PITTSBURGH, July 30, 2018 -- The Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute CERT Division today announced the 2nd annual CERT Data Science in Cybersecurity Symposium, a free one-day symposium to be held in Arlington, Va., on August 29. Registration is now open.
Modern computer networks generate incredible amounts of data, but making sense of this data is simultaneously a critically important task and a near-impossible exercise requiring advanced software and highly trained personnel.
Data science focuses on creating techniques that uncover hidden patterns in enormous data sets and developing tools that enable this discovery in any dataset and in any environment. Over the past few years, significant advances were made in both techniques and tools, enabling even the most subtle of patterns to be identified using modern computing power.
The 2018 CERT Data Science in Cybersecurity Symposium focuses on metadata and will examine the deep insights to be gleaned from what appears to be highly limited data and the relationship between cybersecurity data and privacy and how to manage that risk.
Speakers at the symposium will include
- Lujo Bauer, associate professor, Carnegie Mellon University Institute for Software Research
- Ari Gesher, morning keynote speaker, founding director of software engineering at Kairos Aerospace
- Bob Rudis, chief security data scientist, Rapid7
- Shawn Riley, chief data officer and CISO, Darklight Cybersecurity (invited)
- Eliezer Kanal, technical manager, science of cybersecurity, SEI CERT Division
- Doug Sicker, department head and professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
- Mark Perlin, CSO and CEO, Cybergenetics
- Lisa Gumbs, assistant general counsel for operations (ret.), Defense Intelligence Agency
- April Galyardt, machine learning research scientist, SEI CERT Division
The event is free to attend, but space is limited, and registration is required to reserve a seat.
For more information about the CERT Data Science in Cybersecurity Symposium and to register, visit https://data-science-symposium.eventbrite.com.
About the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI works with organizations to make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at http://www.sei.cmu.edu. The CERT Division of the SEI is the world's leading trusted authority dedicated to improving the security and resilience of computer systems and networks and a national asset in the field of cybersecurity. For more information, visit http://www.cert.org.
DARPA will host a competitors day September 27, 2018, to communicate the vision and timeline of the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge, engage potential competitors, and provide a space for technical and operational exchange.
The competitors day also will provide preliminary information about the SubT Challenge and encourage and promote the formation of cross-cutting teams possessing exceptional expertise and development capabilities for executing research and development capable of completing the DARPA SubT Challenge.
The goal of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge is to discover innovative solutions to rapidly and remotely map, navigate, and search complex underground environments, including human-made tunnel systems, urban and municipal underground infrastructure, and natural cave networks.
Teams will compete in three preliminary circuit events and the final event in both systems and virtual competitions. Each circuit event will explore the difficulties of operating in a specific underground environment as teams compete for monetary prizes. The first will focus on human-made tunnel systems. The second will focus on underground urban environments such as mass transit and municipal infrastructure. The third will focus on naturally occurring cave networks.
The final event, planned for 2021, will put teams to the test with a course that incorporates diverse challenges from all three environments. The winner of the systems competition will take home a $2 million prize, while the winner of the virtual competition will earn a $750,000 prize. For additional information on the DARPA Subterranean Challenge please visit www.subtchallenge.com.
Registration will open August 15 for the competitors day to be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Event details are available at the Federal Business Opportunities website. Advance registration is required, and will close at noon EDT September 13 for on-site attendance and noon EDT September 19 for virtual attendance, or until capacity is reached. Additional registration information is available on the challenge website.
Please email questions to [email protected].
Image Caption: The DARPA Subterranean Challenge explores innovative approaches and new technologies to rapidly map, navigate, and search complex underground environments. Click below for high-resolution image.
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The US Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with NIST, organized a Biometric Technology Rally in which 11 companies participated. The test took place in March 2018, at the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF), a DHS affiliated laboratory.
In the 2018 Biometric Technology Rally, Herta came out on the top 3 facial recognition vendors, among the highest scores for efficiency, customer satisfaction and performance.
The rally participants were provided with a gallery of 3,000 images of around 300 people, and each contestant was required to match people's faces one at a time as they were going through a facial recognition checkpoint. The test measured the average transaction time, failure to process an image, percentage of satisfied customers and the effectiveness of providing a positive identification within a 5 and 20 seconds interval.
Herta designed a specific solution for this one to many (1:n) test despite its speciality is many to many (n:m) as in some of its main projects to improve safety in safe cities or sports stadiums. The scenario simulated an airport control point where the solution compares traveler's passport pictures from the images captured through the CCTV cameras. Herta used its real-time face identification technology to meet the Rally requirements, and it exceeded the average for most of the metrics as well as the 95% successful face identification rate in less than 5 seconds, compared to an average of 65%.
Alex Collado-Castells, CTO at Herta and responsible for the rally deployment, explained that the test was very successful and it helped to prove how the company's technology stands out among other competitors, and to see what governments are looking for when it comes to a checkpoint solution.
"It was an inspiring experience, where we had to work under pressure in order to design a specific solution for a test which reflects a real world use case." Collado-Castells said. "The test generated very useful metrics which are aligned to the current government requirements and needs. Herta performed excellent at efficiency, customer satisfaction and performance, the three main goals of the Rally."
The 2018 Biometric Technology Rally was the first experiment testing different technology solutions against each other, but more rallies are planned to check future applications of the technology for DHS needs. The results of the 2018 Biometric Technology Rally can be found at http://mdtf.org/rally/.
Herta is a world leader in the development of cutting edge facial recognition solutions. Based in Barcelona and with offices in Madrid, London, Los Angeles, Montevideo and Singapore, the company offers fast, accurate, robust, end-customer oriented solutions for video surveillance, access control, and marketing requirements. Its international projects include safe-cities, airports, train and metro stations, prisons, banks, casinos, sports stadiums, shopping malls, military, police and forensic applications. Herta has partners in 50 countries and more than 150 certified integrators globally. Learn more at http://www.hertasecurity.com/en.
TYSONS CORNER, Va., July 26, 2018 -- MicroTech is proud to announce its selection as a Prime contractor to the U.S. Army Rapid Acquisition for Materials for Prototyping (RAMP) Contract. RAMP is a $192 million multiple award contract that develops, prototypes, evaluates, and provides worldwide technical and field support of advanced Research and Development (R&D) and specialized sensors for Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) and other agencies. RAMP, with a period of performance of three years, is a highly accessible, one-stop-shop contract vehicle to support the Army's rapid prototyping needs.
Through the RAMP contract, MicroTech will support the Army's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) at CONUS and OCONUS Army installations such as Fort Belvoir, VA; Ft. A.P. Hill, VA; Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; White Sands, NM; and Yuma Proving Grounds, AZ as well as in Operational Theaters, Combat Zones, and Overseas Contingency Operations.
"MicroTech is excited about being a part of this contract which supports this critical mission for the Army. RAMP complements our existing portfolio of Contract vehicles, such as Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Service (RS3), Information Technology Services – Small Business (ITS-SB), and the Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2)," says Dr. Barry West, President of MicroTech. "This award builds on our already successful business and demonstrates our commitment to excellence," Dr. West added.
About MicroTech: MicroTech, a Certified and Verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and is certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) as a Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and has had noteworthy success since its inception in 2004. Under MicroTech's outstanding leadership, the privately owned company has experienced exponential growth over the years and is repeatedly recognized as a small business success story. Described as the "hottest Hispanic business in the nation," MicroTech ranked as the #1 Fastest Growing Hispanic Company in the Nation for three consecutive years by Hispanic Business Magazine. MicroTech was also named one of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Hispanic-Owned Companies in the Nation for five consecutive years and has been repeatedly listed on Washington Technology's annual list of the Top 100 Government Contractors.
MicroTech provides Telecommunications Services, Infrastructure Services & Solutions, Cyber Security Solutions, Cloud Computing, Technology and Professional Services, Network Systems Integration, Research & Development, and Financial Services to the Federal, State and Local Government Agencies, public sector, as well as commercial enterprises. MicroTech is ISO 20000-1, ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2008 certified, and is CMMI Maturity Level 3 rated in both CMMI Services (CMMI-SVC) & CMMI Development (CMMI-DEV). Follow MicroTech on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
WALTHAM, Mass., July 12, 2018 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) today announced that it has appointed Jeanette Hughes Vice President Internal Audit, effective September 4, 2018. Hughes succeeds Larry Harrington, who is retiring after 14 years with Raytheon. Hughes currently serves as Vice President Internal Audit for Ingram Micro Inc., a global leader in technology and supply chain services based in Irvine, CA.
"I am pleased to welcome Jeanette to Raytheon," said Thomas A. Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon. "Her extensive global expertise and experience in supporting business expansion will build upon our legacy of audit excellence and risk mitigation as we execute our global growth strategy."
Hughes joined Ingram Micro in 2006, leading internal audit using a risk-based approach and introducing data analytic strategies to improve risk identification and audit efficiencies. During her tenure with the company she supported audit strategies in a time of significant business expansion into new geographies and lines of business, operating in 52 countries. Hughes and her team provided independent assessment of financial, operational and legal compliance controls on a global scale.
Prior to her current role, Hughes served as SVP and Chief Audit Executive at ACE Limited (now Chubb Ltd.). From 1995-2002, she served in roles of increasing responsibility at Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance, including EVP and Group Chief Auditor based in the UK. Hughes began her career in public accounting at Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC). She is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor's degree in science with concentrations in finance and accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Harrington Retires after Distinguished Audit Career
Harrington is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor who has spent most of his career in finance and internal audit. Before joining Raytheon in 2004 he was vice president of Human Resources and vice president of Health Operations at Aetna Inc., and was chief audit executive for several global Fortune 500 companies, including Staples, Aetna Inc. and LTV.
During his tenure at Raytheon, he was a frequent speaker at seminars on auditing, change management, negotiation, and people development and motivation. His work serving as the company's Diversity Champion, as well as successive roles as executive champion for the company's young employee network (YESNet) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (GLBTA) employee resource groups strongly supported the company's culture of diversity and inclusion.
Earlier this year the Institute of Internal Auditors inducted Harrington into the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners.
"I want to thank Larry for his service to our board and our company," said Kennedy. "Under his leadership, the Internal Audit function has transformed into an indispensable partner, and our diversity and inclusion efforts were greatly expanded and strengthened. He has been a valued team member for more than a decade and we wish him well in retirement."
Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Follow us on Twitter.
GARLAND, Texas, -- Texas-based Garrett Metal Detectors, co-founded by 84-year old, fourth generation educator, Eleanor Smith Garrett, is pleased to announce that in response to the terrible tragedy at Santa Fe High School, if the board decides to add metal detectors as a part of their security program, Garrett Metal Detectors will donate a comprehensive metal detection program that includes security assessment, metal detectors, installation and training to Santa Fe High School in conjunction with Lt. Governor Patrick who is making a gift of up to 10 metal detectors to the school.
In another major announcement, Lt. Governor Patrick revealed that as part of his school safety legislative agenda for the upcoming 2019 Texas Legislative Session, the Texas Senate will create a matching fund program to assist any public school in implementing a metal detection program. This will be a purely voluntary decision by the school district. Schools that buy metal detectors before session will be reimbursed according to the matching program once implemented during session.
Garrett Metal Detectors co-founder, Eleanor Smith Garrett, praised Lt. Governor Patrick's gift announcement. "Children and their education are my passions, so it is an honor to contribute our metal detection expertise into a comprehensive security plan for those impacted by the tragedy at Santa Fe," she said. "I commend Lt. Governor Patrick as his decisive leadership will further the safety of our children by creating the first school safety program of its kind in the country to protect all Texas schools."
About Garrett Metal Detectors
Garrett Metal Detectors is the global leader of metal detection products for security and law enforcement applications worldwide. For over 50 years, Garrett has engineered the most advanced metal detection products, including walk-through, hand-held and ground search metal detectors for the security industry. Garrett is an International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2015 certified company.
SOURCE Garrett Metal Detectors
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 9, 2018 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is expanding its work with Guardtime Federal to integrate a variety of integrity and cyber-related capabilities into Lockheed Martin aircraft products and processes.
The new contract builds on specialized mission support testing in 2015, and the integration systems and support contract related to supply chain risk and software development management in 2017. This time the focus is on further reducing the attack surface of the information supply chain that forwards information to and from operational aircraft systems.
Lockheed Martin and Guardtime Federal began working together in 2015 with demonstrations and now are progressing into more operationally oriented pilots that integrate data integrity technologies to address the threat of data manipulation in networked and weapon system embedded cyber physical systems. The new work further escalates engagement with on-going hardware and software in the loop testing to address the continued evolution of cyber-focused threats across the entire development and fielding lifecycle.
Lockheed Martin was the first U.S. defense contractor to incorporate blockchain technology into its cyber safe strategy for developmental processes, enabling more efficient and assured offerings to its customers. The new efforts will accelerate toward fielding new capabilities for mission survivability in a global cyber persistent threat environment.
"We continue to integrate new cyber security approaches across our portfolio of aeronautics programs," said Ron Bessire, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Engineering and Technology vice president. "Our collaboration with Guardtime Federal continues to yield fresh new approaches to solve the lingering challenges that more traditional technical solutions have not solved."
Guardtime Federal continues to evolve tools and techniques that go well beyond conventional firewall protections and focus on the integrity and origin of any digital element. The new capabilities, once integrated, will provide linked digital data attribution that revolutionize the way digital provenance is being applied, assured, and audited across the lifecycle of mission critical information flowing into operational systems.
"At Guardtime Federal we continue to appreciate the support Lockheed Martin has provided to allow us to focus on Cyber Integrity. Our goal is to provide every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine the confidence that they can rely on the information they see and the equipment they operate without fear that it has been manipulated by an outside force," said David Hamilton, president of Guardtime Federal. "There is no overnight solution, but this is the objective of our work with Lockheed who shares our 'Cyber Integrity First' core value."
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year the company received three Edison Awards for ground-breaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy.
About Guardtime Federal
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Guardtime Federal is a U.S. chartered business with the objective to deliver data integrity products developed by Guardtime into the U.S. National Security market (DoD, IC, DHS, etc. and their support industry). Guardtime Federal integrates Guardtime industrial blockchain technology with U.S.-developed high-end tamper resistant hardware for providing data and process integrity and provenance in cross domain embedded and private networked environments.
SOURCE Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
NETANYA, Israel, July 10, 2018 -- Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI) announced today the integration of Orbit's 3D Audio into Elbit Systems' Helmet Mounted Display (HMD).
Elbit Systems' HMD, which displays flight data, sensors and 3D location-based information, allows pilots to slave the aircraft's sensors and missiles simply by looking at the target, and similarly, enable aircraft sensors and other relevant information to be spatially presented. Suitable for both day and night operation, pilots using Elbit Systems' HMD have a decisive edge in mission effectiveness while enhancing situational awareness, precision, safety and survivability.
The integration of Orbit's 3D Audio into Elbit Systems' HMD provides directional audio cues to ground and air threats in full correlation to the visual cues on the visor. The combination of audio and visual cues allows pilots to pinpoint a threat more rapidly, in the space surrounding the aircraft, while radio separation improves situational awareness.
Eitan Livneh, President & CEO of Orbit, said, "We believe 3D Audio will become a standard feature in cockpits of the future."
About Elbit Systems' HMD
Three generations of innovating and integrating Helmet Mounted Display Systems (HMDS) in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft have established Elbit Systems as a global leader in the HMDS field. The HMDS business has been a key growth engine of the company for many years, and its pre-eminence in the field extends to a broad range of platforms. Currently, a wide range of high quality HMDS are operational in over 11,000 fixed and rotary wing aircraft operated by more than 30 countries.
About Orbit's 3D Audio
Orbit's 3D Audio delivers a 360-degree clear audio experience with significant benefits for pilots, including increased situational awareness and flight safety, as well as reduced workload and fatigue. Applications include radio separation, crew positioning, directional safety alerts and real-time threat alerts aligned to the pilot's line of sight.
About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.
Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. is wholly-focused on precision tracking-based communications – in the areas of satcom, telemetry and remote sensing – and provides an innovative solution for airborne audio management. With certification by defense, government and commercial agencies, we deliver tailor-made, turnkey solutions at sea, on land and in the air. Orbit's unique combination of smart design, high reliability and field-tested experience means that if you can conceive it, we can provide it.
VANCOUVER, CANADA, July 10, 2018 - Avigilon Corporation, a Motorola Solutions company, today announced that it has received SAFETY Act Designations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its video surveillance systems and Access Control Manager (ACM) software.
Enacted in 2002, the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act, encourages the creation and use of anti-terrorism technologies and practices. It is designed to mitigate liability risks for sellers or manufacturers of anti-terrorism technology, products and services.
Following a rigorous application process in which Avigilon met the stringent qualifications outlined in the SAFETY Act, Avigilon's video surveillance systems have received full Designation as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology and ACM software has received the Developmental Testing and Evaluation Designation. These Designations apply to Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software, video surveillance cameras, network video recorders and system accessories, as well as ACM software.
"Achieving these SAFETY Act Designations is a testament to our continued commitment to develop technologies that meet the highest safety and security standards," said Dr. Mahesh Saptharishi, Avigilon's Chief Technology Officer. "Together with our customers we are helping to create safer stadiums, businesses and cities through the use of advanced video surveillance and access control systems."
Avigilon, a Motorola Solutions company, provides trusted security solutions to the global market. Avigilon designs, develops, and manufactures video analytics, network video management software and hardware, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. To learn more about Avigilon, visit avigilon.com.
© 2018, Avigilon Corporation. All rights reserved. AVIGILON, the AVIGILON logo, AVIGILON CONTROL CENTER, ACC, ACCESS CONTROL MANAGER, and ACM are trademarks of Avigilon Corporation.
An electronic border security system recently used to detect drones will be demonstrated by American Border Patrol (ABP) for U.S. Senate candidates on Saturday, July 7th, at a test site at the Arizona/Mexico border. Three of the five listed Arizona candidates have said they will attend the demonstration.
The system, called SEIDARM, was recently used with a special sensor called MAUI to detect a small, unmanned aerial system (sUAS) – or drone - crossing the "border."
A video of the June 21st demonstration of SEIDARM MAUI at the AFWERX FUSION event in Las Vegas is shown here:
HEREFORD, Ariz., July 5 -- seriousness of the threat of border drones was underlined by a July 4 Washington Post opinion piece by Homeland Security Chief Kirstjen M. Nielsen:
The U.S. isn't prepared for the growing threat of drones
Saturday's demonstration will show exactly where the MAUI sensor detected the sUAS. Live demonstrations of SEIDARM including MAUI may be set for a later date.
During Saturday's demonstration, SEIDARM will direct drones called HERMES to intercept people and vehicles along a one-mile stretch of sensors.
SEIDARM can detect one person walking at five hundred feet, compared to 40 feet for existing Border Patrol ground sensors. It can distinguish between people, vehicles and aircraft. The system is buried and solar-powered and can provide seamless protection on the entire border - at a small fraction of the cost of a wall.
"This technology does not necessarily replace a real wall, but it can perform like a stop-gap virtual fence until a real wall is ready by assuring detection of all intrusions," ABP president Glenn Spencer said. "And," Spencer added, "it can tell the where a real physical barrier is needed most – and how it is working once installed." The technology can provide a long-sought-after metric of border security, Spencer said.
The demonstration will run from 10 AM to 11 AM on Saturday, July 7, at:
American Border Patrol Test Range
11720 S. Border Monument Rd.
Hereford, Arizona 85615
The system was recently featured on Michelle Malkin Investigates.
This video of a test of the system on December 11, 2017, shows detection of one person walking 500 feet from a line of SEIDARM sensors:
Attendance is limited to members of the press and invited guests.
SOURCE American Border Patrol