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SAS® Intelligence and Investigation Management reveals hidden criminal networks

DENVER, -- SAS GLOBAL FORUM -- A single piece of information can be the loose thread that unravels an entire criminal enterprise. SAS is helping law enforcement find more of those threads with SAS® Intelligence and Investigation Management. Powered by SAS Visual Investigator, SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management helps agencies integrate more information to uncover sophisticated criminal activity, make connections in real time, and enhance collaboration in investigations.

Law enforcement operates in an increasingly complex environment, with investigators facing unprecedented amounts of data. Making sense of this data and understanding the underlying connections is critical in any investigation or intelligence-development activity.

Part of the SAS® Viya® family of products, SAS Visual Investigator alerts investigators, case workers or analysts to heightened risks or threats. Combining advanced text analytics with dynamic and interactive visual workspaces, SAS enables analysts to easily grasp causes for events or alerts and act on deep analytical discoveries.

"While the applications of SAS Visual Investigator are diverse, SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management is tailored specifically for law enforcement," said Michael Ames, Senior Director for Fraud, Compliance and Investigation Solutions at SAS. "It speeds up the grind of poring through piles of reports and provides investigators new leads, and more time to pursue them, to get criminals off the street."

SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management provides agencies an environment where large disparate data sets can be merged and managed – offering a single view of any given entity. Information is secure, while roles-based security ensures the appropriate level of access is applied to data, preventing unauthorized use. Collaborative workspaces also allow law enforcement professionals to apply traditional investigative and intelligence practices, combined with advanced analytical capabilities.

SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management supports the full range of investigation types, from low-level crime inquiries to complex major-incident response. SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management uses text analytics to search structured or unstructured data (e.g., witness accounts) to aid investigators in isolating relevant entities and linking related records. Through this process, investigators can quickly gain insight into significant networks and relationships. Through visualization workspaces, multiple investigation streams can be simultaneously managed and hypotheses developed through the generation of network link diagrams, timelines and map views.

Cracking down on serial offenders in Cary, N.C.
Already one of the safest municipalities in the country, the Town of Cary, N.C., recently selected SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management to transform its Criminal Intelligence Unit. This unit integrates police and government databases with internet and social media sources to create strategic and tactical assets to support police investigations. The execution of manual searches and the retrieval, filtering and formatting of results is a labor-intensive process, currently requiring manual document creation each time an intelligence artifact is required.

SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management is poised to greatly reduce the time and effort needed to produce intelligence reports, help Cary PD identify the most prolific criminal offenders, and better allocate resources to reduce crime. Data visualization, entity resolution and network analysis will empower Cary PD to identify "core offenders" in a quicker, more objective and more reliable way.

For example, applying the word cloud feature to police records and arrest data can instantly surface the most active suspects and perpetrators. SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management can analyze the resulting list to uncover hidden relationships, provide a fuller view of criminal activities and help determine who meets the core offender threshold.

A better understanding of the patterns and trends in criminal activity will enable Cary PD to deploy resources to better deter and prevent crime. SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management can visualize and geospatially present 911 and incident data to identify "hot spots" that require increased police presence at days and times, as well as to deploy surveillance cameras, increased lighting or other crime deterrents.

"Ultimately, SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management helps law-enforcement agencies put their data to work for the safety and security of the communities they serve," said Ames. "By allowing officers to become more proactive in their investigations, SAS is supporting men and women in uniform in the critical mission of helping to keep citizens safe."

To learn more, visit sas.com/intelligence-investigation and download the white paper Managing the Intelligence Life Cycle: A More Effective Way to Tackle Crime.

SAS Intelligence and Investigation Management is supported by the new SAS Fraud and Security Intelligence Division, launched today. Both announcements were made at SAS Global Forum, the world's largest analytics conference, with more than 30,000 business and IT users of SAS software participating on-site and online.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.

SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © 2018 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

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Lockheed Martin and Cobham Team to Develop Next Generation Jammer Low Band for U.S. Navy's Electronic Warfare Aircraft

SYRACUSE, N.Y., April 10, 2018 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Cobham (LSE: COB) are joining forces for the Next Generation Jammer Low Band (NGJ-LB) competition to replace the U.S. Navy's ALQ-99 tactical jamming system currently on the E/A-18 Growler aircraft.

"The Lockheed Martin and Cobham team will leverage expertise in both companies to offer the U.S. Navy a critically important system with increased capability and reduced risk," said Joe Ottaviano, director of electronic warfare at Lockheed Martin. "Our team is confident we can meet the Navy's need for improved jamming capabilities with a scalable, open architecture design that balances capabilities with size, weight and power constraints."

Both partners on the team bring critical capabilities and areas of expertise. Cobham developed and was the only production partner to the U.S. Navy for the ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter/Antenna Group (LBT/AG) and has been supporting the LBT/AG program for more than 20 years. Lockheed Martin has been developing electronic warfare solutions for more than 40 years and has experience with various airborne and naval electronic warfare programs, including the Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system and the multi-mission AN/ALQ-210 and AN/ALQ-217 Electronic Support Measures (ESM) systems for the U.S. Navy. These Lockheed Martin products provide situational awareness, threat warning and proven electronic warfare solutions to detect, track and deter incoming threats.

"Cobham has continued to invest in state-of-the-art, next generation Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) transmitter capabilities for the EA-18G community and looks forward to continuing to deliver reliable and scalable solutions well into the future," said Jim Barber, senior vice president of Cobham Integrated Electronic Solutions, a business unit of Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions. "Our strong partnership with Lockheed Martin on programs such as AOEW and the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2, along with our collective capabilities and heritage with the electronic warfare community will provide the best value for the U.S. Navy."

The NGJ-LB system will be integrated on the EA-18G aircraft and will replace the ALQ-99 low band pods. The ALQ-99 is a tactical jamming system that has been deployed on the EA-6B Prowler and now the EA-18G Growler. The NGJ-LB system will provide significantly greater electronic attack capabilities in the lower frequency bands of the electromagnetic spectrum against modern threats. 

Cobham is the only company to continuously provide ALQ-99 Airborne Electronic Attack transmitters to the U.S. Navy since the initial operational deployment of the EA-6B in 1972, delivering over 850 transmitters. Since that time, Cobham has invested in cutting edge Gallium Nitride (GaN) power amplifier and antenna technology to ensure that the Navy's high performance, reliability, and sustainability needs are met. Cobham's latest ALQ-99 Low Band Transmitter has provided critical protection for U.S. and coalition warfighters since 2005.

For more information, visit www.lockheedmartin.com/electronicwarfare and www.cobham.com/ew

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.

About Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions
We provide critical solutions for communication on land, at sea, and in the air and space, by moving data through off-the-shelf and customized products and subsystems including RF, microwave, and high reliability microelectronics, antenna apertures and motion control solutions. Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions supplies defense, aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets.

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DirectView's Virtual Surveillance Engaged by a S&P 500 US Commercial Airline Federal Credit Union Headquartered in the Southwest

NEW YORK, April 9, 2018 -- DirectView Holdings, Inc., (OTC: DIRV) ("DirectView" or the "Company"), a company focused on ownership and management of leading video and security technology companies, announced today that its Virtual Surveillance has secured a contract for surveillance and access control products and services from the Southwest Airlines Federal Credit Union; Credit Union for NYSE company, Southwest Airlines.

DirectView has and continues to be the chosen provider of Southwest's surveillance and access control solutions. The company has current and future projects in planning stages at this time at various locations.

Started in September 1975, Southwest Airlines Credit Union has grown to five locations in Texas and Arizona. Today, its staff includes more than 90 employees, serving the financial needs of more than 50,000 members with assets of more than $485 million.

Roger Ralston, DirectView CEO, stated, "To be the chosen provider for an elite airline's federal credit union, is a true honor and a testament to the quality of the surveillance products and services we provide. We look forward to having the opportunity to service their other subsidiary locations across the country."  

"We feel this grants us the opportunity to highlight our superior surveillance and access control solutions to other financial institutions and avaiation locations."

About DirectView Holdings, Inc.  

DirectView Holdings, Inc., (DIRV) together with its subsidiaries, provides video surveillance solutions and teleconferencing products and services to businesses and organizations. The company operates in two divisions, Security (Video Surveillance) and Video Conferencing. The Security division offers technologies in surveillance systems providing onsite and remote video and audio surveillance, digital video recording, and services. It also sells and installs surveillance systems; and sells maintenance agreements. The company sells its products and services in the United States and internationally through direct sales force, referrals, and its Websites. The Video Conferencing division offers teleconferencing products and services that enable clients to conduct remote meetings by linking participants in geographically dispersed locations. It is involved in the sale of conferencing services based upon usage, the sale and installation of video equipment, and the sale of maintenance agreements. This division primarily provides conferencing products and services to numerous organizations ranging from law firms, banks, high tech companies and government organizations. For more information visit our websites at http://www.DirectView.com, http://www.ApexCCTV.com, http://www.VS-US.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Forward Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding the outlook of the Company's business and results of operations. By nature, these risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated. Generally speaking, any statements using terms such as "will," "expect," "anticipate," or "may," or which otherwise predict or address future results or events, are likely to contain forward-looking statements. It is important to note that actual results may differ materially from what is indicated in any forward-looking statement. Readers should consider any forward-looking statements in light of factors that could cause actual results to vary. These factors are described in our filings with the SEC, and readers should refer to those filings, including Risk Factors described in those filings, in connection with any forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:
DirectView Holdings, Inc.
Roger Ralston
+1-212-858-9100 EXT. 111
[email protected]

http://www.DirectView.com

Honeywell's New Satcom System Brings Worldwide Voice And Data Connectivity To Cockpit And Cabin

PHOENIX, April 9, 2018 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced the availability of its newest satellite communications system, the Aspire 400, which provides aircraft flight crews and passengers with access to worldwide voice and data connectivity and provides pilots with critical cockpit safety services. The compact and lightweight system for business jets and commercial or military aircraft provides connectivity to both the cockpit and the cabin simultaneously, which in turn results in safer, more efficient and more comfortable flights than previously possible

"As pilot and passenger demand for data and services continues to grow, our latest satellite communications system delivers superior call quality, videoconferencing and the ability to stream content in a single system. Plus, that system is more than 100 pounds lighter than comparable products," said Mark Goodman, product director, Honeywell Aerospace. "Aspire 400 helps our customers deliver consistent communications through a secure connection while reducing aircraft downtime and delays."

The first release of the Aspire 400 satellite communication system includes the operator's choice of either an intermediate-gain or a high-gain antenna. The system includes a satellite data unit, a configuration module, a high-power amplifier, and a diplexer/low noise amplifier. The Aspire 400 provides connectivity to pilots and passengers alike through two independent SwiftBroadband channels and Inmarsat's I-4 network. Using Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband–Safety service, pilots have access to a separate, secure data channel for essential safety communications in the cockpit – like text messaging with air traffic control or in-flight tracking – as well as electronic flight bag applications. Passengers can use the second channel for SwiftBroadband voice and data connectivity in the cabin.

Aspire 400 is the newest addition to Honeywell's line of Aspire satellite communications systems, providing access to voice and data communications around the world. Exclusive to the innovative Aspire product family is the ability to install two different Aspire satcom systems on the same aircraft in "dual satcom" mode. For example, the Aspire 400 system can be installed together with Honeywell's new Aspire 350 system to provide redundancy over multiple networks.

With the Aspire 400, pilots, flight crews and passengers can access Honeywell's suite of GoDirect® software and apps, including GoDirect Cabin Connectivity. This application controls connectivity services and usage, and can help operators save up to $100,000 per year. The Aspire 400 system is also a quick and easy upgrade for legacy satcom systems like MCS-7000 or MCS-7200.

To learn more about the Aspire 400 as well as Honeywell's full offering of connectivity solutions, visit Honeywell's satellite communications page. Visit Honeywell at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, at stand 4B40, April 10-12.

Supporting Resources

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  • Read more about Honeywell Aerospace on the Follow The Aero blog
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  • Follow @Honeywell_Aero on Twitter

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

 

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Boeing's Tapestry Solutions Sensor Integration Platform Goes Live at BAE Systems

SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2018 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA], through its subsidiary Tapestry Solutions, today announced that its Enterprise Sensor Integration (ESI) software platform has gone live at BAE Systems' Nashua, New Hampshire, facility.

The rollout of Tapestry's ESI is part of BAE Systems' large-scale effort to standardize and automate the infrastructure for its manufacturing operations. Plans are now underway to implement ESI at additional BAE Systems manufacturing plants in New Hampshire, New Jersey, Texas and California.

ESI integrates myriad sensor technologies that track, monitor and control assets and workflow processes. ESI also integrates smart Internet-enabled devices, or Internet of Things (IoT), into one intelligent and interactive network. The software harnesses the power of big data and analytics to boost manufacturing efficiency, productivity and profitability. 

As a sensor-agnostic solution, ESI solves connectivity challenges in the evolving digital landscape. It also integrates with an organization's legacy and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and operates in the cloud or on dedicated servers.

"We are pleased to provide BAE Systems with a flexible, sustainable platform that not only integrates with existing networks, but is also scalable to allow for future growth," said Michael Spencer, Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing for Tapestry Solutions. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with BAE Systems."

The ESI installation at the Nashua plant involved the integration of Impinj Speedway Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers, Mojix STAR wide-area RFID sensors and readers, and several ERP and asset management/ordering systems.

ESI mirrors Automated Identification Technology (AIT), the sensor integration solution implemented across 50 Boeing assembly plants. AIT saved Boeing more than $100 million in its first year alone through decreased assembly time, automated asset receipt/payment, enhanced inventory management and improved quality and safety.

About Tapestry Solutions

Tapestry Solutions, Inc. is a global provider of information management software and services for defense, government and commercial markets. We provide mission planning, training and simulation support to maximize readiness for our warfighters. We also help solve logistics challenges for the world's largest and most complex supply chains. Supporting customers from more than 50 locations worldwide, Tapestry Solutions is part of Boeing Global Services.

Boeing Global Services, headquartered in the Dallas area, was formed by integrating the services capabilities of the government, space and commercial sectors into a single, customer-focused business. Operating as a third business unit of Boeing, Global Services provides agile, cost-competitive services to commercial and government customers worldwide.

Contact
Janet Dayton
Tapestry Solutions
Office: +1 858-677-2101
[email protected]

 

SOURCE Boeing

OFFSET “Sprinters” to Pursue State-of-the-art Solutions for Second Swarm Sprint

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging and combining emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming, the program seeks to enable rapid development and deployment of breakthrough swarm capabilities.

To continue the rapid pace and further advance the technology development of OFFSET, DARPA is soliciting proposals for the second “swarm sprint.” Each of the five core “sprints” focuses on one of the key thrust areas: Swarm Tactics, Swarm Autonomy, Human-Swarm Team, Virtual Environment, and Physical Testbed. This second group of “Swarm Sprinters” will have the opportunity to work with one or both of the OFFSET Swarm Systems Integrator teams to develop and assess tactics as well as algorithms to enhance autonomy.

The focus of the second sprint is enabling improved autonomy through enhancements of platforms and/or autonomy elements, with the operational backdrop of utilizing a diverse swarm of 50 air and ground robots to isolate an urban objective within an area of two city blocks over a mission duration of 15 to 30 minutes. Swarm Sprinters will leverage existing or develop new hardware components, algorithms, and/or primitives to enable novel capabilities that specifically demonstrate the advantages of a swarm when leveraging and operating in complex urban environments.

The conclusion of the second sprint is aligned with a physical and virtual experiment, where “sprinters” will be able to more deeply integrate and demonstrate their technology developments. The sprinters will have the opportunity to work with DARPA and the Swarm Systems Integrators to further expand the capabilities relevant to operational contexts.

“As operations in urban environments continue to evolve, our warfighters need advanced capabilities to keep up with the ever-changing complexity of the urban scenario,” said Timothy Chung, program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). “The focus on enhancing autonomy in operational contexts will further advance future swarming capabilities allowing the warfighter to outmaneuver our adversaries in these complex urban environments.”

The announcement for this second swarm sprint follows the awarding of contracts to the first cohort of OFFSET Swarm Sprinters to:

  • Lockheed Martin, Advanced Technology Laboratories
  • SoarTech, Inc.
  • Charles River Analytics, Inc.
  • University of Maryland
  • Carnegie Mellon University

Each of these inaugural sprinters will focus on generating novel tactics for a multi-faceted swarm of air and ground robots in support of the mission to isolate an urban objective, such as conducting reconnaissance, generating a semantic map of the area of operations, and/or identifying and defending against possible security risks.

Instructions for submitting a proposal to participate in the second core swarm sprint (under Amendment 2), as well as full OFFSET program details, are available on the Federal Business Opportunities website: https://go.usa.gov/xRhPC. Proposals are due at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on April 30, 2018. Please email questions to [email protected].

(More information about OFFSET and swarm sprint thrust areas is available here: https://youtu.be/c7KPBHPEMM0 and http://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/offensive-swarm-enabled-tactics.)

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3-Day Islamabad International Counter Terrorism Forum 2018 (IICTF-2018) Concluded

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 6, 2018 -The National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Government of Pakistan, organized a three-day conference titled Islamabad International Counter Terrorism Forum (IICTF-2018), envisaged on the theme Pakistan's Endeavours and Achievements in Countering Extremism/Terrorism (PEACE). The theme for 2018 symbolizes Pakistan's long struggle in bringing peace back to its nation after facing a multitude of challenges on national and international fronts.

The IICTF-2018 was held during April 3rd to 5th, 2018 here at Islamabad. Experts from all across the world were invited to attend the conference, including representatives from China, Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Scholars, experts, policy makers and politicians from Pakistan also partook in the IICTF-2018; making it a two-way communication and learning experience for scholars from within Pakistan, and beyond. The concluding session was devoted to Pakistan's journey from a victim to a victor, as held today on April 5thApril, 2018.

The IICTF-2018 was concluded with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, as Chief Guest. He delved into the issue of how terrorism invaded the borders of Pakistan, recalling a time when Pakistan was safe from terrorists and the infiltration of drugs. He said that the Afghan invasion brought major changes in the region, particularly impacting Pakistan. He then discussed the journey Pakistan has had in overcoming said challenges that penetrated Pakistan's borders in the decades that followed the Afghan war. The Prime Minister further observed that no country wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan, countering all claims to the contrary. Pakistan suffers the most, he articulated, from instability in its bordering regions.

On the issue of terrorism in the South Asian region, the Prime Minister called special attention to the terrorism permeating the Indian occupied Kashmir. He called upon the international community to accept the reality prevailing in Indian occupied Kashmir, whereby 17 young innocent lives were claimed in cold blood last Sunday. Mr. Abbasi stressed that the Kashmir issue can only be resolved through the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution calling for a plebiscite in the area.

Noting that terrorism has now become a global challenge, the Prime Minister took pride in the fact that Pakistan has been victorious in defeating a monster, where the rest of the world has failed. Cities like Karachi that were once declared as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, have recovered from the catastrophe with courage and grace. Finally, The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to all the participants for their invaluable contributions, and to NACTA for taking such a brave and essential initiative.

Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, the Interior Minister of Pakistan, who also graced the occasion, noted that although Pakistan has suffered from terrorism for a considerable time, it has also fought against the same with great valour and spirit. Remembering notable sacrifice of Aitzaz Ahsan Bangash, he paid a tribute to the unsung heroes of Pakistan who laid their lives in the cause of countering terrorism and extremism. Referring to the National Action Plan, the National Internal Security Policy 2014-2018, and the National Counter Extremism Policy Guidelines, he said that Pakistan has been engaging all factions of state in its devotion to countering terrorism and violent extremism. Looking forward, Mr. Iqbal noted that Pakistan is now looking towards stabilizing its future, relying on economic opportunities such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), enabling development not just in Pakistan, but in the whole region.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Khawaja Asif discussed Pakistan's vision for a democratic Pakistan, remarking that Pakistan was built upon the values of democracy, justice and fair play, as envisioned by Qauid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Referring to the nation's fight against terrorism, Mr. Asif stressed on the need for a regional strategy to overcome the scourge of terrorism that is impacting the south Asian region of the world. He called for cooperation with neighbouring countries, particularly in the field of countering terrorism to ensure long term peace and development on a regional and global level.

Ms. Sherry Rehman, Leader of the Opposition, Senate of Pakistan, gave valuable insights on the need for inclusion of women in all settings of society for a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan; presenting the remarkable notion that it's not just a few good men that are needed to undo the effects of terrorism, but a lot of women involved in the process as well.

Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Member National Assembly and former Foreign Minister of Pakistan, discussing Pakistan'smarch towards stability, shed light on the internal and external challenges faced by Pakistan. Despite such challenges however, he noted, Pakistan remains a resilient nation willing to fight back and reverse the effects left by terrorism and extremism.

The National Coordinator NACTA, Mr. Ihsan Ghani, who led this monumental effort for calling an international conference on the momentous subject of counter terrorism, thanked the participants and the speakers for honouring the occasion. He recalled some of the highlights of IICTF-2018 over the preceding two days, observing that the discussions were holistic and had far-reaching implications. Albeit, he regretted, that each point could not be addressed in more detail due to constraints of time. Mr. Ghani further noted that the IICTF would be a recurring annual event with fresh themes allocated for each year, hoping that the process of learning, sharing and cooperating would only continue on a regional and global level.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Visits Lockheed Martin's Silicon Valley Site

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 6, 2018 -- Lockheed Martin's top executive hosted the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia'sCrown Prince, His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, at the company's Sunnyvale, California site on April 5. Sunnyvale is home to many of the company's satellite programs as well as technologies for missile defense, solar array production and advanced research and development.

The Crown Prince and Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, toured advanced technologies for both air and missile defense and satellite communications. The visit included key elements of the THAAD system and a tour of the satellite assembly and test facility where Lockheed Martin is building two communications satellites for Arabsat and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

"For more than 50 years, we have been proud to partner for the national security and economic growth of Saudi Arabia," Hewson said. "That's why it was a special honor to host His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman at our Space facility here in Silicon Valley. During the visit, he saw firsthand the powerful and innovative satellites being built for Arabsat, which will enhance the Kingdom's technological capabilities. He also met the Saudi engineers who have worked side-by-side with our Lockheed Martin engineers to learn satellite assembly, integration, and test skills. And, together, we celebrated what these efforts will mean for building Saudi Arabia's future space industry and for increasing economic opportunity and job creation throughout the Kingdom." 

In 2015 Arabsat and KACST awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for two LM 2100-based satellites: Arabsat-6A and Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1. The two satellites will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities, including television, internet, telephone and secure communications, to important government users and commercial customers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Both satellites are slated for delivery in 2018.

Lockheed Martin has had a presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1965 with the first delivery of the C-130 Hercules. Since then, the company has continued to work to expand its footprint in the Kingdom in integrated air and missile defense systems, tactical and rotary wing technologies, maritime systems and satellite communications. The company's presence is supported by training initiatives that encourage and train the next generation of Saudi talent –ensuring the sustainability of the aerospace and defense industry and to support the Kingdom's Vision 2030 objectives.

For additional information, visit our website: www.lockheedmartin.com.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Requires All Federal Civilian Agencies to Deploy DMARC

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2018 -- More than 95 percent of email domains managed by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) are in danger of being used in a large-scale phishing attack. Only the Max.gov email domain has fully implemented the top defense against email phishing and spoofing, according to research released today by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). Seven of the domains have implemented the Domain Message Authentication Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) protocol at the lowest level "none" which monitors email but does not prevent delivery of spoofed emails. Further, GCA found that 18 of the 26 email domains under management haven't started the deployment of DMARC.

Without DMARC implemented, scammers and criminals can easily "hijack" an email domain to steal money, trade secrets or even jeopardize national security. DMARC weeds out fake emails (known as direct domain spoofing) deployed by spammers and phishers targeting the inboxes of workers in all sectors of society.  According to the 2017 Symantec ISTR report, 1 in 131 emails contained malware, the highest rate in 5 years.

"Email domains managed by the EOP are crown jewels that criminals and foreign adversaries covet," said Philip Reitinger, president and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance. "The lack of full DMARC deployment across nearly every EOP email address poses a national security risk that must be fixed.  The good news is that four new domains have implemented DMARC at the lowest level, which I hope indicates that DMARC deployment is moving forward.  The EOP domains that have recently deployed DMARC at its lowest setting includes WhiteHouse.gov and EOP.gov, two of the most significant government domains.  I hope that the government will move rapidly to block phishing attempts across all EOP domains."

Domains under the control of the EOP include Budget.gov, OMB.gov, WhiteHouse.gov, USTR.gov, OSTP.gov and EOP.gov – all well-known email domains that are valuable for phishers looking to trick government employees, government contractors, and U.S. citizens.

The weak DMARC deployment by the EOP is surprising after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mandated that all federal agencies implement DMARC last year. Security experts praised DHS and Senator Ron Wyden, who called for agencies to implement DMARC, for pushing government agencies to quickly implement DMARC at the highest level possible.

Using GCA's DMARC tools, the researchers scanned the 26 EOP email domains:

 

DMARC Count

Effect at this level of implementation

Domains Tested

26

(The email domains of the Executive Office of the President)

Reject

1

The highest level of DMARC protection. If reject is in place, incoming messages that fail authentication get blocked.

Quarantine

0

The second highest level of DMARC protection. With quarantine in place, emails that don't meet the policy are sent to the spam or junk folder.

None

7

None means that the DMARC policy is in place, but the only thing that's happening is monitoring. No action is being taken to block spoofed emails.

No Policy

18

No policy means that DMARC is not in place. 

GCA has published five reviews of DMARC implementation – two looking at organizations in cybersecurity, one looking at banks, one examining public and private hospitals, and most recently a look at the top tax software providers. When Agari looked at Fortune 500 companies last August, they found 8 percent protected their companies' domains with DMARC.

For more details about DMARC or to check if an organization is using DMARC, visit: dmarcguide.globalcyberalliance.org.

About the Global Cyber Alliance
The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world. We achieve our mission by to uniting global communities, implementing concrete solutions, and measuring the effect. GCA, a 501(c)3, was founded in September 2015 by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the City of London Police and the Center for Internet Security. Learn more at www.globalcyberalliance.org.

Coalfire Assesses Google Cloud Platform for FedRAMP JAB Authorization

WESTMINSTER, Colo., April 3, 2018 -- Coalfire, a trusted provider of cybersecurity advisory services, announced that is has performed a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Moderate Assessment of the Google Cloud Platform. The FedRAMP assessment confirms that the systems and security controls of the Google Cloud Platform adhere to the specifications required for moderate impact systems.

Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing products, including computing, networking, storage, big data, machine learning, identity, security, management, and development tools that runs on Google's global infrastructure. Through Coalfire's comprehensive technical testing and examination process, Google Cloud Platform achieved a recommendation that the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB) issue a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) to the platform and 49 of its associated products.

"Coalfire is proud to have been the assessor for Google to achieve this landmark authorization," said Matt Houy Director, FedRAMP & Authorization Services for Coalfire. "Google Cloud Platform customers can be confident that Google Cloud Infrastructure and authorized Google products have been properly validated to meet all of the necessary security requirements for FedRAMP."

FedRAMP is a national, government-wide program that offers a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Benefits of this authorization include access to the resources and expertise of the FedRAMP JAB, which includes representatives from the General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

Coalfire is the leading FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO) in the industry, providing FedRAMP advisory or assessment services for CSPs that are interested in expanding into government markets.

About Coalfire
Coalfire is the cybersecurity advisor that helps private and public-sector organizations avert threats, close gaps and effectively manage risk. By providing independent and tailored advice, assessments, technical testing and cyber engineering services, we help clients develop scalable programs that improve their security posture, achieve their business objectives and fuel their continued success. Coalfire has been a cybersecurity thought leader for more than 16 years, and has offices throughout the United States and Europe.

For more information, visit Coalfire.com.

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