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Assess Cyber Threats and Collaborate on Best Practices
CHEVY CHASE, Md.-- Cybersecurity leaders from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., including the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, are on the agenda for a one-day deep dive into global threat assessment and solutions at the 3rd Annual Billington International Cybersecurity Summit March 21, Washington, D.C.
As cyber threats continue to plague and undermine governments and private sector organizations around the world, it's imperative that cybersecurity operators and leaders meet and partner to share knowledge and best practices to combat these increasing cyber threats.
Kicking off the program is David Koh, the newly appointed Cyber Commissioner of Singapore. Singapore has just enacted a far-reaching law that gives the cyber commissioner extensive powers over what it deems critical infrastructure industry companies. In the first U.S. speech since the new law's enactment, Koh will offer his view on how Singapore's new law will strengthen his country's and the region's cyber defenses.
Also keynoting is Essye Miller, the acting chief information security officer for the Department of Defense. Ms. Miller will outline DoD's cyber priorities. Cyber has become an increasingly important force in the U.S. defensive and offensive posture around the world. In her position as acting CIO for the Department of Defense, Ms. Miller's portfolio includes coordinating cybersecurity policies, standards and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners and industry.
Other keynote speakers at the summit are:
Update from the Frontlines -- Facing the New Digital Battlefield
Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Former Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
U.S. National Security Systems Cybersecurity Challenges in a Global Ecosystem
Marianne Bailey, Deputy National Manager, National Security Systems, NSA
Decision Calculus for Public Attribution of Cyber Attacks
Rick Ledgett, Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency
Cybersecurity Priorities of Kuwait Through 2020
Mohammad Altura, Chief, Information Technology Sector (CITRA), Kuwait
Other confirmed speakers are:
John Felker, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, DHS
David Hogue, Technical Director, Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center, NSA
Atsushi Karimata, Counsellor National Center for Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan
Dr. Dennis McCallam, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman
Richard Oehme, Director, Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, PwC Sweden; Former Director of the Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Taimar Peterkop, Director General, Information System Authority, Republic of Estonia
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Gregory Touhill, President, Cyxtera Federal Group, Cyxtera Technologies; Former U.S. CISO
Join us March 21 to hear cybersecurity leaders discuss best practices and important cybersecurity developments in the global effort to secure the cyber ecosystem.
About the summit host:Billington CyberSecurity is an independent media company that produces high-level executive forums, conferences and seminars about cybersecurity. The mission of Billington CyberSecurity is to bring together thought leaders from all sectors to examine the state of cybersecurity and highlight ways to enhance best practices and strengthen cyber defenses within government and the private sector.
The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Delivers Successful Sold-Out Training Sessions at SHOT Show 2018
The NTOA offered four sold-out sessions and co-hosted a very well attended full day of critical incident debriefs during SHOT Show's Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP).
Doylestown, Pa. (February 2018) – The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) is pleased to announce its four NTOA training sessions offered at SHOT Show 2018, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 23-26, 2018, were some of the most highly demanded sessions available, selling out well before the show debuted. The NTOA also teamed up with SHOT Show to co-host a very well attended full day of critical incident debriefs taught by subject matter experts from around the United States.
The NTOA taught four seminars on current hot topics, including Top Tactical Concepts for Law Enforcement Operations, Active Shooter Update and the Advanced Police Officer, Law Enforcement Response to Suicidal Subjects and The Future of Tactical Patrol Operations.
"Year after year we see our sessions sell out during the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) portion of SHOT Show, which demonstrates that the demand for quality, credible and proven training tactics is only increasing. We are honored to be included in this effort and are happy to contribute to the ultimate goal of enhancing the performance and professional status of our law enforcement brethren through our training resources. We look forward to coming back to LEEP in 2019 with even more dynamic sessions," remarked Don Kester, the NTOA's Director of Training and Education.
As part of LEEP, participants receive a certificate of attendance upon completion, confirming course participation and documenting their training. The LEEP program focuses on the most contemporary law enforcement challenges and technology advancements.
The NTOA is proud to offer training sessions during the annual SHOT Show and contribute to the law enforcement attendance rise year after year. This year's SHOT Show saw the addition of a fourth NTOA training session (up from three in 2017), as well as the newly added full day of critical incident debriefs, and continued demand for more information and sessions from its attendees.
For more information on the National Tactical Officers Association, visit ntoa.org or call 800-279-9127. Join the NTOA today and start receiving the benefits of better training and stay on top of the ever-changing and challenging world of law enforcement.
Boon Edam Expands Enterprise Sales Group to Match Expanding Security Entrance Sales
Lillington, NC, 7 February 2018 – Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced today the expansion of the Enterprise Customer Group, a sales and service team originally launched in 2013 to help large national and global companies address the risks of physical breach at their facilities. The company has added four more people to the Group, now 11 in total, to deliver an exclusive level of entrance solution consulting, logistics planning and customer service at every stage of the sales process.
"We've seen tremendous growth in enterprise security entrance sales in the past five years, to the point it's a major market for us," says Mark Borto, President and CEO of Boon Edam Inc. "These customers require entrance solutions to be standardized and deployed globally, which takes a dedicated, cohesive effort across 20 subsidiaries and scores of distributors. We've built a successful team and processes that keep large companies coming back and we're now poised to keep up with this segment of our business for the next few years."
Greg Schreiber to Head the Enterprise Organization Greg Schreiber, the Senior Vice President of Sales, will now focus on leading the Enterprise Customer Group along with Mark Perkins, the current Vice President of Enterprise Security Accounts. Greg grew the Boon Edam sales team from six to 28 since 2007, reaching record-breaking revenue numbers in the last six years. He looks forward to growing this segment of the business further.
Pierre Bourgeix - New Consulting Manager Pierre Bourgeix is joining the enterprise group as a Consulting Manager. Pierre will work to support enterprise sales through development of partnership solutions to create scalable, integrated security entrance solutions for the enterprise customer.
Joe Seagriff - New Business Development Manager Joe Seagriff, previously a Business Development Manager for the western region, now joins the Enterprise Group to support projects with global footprints to provide a seamless experience for the customer.
Dana Cashion - New Inside Sales Representative Dana Cashion moves from her current role to an Inside Sales Representative for Enterprise Accounts, joining existing representative, Ashley Lockhart. The expanded team checks orders for accuracy and manages projects from purchase order to shipment – all to ensure enterprise customers receive constant, transparent communication about their unfolding projects.
RISE 4290HD Wins Government Security News (GSN) Homeland Security Award
CohuHD Costar's Day/Night Camera System Recognized for Excellence in Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Applications
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) -- CohuHD Costar, a pioneer in advanced video camera systems for over 70 years, has been selected as the gold winner of the 2017 Government Security News Homeland Security Award in the category of Best Thermal, Night Vision, Infrared Camera. This is the second Government Security News Award of 2017 for the RISE 4290HD camera system, also winning Best Long Range/High Res Camera in the Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program earlier in the year.
Now in its 9th year, the GSN Homeland Security Awards program hosted by Government Security News (GSN) recognizes excellence and leadership in the Cyber Security and Homeland Security sectors. Winners were selected based on a combination of technological innovation, ability to address a recognized government IT security need, and flexibility to meet both current and future needs.
"We are very proud to have won awards in two categories in this year's prestigious GSN Awards Programs," said Doug Means, SVP and General Manager. "In just a few months since its introduction, the RISE 4290HD day/night camera system has captured a tremendous amount of attention in the outdoor surveillance market. We see the RISE 4290HD as the ideal product for many homeland security, border surveillance and critical infrastructure monitoring applications."
The dual-head design of the RISE 4290HD features a visible spectrum camera providing full 1080p imaging with 30x optical zoom, delivering full frame rate HD images over the entire zoom range and is a very cost-effective, long-range surveillance solution.
Additionally, a second camera head contains a thermal night vision camera which offers a choice of uncooled VOx 640x480 LWIR FPA detector with continuous zoom or fixed focal length hard carbon coated lenses. The RISE 4290HD thermal imaging delivers high-quality video, even in extreme conditions such as total darkness, smoke, atmospheric haze or dust, rain, light foliage, and most types of fog.
All CohuHD Costar camera systems are designed to operate in harsh weather with purged and pressurized IP67 enclosure protection to eliminate the effects of water intrusion, pollutants and corrosives. The ultra-rugged design of all CohuHD RISE products allows the company to offer a lifetime warranty against water ingress.
About CohuHD Costar CohuHD Costar, a division of Costar Video, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of video surveillance camera systems for use in mission-critical, sensitive environments. For more information on CohuHD Costar's products, please visit CohuHD.com.
Essential launches Halo Gray PH-1 with Alexa in-tow for $450
Essential has announced a new 'Halo Gray' color variant of the Essential Phone which will be exclusive to Amazon and will go on sale on February 21st. The device will be priced at $449 and includes Amazon Alexa voice services built-in.
Google launched its latest answer to Apple Pay on Tuesday. It's called Google Pay and replaces Android Pay, a previous solution that let Android users buy goods with their smartphones. From a report: It's also Google's answer to Apple Pay and Apple Pay Cash. Google Pay follows several failed attempts by Google to launch a widespread payment platform. The company launched Google Wallet several years ago before folding it and launching Android Pay. Google Pay combines features from both, including the ability to pay at checkout counters with a smartphone, and even the option to scan into transit systems in cities such as Kiev, London and Portland, initially.
Mines Linked to Child Labor Are Thriving in Rush for Car Batteries
Metal vital to many electric vehicles has tripled in 18 months. From a report: The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines have been found to be dangerous and employ child labor. Production from so-called artisanal mines probably rose by at least half last year, according to the estimates of officials at three of the biggest international suppliers of the metal, who asked not to be named because they're not authorized to speak on the matter. State-owned miner Gecamines estimates artisanal output accounted for as much as a quarter of the country's total production in 2017. That's a concern for carmakers from Volkswagen to Tesla, who are seeking to secure long-term supplies of the battery ingredient but don't want to be enmeshed in a scandal about unethical mining practices. Tech giants including Apple and Microsoft endured bad publicity after a 2016 Amnesty International report said children were being sent down some Congolese mines to dig for cobalt destined for their gadgets. Pit and tunnel collapses killed dozens of workers in 2015, the advocacy group said. Cobalt has tripled in value in the last 18 months as the rise of electric vehicles intensifies competition for scarce resources. Two-thirds of the world's supply comes from Congo, the second-poorest nation. The boom in the metal, currently trading above $80,000 a metric ton, has triggered more mining in the cobalt-rich Katanga region, where sprawling hand-dug mines dot the landscape, and searching for ore is as commonplace as farming.
Lawmakers Worry About Rise of Fake Video Technology
Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could set off a new era of fake news. Now legislators say they want to start working on fixes to the problem before it's too late. From a report: Technology experts have begun to sound the alarm on the new software, which lets users take existing videos and make high-quality altered video and audio that appears real. The emergence of the technology opens up a new world of hoaxes driven by doctored audio or video, and threatens to shake faith in the media even further. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), one of the most vocal members of Congress on tech issues, painted a grim picture about what the advances could mean for the future of discerning truth in media. "Since we can't rely on the responsibility of individual actors or the platforms they use, I fully expect there will be a proliferation of these sorts of fictions to a degree that nearly drowns out actual facts," Wyden told The Hill. "For those who value real information, there will still be some reliable publications and news outlets, and their credibility will need to be guarded all the more intently by professional journalists," he added.
Enthusiasts have Turned the Nintendo Switch into a Functional Linux Tablet
An anonymous reader shares a report: A couple of weeks ago, the fail0verflow hacking collective showed a still image on Twitter of a Nintendo Switch booting Linux. They're one of a small handful of hacker teams who are teasing exploits of the Nvidia Tegra hardware inside the Switch. But now fail0verflow has video of a full-on Linux distro running on the hacked Switch, complete with touchscreen support, a fully operational web browser, and even a GPU-powered demo application. On Twitter, fail0verflow claims the bug they're exploiting to sidestep the Switch's security can't be patched on currently released hardware, and doesn't require a modchip. But as for now there aren't any details on how to do this yourself at home.
Man, Seeking New Copy of Windows 7 After Forced Windows 10 Upgrade, Sues Microsoft
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: An Albuquerque man has sued Microsoft and its CEO -- Satya Nadella -- seeking a fresh copy of Windows 7 or $600 million in damages. According to a civil complaint filed last week on February 14, Frank K. Dickman Jr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is suing Microsoft because of a botched forced Windows 10 upgrade. "I own a ASUS 54L laptop computer which has an OEM license for Windows Version 7," Dickman's claim reads. "The computer was upgraded to Windows Version 10 and became non-functional immediately. The upgrade deleted the cached, or backup, version of Windows 7." Dickman says that the laptop's original OEM vendor is "untrustworthy," hence, he cannot obtain a legitimate copy of Windows 7 to downgrade his laptop.
Humanity's Biggest Machines Will Be Built in Space
When rockets can no longer hold oversize payloads, building in space might be the best way to go. Popular Mechanics: Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Made In Space is working to make that dream a reality. For the past few years, they've operated the Additive Manufacturing Facility, one of the only 3D printers in space. While the AMF sits comfortably aboard the International Space Station, Made In Space has plans to launch a new printer that would operate exclusively in the vacuum of space. Their prototype, called Archinaut, is scheduled to launch later this year. Future machines like Archinaut will be able to print nearly everything in orbit -- where there's no limit on size. "We can manufacture a structure that couldn't support its own mass if it were on Earth," says Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush. "The only practical limitation you have is how much material you're providing to the system." The first Archinaut prototype is mostly just a proof-of-concept and won't be constructing mile-wide satellites anytime soon. "First you crawl, then you walk, then you run," says Rush. "We'll start out with manufacturing space-optimized trusses and booms and reflectors to provide a supply capability that we can't currently achieve." But once this tech gets off the ground, it can be used to build structures as big as their owners want them.
Scientists Grow Sheep Embryos Containing Human Cells
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Scientists say growing human organs inside animals could not only increase supply, but also offer the possibility of genetically tailoring the organs to be compatible with the immune system of the patient receiving them, by using the patient's own cells in the procedure, removing the possibility of rejection. "Even today the best matched organs, except if they come from identical twins, don't last very long because with time the immune system continuously is attacking them," said Dr Pablo Ross from the University of California, Davis, who is part of the team working towards growing human organs in other species. Ross added that if it does become possible to grow human organs inside other species, it might be that organ transplants become a possibility beyond critical conditions.
Ross and colleagues have recently reported a major breakthrough for our own species, revealing they were able to introduce human stem cells into early pig embryos, producing embryos for which about one in every 100,000 cells were human. These chimeras -- a term adopted from Greek mythology -- were only allowed to develop for 28 days. Now, at this week's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, Texas, the team have announced that they have managed a similar feat with sheep embryos, achieving an even higher ratio of human to animal cells. "About one in 10,000 cells in these sheep embryos are human," said Ross. The team are currently allowed to let the chimeric embryos develop for 28 days, 21 of which are in the sheep. While that might be sufficient to see the development of the missing organ when human cells are eventually combined with the genetically modified embryo, Dr Hiro Nakauchi of Stanford University, who is part of the team, said a longer experiment, perhaps up to 70 days, would be more convincing, although that would require additional permission from institutional review boards.
IBM Sues Microsoft's New Chief Diversity Officer To Protect Diversity Trade Secrets
theodp writes: GeekWire reports that IBM has filed suit against longtime exec Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, alleging that her new position as Microsoft's chief diversity officer violates a year-long non-compete agreement, allowing Microsoft to use IBM's internal secrets to boost its own diversity efforts. A hearing is set for Feb. 22, but in the meantime, a U.S. District Judge has temporarily barred McIntyre from working at Microsoft. "IBM has gone to great lengths to safeguard as secret the confidential information that McIntyre possesses," Big Blue explained in a court filing, citing its repeated success (in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) in getting the U.S. government to quash FOIA requests for IBM's EEO-1 Reports on the grounds that the mandatory race/ethnicity and gender filings represent "confidential proprietary trade secret information." IBM's argument may raise some eyebrows, considering that other tech giants -- including Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook -- voluntarily disclosed their EEO-1s years ago after coming under pressure from Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2010, IBM stopped disclosing U.S. headcount data in its annual report as it accelerated overseas hiring.
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
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