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Thu, 2014-12-18 06:57 PM

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...
Thu, 2014-12-11 06:51 PM
The House of Representatives Thursday unanimously passed S. 2519, the National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014, and a Senate amendment to H.R. 2952, the Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act,...
Tue, 2014-12-09 04:38 PM

Tom Gazsi

The Port of Los Angeles has appointed Tom Gazsi, the former City of Costa Mesa Police Chief, as a new deputy chief of police. Gazsi will oversee the Emergency Management and Field Operations Group...
Mon, 2014-12-08 05:24 PM
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department (DOJ) will take new steps to bar profiling by federal law enforcement agencies, building upon a 2003 policy that had...
Wed, 2014-12-03 04:27 PM
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed three bills Monday aimed at strengthening nuclear security and detection, protecting critical infrastructure against the threat of electromagnetic...
Tue, 2014-12-02 05:06 PM
The United States Monday signed three customs agreements with Singapore, ensuring greater cooperation and mutual assistance on customs enforcement and the facilitation of lawful trade and travel,...
Tue, 2014-12-02 04:13 PM
A Danish citizen last week pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia and was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000 for advertising and selling StealthGenie, a spyware application that could...
Sun, 2014-11-30 07:58 PM
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...
Tue, 2014-11-25 06:29 PM

Charles Perez

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced the selection of a new CBP airport director for George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).Charles Perez, a 28-year CBP veteran, assumed...
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...

Company News

Montreal, Quebec-based Automatic Systems, a manufacturer of pedestrian and vehicle entrance control equipment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jayme Karrip as regional sales manager – Capital Region.

The U.S. Army installed its first Ground Based Sense and Avoid system radar on Dec. 15 at Fort Hood, TX, home to two MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System companies, and one of five installations that have been identified to acquire the system.

Lowell, MA-based Oncam Grandeye, the security division of Oncam Technologies, has announced that it has selected Jumbi Edulbehram to succeed Graham Wallis as regional president, Americas. He will be based in the company’s Lowell, MA office, responsible for sales, marketing, and development activities in the Americas.

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection, a designer of advanced systems and solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear material, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband, has announced a five-year contract to supply X-ray scanners to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for its non-intrusive inspection program, aimed at protecting points of entry by land, air, or sea.

Minneapolis, MN-based Kroll Ontrack has released a year-end review discussing data security, business continuity, and mobile devices being among the biggest trends impacting the data recovery industry in 2014. The most talked about trend however was how data recovery companies could help corporations protect their data from theft.

Waltham, MA-based CounterTack, a pioneer in delivering real-time endpoint threat detection, context and visibility around targeted attacks, has announced its partnership with SAVANTURE, a security services (SaaS) and managed security service provider (MSSP). SAVANTURE will be joining the CounterTack CyberPath Partner Program.

The Alexandria, VA-based SPECTRUM Group (TSG) is pleased to announce that retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral James C. Van Sice has joined the firm. Admiral Van Sice’s impressive background in both the public and private sector makes him a valuable addition to TSG.

Admiral Van Sice’s extensive knowledge of Coast Guard aviation logistics and training systems will be an important asset to any Homeland Security-focused clients looking to expand their business through the Coast Guard.

Sam Rizzo, a veteran of the security industry with past employment spanning more than 40 years, has joined Connected Technologies, LLC as director of Business Development. Rizzo comes on to advance the dealer-integrator program for Connect ONE, the flagship, integrated security management platform from Connected Technologies.

Commentary and Opinions

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 emptying classified trash in the Pentagon to providing state-of-the-art security monitoring for America’s most important military installations, private sector contractors are instrumental to securing the nation’s most precious resources -- our sons and daughters.

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.

The Javelin Strategy & Research’s 2014 Identity Fraud Study revealed that 13.1 million Americans became victims of identity theft last year. This startling statistic underscores the determination of malicious actors to access sensitive data. Despite the rise in exploits, vital aspects of security -- such as encryption -- has tended to slip through the cracks.

 

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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.

Vidisco received the Platinum Award in the “Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection” category of GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards. The company has been focusing exclusively on portable X-ray systems since its creation, according to Tamir Aluma, and its products have been developed by military and police end users who know what is needed in the field.  The company’s CCD technology is based on a high-resolution camera that captures an image from an X-ray source, and is described by Mr.

EADS North America, recipient of GSN’s 2013 Platinum Award for “Best Wide Area Persistent Surveillance”, is one of the largest aerospace and defense companies in the world, as Joe Venezuela points out. Having been involved in border security and maritime security for over 20 years, the company has developed software and hardware solutions that run the gamut from turn-key solutions to individual sensors and custom-tailored solutions for clients in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Asia.

Textron Defense Systems has a wide range of products for the security market, according to Patti Shaffner, including its aerial ISR system, unmanned aerial systems and iCommand, which brings them all together. But the system that won the platinum award in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for Best Outdoor Ground Sensors was the MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor System, a complete solution containing sensor node, gateway and camera repeater.

According to Bobby Brown, VP for Homeland Security, Telephonics business units include a Maritime Surveillance unit, a Communications unit and an Integrated Surveillance Group, which produces a ground-based Advanced Radar System (ARSS), with 1,600 systems deployed globally.  In recent years, Telephonics has collaborated with Customs and Border Protection to develop a package called the Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) that includes ground radar, pan-tilt cameras and a C2 system, with 44 systems presently in CBP’s inventory.

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