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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/...

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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 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...
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, 2014-11-11 06:41 PM
A moment of silence was observed around the country this morning. During these precious minutes, families, neighbors, and friends remembered those who are serving and have served our nation. This...
Tue, 2014-11-11 01:51 PM
November 11, 2014 -- As Veterans’ Day approaches, I have a couple of thoughts. First, I’m thankful for all of the sacrifices our Veterans have made, that in so many ways it is difficult for many to...
Tue, 2014-11-11 01:30 PM
The New York-based Open Society Foundations awarded a grant of $50 million Friday to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in support of its nationwide campaign to end mass incarceration. The...
Mon, 2014-11-10 05:30 PM
The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent,...
Thu, 2014-10-09 05:07 PM
Director James B. Comey has named Clifford Holly assistant director in charge of the Security Division at FBI Headquarters. Holly most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training...
Wed, 2014-10-08 05:42 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Donald Alway special agent in charge of the agency's Jackson (MS) Division. Alway most recently served as section chief for the Investigations and Operations...
Wed, 2014-10-08 05:01 PM
The first U.S. federal law enforcement app designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspected child predators is now available for Android smartphones, and in Spanish for both...
Sun, 2014-10-05 05:32 PM
The health and welfare of flight crews, airline workers and the traveling public is a top priority of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency says. The FAA has been working closely with...
Sun, 2014-10-05 05:11 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents from the HSI Colombia Attaché Office recently hosted a one-week law enforcement training on...

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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.

The GSMA has announced its collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote industry guidelines to safeguard children online in Latin America and the Caribbean. The GSMA will promote the Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection within the Latin American mobile industry and will work closely with UNICEF to identify ways in which mobile operators can promote children’s rights and responsible digital citizenship.

The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF), a donor-driven non-profit that provides financial support to law enforcement professionals facing duty-related legal challenges, has named former FBI Assistant Director Ronald T. Hosko as president of the organization.

During the 2014 annual meeting of the Massachusetts High Technology Council presented by Boston Scientific Corporation, Monster announced the launch of NewEnglandTechVets.org, an online community to connect military service members and veterans with jobs in New England and across the U.S.

New England Tech Vets is designed to connect post-9/11 veterans with employers and jobs and support efforts to heal the “invisible wounds” of war as veterans re-enter the civilian workforce.

Tempe, AZ-based LifeLock, a provider of proactive identity theft protection, and the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), have announced a milestone in identity theft training for law enforcement. Training has now been completed in every state, as marked by an interactive educational summit last week in Cheyenne, WY, the fiftieth state.

High Impact Training Solutions (HITS), a division of Pensacola, FL-based Smart Horizons, has announced the release of its new Officer Health and Fitness courses. Maintaining psychological well-being, good physical fitness, and sound health is important to public safety professionals, law enforcement, and security personnel.

Mountain View, CA-based Symantec has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind programthe Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity and provide new career opportunities for young adults who may not be college-bound.

Alexandria, VA-based SecureNinja, a provider of information security training and services, has announced the appointment of Gulf Trainers, an IT training organization based in Dubai, as its official partner in the United Arab Emirates. Through this partnership, Gulf Trainers will be able to offer SecureNinja’s extensive suite of cybersecurity services and training offerings in Dubai, as well as in the region.

Commentary and Opinions

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.

You approach the scene, taking the first steps to determining what happened and how to prevent it in the future. Following your training, you secure the area, conduct a scan of the scene, take photos to maintain a permanent record of the scene as you found it, and begin collecting and evaluating physical evidence.

To train police and first responders in the leadership skills needed to successfully run a critical incident command, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center has decided to utilize the Hydra/Minerva Suite software package developed by Critical Simulations, Ltd, of London, UK.

In just six years, North Louisiana has created a fast-growing cyber cluster in a region historically dominated by manufacturing, oil and gas, and agricultural sectors. The catalyst for this rapid progress stems from the combined vision of local and state leaders to diversify the region’s economic base and develop a knowledge-based workforce for the expanding cyber sector.  

The need for cybersecurity experts spans across all industries, and cyber jobs within the U.S. Government are plentiful. Recruiting top technical talent on the agency side and on the contractor side is an essential component to building a fully-functional and competent cyber network defense and cyber offensive team.  

 

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