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Sun, 2014-07-06 05:40 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a final rule that expands DOT’s current requirement that air carriers report incidents involving the loss, injury, or...
Thu, 2014-07-03 05:10 PM
Happy Fourth of July from Government Security News.In observance of the holiday, we will not publish our Daily Insider e-newsletter July 4th, but will resume publication Monday, July 7th.Enjoy the...
Thu, 2014-07-03 05:34 AM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched an enhanced Study in the States website with four new features. The features enable the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), housed...
Thu, 2014-07-03 03:51 AM
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has denied a petition for reconsideration of its findings in the investigation of the 1996 TWA flight 800 crash.The petition was filed in June 2013 by...
Wed, 2014-07-02 04:11 AM
With a high demand for 2014 FIFA World Cup related apparel, some vendors have sought to capitalize on the event’s popularity, infringing on various trademark holder’s rights and revenues. U.S....
Wed, 2014-07-02 01:16 AM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it is formalizing and expanding an Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program that revises the time frame for transmission by pilot...
Tue, 2014-07-01 06:56 AM
Twenty-two people were arrested Thursday morning in the Albuquerque area and throughout New Mexico during the takedown of a major international auto theft and drug trafficking ring with ties to the...
Mon, 2014-06-30 11:08 PM
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration is reminding passengers who are flying this July 4th holiday to leave their fireworks at home. Fireworks pose a significant...
Mon, 2014-06-30 08:23 AM
Live from PortSecurity2014 -- In a wide ranging presentation at the PortSecurity 2014 conference, Staff Sergeant Jamie Solosme, an analyst and cross-border security expert at the Royal Canadian...
Mon, 2014-06-30 04:08 AM
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that Asiana flight 214 crashed when the airplane descended below the visual glidepath due to the flight crew's mismanagement of the...
Fri, 2014-06-27 03:16 AM
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously that police officers must obtain a warrant to search data on someone’s cell phone. Cell phone data has become an integral part of many criminal...
Fri, 2014-06-27 01:01 AM
The Chicago City Council has passed an ordinance, 48-0, to permit gun sales -- but with very strict limits. Introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, it would include limiting sales to a tiny percentage of...

Company News

San Carlos, CA-based MarkLogic Corporation, a provider of Enterprise NoSQL database platforms, has announced the availability of the MarkLogic Enterprise NoSQL database on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US). AWS GovCloud (US) is designed to allow U.S. government agencies and contractors to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and compliance requirements.

Frisco, TX-based Encryptics, a provider of patented data privacy and protection services for businesses and government, has announced that its core encryption engine has been validated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS).

Alexandria, VA-based Mobile Work Exchange, a public-private partnership focused on demonstrating the value of mobility and telework, has announced the results of a new study, “Mobility Progress Report: Are Federal Agencies Passing the Test?”, which explores agency outcomes thus far from OMB’s Digital Government Strategy and the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.

Chelmsford, MA-based Axis Communications, a provider of network video surveillance, has introduced new additions to its successful AXIS Q16 Series. The indoor AXIS Q1615 and outdoor-ready AXIS Q1615-E combine new capabilities like wide dynamic range (Axis’ WDR -- Forensic Capture), electronic image stabilization and shock detection with proven Axis technologies, such as Lightfinder and HDTV 1080p resolution.

Fairbault, MN-based SageGlass is being incorporated into a growing number of government buildings to help public workplaces save energy and provide an improved work environment for employees.

A wide variety of federal, state, and local government projects ranging from homeland defense facilities to research labs have recently installed SageGlass dynamic glass to solve challenging sun glare and heat-gain problems, resulting in considerable cost and energy savings.

Beginning this summer, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Office of Executive Programs, will direct the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Leadership Institute.  

The Pittsburgh, PA-based CERT Insider Threat Center at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute has announced a new Insider Threat Program Manager (ITPM) Certificate to train individuals to meet upcoming federal government standards.

Toronto-based PerfectCloud, a provider of enterprise, cloud and mobile security solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with GOVonomy, the nation’s first emerging and growth technology products marketplace for the public sector. Starting today, PerfectCloud is offering its SmartSignin cloud security solution to public-sector agencies that purchase other cloud solutions through the GOVonomy marketplace.

Commentary and Opinions

The 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, spearheaded by Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel, has been underway for nearly three years. The goal of this initiative is to increase operational efficiency leading to improved taxpayer value. Reducing the number of federal data centers and shifting to a “Cloud-first” policy are among the major milestones. 

Government agencies are standing on the edge of a financial cliff. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken that to heart, requesting less in the FY2013 budget than in previous years. Despite the dip, DHS will still make inroads in mobility, cloud computing and data center consolidation, across all its sub-agencies.

While travelling through TSA lines at an airport, I often wonder how to make the process more efficient. TSA obviously has thought about this, too. Online pre-screening for frequent travelers and advanced imaging technology have been added to their repertoire to ease the screening process. Both advances are technological and both aim to increase efficiency and decrease human contact. Technology and humans cannot be on divergent paths in the homeland security and law enforcement arenas. They must work together.

We are going through a radical shift in the way people work and use computers. Increasing availability and affordability of wireless broadband is giving the global workforce true mobility, for the first time in history. Many of them will use smartly designed mobile rugged computers for their everyday computing and communication needs, instead of traditional laptops.

We all want our government to be better. We want more services, better services, and we want it delivered more affordably. Politicians come and go, policies change and new budgets are tabled, but in the end we are left with a haunting and largely unanswerable question: Did our representatives make things better or worse than they were before?

 

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According to Bobby Brown, VP for Homeland Security, Telephonics business units include a Maritime Surveillance unit, a Communications unit and an Integrated Surveillance Group, which produces a ground-based Advanced Radar System (ARSS), with 1,600 systems deployed globally.  In recent years, Telephonics has collaborated with Customs and Border Protection to develop a package called the Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) that includes ground radar, pan-tilt cameras and a C2 system, with 44 systems presently in CBP’s inventory.

Paul Mackler, President of Eagle Eye Expositions, expresses great satisfaction with exhibitor turn-out and quality of the sessions in the 2013 Expo. He gives a lot of credit for the event’s success to his Advisory Board, which included Jason P. Ahern and many other former high-ranking officials in CBP, DEA, ICE and other government agencies. Mackler also announces that the first annual U.S.- Canada Cross Border Conference will take place in Detroit, MI on September 12-13, to help advance the Beyond Border agreement signed by U.S.

Covia Labs received the award for “Best Interoperable First Responder Communications” in the 2012 Awards Program for its “Alert & Respond” software platform and application that provides voice/data interoperability across a variety of platforms ranging from smart phones to police and fire department radios, embedded devices and drones. The top two markets for the company, according to CEO David Kahn, are the military and public safety.

RedSeal Networks is both a Sponsor of the 2012 Awards Program and recipient of a Winner’s trophy in the IT Security Category of “Best Continuous Monitoring Solution”.

Vanguard Security Professionals has been a multiple Winner and Finalist in previous GSN Awards Programs and was named Winner in the 2012 category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and Finalist in the 2012 categories of “Best Identity Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution.” Steven Ringelberg argues that new language is being used to describe the threat-scape, but many threats are the same as they have been for years.

New Products

GammaTech Computer Corp., a manufacturer of notebook and tablet computers, has introduced the newest member to its line of cost-effecti...

Created to make metal detection quicker, easier and more reliable, Wizard Industries has released its new Security Wizard 4, a laser...

Reston, VA-based Input, which specializes in government business, has unveiled new research detailing adoption trends for cloud computing, virtualization, service-oriented archi...

Millis, MA-based Kanguru Solutions, a manufacturer of secure IT storage solutions, has announced the ad...