to help the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FSA) Office of Integrated Award Environment (IAE) enhance the government’s contract award/acquisition process.
Cincinnati, OH-based CBTS, a technology solutions provider, has announced that its Advanced Cyber Security division has earned the National Security Agency’s (NSA) Cyber Incident Response Assistance (CIRA) certification. The NSA uses this new accreditation to show that they have vetted the people, policies, and procedures of an organization and declared them to be the state-of-the-art capabilities needed for rapid cyber security support to high-level government agencies.