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The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DNCR) has warned anglers as well as other visitors to wooded areas to take preventive measures to stop wildfires. This warning comes...
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The Senate has approved two nominees for central DHS posts: Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Francis X. Taylor and Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reggie Brothers.“As I...
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Government Security News has announced that its 2014 Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards is officially open for nominations at www.asbsecurityawards.com.

Company News

Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of the Atlanta based electric utility company the Southern Company, has announced plans to conduct a hostile action-based exercise at its Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant facility in Columbia, AL on April 23, 2014. It is required that nuclear power plants conduct a hostile action-based exercise at least once every eight years.

Ridgefield, CT-based Owl Computing Technologies, a network security solutions provider, has announced the first implementation of the Owl Perimeter Defense Solution and its OPC Foundation Certified OPC Server Transfer Service (OSTS) application software in Saudi Arabia. The installation successfully secures industrial control information previously at risk to cyber attacks.

Control Risks, an independent risk consultancy specializing in political, integrity, and security risk, has named Greg Esslinger to lead its corporate investigations and legal technologies businesses in the Americas. Esslinger is an experienced fraud and corruption consultant and former FBI special agent.

Based in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, GA, he will direct the company’s multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation support.

The CEO and President of the American Public Power Association (Public Power), Sue Kelly, recently testified in front of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during its hearing entitled, "Keeping the Lights On -- Are We Doing Enough to Ensure the Reliability and Security of the U.S. Electric Grid?" The Senate hearing was presided over by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), committee chair, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), a ranking committee member. The hearing focused on discussing critical infrastructure including both cyber and physical security efforts to secure facilities.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman will give a farewell address at the upcoming National Press Club Speakers breakfast on April 21 in Washington, D.C. She will step down from her position as NTSB Chairman to serve as CEO and President of the National Safety Council.

Her career at the NTSB began in 2004 when President Bush appointed her to serve as a board member. Hersman has served as the NTSB chairman since 2009 and held the position for three terms.

Washington, D.C.-based Apprio, a provider of technology solutions, particularly for the health, defense, and homeland security markets, has announced it received a new contract with the DHS’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worth as much as $20 million over five years. The base year of the contract totals $3.75 million, with an additional four option years.

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) has issued a statement of support regarding the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 introduced by Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies.

Ottawa, Ontario-based Senstar Corp., a major manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems has announced FlexZone, a new state-of-the-art ranging fence-mounted sensor. With three meter location accuracy, FlexZone enables flexible zoning through software.

Compared to non-ranging systems, FlexZone has fewer nuisance alarms while maintaining a high probability of detection. It can detect and localize multiple simultaneous intrusions and provides many features that speed installation time.

Commentary and Opinions

By Jim Tibbs

In an April 2013 terrorist attack on the power grid in California, intruders entered underground facilities of a power station through manholes near a power station. Strategically cutting telecommunications and Internet cables, their object was to hamper any communication, which would then delay response by authorities.

The time has come to re-think embassy security. The Department of State recently called for a “more serious and sustained commitment from Congress” to address security deficiencies at high-risk posts around the world, in the wake of last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four people, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.   

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.

 

Whenever a crisis requires a large evacuation, effective communication becomes vital to the success of any response operation. All too often, emergency situations create obstacles to communication -- power may be cut off, access routes may be blocked, isolated response teams may be operating with inaccurate information, or teams may have difficulty getting instructions to large groups of frightened civilians.

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.

 

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Dubhe Beinhorn describes AtHoc, Inc, winner of GSN’s 2012 award for “Best Mass Notification Solutions,” as a company that operates in one sector only: critical communications for crisis management. But it is in this business in a big way, with 50% of the U.S. federal government using the AtHoc System, including U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, both on an enterprise level, the U.S. Patent Office and TSA.

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.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), which entered its “Commercial Mobile Alerts System” in the 2012 Awards Program, was named a Finalist in the “Best Mass Notification Systems” category.

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