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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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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...
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Shelton Thomas Bell

Shelton Thomas Bell, 21, of Jacksonville, FL, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. U.S. District Judge Timothy J....
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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...
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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...
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Diego G. Rodriguez

Director James B. Comey has named Diego G. Rodriguez the assistant director in charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s New York Field Office. In this role, he will oversee all operations and personnel in the five...
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Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is urging immediate vaccination for anyone still...
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Dear GSN Readers: Government Security News has posted its October/November Digital Edition online. We will also be mailing out the new publication to our readers Monday morning. This edition has a...
Thu, 2014-11-27 02:26 AM
Happy Thanksgiving from Government Security News! In observance of the holiday, the Daily Insider e-newsletter will resume publication on Monday, December 1. Enjoy the holiday and safe...
Mon, 2014-11-24 06:15 PM
According to statistics collected by the FBI, 76 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2013. Of these, 27 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 49 officers died...
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...

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The Internet Society has outlined its approach to cyber security policy:The headlines of today regarding hacking, exposure of large quantities of personal data, denial of service attacks, and the continued revelations about pervasive monitoring are deeply disturbing.
Thirty-five years after a grieving mother started one of the most influential and effective grassroots movements in history, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has announced its new National President, Colleen Sheehey-Church, the first victim of drugged driving to serve as MADD’s National President, effective January 1, 2015.
McLean, VA-based DynCorp International (DI) has been awarded two contracts from the U.S. Army Contracting Command to provide advisory, training and mentoring services to the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior (MoI/Afghanistan National Police) and the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MoD/Afghanistan National Army).
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.
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.

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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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