GSN: Government Security News
Pivot3, Inc., a provider of unified storage and compute appliances, announced on Nov. 1 that Rich Bravman has been named the company’s new chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Bravman is responsible for driving the company’s next phase of expansion and growth in both new and existing markets, says Pivot3. He assumes the role from Robert Fernander, who has served as the company's president and CEO since 2007 and will continue in a key role spearheading business development and major account penetration for Pivot3.Homepage position: 10
Euresys s.a. has named Marc Damhaut as its chief executive officer. Damhaut replaces Patrick Bergmans who held the position for six years.
Bergmans remains as a consultant for the company as well as chairman of the board of directors.Homepage position: 10
Federal law enforcement agents arrested a gang of four elderly Georgia men on charges their militia group was planning to make the potent biotoxin ricin and use it, automatic rifles and bombs to kill fellow citizens and government employees.
On Nov. 1, the FBI arrested Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland, GA, Dan Roberts, 67, Ray Adams, 65, and Samuel Crump, 68, all form Toccoa, GA, on charges they planned to obtain an explosive device and gun silencer and to manufacture ricin for use in attacks around the Atlanta area.Homepage position: 10
Raytheon Company announced on Nov. 2 that Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) vehicles equipped with new mobile data computer systems (MDCS) are now rolling out on the streets, protecting residents.
LASD patrol cars, motorcycles, prisoner transport vehicles and SUVs outfitted with the Raytheon-integrated computer systems were being unveiled on Nov. 2 at a news briefing in Los Angeles.Homepage position: 10
The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that its National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting, via telephone conference call, on November 15, during which it will discuss various elements of what it calls a new “Certain Dangerous Cargo Security Strategy.” The term “certain dangerous cargo” includes things such as explosives, poisonous materials, oxidizing materials, liquefied gas and a variety of bulk liquids.Homepage position: 10
The line between work and play just got a little blurrier, and the potential for a data breach a lot higher, with the launch of Apple’s iCloud. If you are unfamiliar with iCloud, it is a set of free cloud services, including iTunes in the Cloud, Photo Stream and Documents in the Cloud, that work with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to store content in iCloud.
When content changes on one device, all other devices are automatically updated. A wonderful service for consumers; however, for government agencies iCloud has the potential to wreak havoc.Homepage position: 10
Big Bend NP, TX
Customs and Border Protection has begun the process of opening a new border crossing in a remote section of Texas that it says is the first Class B port of entry in the southwest since the agency was formed.Homepage position: 10
NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes
The National Nuclear Security Administration has signed a cooperative agreement with medical material supplier to develop technology that can produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), an important, but potentially-dangerous material used in medical procedures.
The NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative signed the agreement with NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC, to further the development of accelerator-based technology to produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) in the U.S.Homepage position: 10
Two small submarines carrying tons of cocaine and marijuana were intercepted by in the Caribbean on their way to U.S. shores by a federal cross-agency task force during October.Homepage position: 10
The federal government’s efforts to remove criminal aliens from the country have grown substantially in the last six years and some of the programs it uses can be very effective, but are flawed, said a study by the Congressional Research Service.Homepage position: 10
DHS has awarded immixGroup, Inc an Enterprise Software Solution (ESS) Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) for McAfee software licenses and incidental services, said the company on Nov. 1.Homepage position: 10
Segovia, Inc. was awarded its tenth terrestrial communications contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO), the company said on Oct. 31.Homepage position: 10
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized 58 Websites it claims were selling counterfeit Major League Baseball T-shirts and other sports paraphernalia in “Operation Strikeout.”Homepage position: 10
The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) is open for business, said the U.S. Department of Justice on Oct. 31.Homepage position: 10
The U.S. Department of Justice challenged South Carolina’s recently-approved immigration law in federal court on Oct. 31, saying the state’s new rules conflicted with the federal government’s immigration enforcement duties.
The South Carolina law, Act No. 69, passed this past July, is similar to restrictive immigration statutes passed in Arizona and Alabama that allows local police to jail illegal immigrants for immigration crimes. DoJ has also challenged those laws, as well as others in Utah, Indiana and Georgia on federal preemption grounds.Homepage position: 10
U.S. Forest Service police are unprepared for what a public employee watchdog group said is an influx of Mexican drug gang growing operations in the upper Midwest.Homepage position: 10
John Cosgrove (left)
and Adam Bulava
By John Cosgrove and Adam Bulava
Mission: Enhance E.U. cyber security
Earlier this summer, a group of European ministers, senior officials from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other influential European leaders assembled in Brussels for a cyber exercise demonstration. The demonstration was requested by the European Security Round Table (ESRT) as part of that organization’s conference called Shared Threats -- Shared Solutions: Toward a European Cyber Policy.Homepage position: 10
RFI Communications & Security Systems announced on Oct. 25 that it has named Dan Kilgore as its managing director of enterprise sales. This is a new position at RFI and is intended to bring a greater focus to the strategic business development across the enterprise by capitalizing on RFI’s unique product and service offering.Homepage position: 10
ADPRO FastTrace 2
Xtralis, a provider of very early warning safety and security solutions, announced on Oct. 27 the immediate availability of ADPRO iTrace, an iPhone app that brings remote surveillance to the palm of your hand.
ADPRO iTrace allows users to connect to their on-site ADPRO FastTrace 2 surveillance system and display live camera images on their iPhone. The app works with Apple iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S devices, and connects to all versions of FastTrace 2 (Lite, Hybrid, and Hybrid TX).Homepage position: 10
One of the biggest drug smuggling operations in the southwestern U.S., responsible for trafficking as much as 330 tons of narcotics through Arizona per year, has been dismantled by a coalition of U.S. customs and law enforcement agencies.Homepage position: 10