Teresa Taylor takes over as COO for Qwest

On Monday, Business markets group head Teresa A. Taylor was appointed to fill the recently-vacated chief operation officer position at Qwest Communications International, Inc. The move was made necessary after former COO Thomas E. Richards, who served for the past 13 months, left his post to accept an offer to …

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$23.5 Million Task Order Awarded to American Systems

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Specialty Center Acquisitions (NAVFAC SCAN) in Port Hueneme, CA, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), has awarded Chantilly based, American Systems a task order worth approximately $23.5 million as part of an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award already in place. The task order is …

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Greg Schaffer Assistant Secretary of DHS' Office of Cybersecurity on Cyber "In-Fighting," US-CERT and the Cyber Battleground

Greg Schaffer, assistant secretary of DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, recently spoke to InformationWeek about US-CERT and the shifting terrain of cyber warfare.  Schaffer suggests that much of the perceived “in-fighting” and cyber “turf wars,” often portrayed in media as bitter administrative squabbles between government agencies, private industry, and …

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Bipartisan Cyber Legislation To Include Increased Emphasis on Training and Certification, Ditch Presidential Emergency Powers

Forthcoming bipartisan cybersecurity legislation from Senators J. Rockefeller (D-WV) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will undergo some significant modifications.  The revised legislation will remove a controversial provision that enables the President to effectively turn off the internet in the event of a major cyber attack and feature a greater emphasis on training and …

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Naval Air Systems Command Presents Commander’s National Award to Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin and other members of the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) Acoustic Commonality Team have received a Commander’s National Award from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).  The Commander’s National Award is presented in honor of technical, business and leadership excellence to NAVAIR’s teaming partners. Lockheed Martin’s award was in …

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Interview with Cyber Expert, GhostNet Investigator Ron Deibert

University of Toronto Professor and director of the GhostNet project, Ron Deibert, spoke with The New New Internet regarding U.S. cybersecurity and the increased militarization of cyberspace. Deibert believes the future of cyberspace rests in building a global and open Internet. He fears the consequences of weaponization in cyberspace supported by current world …

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IBM Releases Report on Phishing Attacks

IBM has conducted a study evidencing the number of overall phishing attacks has gone down so far this year to 0.1 % of all spam email as compared to a range of 0.2-0.8% at the same time in 2008, however criminals are learning new methods of attack. IBM also asserted …

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Altegrity Names Savannah-Chatham Chief of Police Michael Berkow President and COO of Altegrity Security Consulting

Altegrity Inc has appointed the Chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, Michael Berkow, President and COO of Altegrity Security Consulting ASC, a new business unit at Altegrity. ASC will provide services and products including training, information, and consulting to law enforcement agencies and government, in the United States and overseas. …

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Are DoD Budget Cuts Ever Coming?

We reported in June that new administration’s defense budget includes major cuts to big spending programs.  But overall, will the DoD’s bottom line really shrink?  Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen, senior advisor to Afghanistan theatre commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, sees “about two more years of heavy fighting” ahead of us in …

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