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New Firebox M Series appliances help SMBs keep up with the rising tide of encrypted traffic with best-in-class performance and security
SEATTLE – August 15, 2017 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced hardware upgrades to its Firebox® M Series to handle the rapid proliferation of encrypted web traffic and offer more flexibility with added copper and fiber ports. With the new M470, M570 and M670 appliances, users can add additional network modules to increase the number of copper or fiber ports available to support the growing use of 10G fiber in midsize enterprise data centers. The new Firebox M Series appliances also enable users to inspect encrypted traffic with industry-leading performance with all security services enabled. According to Miercom, an independent testing lab, the updated Firebox M370 performs full HTTPS inspection 94% faster than competing solutions.
Network defenses that don’t adequately process and inspect encrypted traffic leave employees, customers and partners vulnerable to cyber attacks. According to a 2016 Ponemon study, 41 percent of attacks in 2016 used encryption to either disguise their entry into the network or hide their connection to a Command and Control server. NSS Labs, Inc. forecasts that as adoption rates continue to climb, 75 percent of web traffic will be encrypted by 2019. A firewall that lacks the processing power necessary to inspect high volumes of encrypted traffic will either need to turn off some security services or compromise throughput in order to manage the burden.
Dramatically Improved Performance: As validated by Miercom, the new Firebox M Series offers approximately three times the performance of competing products.
Flexibility Through Increased Port Density: All new appliances (except the M370) have an expansion slot for additional ports. 4x10 Gb fiber, 8x1 Gb copper or 8x1 Gb fiber network modules are available as well.
Intel processors with AES-NI and CaveCreek crypto acceleration: New chipsets allow the new M Series appliances industry-leading performance in HTTPS content inspection and fast processing of traffic even with all security services enabled.
Brendan Patterson, Director of Product Management at WatchGuard Technologies:
“As adoption rates for encryption continue to climb, organizations need to know that their UTM offers performance levels that can process the growing torrent of encrypted traffic, and the security services capable of detecting threats that might be lurking within that traffic. With the new M Series, we offer dramatic improvements in throughput to ensure our customers don’t have to choose between performance and security.”
Robert Smithers, CEO, Miercom:
“Based on results of our testing, the WatchGuard Firebox M370 displayed exceptional performance, outperforming its competitors for stateless and stateful traffic throughput scenarios. Its high-rate, non-degrading performance with security features enabled earns it the Miercom Performance Verified certification.
About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, and network intelligence products and services to more than 75,000 customers worldwide. The company’s mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for distributed enterprises and SMBs. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com.
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By by Katie Shepherd
The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it was terminating the CAM (Central American Minors) Parole Program, a special program which allows certain at-risk children in Central America to enter the United States and be reunited with their legally residing parents. This is yet another example of the administration’s increasingly cruel disregard for vulnerable immigrant children and is at odds with their recent crackdown on human smuggling.
The CAM program was first implemented in December 2014 as a response to the uptick in violence facing Central Americans and served as an in-country processing program for minors. It sought to “provide a safe, legal and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey” that many children were taking attempting to reach safety in the United States. Thus the end of this program may lead to an increase in the number of children fleeing for their lives who fall into the hands of human traffickers.
The CAM Program entailed a thorough vetting process. The child and their family members underwent a series of detailed steps, including DNA testing, security checks, medical clearance, and a refugee interview to confirm the child’s eligibility for the program. Minors who qualified could enter the United States on a two-year, renewable parole, but it did not lead to a permanent status.
Those eligible for the program were children in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala who were found to be ineligible for refugee processing but were determined to be “at risk of harm” by the Department of Homeland Security. The majority of the applications processed under the CAM program—about 70 percent—was for children who fell into this category.
Since the program’s inception in December 2014, almost 1,500 children have been paroled or allowed into the United States to reunite with their parents. Not only does the termination of the program prevent children from benefiting from this program in the future, but it also cancels the 2,714 applications for children who have been granted conditional parole and are waiting to enter the United States.
Ending the CAM Program is tantamount to delivering a death sentence to many unnamed children in Central America who are in fear for their lives. It’s bad enough that we’re locking kids in a burning building, but now we are taking away the key we gave them to get out.
On the 2nd of May, a Kelvin Hughes SharpEye™ SxV solid state Doppler surveillance radar arrived at the East Greenland Ice-core Project (EGRIP) camp. The radar was delivered on board a C-130 Hercules airplane together with the field party of scientists and field camp specialists manning the EGRIP research camp on the Greenland Ice Sheet.
The implementation of radar technology has brought about an increase in safety to the team of scientists and engineers at EGRIP by providing 24/7 situational awareness of the camp, the perimeter and the extended perimeter of more than three kilometres.
The East Greenland Ice-core Project aims to retrieve an ice core by drilling through the Northeast Greenland ice stream. Ice streams are responsible for draining a significant amount of the ice from the Greenland ice sheet. The EGRIP international project hopes to gain new and fundamental information on ice stream dynamics, thereby improving the understanding of how ice streams will contribute to future sea-level change. The drilled core will also provide a new record of past climatic conditions from the North Eastern part of the Greenland Ice Sheet.
The camp team is between ten and forty people working on the ice sheet, which is an area with few visual reference points. During whiteout conditions the visibility and contrast is low, and navigation is difficult.
SharpEye™ SxV is a small radome enclosed solid state radar providing superior detection performance of difficult to detect targets in the harshest environments. At EGRIP the radar is mounted on the top of the operations dome and is operational in temperatures as low as minus 30°C.
The SharpEye™ radar in conjunction with the Kelvin Hughes CxEye™ radar software provides a 360° extended perimeter. The software enables active and non-active alarm zones to be set up whereby movements within the camp does not trigger an alarm, however, the target tracking information is recorded and can be played back if required. The camp area has been defined in a 2.2 kilometre circle where alarm triggers are not active, while any movement in the ring between 2.2 and 3.5 kilometres away from the main dome triggers an alarm and sends a text message to the responsible person in camp automatically with position, velocity and direction information. This enables quick assessment of any issues or unexpected movements that may need investigating on the radar software including an approaching polar bear.
Crucially SharpEye™ SxV is an important addition to the Search and Rescue (SAR) capability to such an environment i.e. an open and sparse but potentially difficult area to monitor the whereabouts of people.
Bo Vinther (Associate Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen, and Field Leader at EGRIP) said:
“The SharpEye™ SxV system at EGRIP is configured to transmit alarms to a portable device. This combination gives an additional layer of safety in the EGRIP camp, without dedicating personnel to monitor a radar screen. Crucially camp is promptly informed of personnel unexpectedly leaving the vicinity of camp in poor visibility. This enables the Field Leader to launch SAR in a timely manner, and use radar guidance directing the SAR effort to personnel in need. Furthermore, camp will have warning in the rare case of a polar bear encounter”.
As the radar information is recorded, if someone becomes lost or missing especially in low visibility conditions, even if they are not moving, the last known position can be identified quickly and easily and the GPS location information can be provided or a search party can be guided in. Tests conducted at EGRIP enabled chocolate bars to be located by a search team after these where placed by another person 2.1 kilometres away.
Mark Bown Group Marketing Manager at Kelvin Hughes said:
“This performance is testament to the unique combination of Doppler processing, pulse compression and Moving Target Detection (MTD) techniques employed by the SharpEye™ system that provides the ability to detect small or low Radar Cross Section (RCS) targets in severe weather conditions at longer ranges than other similar approaches to radar design”.
The radar is planned to be used every field season between April/May to August for the next four years.
Operation Clean Sweep, an annual event that partners Port Tenants and volunteers to remove trash and debris from San Diego Bay will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
Produced by the San Diego Port Tenants Association, this community service-oriented event covers various clean-up sites around the bay’s watershed and shoreline. Last year, 1,314 volunteers, including civilians, military, Harbor Police divers, Port Tenants and Port employees removed 13.37 tons of debris.
That debris included sunken dinghies, tires, household appliances, shopping carts, bicycles and more. A mollusk-encrusted toilet was also retrieved and earned the diver who found it first place in the event’s “Most Unique Trash” contest.
The public is invited to participate and all volunteers will be treated to an after-party featuring a free barbecue, refreshments, entertainment, raffles and prizes. The after party is at Cesar Chavez Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m, 1449 Cesar Chavez Parkway, San Diego (map).
For more information visit the San Diego Port Tenants Association.
Maritime security company, Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has announced that its underwater intruder detection sonar technology, Sentinel, has been installed on the site of a new Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) facility in the Middle East to monitor unauthorised access from the sea. The programme of work included the supply of multiple in-water sonars and redundant control room equipment in order to provide uninterrupted situational awareness over a large waterfront.
CNI facilities such as power plants, dams, gas storage terminals and offshore oil platforms represent attractive targets for sabotage. Many of these installations have comprehensive above-the-water security systems that can include physical barriers, access control, surface radar and long range opto-electrical sensors. However, many are vulnerable to intrusion from the water, and in particular, from below the surface.
Sonardyne’s Sentinel closes this gap in surveillance capability. It reliably detects, tracks and classifies divers and small underwater vehicles approaching a protected asset, alerting security personnel to the potential threat. With a track record spanning more than 10 years, Sentinel is widely regarded as the security industry’s most extensively deployed diver detection sonar.
The small, lightweight design of Sentinel’s in-water sonar unit makes it ideal for mobile security operations but for this contract, Sonardyne’s in-country partner installed the sonars on permanent seabed mounts placed in key locations around the shoreline.
Each sonar is designed to provide 360 degrees of coverage and provides long range warning of incoming targets for the local security personnel to intercept the threat. It is even able to determine, with a high degree of probability, what type of diving equipment they are wearing; open or closed circuit.
Due to the strategic importance of the new facility within the region, for the first time Sonardyne was requested to supply dual redundant control-room equipment to ensure uninterrupted service. All equipment was interfaced with the facility’s third party C2 (Command and Control) security system.
Speaking about the contract, Paul Rosewarne, Maritime Security for Sonardyne in the Middle East said, “Our announcement today marks the end of many months of planning and on-site activities with our local technical partners and end client to deliver, install and commission Sentinel at this important new facility.” He added; “We’re confident that our diver detection technology will provide the same peace of mind as the many other Sentinel systems that are in service across the region.”
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Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation Build On Early Success of Pilot with Commercial Agreements Worth Up to $12 Million
Teams scale digital pilot, adding terminals and shipping lines throughout Port to help goods move more efficiently through America’s largest container port
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2017 – (NYSE:GE) – Less than a year since launching a first-of-its kind digital solution to keep cargo flowing efficiently through America’s largest container port, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation are expanding the program to include all container terminals and shipping lines at the Port.
Because of the pilot’s success, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation have agreed to new commercial agreements worth up to nearly $12 million and extended their relationship for at least five years. The agreements, subject to review by the Los Angeles City Council, will be far reaching, supporting approximately nine million TEUs (20-foot shipping containers), more than 15,000 truck providers and thousands of cargo importers.
“With our container volumes at record highs, the GE digital shipping solution is critical to our future success,” said Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. “The GE portal is an investment in the long-term growth of the Port of Los Angeles and tells our stakeholders and customers that we take seriously our responsibility to find new ways to drive efficiencies and optimization. We believe this project will not only move the needle but could be a game changer.”
Based on the initial pilot results, the Port of Los Angeles anticipates efficiency gains of between eight and 12 percent as the enhanced solution is rolled out across the Port.
To inform the next phase of the collaboration, the Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation surveyed users involved in the initial pilot. Results were overwhelmingly positive with most respondents agreeing the data in the portal is easy to understand and easy to access.
“This project has been a home run,” said John Ochs, senior director at APM Terminals, the site of the pilot project. “The Port of Los Angeles has transformed data into information that can be utilized by stakeholders to optimize their goods movement processes.”
“The Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation have become the global leaders on trying to digitize the supply chain and bring efficiencies to the maritime industry,” said Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association. “A trucking dispatcher may visit up to 40 websites a day just to coordinate cargo movement into the port complex. Having a single portal, a single reference point, will create new levels of efficiency that we’ve been seeking for a long time.”
The survey also uncovered areas for improvement. For example, users said they would like to see more terminals and shipping lines integrated into the solution, which is reflected in the new commercial agreement. Additional areas for progression include improving the level of detail users can access about each shipment, and increasing their access to shipment data across the supply chain.
“The initial results of the pilot are resonating with partners and providing an opportunity for us to collaborate on expanding the work. It’s a major step toward exploring how a system like this could be developed and implemented for other ports in the U.S. and abroad,” said Jamie Miller, president and CEO at GE Transportation. “This is a game changing effort for business, the economy, investors and consumers.”
For ongoing updates about the partnership, visit http://getransportation.com/port-of-la.
Gatekeeper Security CEO Christopher Millar describes his company's only fully automatic (AUVIS) under vehicle inspection in the world capable of automatically inspecting all vehicles traveling on a road or rail. The AUVIS can work on either a one-to one basis when deploying Gatekeeper’s license plate readers system or on a one to many basis when using Gatekeeper’s pattern recognition software to find the same or similar vehicle in the system’s database using the only the undercarriage image as a reference.
Gatekeeper was the Winner in GSN’s recent 2017 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards in the Categories of “Border Security and Immigration” and “Best Physical/Logical Privileged Access Solution.” See Mr. Millar’s description of Gatekeeper Security below:
Gatekeeper produces the only fully automatic under vehicle inspection system (AUVIS) in the world capable of automatically inspecting all vehicles traveling on road or rail. The Gatekeeper system produces virtual 3D images of the undercarriage looking forward and backward at 60 degrees to inspect on top of axles and cross beams. The AUVIS can work in a one to one basis when deploying Gatekeeper's license plate reading system or on a one to many basis by recovering a vehicle reference image from the system database based purely on the undercarriage image. AUVIS is the only under vehicle system that can automatically detect change to an undercarriage whether it is a foreign object or a change in configuration. The AUVIS is not susceptible to driver behavior such as a vehicle stopping on top of the scanner, speeding up or slowing down while being scanned or if drivers cross the scanner in different places (to the left or to the right of center) at each scan. The scanning system has an environmental rating of IP68 and operates as a stand alone platform or as a large multi scanner platform sharing references images and vehicle records via a central database. System are deploy in 30 countries from Russia to the Middle East to SE Asia.
To learn more about Gatekeeper products and the company, visit:
Growth Driven by Explosion in Mobility and Consumer/VSAT Broadband Segments
NSR’s Commercial Satellite Ground Segment, 2nd Edition (CSGS2), released tomorrow, forecasts 2016-2026 cumulative global revenues for Commercial Satellite Ground Equipment to surpass $158 billion. Satellite TV continues to be the largest segment by shipments and revenues. Consequently, Set-Top-Boxes and Antennas generate the largest revenue shares. However, in terms of growth VSAT platforms (modems + baseband equipment), driven by verticals such as Consumer Broadband and Mobility, will exhibit the highest levels. RF chains will also see applications like Aeronautical Satcom booming, while other verticals, such as Satcom Earth Stations, will contract. This leads to overall flat revenues of approx. $1.3 billion per year.
“Satellite Ground Equipment is a very dynamic market with opportunities available across the board. However, technologies and business models are changing at a rapid pace and only the most adaptive actors will survive,” stated Lluc Palerm, NSR Senior Analyst and report author. “VSAT platforms will see spectacular developments from emerging verticals like Consumer Broadband and Cellular Backhaul, but to capture these growth opportunities, vendors will need to move platforms to the ‘cloud’ and closely integrate with the space segment.”
Satellite Ground Equipment is analyzed by equipment type, and forecasts are segmented by STB, modems, antennas, and RF equipment. Antenna manufacturers are falling into commoditization in the low-end, while highly specialized applications are witnessing a surge in demand. Flat Panel Antennas (FPAs) have the potential to disrupt these highly profitable opportunities. With segments such as Satcom Earth Stations shrinking, traditional RF equipment might experience a readjustment in revenues. Yet SSPA will see a bright future with applications, like mobility or cellular backhaul, moving to higher throughputs and performances continuously improving.
Baseband Equipment is witnessing skyrocketing demand from HTS platforms. The flexibility to serve multiple verticals, the need to scale to (V)HTS or the need to boost bandwidth efficiencies are essential success factors for the future. In the Satcom Earth Stations segment, demand for FSS Broadband and Video will encounter challenges, but HTS will spur growth. The Earth Observation Ground Segment will remain a relatively small market, but opportunities serving the small satellite revolution will stimulate demand.
About the Report
NSR’s Commercial Satellite Ground Segment, 2nd Edition is the only industry analysis and forecast of the commercial satellite ground equipment sector. The study leverages NSR’s extensive and in-depth satellite industry knowledge and provides shipments and equipment revenues for all key industry segments: Satellite TV, Consumer Broadband, Fixed Enterprise VSAT, Cellular Backhaul, Trunking, IP Content Distribution, Aeronautical Satcom, Land Mobile, Maritime, Baseband Equipment, SatCom Earth Stations and Earth Observation Ground Segment. It is the first and only report to segment equipment shipments and revenues into STB, modems, antennas and RF Equipment. The report covers shipments and equipment revenues in five regional markets, investigates trends impacting market growth and business models, and surveys technological trends shaping the future of the ground equipment and impacting the satellite industry as a whole. For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com or call NSR at 617-674-7743.
Integrators and Tech Professionals Gain Hands-on Skills in New Instructor-led Milestone Solution Design Course
New training class provides the knowledge to design Milestone XProtect Advanced surveillance systems to meet security and business objectives
Milestone Systems, the globally leading company in open platform IP video management software (VMS), has launched a new, instructor-led, hands-on, Solution Design training course for security professionals who have the direct responsibility to design complex Milestone surveillance systems. The course is also well suited for technical salespeople who want to better understand and position the Milestone Advanced platform to their customers.
Based on the Milestone Design Process, the Solution Design training class is instructor-led. It presents relevant information and hands-on exercises to lead attendees through surveillance system design, focusing on the Milestone-specific video management components of the process.
"Our instructors guide attendees, step by step, as they work to gather information, define surveillance objectives, and specify products for an effective, real-world VMS solution," said Greg Willmarth, Director of Learning and Performance, Milestone Systems. "We discuss a range of topics that address common solutions, and our extensive, hands-on exercises are very valuable. Attendees leave the class with detailed, annotated notes to help transfer their knowledge to the field."
This 2-day training class consists of a series of presentations and projects that help attendees successfully design effective solutions for real-life scenarios. The course agenda includes:
• Solution Design Course Introduction
• Defining Surveillance Objectives
• Determining Image Quality and Camera Selection
• Identifying Roles and Design Workstations
• Determining Key System Requirements
• Choosing the Right Milestone Product
• Specifying Network Topology
• Developing Project Proposals
• Defining System and Operator Behaviors
"Our key objective in redesigning the instructor-led classes earlier this year was to make them even better at preparing people to perform on the job," said Willmarth. "Our training workshops use a combination of real-world scenarios and hands-on exercises to build the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully design Milestone Advanced products to meet customer needs."
After completing the class, a certificate of completion is provided. This certificate can be submitted to Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) for 13 Continuing Education Credits, and Continued Professional Development (CPD) will recognize this course for 13 CPD hours/points.
Attending the Milestone Solution Design class also helps prepare attendees to take the Milestone Certified Design Engineer (MCDE) online assessment. The MCDE fulfills requirements to advance in the Milestone Channel Partner Program.
For more information, please visit the Milestone Partner Learning Portal