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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/...


Mon, 2014-04-21 06:34 AM
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has signed a historic $8.5 million agreement with the Israel National Cyber Bureau to develop CyberSpark, which includes a National Cyber Research Center...
Thu, 2014-01-02 02:45 PM
DHS will sponsor a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines, says the department’s...
Thu, 2013-12-19 05:00 PM
The DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s office of university programs will sponsor the “DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions” to provide faculty and...
Wed, 2013-12-18 05:37 PM

Ellen Glover

The Professional Services Council (PSC) elected its first female chair to lead its board of directors at its annual membership meeting on December 17. PSC also elected new members, and re-elected...
Mon, 2013-12-16 08:07 PM
DHS announced on December 16 the launch of the 2014 Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for college students.  Through the program, more than 100 unpaid student...
Sun, 2013-12-08 05:11 PM
The SANS Technology Institute announced on December 3 that it is now accredited by The Middle States Commission of Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S....
Thu, 2013-12-05 06:10 PM
ASIS International (ASIS) will host its
Thu, 2013-12-05 03:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...
Wed, 2013-11-20 07:34 PM

EDGE training

On November 20, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) joined the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento first responder community for a...
Thu, 2013-11-14 03:38 PM
FEMA anticipates that its Emergency Management Institute, which educates first responders, will hear from more than two million individuals each year who are interested in the Institute’s independent...
Tue, 2013-11-05 04:59 PM
In order to enable its entire workforce -- including its 45,000 screeners -- to keep abreast of new security threats and emerging technologies, TSA wants to find highly-capable training companies...
Tue, 2013-11-05 02:30 PM
Government Security News has announced its 2013 Homeland Security Awards finalists, and in some cases preemptive winners, in three different broad awards categories: Vendors of IT security products...

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In 1969, the first message was sent between computers via ARPANET, the precursor of the Internet. In the same year, Rolling Meadows, IL-based ISACA was founded by a small group of electronic data processing auditors. ISACA, now a global association of information systems professionals, is celebrating its 45th anniversary and serves 115,000 constituents (members and non-member certification holders) in 180 countries.

Mercyhurst University has announced that its intelligence studies program will take the name of the nation’s first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge.

Penn State is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its online homeland security master’s degree program. In honor of the celebration, the university plans to update the program’s curriculum by working closely with the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which includes emergency management professionals and employees from the DHS, to develop new content. It currently has several new courses scheduled for upcoming semesters and it will also unveil an international program.

The Safe Homes Coalition in San Diego has partnered with a number of organizations including local non-profit organizations, the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, and the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS to encourage citizens to learn how to properly store and dispose of prescription medications.

The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) is offering free online cybersecurity courses on its Website through its Securing Engineering Training by SAFECode program. It is offering several courses including Product Penetration Testing 101, Cross Site Scripting (XSS) 101, and Secure Java Programming 101. The courses consist of online Webcasts and are available on-demand to view and download. All courses are available to the general public.

Ann Arbor, MI-based Arotech Corporation, a provider of security products for the military, law enforcement, and homeland security markets, has announced that its Training and Simulation Division has received $3.3 million in new orders.

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is purchasing all outstanding shares of the surveillance training, certification and consulting company, Connex International, based in Minneapolis, MN.

Milestone was already a majority stakeholder in Connex from an initial investment it made in July 2010.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected visualization supplier Christie for an extensive upgrade to its Powerwall Theater (PWT), an innovative facility that enables researchers to view the complex models and simulations they have created using some of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

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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.  

Today, in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), devices that once served simple, one-way processes are now “smart” and connected to networks that help organizations maximize their technology investment and improve efficiencies.

Card printers that produce secure identification for government entities are a great example of a once fairly static technology that has evolved into a network-connected device that not only produces a necessary security tool, but also collects and provides valuable insights into data that helps support more efficient operations.

Nobody can argue that cyber security and data privacy have become hot topics this year. The buzz has been felt world-wide, as people strategize on both offensive and defensive aspects. When cyber security is mentioned, many reflexively jump to thoughts of firewalls, complex passwords and malware protection.


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Joe McDonald, Board Member of the 37,000-member ASIS organization says the focus of ASIS is to increase the effectiveness and productivity of its members. ASIS educational programs include its Annual Conference, over 30 classroom events held around the world, and live Webinars for international members. ASIS has also been in standard writing for 5-6 years and has recently come up with a number of new certifications. The goals of 2011 President Ray O’Hara are to increase international outreach, engage more young professionals and create new international chapters.

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