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Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho and Maryland to Review and Test Energy Emergency Response in a Simulated Environment
WASHINGTON -- The National Governors Association (NGA) competitively selected four states – Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho and Maryland – to participate in a focused technical assistance project to enhance their experiences in the GridEx V energy security exercise and support the states' energy security planning efforts.
GridEx is a biennial exercise conducted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to simulate a cyber and physical attack on the electric grid across North America. Participants include members of the electric sector, other critical infrastructure operators, law enforcement, and state, local and federal officials from across the country. The GridEx V exercise will take place Nov. 13-14, 2019.
Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, NGA will work with the four states to prepare for, participate in, and share lessons learned and promising practices from the exercise via phone consultations, an in-person workshop planned for January 2020.
During the exercise, participants will remotely respond to simulated cyber and physical events to determine how their organizations, including governors and states, might respond in a real-world event. Governors play critical roles during widespread electric grid outages and NGA's project will help participating states improve their ability to respond and recover from these incidents, enhance emergency communications, build relationships with electricity and other critical infrastructure operators, and identify infrastructure resilience needs.
"As a national leader in cybersecurity and a pioneer in micro-grid development, Maryland is proud to partner with the National Governors Association and other states on the GridEx emergency preparedness exercise," said Governor Larry Hogan, chair of the National Governors Association. "Our technology-driven infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack with the electric grid as a prime target, but we are committed to protecting our state against threats to our infrastructure with the best ideas and latest technologies."
"In order for Idaho to respond to a significant emergency event involving our energy infrastructure, we need to better understand all our stakeholders, their infrastructure and single points of failure, and how we can best mitigate those potential failures in a coordinated effort," Governor Brad Little said. "Idaho welcomes the opportunity to participate in this exercise and take advantage of assistance from our partners."
"I ran on the goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy in Colorado by 2040, and we've already made significant progress toward achieving this commitment. We must also continue to improve our energy infrastructure and security to ensure grid reliability and resilience," Governor Jared Polis said. "Our state is excited to join this exercise."
"We are honored to be selected for the opportunity to participate in this important exercise that will help stakeholders in Hawai'i and other states enhance their capabilities to respond to severe events affecting the reliability of their energy systems," said Governor David Ige. "Improving grid resiliency in the face of potential cyber and physical threats is a top priority for Hawai'i as we strive to strengthen our national security and achieve our aggressive clean energy goals."
After the exercise, the four selected states will contribute to an after-action report to identify state-focused challenges and lessons learned. The state teams also will participate in a two-day, post-exercise workshop with experts, in which they will explore these results and lessons further and develop action plans to improve energy security in their states.
Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation's 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.
Smiths Detection Receives Order for Vehicle Scanning Technologies From U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Edgewood, MD – Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) announces orders totaling $7.1 million for HCVM e35 NA and ScanVan technologies under existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Smiths Detection’s ScanVan is a small, easily maneuvered vehicle, fitted with HI-SCAN 100100T technology, a state-of-the-art X-ray system capable of scanning objects such as cargo, strollers, boxes or electronics. It is specially designed for the needs of customs facilities, airports, transport operators, and couriers - or wherever temporary high-security checkpoints are required.
The HCVM e35 NA is a fully integrated mobile solution used to inspect whole trucks, containers and vehicles. Utilizing state-of-the-art software platforms to provide detailed X-ray image views, customizable image options, and comparison tools to enhance screening outcome, it screens for contraband and threats such as explosives, narcotics, and weapons. The solutions also help operators to reduce screening times and increase data collection capability.
Stephen Esposito, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, said, “Smiths Detection’s advanced technology, reputation for custom solutions, responsiveness, and reliable service have helped us to become long-term providers for agencies around the world. Our experience allows us to continue to work closely with CBP to provide world-leading solutions that help to protect our borders and secure locations across the country.”
For more information, please visit www.smithsdetection.com
Hikvision North America solidifies its commitment to cybersecurity with a dedicated cybersecurity hotline
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.—October 23, 2017–Hikvision USA Inc., the North American leader in award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, today announced the launch of a cybersecurity hotline that Hikvision integrators, clients and technology partners can call for direct support related to cybersecurity concerns.
Hikvision encourages its partners to update all equipment to the latest available firmware. “Updating firmware is an effective way to safeguard equipment from cyberattacks and eliminate known vulnerabilities. Firmware updates are available on the Hikvision website,” said Chuck Davis, Hikvision director of cybersecurity for North America.
Partners can reach the Hikvision cybersecurity hotline directly by calling 626-723-2100, or by dialing the general technical support line at 866-200-6690, and pressing “5.” Cybersecurity support can also be provided via email at [email protected]
Hikvision takes cybersecurity concerns with the utmost seriousness and takes diligent action to ensure that its products meet the standards of the security industry’s best practices.
“Cybersecurity is Hikvision’s top priority,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc. and Hikvision Canada Inc. “Innovation and R&D are integral parts of our technology development, and continuous improvements to our cybersecurity support with this hotline solidify our commitment to secure our products even further.”
Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use. Committed to the utmost quality and safety of its products, Hikvision encourages partners to take advantage of the many cybersecurity resources Hikvision offers, including the Hikvision Security Center.
Senior Manager Strategic Communications, Hikvision USA Inc.
In 2016 almost 1.1 billion identities were stolen globally. This number is up dramatically from a reported 563.8 million identities stolen in 2015. In addition, the same Symantec Internet Security Threat Report placed the United States at the top of the list for both the number of breaches by country (1,023) and the number of identities stolen by country.
New York State’s Division of Financial Security and other government entities around the globe have been monitoring this increased cybercriminal threat and determining means to help protect the private information of individuals as well as the information technology systems of regulated organizations.
New York State’s Division of Financial Security released new cybersecurity requirements (23 NYCRR 500), directly affecting the way that financial data is managed going forward. Applicable to financial services companies operating in New York State, these regulations declare that, on an annual basis, financial firms are required to prepare and submit a Certification of Compliance with the NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations to the superintendent, commencing on February 15, 2018.
The scope of this legislation describes measures related to: cybersecurity programs and policy, personnel, resources and training, penetration testing and assessments, audit trails, access privileges, application security, third parties, NPI (Non Public Information) encryption, data retention, incident response and notification.
Among other requirements, this regulation dictates that companies declare any cyberattack to the superintendent within 72 hours. In the past, many companies chose to not disclose information related to these hacking exposures because much of their cost stems from damage to brand reputation and the necessary steps required to rebuild the trust of their clients post-attack.
Similar to the NY DFS proposal, the Federal Reserve Board (FSD), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the FDIC issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on enhanced cyber risk management and resilience standards for large banking organizations. Additionally, the states of Vermont and Colorado have released laws pertaining to cybersecurity and the improved protection and monitoring of data.
Two technologies specifically called out in the new NYS DFS Cybersecurity requirements, Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Risk Based Authentication (RBA), are key methods of complying with regulation and defending against attacks.
Multi-factor authentication is defined as using at least two factors to authenticate a person, generally a combination of:
- “Something I Have” — this could be a hardware token, a mobile soft token, etc.
- “Something I Know” — like a PIN code, a password, and
- “Something I Am” — such as a fingerprint or face recognition.
With MFA, the two factors are fully independent from each other (i.e. the failure of one factor would not compromise the other one).
Risk based authentication is the capacity to detect anomalies or changes in the normal use patterns of a person as part of the authentication process, require additional verification if an anomaly is detected to avoid any breach.
It is more efficient to avoid hacking and cyber-attacks in the first place by focusing attention on the security of the applications being accessed, both externally and internally. To learn more about these regulations and how similar standards will impact you, visit www.hidglobal.com/iam.
HID Global is the trusted leader in products, services and solutions related to the creation, management, and use of secure identities for millions of customers worldwide. Recognized for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is focused on creating customer value and is the supplier of choice for OEMs, integrators, and developers serving a variety of markets that include physical access control; IT security, including strong authentication/credential management; card personalization; visitor management; government ID; and identification technologies for a range of applications. HID Global is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand.
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Santa Clara, California (February 15, 2016) – SecuGen, a world leading optical fingerprint device and technology vendor, is pleased to announce that they will be unveiling a new, lower cost fingerprint reader, the Hamster Pro™, at the RSA Conference 2016 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
Attendees are invited to come by SecuGen’s booth, number 4615 in the North Hall of Moscone Center to see a demonstration of the new, low cost fingerprint reader and accompanying OEM sensor.
The Hamster Pro is a compact, accurate, and robust fingerprint reader, being offered at an incredibly low price. SecuGen is well known around the world and throughout the biometrics industry for providing high quality fingerprint products at prices suitable for large deployments. The Hamster Pro is SecuGen’s lowest price fingerprint reader to date.
The UPx is the OEM version of the same product. The UPx is compact for easy integration and very low priced for large deployments.
SecuGen’s complete line of fingerprint readers include PIV and FAP 20 certified models and now includes the Hamster Pro for circumstances where PIV certification is not required but a low cost option is mandatory. SecuGen’s product line also includes dual mode products that combine contact and contactless smartcard readers together with SecuGen’s rugged and accurate fingerprint sensors.
The Hamster Pro fingerprint reader and the companion UPx OEM sensor will both be released in March of this year and will be compatible with SecuGen’s software development kits for Windows, Linux, and Android.
VP of Engineering Dan Riley stated, “The SecuGen engineering team keeps coming up with new ways to reduce costs. The Hamster Pro fingerprint reader and UPx sensor are remarkable in that they combine the ability to capture a high contrast, high quality image with rock bottom prices. These truly are amazing products!”
Won Lee, CEO of SecuGen, said, “Our focus is always to deliver the high quality products and tools that our reseller partners require. Our engineering team had done it again with the UPx sensor and the Hamster Pro. These are exactly the products that our partners have been asking for.”
SecuGen Corporation is the world's leading provider of advanced, optical fingerprint recognition technology, products, tools and platforms for physical and information security. SecuGen designs and develops FBI-certified fingerprint readers and OEM components, developer kits and software, including NIST/MINEX-compliant algorithms. Known for high quality, ruggedness, and performance in a wide variety of applications and environmental conditions, SecuGen products are used by world-leading financial, medical, government, educational and corporate institutions and are sold through an extensive network of reseller partners including original equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors and system integrators around the world.
Carlsbad, CA, March 23, 2016 - Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek Company and leader in the security and home control markets, today announced their full line of 2GIG® IP video solutions, complete with indoor and outdoor mini dome camera and indoor WiFi camera, as well as a feature-rich network video recorder (NVR) for a range of new surveillance solutions for the security market. This suite of products offers a mobile app, at no extra cost, for remote viewing and playback of video on iOS and Android devices.
"The line of 2GIG video products was designed to provide dealers with attractive and sleek-looking interior and exterior-grade cameras for residential customers seeking high-definition recording and playback, both at home and on-the-go," said Rob Halligan, group vice president of marketing, Nortek Security & Control. "The new video products provide dealers with a robust surveillance solution that's easy to install, but even easier for the consumer to use to better keep an eye on things at home or their small business."
Packed with features, the small form factor of the new 2GIG Indoor/Outdoor Mini Dome cameras make them easy for dealers to install anywhere the customer wants surveillance coverage, while one-wire installation significantly cuts down on installation time and required resources. Only one CAT-5 Ethernet cable, connected to either a PoE powerline adaptor or to the 2GIG NVR, is required to power the camera and receive its video signal. To keep a watchful eye on the property both day and night, the 2GIG Mini Dome Cameras feature 1080p High Definition video capture and IR night vision up to 30 feet.
The 2GIG Indoor WiFi camera is ideal for monitoring the interior of a home or small business and captures footage at 720p HD resolution at 30 fps. With a built-in PIR sensor, dealers can program the camera to record footage continuously or only when motion is detected. The integrated IR illuminator provides the camera with night vision and an integrated microphone and speaker enables two-way audio so the customer can not only see what's going on, but hear it as well. Both indoor and outdoor models feature edge storage capabilities which enables the dealer or consumer to install a SD Micro Card (up to 32 GB), and record continuous or motion only events directly to the camera.
The brain of the 2GIG video solutions system is the 2GIG NVR, which enables installers to easily connect cameras and provides power to the cameras to record video directly over the network with no monthly fees. This video solution is known as a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) system that does not require third-party monitoring, or cloud storage fees. The 2GIG NVR features four PoE (power over Ethernet) ports and four channel real-time recording at full 1080p HD resolution. The NVR also supports alarm input and outputs that can be used to connect to alarm systems and other devices.
Dual display outputs for both HDMI and VGA enables homeowners to connect the 2GIG NVR directly to their TV or computer monitor for easy, instant viewing of live, or stored footage. Users away from home can also download the free 2GIG Video Apps on to their iPhone®, iPad®, or Android® device to play back video footage, view live 720p or 1080p real-time video, or configure video options.
All of the new 2GIG video solutions and accessories come backed by a 2 year warranty and provide a great addition to home and small business security.
About Nortek Security & Control LLC
Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Nortek Security & Control LLC supplies its technology solutions to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.
Nortek Security & Control is a world leader in smart connected devices and systems for the residential, security, access control and digital health markets. Through its family of brands including 2GIG®, GoControl®, Linear®, and Numera®, Nortek Security & Control designs solutions for a diverse customer base that includes national telecoms, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, security dealers, and consumers. With over 50 years of innovation, Nortek Security & Control is the leading manufacturer of Z-Wave based connected products.
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Nortek Security & Control LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work.
San Ramon, CA, March 17 - GreyHeller, the global leader in Mobile and Security technology and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced that Syracuse University has launched its new mobile application, Syracuse University Mobile, with GreyHeller's PeopleMobile® mobile platform. PeopleMobile® powers mobile access to Oracle's PeopleSoft Campus Solutions application from any smartphone or tablet.
The Syracuse University Mobile application includes:
MySlice Student Services Modules
- Grades for all semesters during which the student took courses
- Entries include links to all class details
- Class schedule (current term only)
- Class search
- Current and next term (when available)
- Search using many criteria, including subject area, subject code, course number, course career, class number, course keyword, mode of instruction (in person, online, etc.), session, days and times
- Class details available for each result: start/end dates, days, class location and times, and all dates and deadlines (financial drop, academic drop, class add, withdrawal)
- SU News feed
- Campus Maps (Google)
- SU Events Calendar
- SU Directory
- Social Media
- Users can view and share items from these modules from within the app
- Aggregates the main SU Twitter and Facebook accounts
- SU YouTube channel available in Video module
- Photos module uses SU Instagram feed
According to Sam Scozzafava, interim Chief Information Officer and VP ITS, "with a rich mix of University information and personal services data, the app will help users engage sooner and easier with the institution and its faculty, staff and students. We will continue to engage students to identify and implement enhancements to ensure it is serving their needs and providing them with the necessary tools and information to help them be successful in their academic career."
The next version will include student access to their exam schedules and three Faculty Service Modules - My Schedule, Class Roster and Grade Roster.
Syracuse University students have found the app to be a valuable tool. From a recent article in the Syracuse University online news:
Austin Rhoads, Class of '17, who is majoring in information management and technology, agrees. "The class search is my favorite feature. It is convenient as I begin to search for classes for next semester and doing it through the PC is bulky. One other feature that I really like is the map. Many new students have no idea where a specific building is, let alone where to find out how to get there."
Justin Baumann, Class of '16, a political science major said, "As a student who is constantly moving between different buildings on campus, the convenience of easily checking my phone for my class schedule, or looking up an email address on the directory, is incredibly useful. This is just the beginning of an important tool that SU students will use for years to come."
GreyHeller and Syracuse University began working together on this application in September, 2014.
GreyHeller provides Mobile and Security software solutions to Oracle's PeopleSoft customers, including 5 of the top 50 global companies and 6 of the top universities. PeopleMobile® mobilizes and transforms every PeopleSoft page across every PeopleSoft system – HCM, FSCM, CRM, ELM, Portal. ERP Firewall protects PeopleSoft sensitive data from malicious and inadvertent breach with powerful Data Masking, Two-Factor Authentication, Location-Based Security, Delegate and VIP Access Control, Logging and Analysis.
About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle's products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud.
Detroit, MI, March 21 - Following the FBI-DoT-NHTSA March 17 public service announcement (PSA), Argus Cyber Security Ltd., the automotive cyber security pioneer, will participate in three panels at two major automotive cyber security events - the 3rd Annual Automotive Cyber Security Summit and the TU Automotive Cyber Security conference.
LaVern Sula, Argus' President of North America, and former Global Engineering Director, Vehicle Cyber-Security at General Motors, will participate on the Automotive Cyber Security Summit Keynote Panel titled "The Next Steps for OEM and Tier 1 Companies in Standardizing Cybersecurity Mitigation." Sula will share her knowledge on improving collaboration between the automotive industry, security vendors and regulators.
Yoni Heilbronn, Argus' VP Marketing, will participate on the panel titled, "Security and Next Gen Automotive Technology" at TU Automotive Cyber Security. Heilbronn will discuss current trends and future challenges faced by automakers as they advance car connectivity and autonomous driving. Also at TU Automotive Cyber Security, the company's Lead Researcher, Ofer Kapota, will share his views on the Roundtable titled "Real Life Telematics Attacks and Vulnerabilities." Kapota will offer insights from research conducted by Argus on telematics and infotainment systems.
At Argus, former senior executives from the automotive industry have joined together with experts in cyber security to play an ever-increasing role in ensuring that motorists enjoy the limitless benefits of car connectivity without having to worry about their physical and virtual safety.
"The US Government public service announcement citing the vulnerability of cars to remote cyber-attacks underpins the extent of the risk and the need to address it accordingly," said Ofer Ben-Noon, Argus CEO and co-founder. "Argus' participation on multiple panels is a testament to our commitment to partnering with the automotive industry in addressing this critical topic."
Argus is the global automotive cyber security leader, dedicated to partnering with car manufacturers, their Tier 1 suppliers and aftermarket connectivity providers to protect connected cars and commercial vehicles from car-hacking. Founded in 2013, the Argus team has decades of experience in both cyber security and the automotive industry. Argus solutions combine innovative security methods and proven computer networking know-how with deep understanding of automotive best practices. Argus' is headquartered in Tel-Aviv, Israel, with offices in Michigan, the Silicon Valley, Stuttgart and Tokyo.
Defexpo India 2016: AEROMAOZ (Israel) will establish joint venture with Indian company, Rajdeep Automation
Defexpo India 2016, Goa, India, 28-31 March 2016, Israel Pavilion, Stand 1.1.3-b
March 22nd - AEROMAOZ Ltd. – a leader in the design and manufacturer of control systems and Illumination solutions for commercial and military air, ground and naval applications – will establish a joint venture with the Indian company, Rajdeep Automation. The new company, A.R.I.C. PVT LTD, will manufacture rugged HMI, control and lighting systems for the domestic defense and Homeland Security (HLS) markets.
According to Eli Avivi, Executive VP Sales & Marketing at AEROMAOZ, "We are pleased to create this partnership with the well-established and respected company, Rajdeep, for the production of our solutions in India for the local market – for Indian defense and HLS companies and the Indian Ministry of Defense. We look forward to expanding our activities in this important market." He continued, "Our solutions have been adopted and are being implemented in dozens of platforms worldwide. They deliver outstanding durability in even the harshest air, ground, and naval environmental conditions."
According to Shrenik Shah, Technical Director at Rajdeep, "This welcome partnership with AEROMAOZ will bring to India production capabilities of the highest technological level for ruggedized HMI solutions, control & lighting systems. We hope that through this collaboration we will increase our activity in the market and take part in projects planned for the Indian army and security organizations."
Among the products to be manufactured in India under the agreement are LED lights and joysticks:
AEROMAOZ manufactures LED lights which are exceptionally powerful and reliable, don't heat up, and are extremely durable (up to 100,000 hours of operation) – which enables very easy maintenance, since replacement is rarely required.
The company also produces a variety of stationary and mobile joysticks that can be held in either one or both hands, all with state-of-the-art ergonomics. The grips, which are adapted for difficult field conditions, and are specially designed with an optimum shape for the end-user, include a host of unique controls for easy and convenient operation of various functions.
About AEROMAOZ Ltd.
AEROMAOZ Ltd. established in 1980, is a world-renowned designer and manufacturer of Control Systems and Illumination solutions for Commercial and Military air, ground and naval applications. The company's main product lines include ruggedized HMI and lighting solutions – based on its expertise in Human Machine Interface applications and Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) lighting compatibility. Field-proven and operational, AEROMAOZ solutions are part of prestigious projects throughout the world. AEROMAOZ product lines include grips, keyboards, displays, control panels, lights and NVIS upgrades. The company's products are integrated with platforms of the top global Aerospace & Defense corporates.
About Rajdeep Automation Pvt. Ltd.
Rajdeep is an automation products and service provider catering to the total industrial needs for companies all over India. The company's success has been derived from its understanding of the rapidly changing global business scenario and its ability to employ this insight to provide value-added services to its clients. The Rajdeep group was incorporated in 1969, and has been successful in winning respect and confidence, and building significant goodwill, among its clientele.