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Thu, 2014-11-20 04:20 PM
As in previous years, the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards was divided into three broad categories of entries: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions; Best...
Thu, 2014-11-20 04:09 PM
Last week, U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL), a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced H.R. 5712, the “DHS Private Sector Office Engagement Act,” aimed at improving private sector...
Thu, 2014-11-20 02:54 PM
On Wednesday, Secret Service Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on a variety of issues and addressed ongoing efforts to...
Wed, 2014-11-19 12:30 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be expanding its detention capacity for adults with children at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX, in December. In light of...
Tue, 2014-11-18 11:46 PM
Editor’s Note: It was expensive and it was completed a few months late, but it’s a spectacular achievement that, in the words of Miami-Dade Mayor, meant “no longer half a million trucks driving...
Tue, 2014-11-18 09:22 PM

Petra Horne

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a Change of Command ceremony in Brownsville, TX on November 17 to formally instate Petra Horne as port director for the Brownsville Port of Entry.“I am...
Tue, 2014-11-18 02:43 PM
With judging of this year’s Homeland Security Awards entries nearing completion, Government Security News has announced that the roster of 2014 Winners and Finalists will be posted on the GSN website...
Tue, 2014-11-18 02:06 PM
Water use in the U.S. has dropped to its lowest since before 1970, according to a report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report, Estimated use of water in the United States in...
Tue, 2014-11-18 12:19 AM

Alfredo Beltran Levya

One of the alleged leaders of the Beltran Leyva Organization, a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel responsible for importing multi-ton quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine into the United States,...
Mon, 2014-11-17 04:05 PM
Today’s climate models predict a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes across the United States during this century as a result of warming temperatures associated with climate change, according to...
Sun, 2014-11-16 05:39 PM
A Georgia man who purchased stolen credit card data and other personal information through an identity theft and credit card fraud ring known as “Carder.su” was sentenced Wednesday to 115 months in...
Thu, 2014-11-13 03:47 PM

Waldemar Lorenzana-Cordon

An alleged leader of an international drug trafficking organization based in Guatemala was extradited to the United States today to face international narcotics trafficking charges in the District of...

Company News

Berkeley, CA-based Tanium, a provider of security and systems management, has announced the appointment of two key hires that will strengthen the executive bench and support the company through its next stages of hyper-growth. In newly created positions, Chad Fulgham, the former CIO of the FBI, joins Tanium as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer and Jennifer Johnson, recently a partner at the leading venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has joined Tanium as Chief Marketing Officer.

McAfee, now part of Intel Security, and Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that brings together Intel Security expertise with EC3’s law enforcement skills in the war against cybercrime.

St. Paul, MN-based 3M has announced an agreement with Alcohol Monitoring Systems, to market the company’s SCRAM Remote Breath alcohol testing device. Featuring automated facial recognition and GPS location tracking, the handheld device provides corrections and law enforcement officers overseeing alcohol monitoring programs with a portable, wireless breath alcohol testing option.

Dallas-based Zimbra, a provider of unified collaboration software, has announced the results of the Ponemon Institute’s “The Open Source Collaboration Study: Viewpoints on Security and Privacy in the U.S. and EMEA” report. The study surveyed 1,398 IT and IT security practitioners to learn about their companies’ involvement in the use of open source messaging and collaboration solutions, and their views on security and privacy.

San Mateo, CA-based Agari, a provider of data-driven security solutions that detect and prevent advanced email cyberthreats, has announced it has entered into an agreement with enterprise security company Palo Alto Networks. Per the agreement, Agari will provide email-based threat intelligence data to the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Cloud. This data will help enhance threat prevention of malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs) globally.

Sierra-Olympic, maker of infrared (IR) and thermal imaging components, cameras, and systems solutions for advanced imaging applications, has announced the first in a series of affordable, uncooled microbolometer thermal cameras for industrial, machine vision, and general purpose thermal imaging applications. The new Viento 320 features 320 x 240 pixel resolution with a 17-micron pixel pitch.

Columbia, MD-based Tenable Network Security, Inc., a provider of continuous network monitoring, has announced the release of Nessus v6, reducing customer exposure to security risks through advanced malware detection, compliance with system hardening policies, and enhanced security for mobile, virtualized and cloud environments.

Billerica, MA-based Bruker Corporation has announced that its De-tector explosives trace instrument has successfully met the new European Civil Aviation Conference's (ECAC) Common Evaluation Process of Security Equipment (CEP) for airport checkpoint screening of passengers and baggage. The DE-tector is the first European-built explosives trace detection (ETD) instrument to pass the demanding ECAC testing protocol, which was established to set standards for the performance of security equipment across the 44 member nations of ECAC.

Commentary and Opinions

The head of the nation’s largest veterans service organization today questioned the wisdom of the White House putting “politics above national security” if it carries through with its plan to give amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants through an executive order.

From emptying classified trash in the Pentagon to providing state-of-the-art security monitoring for America’s most important military installations, private sector contractors are instrumental to securing the nation’s most precious resources -- our sons and daughters.

From September until January, Monday evenings find living rooms across America filled with armchair quarterbacks. During pre-game shows and post-game analyses, experts and amateurs alike discuss the retreat and progress of their favorite teams. Even fantasy leagues abound to test players’ strategic and tactical prowess on the gridiron.

In a letter addressed to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest AIDS nonprofit organization in the U.S.

As we enter into the new fiscal year, three trends are going to be on the minds of every IT leader in Washington, D.C. And -- no big surprise -- they all revolve around Big Data. Those three crucial initiatives that will top the government enterprise priority list in 2015 are application rationalization, virtualization and cyber security.

 

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Textron Defense Systems has a wide range of products for the security market, according to Patti Shaffner, including its aerial ISR system, unmanned aerial systems and iCommand, which brings them all together. But the system that won the platinum award in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for Best Outdoor Ground Sensors was the MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor System, a complete solution containing sensor node, gateway and camera repeater.

John Procaccio, Business Development Manager of Integrated Microwave Technologies, reveals that the company is a designer and manufacturer of mission critical transmitters and receivers used in wireless transmission of videos, and was a platinum winner of the platinum award for “Best Covert Surveillance Solution” in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for its “DropCam” product. IMT is a prime contractor for the DHS in Tech-Ops and offers a range of products described by Mr.

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.

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.

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