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ASIS names new members to Commission on Standards and Guidelines

Alexandria, VA-based ASIS International, the well-known organization for security management professionals, has named two new members of its Commission on Standards and Guidelines.

According to the organization, the standards-and-guidelines commission is dedicated to advancing the practice of security management through the development of standards and guidelines within a voluntary, nonproprietary and consensus-based process, utilizing the knowledge, experience and expertise of ASIS membership, security professionals and the global security industry.
The two new members are William Daly, senior vice president and practice leader with Control Risks Consulting, and John Turey, manager of corporate security with ITT Corp.
Daly is responsible for managing and conducting projects ranging from the application of advanced security technology for the protection of major corporate facilities to the evaluation of security programs and organizations, says ASIS. 
Turey, an ASIS Council VP, is responsible for developing, implementing and leading corporate security strategy to include the advancement of business continuity and leading enterprise-wide continuity initiatives, the organization adds. 

Swann unveils digital wireless surveillance kit

Santa Fe Springs, CA-based Swann Security, the security monitoring specialist, has unveiled the ADW-400 Digital Guardian camera and recorder.

The company calls it a “plug & play” security kit that pairs a high-resolution wireless camera with a digital recorder that creates a DIY home surveillance solution.

Swann characterizes its digital wireless technology as delivering interference-freevideo that is 100 percent secure because it is transmitted by an encrypted digital signal. 

The ADW-400 has a MSRP of $249 U.S. / $299 Canadian and will be available through Swann’s network of retailers.

Arecont Vision adds two to Euro sales force

Glendale, CA-based Arecont Vision, a specialist in IP-based megapixel camera technology, announces the addition of Duncan Cooke and Martin Cowley to its sales force in Europe.

The two men, says Arecont, “bring years of technology and industry sales.”

The company also says it intends a stronger emphasis on the security market in the U.K.

Cooke joins Arecont Vision as director of strategic accounts, Europe,. Most recently, directed a regional business for a division of Assa Abloy Global Technologies.

Cowley, who will be Arecont Vision’s regional sales manager in the UK, joins after tours at Arrow Surveillance, Norbain, Silent Witness and Grandeye, among other companies.

Andrew Acquarulo Jr. named ComNet president and COO

Danbury, CT-based Communication Networks, dba ComNet, has named Andrew Acquarulo Jr. its  new president and chief operating officer.

He will be responsible for ComNet’s worldwide strategic vision, operations and sales for the ComNet fiber optic and Ethernet product lines, and will report to George Lichtblau, the company’s chairman and CEO.

Acquarulo joins ComNet after 20 years at GE Security and a tour as president and COO at what was International Fiber Systems (IFS).

“Andy is well known and respected within the security industry and his leadership and industry knowledge largely contributed to IFS becoming the acknowledged leader in fiber optic transmission. This success made him the perfect choice to lead ComNet as we move into our next growth phase,“ Lichtblau said in a statement.

IceWEB MLP gets 100TB expansion

Sterling, VA-based IceWEB, Inc. has released modular data storage expansion packs for its multi-purpose lightweight portable (MLP) platform.  

IceWEB reports that its MLP is being used around the world to assist in protecting communities against potential terrorist threats at such events as the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the G8 Summit and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  

This new capacity upgrade allows users to use more surveillance, sensor and intelligence data at these events on one common platform, says IceWEB.

According to the company, one of the issues crisis management, emergency management response and security event planning teams have been facing is the lack of available solutions allowing them to bring large collections of data to temporary command and control centers. The MLP allows this data to be moved very easily to global locations.

American Systems names new COO

Chantilly, VA-based American Systems, the government IT solutions provider, has promoted Peter Smith to chief operating officer.

In his new role, Smith will continue his operational responsibilities as executive vice president, as well as assume new duties overseeing the execution of the company’s organic growth strategy and business development.


Smith is a 30-year veteran of the company. He began his career in 1980, at the company’s Newport, RI, office as a test engineer for submarine and surface ship systems, and moved up the ranks to project manager and then director of the company’s Monitoring and Information Transfer Systems Directorate.


In 1995, he was promoted to director of engineering and focused on advancing the concepts of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology and open system standards in Navy ship design applications. In his most recent post, as executive vice president of operations, Smith oversaw the design and installation, human capital and managed services, custom solutions, professional services and government consulting offerings.

Summit Partners takes minority stake in NetWitness Corp.

Herndon, VA-based NetWitness Corp., the threat intelligence and network forensics specialist, reports that it has received an investment from Summit Partners, the Boston, MA-based equity firm.

The investment, says NetWitness, will be used to “fund additional technology acquisitions and other strategic initiatives related to the company’s industry-leading network security technology.”
NetWitness characterizes its offerings as providing an alternative to legacy network monitoring tools that cannot address the current threat environment.

“Raising capital from Summit is a strategic move for NetWitness that will help us to acquire and develop additional innovative technologies and widen our competitive edge in defining the next generation of network security, Nick Lantuh, president of the company, said in a statement.
Summit’s other investments in the security market include McAfee, Postini (acquired by Google), SafeBoot (acquired by McAfee), and Sybari Software (acquired by Microsoft), according to a NetWitness statement.

DHS health office focusing on needs of children during an emergency

The DHS Office of Health Affairs wants to determine if there are 8(a) small business firms, with demonstrable experience with “child preparedness issues” that can help develop standards, tools and training for first responders and non-pediatric medical personnel that could be used in the care of children and families during an emergency.

In a sources sought notice it published on January 27, DHS said it would like to hear from small businesses that can “develop emergency preparedness standards and tools for supporting state and local community planning for children and their families.”

More specifically, the office of health affairs seeks community exercise toolkits, preparedness assessment tools, sheltering standards and training materials, all related to the needs of children in times of crisis.

Interested firms are asked to contact Tamra MacCarrick, a contract specialist, at 202-447-5794, by February 1.

Can states’ health care systems deal with an emergency ‘surge’?

In a recent report to the Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight, of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Government Accountability Office looked into the capability of the nation’s health care systems to “surge” after a terrorist attack, a pandemic or some other mass casualty event.

Specifically, GAO examined the “assistance the federal government had provided to help states prepare for medical surge and what states had done to prepare for medical surge.”

GAO noted in an earlier report that, from fiscal years 2002 to 2007, the federal government awarded the states about $2.2 billion through HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s Hospital Preparedness Program to support activities to meet their preparedness priorities and goals, including medical surge.

Further, the federal government “provided guidance for states to use when preparing for medical surge, including Reopening Shuttered Hospitals to Expand Surge Capacity, which contains a checklist that states can use to identify entities that could provide more resources during a medical surge.”

In that report, GAO also identified four crucial elements of surge capacity: “increasing hospital capacity, identifying alternate care sites, and registering medical volunteers,” as well as planning for alternate “standards of care.”

In a 20-state review, GAO found that “all 20 were developing [hospital] bed reporting systems”;  “18 were selecting various facilities for alternate care sites”; “15 had begun electronic registering of medical volunteers”; but only seven of the 20 states were planning for “altered standards of medical care to be used in response to a mass casualty event.”

American Systems appoints VP of citizen safety strategic business area

Chantilly, VA-based American Systems, a government IT solutions provider, has named Brian Fitzpatrick vice president of the company's citizen safety strategic business area.

In this role, he will spearhead the company’s business development to help agencies ensure public safety and security.

"The federal government has no more important role than protecting citizens and critical infrastructure during times of threat, crisis and disaster. Few people know agencies' citizen safety challenges better than Brian, who has helped agencies deploy and leverage the latest technologies to prevent, detect and respond to public safety and homeland security challenges," William Hoover, president and CEO of American Systems, said in a statement.

American Systems describes itself as one of the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S., with approximately 1,300 employees nationwide.



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