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Sun, 2015-01-25 09:09 PM
Jonathan Freed has been appointed as the National Security Agency's new Associate Director for Strategic Communications. Freed, a longtime public relations professional and former journalist, most...
Thu, 2015-01-22 09:20 PM
The Department of Energy (DOE) will provide a $25 million grant over the next five years to support the creation of a new cybersecurity consortium consisting of 13 Historically Black Colleges and...
Wed, 2015-01-21 08:31 PM
During bilateral meetings in Washington last week, President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to further strengthen and deepen cybersecurity cooperation between the United States and the...
Tue, 2015-01-20 07:29 PM

John Walsh

The MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced that John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral, will deliver the opening presentation and welcome remarks at its 2015 Port Security Operations...
Tue, 2015-01-13 06:47 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Roger C. Stanton special agent in charge of the FBI’s Birmingham Division. Stanton most recently served as section chief of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices...
Mon, 2015-01-12 06:59 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Scott Bean special agent in charge of the FBI’s Administrative Division of the Washington Field Office (WFO). Bean most recently served as section chief for the...
Tue, 2015-01-06 01:30 AM

Timothy DeFoggi

The former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Monday for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise and...
Tue, 2014-12-30 04:15 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced a reciprocal arrangement with Germany for each nation’s trusted traveler program -- the U.S. Global Entry program and the German EasyPASS. Global...
Tue, 2014-12-23 11:21 PM

Lawrence Dietz

Cyber security is an all-engulfing term that has different meanings depending on the context. For example: cyber security in the utility industry is not like cyber security in the legal profession,...
Tue, 2014-12-23 06:10 PM

Sarah Saldana

In comments made following the confirmation of former U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana of the Northern District of Texas as Assistant Secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DHS...
Tue, 2014-12-23 04:17 PM
Director James B. Comey has named David Bowdich the assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. Since September 2012, Bowdich has served as special agent in charge (SAC) of the Los...
Mon, 2014-12-22 05:51 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that the number of people in the adult correctional systems in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 2003. The finding is highlighted...

Company News

Software application security firm Checkmarx has announced the launch of its Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP) solution, CxRASP, which utilizes unique two-point instrumentation technology to continuously observe an app’s bidirectional data flow, enabling the detection and defense against real-time attacks. CxRASP is the latest addition to the Checkmarx Application Security Hub that provides a broad range of solutions to ensure application security throughout the software development lifecycle as well as while in production.
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), spotlighted the award-winning XProtect portfolio and sleek Husky NVRs in its busy stand at Intersec 2015, held in Dubai UAE last week. Seven Milestone Solution Partners were also exhibiting in the booth to present integrations based on Milestone open platform software. At the show, Milestone also talked about its growing activities in the Mideast and African (MEA) regions.
TraceSecurity, a provider of cloud-based IT governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management solutions, has announced that Mike Carpenter has joined the TraceSecurity executive leadership team as Vice President of Channel Sales. The appointment of Carpenter, former senior leader and consultant at KPMG, demonstrates TraceSecurity’s focus and commitment to building a premier channel program that enables partners to derive maximum value within their information security and compliance practice.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract with an estimated total value of $43 million to provide mission essential training and instructional support to NGA analysts and intelligence officers stationed across the United States and around the world.
Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, has announced that Bill O’Neill will be joining the company as vice president and general manager for Iron Mountain’s Government Services business. In his new role, O’Neill will lead Iron Mountain’s efforts to generate growth and market share in the Federal government sector by delivering records and information management solutions for the company.
Baton Rouge, LA-based TraceSecurity, a provider of cloud-based IT governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management solutions, has announced that momentum the company has gained throughout 2014 is fueling 2015 to be a year for unprecedented growth. Expected growth is attributed to not only the company’s cloud-based software solution, TraceCSO, but also the public disclosure of security breaches, and the value that TraceCSO brings to its partner network.
The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide full life-cycle engineering and technical support for communication and combat systems on land and at sea. The initial award is valued at $28.4 million with the total value of the five-year contract estimated at $146.7 million.
The Seattle-based AlphaCipher Acquisition Corporation (d/b/a “Vadium”), a provider of digital privacy, security and trust solutions, has announced it has appointed Phil Laverson to the board of directors.

Commentary and Opinions

National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger renewed the association’s push for national data security and breach notification standards for retailers amid news of a possible data breach at Chick-fil-A chain restaurants.
With more than 10 million purported attempts to break into Pentagon systems and servers each day, it was not surprising when the White House confirmed that individuals thought to be working for the Russian government attempted to hack its servers.
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.
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.
With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
 

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Pan Kamal, VP of Marketing for Alert Enterprise, a security software company headquartered in Fremont, CA, explains in his opening remarks that he is going to describe Alert Enterprise’s award-winning unified solution for critical infrastructure protection. As Kamal points out, government and critical infrastructure agencies have recognized the dangers and have armed themselves to the teeth with network protection and cyber security tools on the IT security side, and have similarly armed themselves with perimeter protection tools on the physical security side.

E-Seek Inc, which designs and manufactures bar code readers for verifying drivers’ licenses, was platinum winner in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards in the category of “Best Identification Document Verification Solution”.  With barcodes now being used in drivers licenses issued by all 50 states, E-Seek produces desktop readers as well as a line of compact, portable and wireless readers that are widely used in law enforcement patrol cars, banks, casinos and hospitals.  In a major announcement at the Border Security Expo, Mr.

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John Szczygiel describes Brivo, Winner of the 2012 Award for “Best Integrated System for HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance” for the second year in a row, as a cloud company that provides hosted subscriber services in the physical access control domain. The company’s “CloudPass” product has been established as a government community cloud, specifically for federal government agencies that want to take their physical access control and PAC into a cloud configuration. Brivo also offers a cloud transition service to clients that have on-premise servers and want to make the transition.

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