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Gerry Kolosvary, Marconi Federal

President, Marconi Federal

In Europe, Marconi is a household name, acorporate giant known for telecommunications and radio, headquarteredin Coventry, UK. In the United States, it’s a respected name in defenseand telecommunications—and those who were paying attention in historyclass remember that it was Guglielmo Marconi who first patented thewireless in 1896.

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Taking a Leap

America’s entrepreneurs represent a rich resource for homeland security—one that DHS is making an effort to mine.

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High Seas Security

The 9/11 Commission had some important suggestions that will help secure America’s ports and trade. The question is: Can the United States government and the shipping industry implement them soon enough?

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Indian outsourcing

Is data-handling in India secure enough for American needs? As the amount of data grows, so do the concerns.

With a huge amount of U.S.-based financial, personal and corporate information pouring through Indian servers daily, what percentage is at risk? Is sensitive information being tabulated, for example, in Bangalore or Mumbai more likely to be compromised than data sent through a server in New Jersey?

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Homeland security’s report card

This month we present the first of what we hope will be an annual edition: The Homeland Security Report Card.

I am constantly asked: Are we safer? The question comes not only from professionals in the field but from friends and family. This year it’s being asked all across the country, as security has swelled into a major focus of national debate.

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2005 Outlook: Homeland security funding

The presidential election is upon us, budget negotiations for the next fiscal year are underway and the last round of homeland security grants has been dispersed and, in many cases, spent. ‘Tis the season for budget prognostication FY 2005. Based on past and current trends, budget requests and a potential political power shift, where do we go from here?

 

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In search of a final fix

Will creation of a new National Counterterrorism Center improve information sharing among counterterror agencies?Where you stand on the issue depends on where you sit.

 

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Security under the skin

The time may be coming when injectable computer chips will be the ultimate form of ID.

An implantable human identification computer chip may be the next step forward in security.

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Light up ahead for the night-vision market

Advanced night-vision systems are proving critical in the war on terror overseas with their widespread use in Afghanistan and Iraq, but the domestic homeland security market remains slow to employ the devices despite their benefits. Keep Reading

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Pat Pentland, US Protect

Executive Vice President, USProtect

Homeland security is nothing new for Pat Pentland. In fact, Pentland told HSToday that the Department of Homeland Security—and the very term “homeland security”—was born in his office on his white board.

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Router Wars

In the quest for greater security, a battle is brewing at the source.

Standing inside the data center, with the door locked and encircled by windowless and bare walls, I felt secure—and a bit detached—from the rest of the world. But the network manager quickly made it clear that this safety wasn’t real—at least in a virtual sense.

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Early warning

For Russian hackers, America is the land of opportunity

Threats to American cybersecurity come in many forms. While they often remain unseen to the public until a major event actually occurs, the frequency and magnitude of hacker activity is increasing as attackers become better organized, more sophisticated and focused on tangible benefits from their attacks.

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Guarding the Queen of the Mississippi

When an accident shut down Mississippi shipping, New Orleans authorities suddenly realized just how vulnerable their critical port might be—and started taking action.

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Dark Lessons: Learning from the Blackout of August ’03

As soon as the lights went out, panickedthoughts turned to terror: Nearly a year ago, on Aug. 14, the powergrid collapsed. Some 50 million people from Manhattan to Detroit, alongwithsections of Canada, lost power. In New York, memories still freshof the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, residents and emergency officialsfeared the worst. What was happening? There was little news to access.After all, no one could turn on the TV or get on the Internet.Speculation was all that was left.

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Wireless Options

Responders and emergency managers can select from a broad range of wireless solutions as they seek to improve their communications. All have great advantages—and vulnerabilities.

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