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Wed, 2014-09-10 07:25 PM
Shannon Conley, 19, of Arvada, CO, has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. She pled guilty before U.S. District Court...
Wed, 2014-09-10 04:40 PM
In a study on the prevalence of drug use by pilots who died in crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found an upward trend in the use of both potentially impairing medications and...
Tue, 2014-09-09 09:45 PM
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its popular TSA Pre✓ program to Bishop International Airport (FNT). Passengers traveling on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest...
Tue, 2014-09-09 09:17 PM
SST, Inc., the maker of ShotSpotter Flex, a global provider of gunfire detection and analysis, today extended its proven technology and service offerings with the launch of ShotSpotter SiteSecure for...
Tue, 2014-09-09 06:57 PM
More than 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries are expected to attend the ASIS International (ASIS) 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place 29 Sept.-02 Oct. at the Georgia World...
Tue, 2014-09-09 06:11 PM
Calling prescription drug addiction an “urgent and growing threat” to our nation’s public health, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced a new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)...
Mon, 2014-09-08 06:43 PM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey to consumers that products bearing the label meet the program’s...
Mon, 2014-09-08 05:39 PM
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was recently launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3...
Sun, 2014-09-07 08:35 PM

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A Colombian man pleaded guilty last week for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent James Terry Watson in Bogotá, Colombia, on June 20,...
Thu, 2014-09-04 04:30 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Justice Department (DOJ) has launched two initiatives to address concerns about police services in the city of Ferguson and in St. Louis County, MO...
Thu, 2014-09-04 02:41 PM
A seizure warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was unsealed Wednesday, announcing the seizure of approximately $500,000 in assets traceable to corruption...
Wed, 2014-09-03 07:16 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the expansion of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) Securing the Cities program to the National Capital Region, building upon the...

Company News

Ashburn, VA-based SteelCloud, a developer of security compliance solutions for government customers and those technology providers that support the government, has announced that it had received approval to offer GoldDisk Plus and ConfigOS on Amazon Web Services' AWS GovCloud (US). AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS Region designed to allow U.S.

The Offutt, Nebraska Air Force Base Technology Expo, held earlier this month, was host to a Fiber Sensys demonstration of its SecurLan Network PDS solution, which distributes military and national security information (NSI) between two or more controlled areas from a controlled area of lesser classification (i.e., outside the SCIF or other similar area).

The system is a key component of the government’s physical security requirements for SIPRNET, JWICS and classified networks. Fiber Sensys is an evaluated and tested manufacturer of alarm systems for the PDS.

Sterling, VA-based Gatekeeper, Inc., a leading provider of automatic under vehicle inspection and remote access control technologies, has announced the appointment of a Gatekeeper sales and service operation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; to help meet growing demand for the company's threat detection products in that highly agitated area of the world. The new facility is the Virginia-based firm's second field office in the Middle East, joining its support and training office in Dubai which opened in 2012. 

Lenco Industries, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of armored police vehicles, has announced successful underbody and side blast testing of the BEAR 17-man Troop Transport Armored Vehicle designed for military and government personnel and international security forces operating in hostile environments around the world.

Vancouver, B.C.-based Sierra Wireless, a provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services, has announced that the Westminster Police Department, based in Westminster, CO, has deployed Sierra Wireless InMotion Solutions for its fleet.

Herndon, VA-based ViON Corporation, in the market of design, delivery and maintenance of mission critical IT infrastructure solutions, has announced the launch of its first solution within the DataAdapt Analytics Platform, a system focused on threat prediction and prevention; essential for detecting threats that pose a risk to private and public sector organizations globally.

Cambridge, MA-based APWG, the global counter-cybercrime association, has announced the establishment of an open-access cybercrime reporting program to speed the collection and redistribution of cybercrime machine-event data to anti-virus vendors, security companies, investigators, government agencies, and responders.

Indianapolis, IN-based STANLEY Security, a provider of access control and integrated security solutions, announces the integration of its OMNILOCK Wi-Q wireless lock product line with the Key Systems, Inc. Global Facilities Management System (GFMS), bringing together two highly trusted names in the security industry.

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The word tornado came from the Spanish word "tronada" which means a thunderstorm. Also known as a twister, a tornado is a violent spiral-shaped storm with a rapidly rotating column of air rising upward, forming a vortex. The vortex has relatively low pressure at the center and is shaped like a funnel.

When reports emerged from Blacksburg, VA, last Thursday afternoon that a shooter had descended upon Virginia Tech’s campus, confirmation that a campus police officer had been killed and headlines of a possible second victim overwhelmed news channels, Websites and every social media outlet.

Throughout the day, there was a jarring litany of that old cliché by anyone that remembers the unspeakable tragedies of April 2007, which claimed 33 lives on Virginia Tech’s campus:

History really does repeat itself.

From the time it capsized at a refinery dock in Texas City, the listing barge -- loaded with 235,000 gallons of sulfuric acid -- began seeping its toxic, corrosive load into the 30-foot-deep waterway.

The water mixing with sulfuric acid inside the hull had begun to corrode the steel. This process reduced the barge’s structural integrity and created reactions inside the sealed compartment that generated a cloud of highly-flammable, highly-pressurized hydrogen gas -- just one spark away from a calamitous blast.

It was time for new plan.

Most people who are involved in emergency management are aware of the four primary phases of emergency management: prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Recovery includes short-term measures taken to restore essential functions and systems, as well as longer-term activities intended to facilitate a return to pre-emergency conditions, or ideally to improve conditions through mitigation measures. I will focus on early recovery; the short-term phase.

When natural disasters strike or catastrophic man-made events occur, existing infrastructure is often disrupted or compromised; power and communications frequently fail and personal contact can become difficult. Rural areas may become isolated and urban areas impassible and dangerous. Maintaining civil order, implementing evacuations, conducting rescue operations and providing relief distribution becomes highly problematic.  

Facilitating communication with acoustic hailing devices (AHDs)

 

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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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