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Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the federal prison population has dropped by roughly 4,800 inmates since September 2013, representing the first time the federal inmate population has...
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US Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers and import specialists seized in late August two fraudulent iPhone 6 cell phones among other counterfeit phones and cell phone accessories,...
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Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will launch a new series of pilot programs in cities across the country to bring together community representatives, public...
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The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has added new technology to 15 firefighting trucks to help it keep track of firefighters’ location.Through the technology, the FDNY can automatically see...
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FBI Director James B. Comey has named Terry Wade special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Wade most recently served as section chief of the...
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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...
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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...
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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, 2014-08-28 06:17 PM
Thanks to alerts from concerned readers and advertisers of Government Security News, we learned yesterday that attempts to log into the “GSN” website have resulted in notices to the effect that “...
Mon, 2014-08-25 06:19 PM
A British man who pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorism in U.S. federal court was deported Aug. 20 by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement...
Tue, 2014-08-19 03:08 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register on August 18, 2014, seeking comments on a broad range of topics related...
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According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the Lower Mississippi River, where the Port of New Orleans is located, provides transportation for over 45% of all energy resources and more...

Company News

Wallingford, CT-based Mutualink continues to expand its network of connected communities with a pilot program of Mutualink K12 at 20 schools in New York’s Oneida and Rockland counties. This follows the successful roll-out of the Mutualink system in Dartmouth, MA earlier this year. By joining the Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform network, these schools now have a direct link to police and other entities on the network as and when needed.
Dallas, TX-based Securus Technologies, a provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, has announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights to Jobview's 2nd Chance application and making it directly available to all customers.
C2UK Ltd and Mutualink Inc. have announced a partnership to jointly develop the UK and Middle East markets for the Mutualink product portfolio. Mutualink offers state-of-the-art, secure, interoperable communications and information sharing solutions for U.S. and coalition defense partners, including all aspects of military and homeland defense. C2UK is able to leverage both its domestic and international presence along with its proven pedigree for the design and integration of Command and Control (C2) systems.
With the holiday season in full swing, and upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, online shopping is on the rise, and so are concerns over security and privacy breaches.To keep the online shopping experience safe and cheerful this holiday season, below are top tips from Dell SecureWorks experts in information security:
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.
Melville, NY-based Verint Systems Inc. has announced that São Bernardo do Campo has deployed a comprehensive security intelligence platform that includes Verint Video Management Software, Verint Situation Management Center and Verint IP Cameras as part of its “Safe City Program.” The goal of the initiative was to implement comprehensive supporting technology to facilitate collaboration between the city’s municipal agencies to enhance public safety.
Long Branch, NJ-based power management company Eaton has announced it has been selected by MillerCoors to provide an integrated emergency communications solution for the company’s mega brewery in Fort Worth, TX. MillerCoors has deployed Eaton’s ALERiTY mass notification platform to enhance emergency communications capabilities at the brewer’s 150-acre facility, which has more than 700 employees.
Westford, MA-based-Elpas, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has released the Lone Worker Emergency Call Transmitter, which has become commercially available as part of the company’s Emergency Call Solution.The Lone Worker Emergency Call Transmitter ensures that personnel who may be subject to attack or injury when operating on their own can send alerts about their situation and responders can be dispatched to the exact location of the evolving security incident.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
In early February, a U.S. Federal Trade Commission report recommended tougher provisions over mobile app privacy, which caused some big technology companies to raise objections, according to recent news coverage. 
Higher productivity, increased labor costs and a strong trend towards true mobility in the workplace are all factors that have put the spotlight on the total cost of ownership for computers and devices. Organizations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers, rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time. 
Acquisition cost versus life-cycle cost has always been a trade-off, often difficult to assess, usually very subjective, and frequently leaving U.S. Government procurement agencies to assume higher risk than necessary in their supplier selection process.  For U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Telephonics Corp.’s solution for the Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) and the Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) network solves this dilemma by providing both low acquisition costs and low life-cycle cost. 
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.
 

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Detective Bob Shilling describes the Seattle PD’s winning entry in the category of “Most Notable Municipal/County Security Program” for its “Common Operating Program (COP)” that took five different CAD programs and put them into one system that could be used by the Seattle Police and Fire Departments, Public Utilities, City Lights and Seattle Department of Transportation. The project was financed by an $800,000 Urban Area Grant, but after looking at various large vendors’ solutions, the Seattle PD decided to build the program on its own.

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