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Kylie Bull

Kylie Bull has 62 articles published.

Kylie Bull
Kylie Bull has 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. She is an editor and contributor for Jane's by IHS Markit, a columnist for security and counter-terror publications, and a former managing editor for Homeland Security Today.

Police to Deploy Live Facial Recognition Technology in London

Live facial recognition (LFR) technology will be deployed in locations in Westminster, London, UK on December 17 and 18 as part of the Metropolitan Police Service’s ongoing trial of the technology.

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GAO on IT: Federal Agencies Need to Strengthen Acquisitions, Operations, and Cybersecurity

The federal government planned to invest more than $96 billion in IT in fiscal year 2018. However, these investments have often failed or contributed little to mission-related outcomes.

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GAO: State Dept. Needs to Review U.S. Approach to Counternarcotics Assistance

According to the DEA’s Cocaine Signature Program, over 90 percent of cocaine found in the continental United States is of Colombian origin and cocaine use in the U.S. is concurrent with production increases in Colombia.

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GAO: Steps Needed to Improve External Emergency Communications

Some stakeholders identified communication challenges as well as opportunities for OEC to improve communication. For example, approximately one quarter (26 percent) of SWICs said that OEC does not communicate training well.

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Funding Helps Voice Authentication Firm Close the Gap Between Physical and Digital Security

The rate of voice fraud climbed over 350 percent from 2013 through 2017, with no signs of slowing down. Additionally, between 2016 and 2017, overall voice channel fraud increased by 47 percent, or one in every 638 calls.

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GAO: Agencies Need Better Information on the Use of Noncompetitive and Bridge Contracts

DOD, DHS and HHS contracting officials misreported competition data for 22 of the 41 orders GAO reviewed. The findings call into question competition data associated with nearly $3 billion in annual obligations for IT-related orders.

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GAO: USAID Assists Returning Migrants but Effectiveness of Reintegration Efforts Not Determined

IOM has strengthened the three governments’ capacity to collect, manage, analyze, and share migration information. Prior to these USAID-assisted efforts, data on returning migrants was limited in all three countries and the information produced was not readily available for use by other government agencies.

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GAO on Disaster Contracting: Action Needed to Improve Management of Advance Contracts

In response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the 2017 California wildfires, GAO found that FEMA AND USACE relied heavily on advance contracts. As of May 31, 2018, FEMA and USACE obligated about $4.5 billion for various goods and services through these contracts.

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GAO: Agencies Performing Well on Cybersecurity

Seven designated agencies – the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, Commerce, Energy, and the Treasury, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – developed government-wide policies, procedures, and guidelines to assist federal and nonfederal entities in their efforts to receive and share cybersecurity information.

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CyberX Joins McAfee’s Security Innovation Alliance

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) noted CyberX’s industrial cybersecurity platform when recommending new ways of securing manufacturing industrial control systems in its November report.

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