Jim Garrettson

2010’s Acquisitions Wave: Cash is Back

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Harris Corporation’s acquisition of privately-held CapRock Communications for a reported $525 million in cash is the latest in a series of major cash acquisitions, proving that, even if credit is still tight, cash is back. CapRock’s customer base includes energy sector giants Chevron and Halliburton as well as DoD.  Howard …

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Better Security Comes at a Price

The Internet is a wonderful tool that has greatly facilitated human advancement since its inception. However, some of the greatest assets of the Internet are also its greatest flaws. In a recent article, Dr. Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute says that the idea that the U.S. would be able …

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Cyber Spies Attack Contractors "Every Hour"

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Defense contractors are under consistent attack by foreign intelligence services attempting to gather intelligence related information, according to a report by the Defense Security Service. Instances of cyber espionage place the U.S.'s competitive advantage, technical lead and military advantage at risk, as well as potentially compromising national security interests. “United …

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Leaks on Internet a Threat to National Security

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The U.S. Army views Wikileaks.org, a website that publishes “secret“ government and corporate documents, as a potential threat to national security and has made plans to marginalize the website's effectiveness. Last week, Wikileaks published an Army report, published internally in March 2008, which examined the website and its possible implications …

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Is the U.S. Ready for X-Ray Vision?

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The recent attempts by underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate explosives on flight to Detroit in December and the attempt by a terrorist in Saudi Arabia to blow up Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with explosives in his rectum, has raised concern among transportation officials on how to detect explosives …

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RSA Conference Yields Expert Advice

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Last week, RSA held its annual conference out in San Francisco, CA. The conference brought together cyber experts from around the world, along with notable speakers like DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Howard Schmidt, the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. The topics discussed range from cloud computing …

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Cyber: A General Perspective

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Over the weekend, Adm. Mike McConnell, former DNI and presently heading the cyber effort at Booz Allen, published an article in The Washington Post calling for a new strategy and thought process for cybersecurity in the United States. The article highlighted a number of key strategies McConnell believes the nation …

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Cyber Defenders of the World Unite!

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This week, RSA’s conference in California looks “ to drive the worldwide information security agenda,“ says conference general manager Sandra Toms LaPedis. As instances of cyber attacks continue to grow more prevalent, cyber warriors and national security officials are gathering in California to examine methods to enhance cyber defenses. The …

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