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Boston shut down as bombing suspects chased down

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The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.

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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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.

Jonathan Freed appointed to lead NSA's strategic communications

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Jonathan Freed has been appointed as the National Security Agency's new Associate Director for Strategic Communications. Freed, a longtime public relations professional and former journalist, most recently served as a media relations and public affairs executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In making the announcement, Admiral Michael S. Rogers -- Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; director, National Security Agency; and chief, Central Security Service -- emphasized the critical role of both workforce and public engagements at NSA.

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Internet Society outlines approach to cyber security policy

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The Internet Society has outlined its approach to cyber security policy:

The headlines of today regarding hacking, exposure of large quantities of personal data, denial of service attacks, and the continued revelations about pervasive monitoring are deeply disturbing.

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Port Canaveral CEO John Walsh to open March 17-19 Port Security Operations Conference

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The MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced that John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral, will deliver the opening presentation and welcome remarks at its 2015 Port Security Operations Conference and Expo (PSOCE) which will take place at Port Canaveral on March 17-19. Walsh is expected to discuss the Port’s impressive growth from 2009, when it commissioned an Economic Impact Study by seaport consulting firm Martin and Associations, to the present.

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Smiths Group VP of government relations re-elected chair of Security Manufacturers Coalition

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Smiths Detection has announced that Elizabeth “Sissy” Pressnell, vice president of government relations for Smiths Group, was re-elected as Chair of the Security Manufacturers Coalition (SMC). The SMC works closely with the U.S. Congress and the Administration to represent security manufacturers’ views on critical homeland security issues.

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CBP orders range of screening systems

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Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection, a designer of advanced systems and solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear material, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband, has announced a five-year contract to supply X-ray scanners to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for its non-intrusive inspection program, aimed at protecting points of entry by land, air, or sea.

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