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U.S. Commerce Department Releases Web Tool to Foster Export Law Compliance

November 20, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C., today announced the consolidated screening list (CSL), a streamlined collection of nine different screening lists from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and the Treasury that contains names of individuals and companies with whom a U.S. company may not be allowed to do business due to U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other restrictions.

Government Agencies Move to Secure Data on Non-Government Systems

November 18, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published for public review draft recommendations to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive federal information residing on the computers of contractors and other nonfederal organizations working for the government.

Cyborg Cockroaches Step Up to the Microphone

November 6, 2014
George I. Seffers

NC State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster.

TSA's Halloween Travel Tip: Don't Pack Replica Explosives. Really.

October 27, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

You would think it would go without saying, but apparently not. So a U.S. Transportation Security Administration representative wrote a brief blog on a few Halloween travel tips if travelers are taking flight with costumes in tow.

DHS Science and Technology Directorate Unveils Goals

October 22, 2014

Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undersecretary for science and technology, today announced the new visionary goals for the department’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate.

Toffler to Provide Strategic Integration Support

October 17, 2014

Toffler Associates, Reston, Virginia, recently announced it has been selected by an agency within the Department of Homeland Security as the prime contractor to provide strategic integration support services. The awarded blanket purchase agreement includes a total potential value of $50 million over five years (one-year base and four one-year option periods). Under the agency's strategic integration vehicle, Toffler Associates will provide mission critical operational integration, requirements development, analysis and improvement, organizational effectiveness and communications support services.

PositiveID to Provide Bio Threat Detection System

October 10, 2014

PositiveID Corporation, Delray Beach, Florida, has announced that it, in conjunction with its partner, ENSCO Inc., has been awarded a SenseNet Program contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. The goal of this SenseNet award is to implement faster, less expensive bio-threat detection systems, using existing infrastructure where possible, to provide an added level of security. As part of this award, PositiveID will offer its Firefly Dx system, which is a point-of-need system designed to deliver molecular diagnostic results using real-time polymerase chain reaction chemistry. ENSCO will be responsible for the systems integration and decision support.

 

Situational Awareness for Border Security

October 7, 2014
By George I. Seffers

House Homeland Security Committee chair proposes technology mix for securing the southern border.

Emergency Situational Awareness Looks Ahead

November 1, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Emergency responders may be able to anticipate unfolding disasters before they have to respond, as a result of a new system that combines situational input with simulation. When floodwaters are rising or a fire is spewing toxic fumes, emergency personnel can simulate in real time how the threat might expand and evolve and plan their responses accordingly.

U.S. Evaluating Legal Protections for Cybersecurity Technologies

November 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

The Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act is finding a new application as it may serve to protect against the potential for lawsuits arising from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework. Lawyers are answering questions from clients about possible legal actions, and the department and institute are working together to ensure developers work with confidence.

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