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Tue, 2014-10-07 08:08 PM
SST, Inc., the California-based maker of ShotSpotter Flex and a global leader in gunfire detection and analysis, has announced that its National Gunfire Index revealed that gunfire incidents during...
Tue, 2014-10-07 06:28 PM
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson Monday designated Joseph P. Clancy to serve as Acting Director of the U.S. Secret Service. Johnson appointed Clancy, a 27-year veteran of the Service, and...
Tue, 2014-10-07 06:08 PM
The first cases of the Ebola virus were reported in West Africa in March 2014. Shortly after, the U.S. began a whole-of-government response to contain and eliminate the epidemic at its source, while...
Tue, 2014-10-07 02:14 PM
A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that nearly one in six adults in the U.S. is foreign-born. The report, based on newly released Census Bureau data, also found that the nation'...
Mon, 2014-10-06 04:53 PM
A report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has found that the economic benefits provided by nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will total $130 billion annually when the Chesapeake Clean...
Mon, 2014-10-06 03:23 PM
A southwest suburban Bolingbrook, IL man was arrested Saturday night for allegedly attempting to travel overseas to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as the Islamic...
Sun, 2014-10-05 05:32 PM
The health and welfare of flight crews, airline workers and the traveling public is a top priority of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency says. The FAA has been working closely with...
Sun, 2014-10-05 05:11 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents from the HSI Colombia Attaché Office recently hosted a one-week law enforcement training on...
Sun, 2014-10-05 04:39 PM
In the wake of widely reported egregious failures to follow established protocols for dealing with the Ebola virus by a Dallas, TX hospital and local public health authorities in the case of the...
Sun, 2014-10-05 02:27 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Air and Marine, announced last week that eight helium-filled balloon surveillance systems are fully operational; the systems will provide radar...
Thu, 2014-10-02 09:37 PM
A man convicted in 2013 of attempting to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, OR, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison followed by a lifetime term of...
Thu, 2014-10-02 08:24 PM
The U.S. will become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP).

Company News

Chantilly, VA-based Engility Holdings, a provider of specialized technical consulting, program, and business support services for the U.S. Government, has announced that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a $650 million ceiling to provide technical advisory services to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The five-year contract represents new work. Task orders issued under the IDIQ can be cost-plus-fixed-fee or firm-fixed price.

IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has announced that nationally recognized scientist and security expert Dr. Greg Shannon has been named Chair of the IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative.

Julian Markby has been elected to serve as an independent member of the Altegrity, Inc. (“Altegrity”) board of directors. In addition, he was elected to the boards of directors of Altegrity Holding Corp., Altegrity Acquisition Corp. and US Investigations Services, LLC, three affiliated companies of Altegrity. Markby was also appointed by the joint boards to serve as a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

Cambridge, MA-based ExxonMobil has signed an agreement to become a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), a unique collaboration aimed at working together to advance and explore the future of energy. MIT President Rafael Reif and TJ Wojnar, Jr., president of the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE), launched the collaborative effort during a ceremony at MIT.

Columbia, MD-based Tenable Network Security, a provider of continuous network monitoring, has appointed Steve Vintz as chief financial officer. An accomplished leader in financial, operational, and strategic planning for high-growth companies in the technology industry, Vintz will have a critical role in leading Tenable to its next stage of growth. Vintz will have worldwide responsibility for finance, legal, human resources, corporate communications, and information technology and will report to CEO Ron Gula.

Tempe, AZ-based Southwest Microwave has expanded Software Development Kit (SDK) options for its INTREPID Series II perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) with the addition of the Remote Polling Module II (RPM II) SDK. The RPM II package, consisting of an IP-based application layer protocol and accompanying system control hardware module, provides simplified high-level interface between third-party physical security information management (PSIM) or surveillance systems and INTREPID detection technologies.

Indianapolis, IN-based Exacq Technologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has released an update to its exacqVision Z-Series line of hybrid and IP camera recorders. These purpose-built network video recorders (NVR) feature higher performance, reliability and capacity at a lower cost for enterprise video surveillance deployments.

Tempe, AZ-LifeLock, an industry provider of proactive identity theft protection, has announced a beta-test for its new service, LifeLock Privacy Monitor, which empowers consumers to take back some control of their personal information.

Commentary and Opinions

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?

In Washington, attention has shifted from the daily grind towards a hyper-partisan presidential campaign. Battle lines are sharply cast between Republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, and the incumbent, President Barack Obama.

While all eyes are on the economy, national security challenges abound. Obama’s killing of Bin Laden and targeting terrorists with Predator strikes argues his prowess on terrorism. Iran’s nuclear weapon pursuits are hindered by cyber-sabotage.

As law enforcement agencies strive to keep our nation safe from terrorists, a growing amount of controversy and distrust regarding the unconstitutional practices of religious and ethnic profiling by law enforcement is being reported from around the country.

There is a group within the NYPD that spies on and profiles Muslims, countless reports of federal agents recruiting informants and/or provocateurs into Muslim communities and Rep Peter King’s congressional hearings about the “Radicalization of the American Muslim Community.”

 

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Recent Videos

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

Atlanta, GA-based Rapiscan Systems, a supplier of security inspection systems, has announced at the 60th Annual ASI...

Tampa, FL-based Digital Watchdog, a provider of digital recorders, surveillance cameras and related management software, will be demon...

Silicon Valley, CA-based AlertEnterprise, a provider of security convergence software, has announced that it has won the ASIS Accol...

Hikvision USA, a North American provider of cutting-edge video surveillance products and solutions, has announced a collaboration with Smartvue Corporation, an enterprise cloud...

North Canton, OH-based Diebold, a provider of innovative self-service technology, security systems, and related services,...