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Department of Homeland Security Selects Booz Allen as Prime Contractor on $621M Task Order to Enhance Cybersecurity Across Federal Government
Cyber-attacks against government networks are growing more sophisticated, frequent and dynamic. To tackle the constantly evolving challenge of protecting the United States from these attacks, DHS established the CDM Program in 2012, which envisioned a flexible approach to strengthen the cybersecurity of every computer network and system in the Government. In 2015, Booz Allen (NYSE: BAH) was among the first awarded multiple contracts to partner with DHS and to implement the ambitious CDM Program. Within this first Phase, Booz Allen integrated foundational cybersecurity solutions that spanned 80 percent of the .gov enterprise and gave the 13 participating departments and agencies unprecedented visibility into their networks.
DHS has now selected Booz Allen as the first prime contractor under the next chapter of the CDM Program to continue driving its implementation with a $621 million single-award, six-year task order.
“We’re thrilled to grow our partnership with Department of Homeland Security in their critical mission to protect the United States and its citizens from cybersecurity threats,” said Marcie Nagel, a Booz Allen principal and leader of the firm’s CDM work. “Our work will expand into new areas of cybersecurity, like incident response and automation. This work aims to help these federal departments and agencies leverage new capabilities that will ultimately empower our clients to defend their networks faster with more flexibility and greater visibility into the network itself.”
The new contract will extend across the three current and possible future CDM Phases and is part of the larger DEFEND Program, which has a total value of up to $3.4 billion. The CDM DEFEND program will focus on reducing the Federal Government’s threat surface by delivering innovative solutions that adapt to dynamic Agency environments and combat the latest cyber adversaries. This critical mission to develop and deploy next-generation cyber capabilities will be led by a strong partnership between DHS, the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) within the Government Services Administration and the task order’s seven participating Agencies.
“The cybersecurity threats facing government agencies today are growing increasingly dynamic and sophisticated, making them more challenging to defend against,” said Brad Medairy, a Booz Allen senior vice president and leader of the firm’s Civil cyber business. “We are well positioned to help in this fight, applying experiences that our analysts, threat hunters and engineers gain by working on the cutting edge of cybersecurity. We are embedded in the nation’s most important missions and will continue to help drive toward innovative solutions like CDM to make the world a safer place in the face of ever-evolving cyber threats.”
Booz Allen will apply deep cyber expertise, with strong systems engineering and technical management processes, combined with leading-edge commercial tools to help protect our nation against cyber-attacks. To learn more about Booz Allen’s cyber capabilities, visit www.BoozAllen.com/Cyber. To learn more about DHS’ CMD program, visit www.DHS.gov/CDM.
About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than one hundred years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise.
With international headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm employs approximately 24,225 people globally, and had revenue of $5.80 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2017. To learn more, visit www.boozallen.com.
Preston Abbey PA-CFT eliminates the need for government personnel to manually feed secure fax machines and is compatible with Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol
RESTON, VA, 06 FEBRUARY 2018 – Preston Abbey, a developer of solutions for the secure transmission of confidential and sensitive documents, today introduced the PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer), enabling government and defense agencies to transfer any classified files, including documents, photos, videos and maps, with the security of Secure Telephone Equipment (STE). When using Preston Abbey PA-CFT, transmitted files never leave a secure environment, thus providing a paperless solution that allows sensitive files to be sent electronically, dramatically reducing the risk of classified documents being compromised during the manual fax process.
“There is a pressing need for this type of solution due to the increasing number of attacks on Internet-based systems, such as email and databases, which represents a major threat to those in government who need to protect and secure classified information,” said David Shaw, President and co-founder of Preston Abbey.
Preston Abbey solutions accomplish the secure transmission of classified documents without the use of email, the Internet or any mechanism susceptible to eavesdropping or other interference by unauthorized parties, including foreign governments, terrorist groups, hackers and anyone who would leak sensitive material on public web sites.
Preston Abbey offers an effective migration path from obsolete or outdated secure fax equipment to a completely paperless operation, with little or no impact on the day-to-day operations of a government agency or its communications network. Preston Abbey solutions support the reliable connection of modern printer/scanner devices to replace legacy equipment and secure mission critical document exchange over existing communications channels, retaining the full advantages of STEs for confidentiality.
The full Preston Abbey product range meets the needs of civilian government and military agencies that rely on STEs and Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP) to send and receive classified files and includes:
- PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer)
- The paperless solution
- PA-LFR (Legacy Fax Replacement)
- A cost-effective alternative to aging and often failing fax machines
- PA-SAA (Stand Alone Application)
- A software solution allowing connection of a STE to Windows or Mac
The Preston Abbey solutions allow the standard RS232 interface for STEs to seamlessly access the full features of the advanced software.
“It is abundantly clear that the emerging requirement for sensitive file transmission is to retain the faxing mechanism’s extraordinary security of a point-to-point, direct communication path, while avoiding the tedious need to handle physical documents,” said James Abbey, CEO and co-founder of Preston Abbey. “With PA-CFT, government users will become more efficient by being able to transfer documents to or from their computer directly without having to go through the time and trouble of manually operating a fax machine.”
The Preston Abbey PA-CFT will automatically determine the nature of the recipient device and make the appropriate technical arrangements. Designed with reliability in mind, the proprietary firmware is hardened against transmission errors or other communications problems and will optionally retry data that fails internal integrity checking. Preston Abbey solutions provide long-term dependability for secure document handling requirements, as well as an upgrade path for new features.
Preston Abbey solutions require minimum engineering changes or network alterations. They enable users of legacy equipment to migrate easily and effectively to modern, inexpensive paperless solutions. Speed is mandatory and is provided by mature platforms that Preston Abbey leverages to provide robust solutions for critical document handling. The Preston Abbey solutions are fully automated and feature a simple web interface, ensuring quick and easy configuration and set-up. Once installed, they will operate continuously without user intervention.
About Preston Abbey
Preston Abbey develops reliable, mission critical communications solutions that secure the connectivity and delivery of confidential and sensitive documents for government and DOD agencies. Headquartered in the heart of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area's technology corridor, Preston Abbey has unparalleled experience, expertise and knowledge of secure fax technology for government deployments. For more information visit the website at: www.prestonabbey.com.
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More birth defects seen in parts of U.S. with local Zika spread Findings show need for strong birth-defect surveillance networks
ATLANTA, Jan. 25, 2018 -- Birth defects most strongly linked to Zika virus infection during pregnancy have increased in parts of the United States that have had local Zika virus transmission, according to a report in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Areas with local transmission of Zika – southern Florida, a portion of south Texas, and Puerto Rico – saw a 21 percent increase in births with outcomes most strongly linked to Zika virus in the last half of 2016 compared with births in the first half of that year.
It is not known if this increase is due to local transmission of Zika virus alone, or if there are other contributing factors. Most of the mothers who had babies with the Zika virus-linked birth defects did not have laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection—either because they were not tested, were not tested at the right time, or were not exposed to Zika virus. All cases with birth defects potentially related to Zika virus infection are monitored by birth defects surveillance systems.
"Babies with Zika-related birth defects need all the help they can get, as soon as possible and for as long as they need it," said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. "This report highlights the critical importance of documenting birth defects possibly related to Zika and our need to maintain vigilance."
CDC looked at nearly 1 million births in 2016 in 15 U.S. states and territories, including Florida (select southern counties), Georgia (select metro-Atlanta counties), Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York (excluding New York City), North Carolina (select regions), Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas (select regions), Utah, and Vermont.
About three out of every 1,000 babies born in 15 states and territories in 2016 had a birth defect possibly associated with Zika virus infection in the mother:
About half (49 percent) were born with brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly (small head size)
2 in 10 (20 percent) had neural tube defects and other early brain abnormalities
1 in 10 (9 percent) had eye abnormalities without brain abnormalities
More than 2 in 10 (22 percent) had nervous system damage, including joint problems and deafness, without brain or eye abnormalities
Because many pregnant women exposed to Zika virus in late 2016 gave birth in 2017, CDC researchers anticipate that there could be another increase in possible Zika-related birth defects when 2017 data are analyzed.
CDC uses tracking systems to find birth defects that might be related to Zika virus:
U.S. Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry tracks pregnancies with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection.
Zika Birth Defects Surveillance system tracks birth defects possibly related to Zika virus infection, regardless of exposure or laboratory testing.
"Our pregnancy and birth defects surveillance networks are a collaborative effort with state, local, and territorial health departments and are essential to protect mothers and babies affected by Zika virus," said Peggy Honein, Ph.D., M.P.H., acting director, Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. "These networks can also be used as models to help track other known and emerging health threats for mothers and babies."
For more information about Zika virus and pregnancy visit www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/zika.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the appointment of Michael McGarrity as the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. McGarrity most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office.
Mr. McGarrity joined the FBI in 1996 and began his career in the New York Field Office, where he investigated violent gangs, Colombian drug trafficking organizations, and international money laundering networks. After the terror attacks on September 11, 2011, Mr. McGarrity transferred to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he investigated international terrorism matters.
Throughout his career, Mr. McGarrity has held leadership positions as the FBI detailee assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, as the supervisor of the FBI’s extraterritorial investigation squad in the Washington Field Office, as the director for Counterterrorism on the White House National Security Staff, as the FBI’s legal attaché in Switzerland, and as the first director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, where he led national efforts to secure the safe recovery of U.S. nationals held hostage abroad.
Before joining the FBI, Mr. McGarrity was a prosecutor in New York City and an economist for the U.S. Department of Energy. He obtained his law degree magna cum laude and undergraduate degree in economics from The Catholic University of America. He also attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in National Security program.
Mr. McGarrity will report to Washington, D.C. in February.
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2018 -- Pasternack, a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has unveiled a new line of compact waveguide Gunn diode oscillators that are tunable and generate signal levels that exhibit low phase noise at popular K and Ka band frequencies. Typical applications include transmit and receive oscillators for radio communications, local oscillator source that can be multiplied for higher mm-wave frequency test and measurement, military and commercial radar sources, police radar, Doppler sensors and security screening.
Pasternack's new Gunn diode oscillators incorporate high performance devices and machined aluminum cavities. Due to the extremely high external Q and temperature compensation mechanism, these oscillators exhibit excellent frequency and power stability, lower phase noise and higher anti-load pulling characteristics. There are two models in this series, the PEWGN1001 model is a K-Band waveguide Gunn oscillator module that generates a center frequency of 24.125 GHz with a tuning range of +/- 1.0 GHz. The PEWGN1000 model generates a Ka band center frequency of 35 GHz with a tuning range of +/- 3.0 GHz. Both models incorporate self-locking tuning screws.
Performance specifications include phase noise as low as -98 dBc/Hz typical at 100 KHz offset and frequency stability as low as -0.2 MHz/°C maximum. The output power of these oscillators is +10 dBm min with power stability of -0.03 dB/°C maximum. Bias supply is +5 to +5.5 Vdc at 200 to 250 mA typical with an operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C. The rugged and compact package designs support output frequency ports with fully integrated Mil-grade waveguide flanges of WR-42 UG-595/U for K band and WR-28 UG-599/U for Ka band.
"Our new series of K and Ka band Gunn diode oscillators offer popular center point frequencies of 24.125 and 35 GHz that are tunable. Designers will find these devices extremely useful for sensitive communication, radar and test and measurement applications. Pasternack offers both models available in stock with detailed datasheets and ready for immediate shipment," said Tim Galla, Product Manager.
Pasternack's new Gunn diode oscillators are in stock and ready for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantity. For detailed information on these products, please visit https://www.pasternack.com/pages/rf-microwave-and-millimeter-wave-products/waveguide-gunn-diode-oscillators.html.
For inquiries, Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.
A leader in RF products since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier offering the industry's largest selection of active and passive RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping. Pasternack is an Infinite Electronics company.