GSN February Digital Edition


Government Security News


Former Mexican President Calderon tells Trump: “We are not going to pay a single

cent for such a stupid wall. It’s going to be completely useless.” – More on Page 15

Also in this issue:

Elbit Systems cyber subsidiary uncovers Dridex malware persistency and stealth mechanism – Page 6

U.S./Canadian Governments announce phosphorus reduction of 40% in Lake Erie to improve water and

reduce public health risk – Page 9

Logos Technologies deploying aerostat-connected wide-area Simera motion imagery system for Rio De

Janeiro Summer Olympics – Page 30

GSN February 2016 Digital Edition

Table of Contents


Energy industry veteran Stephen Trippe, Interim Chair, is ready to take

Quantum Technology Science to next level in seismic-acoustic detection

in oil, gas, utilities & critical infrastructure

Quantum Technology Sciences is a perimeter intrusion detection provider, but an

unusual one. The seismic-acoustic solution that it offers makes it the first security

and surveillance company to maintain an awareness perimeter where threats in

air, water, land are detected, tracked and classified in real time. As the former

owner of Kimball/Trippe Energy Associates, partner in Saltwater Disposal of North

Dakota, and managing partner of Longhorn Properties, LLC and ITAP, LLC, Interim

Chairman Stephen Trippe has all the credentials to help the company reach the

rapid growth stage that it is ready to enter following the infusion of $8M in venture

funds. Read more on Page 34.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx recommends $3.5 billion to expand

access to transit jobs

In keeping with the long-standing administration policy of funding new and expanded

mass transit projects in metropolitan areas across the country, Transportation

Secretary Foxx has recommended $3.5 billion to advance construction or

completion of 31 rail, bus, rapid transit and streetcar projects in 18 states, with the

goal of creating thousands of construction and operations-related jobs and helping

communities expand opportunities and offer citizens to succeed in the 21st century

economy. The 15 transit funding projects in 2016 include a downtown riverfront

streetcar project in Sacramento, the reconstructing the four Chicago Transit Authority

(CTA) stations and tracks and providing fast, reliable bus service for residents

in a key corridor in downtown Indianapolis. FTA’s Capital Investment Grant

(CIG) program is the federal government’s priminary grant program for funding

major transit investments. Read more on Page 4.



U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx recommends

$3.5 Billion to expand access to transit jobs Page 4

Elbit Systems’ cyber subsidiary uncovers Dridex

malware persistency and stealth mechanism Page 6

U.S./Canadian governments announce phosphorus

reduction targets of 40% to improve Lake Erie water

quality and reduce public health risk Page 8

Convy on Netcentric: The emergence of SMR

technology drastically reduces cost of massive data

storage Page 12

Oregon Senator Merkley lauds efforts of Newport

Fisherman’s Wives and other Oregonians for helping

to keep Newport Coast Guard Station on Oregon

coast Page 14

Former Mexican President says country not paying

for a stupid, useless wall! Page 15

Indiana using license plate campaign to discourage

distracted drivers Page 16

NTSB Chairman Hart to discuss Positive Train

Control, transit safety at March SafeRail Congress

Page 28

Perimeter Protection/Intrusion Detection


Québec’s Jean-Lesage International Airport

prepares for dramatic two-year growth Page 18

Rapiscan MP100 Backpack radiation detection

system allows detection of radioactive materials

Page 22

Extreme Perimeter Protection: The 22-Ton ‘Xtreme

Facility Projector’ Booth has it all Page 26

Oil, Gas, Electric Grid Monitoring


Energy industry veteran Stephen Trippe named

Interim Chair of Quantum Technology Sciences

Page 34

Siemens and IBM team on next generation of

cloud-based building energy management solutions

Page 35

Oil & Gas sector needs long-term thinking to

achieve meaningful cost cuts, says industry technical

advisor DNV GL Page 37

Logos Technology going for the gold as Brazilian

officials pick its sensor for the Rio Olympics Page 30

Campbell on Crypto: Encryption Basics: Three

Steps to Better Data Protection Page 32

FAA announces nearly 300,000 operators sign on

to online drone registry Page 39


U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx recommends

$3.5 Billion to expand access to transit jobs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation

Secretary Anthony Foxx today

highlighted $3.5 billion recommended

in President Obama’s Fiscal

Year 2017 budget to advance the

construction or completion of 31

rail, bus rapid transit and streetcar

projects in 18 states. These projects,

competitively funded through

the Federal Transit Administration’s

(FTA) Capital Investment

Grant (CIG) Program, would create

thousands of construction and

operations-related jobs and help

communities expand transportation

choices that offer new ladders

of opportunity for residents.

“Since 2009, the Obama Administration

has funded nearly 100 new

and expanded mass transit projects

in numerous cities and metropolitan

areas across the country,” said Secretary

Foxx. “These projects transform

communities, improving mobility

and access to jobs, education

and other important opportunities

for millions of people. Public transit

is an important ally in the effort to

ensure that hard-working Americans

are offered a chance to succeed

in the 21st century economy.”

The President’s budget includes

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx


first-time funding recommendations

for 15 transit projects. These


• The Downtown Riverfront

Streetcar Project in Sacramento,

California, which would connect

the urban cores of Sacramento and

West Sacramento, serving major

destinations in both cities, improving

transit options for residents and

encouraging transit-oriented development

along the route;

• The Red and Purple Line Modernization

Project Phase One in

Chicago, Illinois, which would reconstruct

four Chicago Transit Authority

(CTA) stations and track in

order to relieve crowding and congestion

in one of the transit system’s

busiest corridors; and

• The Red Line Bus Rapid Transit

Project in Indianapolis, Indiana,

which would provide fast, reliable

bus service for residents in a key

corridor serving downtown. Indianapolis

was one of seven cities

selected in 2015 to be part of the

U.S. Department of Transportation’s

LadderSTEP pilot program,

an initiative designed to help foster

sustainable economic development

related to planned transportation


“FTA is proud to partner with

communities across the country to

bring more transportation options

to residents and help accommodate

our nation’s growing population,”

said FTA Acting Administrator

Therese McMillan. “These investments

in public transportation will

improve the mobility and quality of

life for thousands of residents, provide

an alternative to traffic congestion,

and spur more economically

vibrant communities.”

FTA’s highly competitive CIG

More on page 31


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Elbit Systems’ cyber subsidiary uncovers Dridex

malware persistency and stealth mechanism

CYBERBIT, Elbit Systems’ whollyowned

subsidiary, announced today

that it uncovered for the first time,

the Dridex malware’s advanced and

sophisticated persistency mechanism,

allowing organizations to detect

and remove the malware.

The unique analysis was revealed

by CYBERBIT’s dedicated malware

research expert team, who managed

to conduct a detailed dynamic

behavioral analysis of the Dridex

malware, fully revealing its infection

process and persistency mechanism.

Part of Dridex’ robustness is

attributed to its ability to constantly

generate new variants for each attack,

thus going undetected under

AV engines. CYBERBIT’s malware

research team, a group of specialists

who analyze malwares and security

threats in order to enrich CYBER-

BIT’s analyses methods and algorithms,

managed to reveal Dridex’



which allows

it to



and undetected

due to its

unique mode of operation.

Since its appearance

in late 2014, Dridex

has been one of the

most notable malware

threats, designed to

steal personal banking

information and credentials

mostly from

small and mediumsized


Dridex malware attacks

are said to be responsible

for the theft of over $50 million,

out of which $30 million was

stolen from UK accounts alone.

The criminal forces behind Dridex

are believed to have links to similar

cybercrime gangs. CYBERBIT suspects

that such criminal organizations

experience from previous activities

are those that allow Dridex

authors and affiliates to keep their

infrastructure alive and to stay active

and dangerous.

CYBERBIT will present and

demonstrate its detection of

advanced threats capabilities at

the CYBERTECH 2016 Exhibition

(booth F), January 26-27, 2016

at the Israel Trade Fair and

Convention Center.

CYBERBIT’s products collect


and analyze information in greater

depth and context over time and

space and provide ad-hoc forensics

and response capabilities, for both

IT and SCADA networks, while

assuring minimum time for mitigation,

remediation and response.

CYBERBIT’s technology is developed

by skilled, updated and competent

personnel, and it supplies

live hands-on training that keeps its

customers efficient and savvy.

Security threats in the 21st century

are more complex, more sophisticated,

and stealthier than

ever – with an estimated 70%-90%

of malwares, which are unique to a

specific targeted organization, managing

to bypass traditional security


Enterprises just can’t afford to

keep using technologies and methods

that don’t work. CYBERBIT understands

that in order to detect and

respond quickly and efficiently to

advanced unknown threats, organizational

security has to be changed.

Detection and response cycles must

become optimal and short, leveraging

granular information pieces as

well as past knowledge, automating

processes and capabilities, and allowing

the organization to be agile,

alert and prompt. CYBERBIT’s solutions

aim to empower its customers

by providing them with a different

level of detection, response,

forensics and mitigation capabilities

and allowing them to operate rapidly,

efficiently and accurately.

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U.S./Canadian governments announce phosphorus

reduction targets of 40% to improve Lake Erie water

quality and reduce public health risk

WASHINGTON - U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency Administrator

Gina McCarthy and Canada’s

Environment and Climate Change

Minister Catherine McKenna have

announced that Canada and the

U.S. have adopted targets to reduce

phosphorus entering affected areas

of Lake Erie by 40 percent. The

targets announced today will minimize

the extent of low oxygen “dead

zones” in the central basin of Lake

Erie; maintain algae growth at a

level consistent with healthy aquatic

ecosystems; and maintain algae biomass

at levels that do not produce

toxins that pose a threat to human

or ecosystem health.

Through the Great Lakes Water

Quality Agreement, Canada and the

United States committed in 2012 to

combat the growing threat of toxic

and nuisance algae development in

Lake Erie, and agreed to develop updated

binational phosphorus reduction

targets for Lake Erie by February

2016. The 40 percent reduction

targets are based on 2008 loading

levels. Canada and the United States

have committed to develop domestic

action plans, by no later than

February 2018, to help meet the

new targets.

“To protect public health, we must


restore the Great Lakes for all those

who depend on them,” said Gina

McCarthy, Administrator, United

States Environmental Protection

Agency. “The first step in our urgent

work together to protect Lake

Erie from toxic algae, harmful algal

blooms, and other effects of nutrient

runoff, is to establish these important

phosphorus limits. But, establishing

these targets is not the end

of our work together. We are already

taking action to meet them.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,

Minister of Environment

and Climate Change said, “Canada

recognizes the urgency and magnitude

of the threat to Lake Erie water

quality and ecosystem health posed

by toxic and nuisance algal blooms.

By establishing these targets, we

strengthen our resolve to work with

our American neighbours, and Canadian

and U.S. stakeholders who

share these waters, to protect the

tremendous natural resource that is

Lake Erie.”

Algae occur naturally in freshwater

systems. They are essential to the

aquatic food web and healthy ecosystems.

However, too much algae,

linked to high amounts of phosphorus,

can lead to conditions that can

harm human health and the environment.

Since the 1990s, Lake Erie

has seen an increase in algal growth

that has compromised water quality

and threatens the Lake Erie region’s

recreation-intensive economy. The

targets were developed after extensive

public input from a diversity of


Quick Facts

• The 2015 harmful algal bloom in

Lake Erie was recorded as the largest

bloom this century.

• Modeling experts from the United

States and Canada used nine different

computer simulation models

to correlate changes

in phosphorus levels

with levels of algal

growth in order to

determine phosphorus

load reduction


• A binational public consultation

process was held between June 30

and August 31, 2015. Final targets

were established following widespread

support for the draft targets

and the target setting process.

• More than 40 Canadian and

American experts formed a binational

team under the leadership of

Environment and Climate Change

Canada and the United

States Environmental

Protection Agency to

develop the targets.

• In Canada, more

than 50 individuals,

groups and agencies representing

Agricultural and other

non-government organizations,

Conservation Authorities, municipal

governments, Ontario government

agencies, First Nations, and

Universities commented on the

draft targets through an on-line tool

and face-to-face discussions.





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May 9 – Finalists Announced

May 16 – Awards Dinner, Washington DC

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Convy on Netcentric Security

The emergence of SMR technology

drastically reduces cost of massive

data storage

By John Convy, Convy Associates, Washington, DC

Analysts predict that the world will

absorb somewhere between 20 and

30 billion connected devices within

the next five years. This rapid trend

towards greater connectivity is also

driving up demand for large volume

data storage capacity.

This is true in both government

and commercial sectors, and as agencies

and companies become more

mobile-dependent, the demand for

more and better information retention

and protection will continue to


Vendors in the storage space have

scrambled to meet the needs of enterprises

for high capacity storage in

a world brimming with near infinite

digital creation and consumption.

There are many viable options on

the market for deep data storage and

protection but, since most of these

are designed for the large-scale,

high-technology environments of

modern organizations, costs can be

prohibitive for some. The cost versus

capability challenge is one that

the government sector knows all too


The Most Affordable Large Scale

Digital Preservation


I recently had the privilege of collaborating

on an industry presentation

with Ray Heineman, Senior Vice

President, Business Development,

Video Security and Surveillance

Products for Spectra Logic, based in

Boulder, Colorado. I was intrigued

by his company’s approach to efficient,

yet affordable storage solutions,

designed to meet the evolving

needs of an increasingly connected

world, and particularly how Spectra

Logic’s technology can be useful in

government security.

Many agencies are following along

the curve of global connectivity. As

they expand their security and surveillance

networking systems and

bring on new devices that create digital

information – each with its own

software and management applications

– they end up with multiple silos

of systems within a diverse infrastructure.

Each system tends to have

its own retention scheme, which is

not necessarily shared across applications

or networks. This generates

a tricky information retention challenge.

Heineman’s colleagues at Spectra

Logic describe themselves as Deep

Storage Experts, and as such, are

committed to addressing the expectations

of the data protection market

with intelligent, integrated, and

easy-to-use backup and archive technologies.

The company recently announced

a new product, Verde DPE,

a disk-based, networked attached

storage solution, which means it is

file-based instead of block-based.

The designers have applied cuttingedge

Shingled Magnetic Recording

(SMR) technology as a way to increase

storage density and overall

per-drive storage capacity.

In the early days of hard disk recording,

information was formatted

in longitudinal files. As technology

changed, the files were flipped vertically,

creating Perpendicular Magnetic

Recording (PMR), and thus

increasing capacity.

“The SMR technology we are now

utilizing exploits the capability of

PMR even further, by ‘shingling’ the

data. Overlapping shingles eliminate

the wasted space of a PMR drive

and increase capacity by 25 percent,”

Heineman explained.

“This technology allows disk companies

to turn a six terabyte drive into

an eight terabyte drive with fewer

parts and lower cost to produce and

manufacture, effectively affording us

the ability to offer greater capacity

for about half the cost of comparable

industry solutions,” he added.

In terms of overall cost effectiveness,

Spectra Logic’s offering is one

the best in the business, I believe.

Their marketing materials mention a

cost as low as nine cents per gigabyte

on an 800 terabyte expansion node.

This should be welcome news for

agencies that need large amounts of

instantly accessible storage at an affordable

price – maybe not as low as

the cost of tape storage, but faster to


Typical Use Cases

Law enforcement, for example, can

benefit from the SMR technology

and lower storage costs.

When you think about the workflow

of a law enforcement agency,

you realize there is a lot of information

being created that must be retained.

Officers may be dealing with

a case management system, an evidence

management system, and a records

management system. And, as

Heineman pointed out to me, even

computer-aided dispatch is a source

of data and digital information, since

many two-way radios used by law

enforcement are now digital transmissions,

rather than traditional analog

radio signals.

Also within the scope of government

are critical surveillance and

video management systems – most

notably, systems employed to secure

the power grid and critical infrastructure.

For regulatory compliance, organizations

must also consider the

requirements for retaining key data

for a specified period of time. In the

state of Texas, independent and charter

school districts are now required

to save video from schools with children

in special education programs.

Heineman said that one of the school

districts he is working with has a requirement

for four petabytes of storage

for each of their schools. That

amount of storage may sound like a

scary number for some, but it is the

hard reality in today’s marketplace.

The way in which various users interact

with large volumes of data is

fluid and variable. If the data is active

– meaning people are accessing the

files and editing or adding to the data

– there is a huge demand for bandwidth.

However, as the information

gets older and is not being touched

every day, it can be transitioned to an

archive storage system. These varied


needs demand massively scalable solutions

that are available and reliable.

Spectra Logic deploys open platform

file storage systems with a

high-end Unix-type OS, which

makes them high-performance,

high-value solutions with low latency

and high reliability. They also

offer configurability and customization

through the use of expansion

nodes and varying drive capacity

options. While they certainly are not

the only deep storage option on the

market, they currently appear to be

one of the most cost-effective and a

good choice for government use.

Seagate has also rolled out SMR offerings,

and as this technology continues

to evolve, I predict we will see

acquisition costs come down further.

As other players in the enterprise

storage industry begin to implement

and perfect SMR technology, it will

become even more accessible across

a broader market.

John Convy and Convy Associates

provide strategic alliance, A&E consultant,

technology ecosystem, and

lead generation programs to monetize

relationships and accelerate demand

for leading security industry manufacturers.

John is the Founder and

Managing Director of the Open Standards

Security Alliance and the IP

Security Academy, and a speaker at

many global industry events. Email:

Oregon Senator Merkley lauds efforts of Newport

Fisherman’s Wives and other Oregonians for

helping to keep Newport Coast Guard Station on

Oregon coast.

Dear Friends,

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter facility in Newport

has helped save many lives over the years.

Recently, we took a big step forward to ensure that

this invaluable resource is ready to assist when the

distress call comes. A provision in the Coast Guard

Authorization Act of 2015 that passed the Senate in

December and is now on its way to the President’s

desk to be signed into law will keep the Newport

Coast Guard facility open for at least two more years,

and make it much more difficult for East Coast bureaucrats

to close it thereafter.

Since 2014 when news came out that the Coast

Guard wanted to remove air rescue from the Newport

Coast Guard station, I and so many others in Oregon

– including the Newport Fishermen’s Wives – have

been fighting to keep the helicopter to make sure Oregonians

and visitors are safe.

Learn more about my work to save the helo:

Newport is home to Oregon’s largest grossing commercial

fishing fleet, a deep draft port, numerous

science and research vessels from Oregon State University,

and a robust recreational and sport fishing industry

that is critical to the local economy.

Losing the Newport Coast Guard helicopter would

Photo from visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station at Newport

put lives at risk all along the Oregon coast. In the cold

waters off our shores, people in harm’s way don’t have

the luxury of waiting an hour or more for rescue.

It’s crucial that we are keeping this lifesaving facility

operating on Oregon’s central coast.

I’ll keep fighting to ensure Oregon’s coastal communities

always have the resources they need and so we

never have to worry about this crucial facility closing


All my best,

Jeff Merkley


Former Mexican President says country

not paying for a stupid, useless wall!

By Wendy Feliz

For the past several months, GOP

presidential candidate Donald

Trump has taken a harsh stance

on immigration, stating more than

once that he would finish the wall

between the U.S. and Mexico and

ensure that Mexico pays for it.

For the first time, according

to NBC News, a Mexican official

has pushed back. Over the

weekend, at a business summit

in Egypt, former Mexican President

Felipe Calderon (2006-

2012) said, “We are not going

to pay any single cent for such a

stupid wall! And it’s going to be

completely useless.”

Calderon noted the drop in net

migration from Mexico, which

according to the Pew Research

Center has been on the decline for

years. The number of Mexicans

coming to the United States each

year is now lower than the number

leaving. However, the other critical

point Calderon made was that sealing

yourself off from one of your

largest trading partners is bad for

business. Calderon said:

“The first loser of such a policy

would be the United States. If this

guy pretends that closing the borders

to anywhere either for trade

[or] for people is going to provide

prosperity to the United States, he is

completely crazy.”

Calderon makes an important

point. Mexico is the United States’

third largest trading partner, after

Canada and China, in terms of total

trade in goods, while the U.S. is

Mexico’s largest trading partner. It

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon

seems a bad policy position coming

from Trump, who prides himself on

his business acumen.

Related Content: The Important Economic

Relationship of Mexico and

the United States

Consider this. In calendar year 2011,

the two nations had a total trade in

goods of $460.6 billion and, in 2012,

the total amount of goods traded

was $494 billion. Combined, trade in

goods and services between Mexico

and the United States totaled more


than $500 billion in 2011. And in

2012, that number was up to $535.9

billion. As such, six million American

jobs depend upon the U.S. trade

relationship with Mexico. Also in

2012, in terms of imports, Mexico

was the United States third largest

supplier of goods, with the U.S. receiving

$277.7 billion worth of

goods from Mexico.

Rather than building a wall,

perhaps the billionaire businessman

should focus on policies

that improve the flow of trade

between the two countries by

devising plans to upgrade the 47

land ports of entry which facilitate

hundreds of billions of dollars

in U.S.-Mexico trade every

year. Things like improved infrastructure

at the land ports of entry

along the southern border, including

additional traffic lanes and

processing personnel, would allow

more efficient and secure trade and

border crossing. These improvements

translate into direct economic

benefits to border communities

and states.

Sensible and practical policies that

ensure security, but also improve

trade, may not make for exciting

political slogans or talking points.

They’re just good for the economy.

Photo by José Daniel Ojeda Rojas

Indiana using license plate campaign

to discourage distracted drivers

By Steve Bittenbender

Beginning at the start of the year,

the state of Indiana unveiled a new

campaign to discourage people

from driving while distracted.

State officials are partnering with

the Indiana Motor Truck Association

to keep people

from using their

phones while they’re

behind the wheel.

They’re hopeful to

catch the drivers’ attention

with a new

specialty license plate

as well as use the proceeds

from the plate

to further the association’s



“The Indiana Motor

Truck Association

exists to represent

and promote highway safety for

not only the trucking industry but

for all drivers,” said Gary Langston,

president of the IMTA. “Our industry

has come to witness firsthand

the dire consequences of distracted

driving — and so have decided to

confront it by selling a plate that

alerts others of this issue and funds

programs that help keep Indiana

drivers safe on the road.”

The license plate reads put “Put

the Phone Down” and is available

for purchase at any state Bureau of

Motor Vehicle. It can be registered

to any passenger car, motorcycle,

recreational vehicle or truck under

11,000 pounds. Of the $40 fee, the

association receives $25 toward the

IMTA’s educational efforts.

One of the programs the IMTA

employs is the “Save a Life” tour,

which is a multimedia event that

includes driving simulators, an intense

video and educational presentations.

The tour has visited more


than 1,500 colleges, 600 high schools

and 150 military installations.

The IMTA isn’t the only organization

that’s been seeking to reduce

the number of accidents tied to texting

and driving. Four years ago, Attorney

General Greg Zoeller created

a partnership with AT&T to raise

awareness of the issue.

“The rise of technology

continues to

present new dangers,

particular to young

people,” Zoeller said.

“With this new license

plate and the

continued education

and awareness efforts

conducted by the Indiana

Motor Truck

Association, I grow

more confident that

drivers, young and

old, will be safer on Indiana’s roads.”

Studies indicate distracted drivers

cause nearly 80 percent of all automobile

accidents. That not only includes

drivers who text, but drivers

under the influence of alcohol or illegal


In many cases, those accidents

turn tragic. In Indiana alone, nearly

800 people die each year in accidents

on Hoosier roads. Doug Carter, the

superintendent for the Indiana State

Police says that accidents caused by

distracted drivers are the most preventable.

“We’re proud to support the IM-

TA’s ongoing efforts, and we’ll continue

doing our part to keep Hoosiers

safe on Indiana roads and

highways,” he added.

Officials hope the message especially

catches on with younger drivers,

as they are both the newest on

the streets and the ones most likely

to use their cell phones or other

smart devices while behind the


“To ensure the current and future

safety of all Hoosier motorists, we

must educate our younger drivers

about the real dangers of driving

while distracted,” BMV Commissioner

Kent Abernathy said. “This

program goes a long way toward accomplishing

this goal, and the Indiana

BMV is wholly supportive.”

Besides the Attorney General’s office,

the BMV and the state police,

other state agencies participating in

the campaign include the Department

of Revenue and the Department

of Transportation.

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Québec’s Jean-Lesage International Airpo

JANUARY 8, 2016 – Its first hangers

were constructed by the Royal Canadian

Aviation Corps in 1941, it was

taken over by the Ministry of Transportation

from National Defense in

1945, and it was privatized on November

1, 2000. Today the Québec

Jean-Lesage International Airport is

the 12th largest in Canada, serving

Canada, the United States, the Caribbean

and South American, with

seasonal flights to Europe.

In a comprehensive presentation

and tour of the airport by David

Robin, Manager Security and Safety,

and Christian Labrosse, Director

Security and Operational Control

Center, a group of security industry

journalists from the U.S. and Canada

learned of preparations for another

dramatic step forward in the

evolution of the 12th largest airport

in Canada.

The event was hosted by Genetec

Inc. of Montréal and its CEO Pierre

Racz as part of the company’s annual

Press Summit. Genetec is a provider

of IP security solutions that

pioneered the first-ever IP video

management software and is today

a global provider of IP video

surveillance, access control and

automatic license plate recognition

(ALPR) in a unified platform

called Security Center, now in

use by the Aéroport International

Jean-Lesage de Québec.

In 2015 the airport welcomed 1.6

million passengers, a figure that

is expected to grow to 2-million

passengers by 2018. All revenues

from the airport are dedicated

to growth, and with a construction

budget of $277-million, terminal

expansion is projected to

double from 270,000 square feet

to 540,000 square feet. The planning

also includes a lot of smaller

projects that are not visible to visitors

and passengers but accommodate

airport parking and internal

needs, said Robin, who added that

the goals are to develop efficient and

safe facilities for the airport’s anticipated


The Airport’s development path

also includes U.S. pre-clearance, according

to Christian Labrosse, following

a visit on April 29, 2015 to


the Airport by officials from the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security.

The benefits from this update include

ending the need for aircrafts

to be moved from international to

domestic gates and new terminals

as well as plans for additional connections

with Europe in the next 5

or 10 years.

Canadian airports must deal

with multiple entities, according to

Labrosse. These include Transport

t prepares for dramatic two-year growth

Canada, the Airport Authority and

CATSA (Canadian Air Transport

Security Authority), which is the

Canadian equivalent of the TSA in

the United States. CATSA makes

extensive background checks on

all employees and service providers

that interact on the property at

Jean-Lesage Airport. Hence the airport

uses biometrics and ID cards

provided by HID to manage access

to restricted areas.


The Airport Authority is responsible

for the public side, while the

airport side is completely restricted

to the public and only open to aircraft

and authorized vehicles. Security

for the airport is handled by

the private company Garda, which

is responsible for guard personnel,

patrol officers and terminal officers.

Duties of the airport terminal officers

include; identity checks, access

control, incident and alarms

response, crowd control, emergency

response and evacuation, international

arrivers, behavior observation

and threat alert and terminal

patrols. Patrol officers are generally

more experienced experts on security

procedures who patrol the land

side and airline side and can give

tickets. A special driver’s permit is

required for access to the airport

apron, which feeds the taxi-ways for

aircraft. Patrol officers also provide

checks on vehicles, access control,

alarm systems emergency protocols,

incident reports and unusual behavior.

For their part, Surveillance and

Dispatch officers in the operations

control center (OCC) deal with

communication dispatches, information

gathering, cameras and access

control investigations, information

reports and incident reports.

There are about 2,500 people in

all who work for --or provide services

in the airport, and must have

federal and local clearance to access

secured areas of the terminal. Approximately

260 cameras are presently

deployed, but this number will

doubled in the next years.

Access control systems and video

management systems (VMS) are

integrated through the Genetec

Security Center to ensure that all

passengers and staff accessing the

airport are secure and validated for

the appropriate level of access, monitored

by cameras that can zoom

in to get details from long-range

cameras and new high-definition

(HD) cameras on curb-side that

Perimeter Protection/Intrusion Detection

can clearly identify license plates.

AXIS Communications and Panasonic

have provided fixed and PTZ

cameras, and the airport has plans

to have all IP cameras when the new

expansion is completed in 2018.

Additional cameras and video

surveillance/access control are managed

by the Canadian Air Transport

Security Authority (CATSA), a Federal

Canadian organization based in

Ottawa, ON.

During a walking tour of the airport,

Messrs. Robin and Labrosse

included a visit to the new baggage

management facility under the terminal,

and its

first in North


direct coded



which can

track a bag

anywhere so

that no bags

are lost as they go through the various

levels of threat detection. If the

threat is serious, the next stop is the

Emergency Control Center operated

by the Duty Manager, who calls

in the police if necessary.

In special baggage transportation

technology from Provectus Robotics

solutions (PRS), a Canadian robotics

company, suspicious bags are

automatically evacuated to the other

end of the airport for police investigation.

Prior to this technology’s

deployment, the entire airport had

to be evacuated while waiting hours

for police to arrive. With the help of

a radio-guided vehicle, suspicious

bags can now be safely and immediately

removed from the airport and

no evacuations of passengers or airport

staff are necessary.

Will the Jean-Lesage de Quebec

International Airport meet its goal

of 2-million passengers by 2018?

The answer is not yet known of

course, but the Airport has continued

to grow and evolve its unified

security and operations with the

Genetec Security Center over the

past ten years. Combine that with

a security team in charge of day-today

security operations that must

constantly scale to meet the needs


of expanding access control and increasing

video surveillance cameras,

and it starts to look very much like

a prospect that we wouldn’t want to

bet against.

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Rapiscan MP100 Backpack radiation

detection system allows detection of

radioactive materials

FEBRUARY 10, 2016, Rapiscan

Systems, a leading global supplier

of security inspection systems, today

announced the expansion of its

radiation detection product line to

include the Rapiscan MP100 Backpack

radiation detection system.

The MP100 is a lightweight, high


solution that

can detect radiological


nuclear materials

and is

housed within

a compact



making it ideal for covert radiation


President Obama has cited the

danger of a terrorist acquiring nuclear

weapons as “the most immediate

and extreme threat to global

security,” and U.S. Customs and

Border Protection has indicated

that “nuclear and radiological materials

are of particular concern

because of their potential to harm

large numbers of people and disrupt

the U.S. economy.” In fact, over the

last two decades more than 2,500

incidents of trafficking radioactive

material have been reported to the

International Atomic Energy Agency

(IAEA) by member states.

The MP100 Backpack radiation

detection system is designed for

ease of operation


makes radiation


as easy as simply


around. It includes

a long

battery life

that supports

extended deployment, as well as the

following additional features:

• Gamma and optional neutron

radiation detection. The MP100’s

PVT gamma radiation detectors

detect gamma radiation emitted

by medical and industrial isotopes,

which can be used in a dirty bomb.

They also detect Special Nuclear

Materials, such as uranium and

plutonium, which are needed for

a nuclear weapon. The addition of

optional Boron-10 neutron radiation

detectors enables the MP100

to detect Special Nuclear Materials

that are shielded, such as in a dense

metal container.

• Meets U.S. and international

standards. The radiation detection

performance of the MP100 meets

the requirements of U.S. and international

standards for backpack radiation

monitors. The U.S. standard,

ANSI N42.53, and its international

equivalent, IEC 62694, address

homeland security concerns and illicit

trafficking inspection applications.

• Integrates with Android mobile

devices. The MP100 can be operated

as a standalone radiation monitor

with alarms signaled audibly in the

operator’s earpiece. Alternatively,

the MP100 can connect wirelessly

to a mobile Android device, such as

a smartphone or tablet, running the

free Rapiscan RadViewer app. With

its intuitive graphical user interface,

Rapiscan’s RadViewer presents a

wealth of information about radiation

measurements and alarms and

helps direct the operator to a radiation


“Today’s terrorists don’t need

special nuclear materials, such as

uranium and plutonium, to create

chaos. A small quantity of radioactive

material that is routinely and

More on page 27


SecuGen Unveils Ultra-Low Cost

Hamster Pro Fingerprint Reader and

UPx OEM Sensor at RSA Conference 2016

print readers include PIV and FAP

20 certified models and now includes

the Hamster Pro for circumstances

where PIV certification is

not required but a low cost option is

mandatory. SecuGen’s product line

also includes dual mode products

that combine contact and contactless

smartcard readers together with

SecuGen’s rugged and accurate fingerprint


The Hamster Pro fingerprint

reader and the companion UPx

OEM sensor will both be released in

March of this year and will be compatible

with SecuGen’s software development

kits for Windows, Linux,

and Android.

VP of Engineering Dan Riley stated,

“The SecuGen engineering team

keeps coming up with new ways to

reduce costs. The Hamster Pro fingerprint

reader and UPx sensor are

remarkable in that they combine the

ability to capture a high contrast,

high quality image with rock bottom

prices. These truly are amazing


Won Lee, CEO of SecuGen, said,

“Our focus is always to deliver the

high quality products and tools that

SANTA CLARA, CA, February 15

- SecuGen, a world leading optical

fingerprint device and technology

vendor, is pleased to announce that

they will be unveiling a new, lower

cost fingerprint reader, the Hamster

Pro, at the RSA Conference 2016 in

San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Developers are invited to come

by SecuGen’s booth, number 4615

in the North Hall of Moscone Center

in San Francisco to see a demonstration

of the new, low cost fingerprint

reader and accompanying

OEM sensor.

The Hamster Pro is a compact, accurate,

and robust fingerprint reader,

being offered at an incredibly

low price. SecuGen is well known

around the world and throughout

the biometrics industry for providing

high quality fingerprint products

at prices suitable for large

deployments. The Hamster Pro is

SecuGen’s lowest price fingerprint

reader to date.

The UPx is the OEM version of

the same product. The UPx is compact

for easy integration and very

low priced for large deployments.

SecuGen’s complete line of fingerour

reseller partners require. Our

engineering team had done it again

with the UPx sensor and the Hamster

Pro. These are exactly the products

that our partners have been

asking for.”

About SecuGen

SecuGen Corporation (

is the world’s leading

provider of advanced, optical fingerprint

recognition technology,

products, tools and platforms for

physical and information security.

SecuGen designs and develops

FBI-certified fingerprint readers

and OEM components, developer

kits and software, including NIST/

MINEX-compliant algorithms.

Known for high quality, ruggedness,

and performance in a wide variety

of applications and environmental

conditions, SecuGen products are

used by world-leading financial,

medical, government, educational

and corporate institutions and are

sold through an extensive partner

network of reseller partners including

original equipment manufacturers,

independent software vendors

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Extreme Perimeter Protection: The 22-Ton

‘Xtreme Facility Projector’ Booth has it all

LOS ANGELES, CA – Selecting a

guard booth to enhance perimeter

protection is a serious commitment.

B.I.G.’s bullet-resistant prefabricated

model boosts superior fit and finish,

and the utmost in protection.

At 120 square feet, The Xtreme Facility

Projector is built t MIL-

A-12560H, UFC 3-340-01 and

UFC 3-340-02 specifications.

This booth is the top defender

made today. The booth delivers

the highest level of ballistic

and blast-resistance available

in the industry, allowing security

personnel to remain effective

in the midst of the most

extreme emergency situation.

In addition, when properly

installed, the unit is capable of

withstanding a direct hit from

an F5 tornado. While this level

of protection may seem extreme

for some applications, it

serves as an example of B.I.G.’s commitment

to building guard booths

that can meet any challenge. Sensitive

installations of all descriptions,

including data storage centers, nuclear

installations and military complexes

can benefit from the Xtreme

Facility Protector’s defensive capabilities.

It’s no wonder myriad government,

energy and business entities

look to B.I.G. to enhance their perimeter

protection strategies. Many

are being proactive because guard

booths are a first line of defense. Security

personnel need facilities that

The Xtreme Facility Protector Booth

allow them to function effectively

while under duress, giving them a

physical advantage over potential

threats. These security structures

must be configuration-friendly, fabricated

from the best materials, and

constructed to adapt to a wide-variety

of climatic conditions and site



The Xtreme Faility Protector

booths are designed to incorporate

a variety of security choices and

creature comforts. Options include:

sliding gun ports with quick-release

locks, ballistic window visors, and

can accommodate the extensive

electrical infrastructure needed

to support security, communications

and surveillance


Pre-wiring makes installation

a snap. Personnel benefit

from ergonomically correct

fixtures and fittings, a ductless,

split-system HVAC, full installation

package, and energysaving

LED lighting.

Unique to B.I.G booths is

the prep and painting system,

which is completed prior

to shipping. Since the booth

must function in a variety

of harsh climatic conditions,

The Xtreme Facility Protector has a

three-step painting procedure consisting

of two types of primer with

final coat of impact, fade & chemical

resistant polyurethane.

The units are site-ready and delivered

in one piece, lifted into place

by crane. The booths are essentially

‘plug and play’ and no detail has

een spared to ensure a no-hitches

installation experience. This approach

can add up to significant

savings for customers while providing

the highest levels of perimeterhardening


About B.I.G. Enterprises:

For over 50 years, engineers and

decision-makers from hundreds of

transportation, chemical, agricultural,

manufacturing, university

and corporate facilities have trusted

B.I.G. Enterprises to produce exceptional

products and designs to meet

the exacting requirements of today’s

corporate and industrial security

environment. For more information,


For further information, please

contact Dave King,, Vice President,

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Rapiscan MP100 Backpack

radiation detection system

Continued from page 22

safely employed in medical and industrial

applications can cause significant

radiation contamination

to a wide area when

part of a dirty bomb,”

said Pak Chin, president

of Rapiscan Systems.

“The MP100

applies Rapiscan design principles

and technology to a practical, high

performing, portable radiation detection

solution that is suitable for

a variety of use cases. It’s one of the

lightest and easiest to use systems

available today.”

The MP100 was designed for

many different applications. Operators

can use the solution to inspect

areas where crowds have gathered

for an event, such as stadiums or

arenas; to detect radioactive material

at mass transit stations and vehicle

checkpoints; and to protect

critical infrastructure and measure

radiation around a facility, such as a

nuclear power plant.

About Rapiscan Systems

Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI

Systems, Inc., is a leading global

supplier of security inspection solutions

utilizing advanced threat identification

techniques. The company’s


products are sold into the following

market segments: Baggage and Parcel

Inspection; Cargo and Vehicle

Inspection; Hold (checked) Baggage

Screening; People Screening; Explosive

and Narcotics Trace Detection;

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by a global service

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world’s leading security

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Systems provides state-of-the-art

products, solutions and services to

meet our customers’ most demanding

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NTSB Chairman Hart to discuss Positive Train

Control, transit safety at March SafeRail Congress

The recent release of the National

Transportation Safety Board’s

(NTSB) annual Most Wanted List

has once again shone a spotlight

upon rail safety in the United States.

The list, described as a ‘road map

from lessons learned to lives saved’

this year has a major focus on technology

and its role in improving


The top ten includes several rail

specific requests including

a renewed push for the

implementation of Positive

Train Control (PTC),

an improvement of rail

transit safety oversight

and changes to rail tank

car management. These are all key

themes at the upcoming SafeRail

(incorporating the 6th annual PTC

World Congress), coming to Washington

on March 22-23 2016 where

Christopher A. Hart, Chairman of

the NTSB is lead speaker and will be

discussing in further detail the key

priorities for transit safety in the


As the NTSB Most Wanted list

has shown, safety on US railroads

remains a key concern for all stakeholders.

Increasingly, operators are

looking for whole-system reliability

but to achieve this, key financial,

strategic and technical challenges

must be overcome. Whilst the extension

of the PTC mandate gives

operators breathing space on their

deployment, it also offers more time

to take advantage of rapidly evolving

IT that provide and the extra opportunities

this makes available.

A unique blend of keynotes, masterclasses,

roundtables and panel

discussions SafeRail is the mustattend

event for all stakeholders involved

in the safety and operational

efficiency on the US Rail Network.

Attendees include a full range of

experts involved in mandates and

policy, compliance and regulation,

project planning and delivery, signalling

upgrades and operational

performance. This includes CEOs,

department chiefs, safety directors,

signalling and communications experts

and technology specialists.

SafeRail is completely free to attend

for Railroads, Transit Agencies

& Government and will bring

together over 40 high-level speakers


and 100s of senior level attendees to

discuss and discover how to exploit

these opportunities and ensure safety,

security and operational efficiency

on your network. Chairman Hart

will be joined by Yves Desjardins-

Siciliano (CEO, VIA Rail Canada),

Mike Marino, Director/General

Manager (Port Authority of NY &

NJ (PATH)), Jeff Moller (AVP Safety,

AAR), Keith Holt (Deputy Chief

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and Signals, Amtrak), Lisa

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Logos Technology going for the gold as Brazilian

officials pick its sensor for the Rio Olympics

By Steve Bittenbender

This summer, the eyes of the world

will descend upon Rio de Janeiro

for the 2016 Summer Olympics, and

an American company will have its

eyes over the Brazilian city helping

to protect the athletes, officials

and spectators participating in the

world’s biggest sporting event.

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice

will deploy four of Logos Technologies’

Simera wide-area motion imagery

systems to watch over sections

of the city where competitions are

taking place. Simera is a 40-pound

system that can be attached to an

aerostat, which is a blimp-like balloon

that’s tethered to the ground.

That gives the lightweight Simera

rapid deployment capabilities, as security

personnel can get a unit operational

in just a couple of hours.

“Until now, WAMI sensors have

been used either to protect U.S.

troops in Iraq and Afghanistan or

have been tested for domestic law


and border security,”


John Marion,

president of Logos


“This will

be the first time

that this sophisticated

technology has been exported


The Simera units will allow officials

in the Brazilian Ministry of

Justice to have a 360-degree view

of key sites during the day, Marion


Founded 20 years ago, Logos

Technologies specializes in developing

sensors, processing the images

acquired from them and properly

securing the large files – as well as

providing training and support for

the companies that use Logos products,

like Brazil’s ALTAVE whose

aerostats will keep the Simera units

hovering 1,000-feet in the air.

Marion has been working with the

technology for about two decades.

Initially, he was trying to find a way

to produce images from sensors in

weather balloons.

“Then 9/11 happened,” said Marion,

who holds a doctorate in materials

science from the University of


It’s then that he shifted his fo-


cus to security and defense issues.

While working at the Lawrence

Livermore National Laboratory, he

led the effort to develop the first

wide-area motion imagery system.

That system, called Constant Hawk,

eventually made its way to Iraq and

Afghanistan. But the electro-optic

sensor’s heft, coming in at 1,500

pounds, required an airplane to carry

it. Still, Constant Hawk helped

the U.S. Army identify some of the

biggest producers of improvised

explosive devices in the war-torn


How that happens is an approach

Marion called “find the bomb maker,

find the bomb.” If, for example,

an IED goes off in the field of view

for a Logos sensor, one operator

would continue observing the feed

and observing developments in

real-time. Another operator would

take the captured footage and go

back in time to identify the trigger

man as well as anyone responsible

for placing the device and tracking

their whereabouts before the explosion.

“It’s really the way of finding the

people who are doing the bad behavior,”

said Marion.

In Afghanistan, Constant Hawk

worked with a unit that was trying

to track 25 bomb makers who had

attacked troops over a three-year

period. In less than a year, the intelligence

gathered from Constant

Hawk allowed soldiers to take out

20 of them from the battlefields,

Marion added.

Marion and his associates later

took the technology from Constant

Hawk and derived Kestrel, a significantly

lighter sensor (approximately

150 pounds) that added infrared

sensing capabilities. That led into

the development of Simera, and Logos

researchers are also working on

another lightweight sensor. At 35

pounds, Redkite can be deployed on

helicopters and drones. It’s already

available on with an electro-optic

sensor, and an infrared version is in

the works.

Besides, the Army, Logos is a subcontractor

to such companies as

CACI and Booz Allen Hamilton on

contracts with the Department of

Defense and Department of Homeland

Security. However, Logos officials

say the technology can be used

not just to provide security at events

or installations but it also can be

used to monitor ports, railroads and

logistics hubs and during disaster

recovery missions.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx

recommends $3.5 Billion to expand

access to transit jobs

Continued from page 4

Program is the federal government’s

primary grant program for funding

major transit capital investments

that are locally planned, implemented

and operated. It provides funding

for investments such as new

and expanded heavy rail, commuter

rail, light rail, bus rapid transit and

streetcar projects. The program includes

funding for three categories

of eligible projects, as defined by

the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation

(FAST) Act: New Starts,

Small Starts and Core Capacity.

Funding recommendations for

Fiscal Year 2017 include:


• $1.4 billion for 10 New Starts

projects already under construction

in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San

Jose, Denver, Orlando, Honolulu,

Boston, Charlotte and Portland,

with additional funds recommended

to accelerate completion of these


• $950 million for seven New

Starts projects not yet under construction

in Los Angeles, San Diego,

Santa Ana, National Capital Area in

Maryland, Minneapolis, Fort Worth

and Seattle;

• $458 million for 10 Small Starts

projects not yet under construction

in Tempe, Sacramento, Fort Lauderdale,

Jacksonville, Indianapolis,

Grand Rapids, Kansas City (Missouri),

Albuquerque, Everett and

Seattle, Washington;

• $599 million for four Core Capacity

projects to improve capacity

on existing, heavily used transit

lines in the San Francisco Bay Area,

Chicago, New York City and Dallas;


• $75 million for the Expedited

Project Delivery for Capital Investment

Grants Pilot Program — a

new pilot program outlined in FAST

that allows FTA to select up to eight

projects seeking 25 percent or less in

Federal funding and using a publicprivate

partnership approach.

FTA’s Annual Report on Funding

Recommendations for the Fiscal

Year 2017 CIG Program, including

links to individual project profiles,

is available on FTA’s website.

In addition to the Fiscal Year

2017 funding recommendations

announced today, FTA also announced

Fiscal Year 2016 apportionments

and allocations, which

include ongoing funding for existing

CIG projects. The latest Apportionment

Tables are now available

on FTA’s website.

Campbell on Crypto

Encryption Basics: Three Steps

to Better Data Protection

By Shawn Campbell

In previous columns for Government

Security News, I’ve said that

security professionals need to accept

the fact that security breaches

will happen.

Perimeter security isn’t sufficient

for protecting your

organization from

breaches. For overall

protection of sensitive

data, you have to

focus on safeguarding

your data, not just

your network. That

means encryption.

Encryption is the hot topic in cybersecurity.

It’s at the core of many

security tools we use for everyday

transactions and communications.

And because it protects data in

motion and data at rest, it’s often

thought to be the holy grail of data


During the encryption process,

plaintext (data in its original format)

is encrypted through an algorithm

into unreadable ciphertext

(the result of applying a cryptographic

cipher to plaintext). The

encryption process generates cryptographic

keys that can be used to

lock (encrypt) and unlock (decrypt)

the ciphertext.

Effectively protecting your data

boils down to three steps, and at

The growth of huge volumes of often-sensitive

data transmitted across networks presents

real risks ranging from malicious attacks to

unintentional transmission errors.

their core they all involve encryption:

• Know your data. You have to

know what you need to protect.

• Protect your data. Once you’ve

identified the data you need to protect,

you have to encrypt the data to

keep it safe.

• Manage your protection. Encrypted

data requires encryption

keys to lock and unlock data, and

you have to be sure your keys are all

securely stored and managed.

It’s important to remember that


encryption inherently applies protection

to the data itself. Even if

your perimeters are breached, your

data is still protected. That should

offer some relief in these days of

more frequent network security

breaches, and it underscores

the reason

you should extend

your controls from

protecting the perimeter

to protecting

the data.

Now let’s take a

closer look at each

of the three steps for effective data


Know your data

First, you need to catalog the data

you have, and determine its level of

sensitivity. Then you must assess

where it resides, and what protections

are in place for the sensitive

data. Some key questions to ask are:

• Is it in a physically secure environment?

• It is accessible only to people

who need to see it?

• It is accessible if is it accidentally

or deliberately released?

As you catalog your data, start

with your data centers on-premise

and then move to your cloud and

virtual environments. Examine data

in storage, file servers, applications,

databases, and even removable media.

Don’t forget data that travels

across your network. Remember,

when data leaves your organization’s

borders, you lose control of it.

Protect your data

The place to start here is data in

motion. The availability of greater

bandwidth has allowed us all to

exchange information faster and

more frequently. Unfortunately, the

growth of huge volumes of oftensensitive

data transmitted across

networks presents real risks ranging

from malicious attacks to unintentional

transmission errors. Therefore

sensitive data in motion—

whether it’s moving across your

network or traveling between your

data centers—must be encrypted.

There are two main types of network

encryption for Ethernet networks:

integrated or dedicated.

Integrated encryption capability

within routers is sometimes called

‘onboard encryption’ or Layer 3 (Internet

Protocol Security – IPSec)

encryption. Dedicated encryption is

hardware-based and is referred to as

Layer 2 encryption.

In general, dedicated encryption

is the preferred way to protect data

in motion. Compared to Layer 3

(IPSec) encryption, Layer 2 networks

can be secured and encrypted

with dedicated appliances without

any loss of speed and performance,

minimal management, and greater

reliability. This results in a comparatively

lower cost per gigabyte.

But data in motion is only part of

an effective data protection strategy.

After all, data is not only at risk

when in motion, but also when at

rest on your servers or in storage.

For storage and media, the choices

are generally straightforward – usually

an “encrypt all or nothing“ approach.

For servers, there are many

different options that enable you to

encrypt dynamically. You can encrypt

specific files or folders, have

applications that make custom encryption

decisions, encrypt specific

columns of structured data, or encrypt

entire disks. These choices,

and the rules that can be applied

along with them, are a vital part of

your in-depth data defense.

Manage your protection


In addition to employing strong

encryption, it’s vital that your cryptographic

keys are treated with the

same level of care. Remember, the

only way to decrypt or unlock encrypted

data is through the accompanying


Indiscriminately protecting these

keys counteracts the entire process

of encryption and creates a false

sense of security. Therefore, the security

deployment should utilize

best practices for both encryption,

as well as key management.

For maximum security, dedicated

hardware key management protects

sensitive cryptographic keys from

attack. Its high security design ensures

the integrity and protection of

encryption keys throughout their

lifecycle. Storing cryptographic keys

and certificates in hardware that

wraps multiple levels of security

eliminates the risk of loss or theft,

and is the only definitive method

of ensuring and enforcing trusted,

granular security policies.

By thoroughly understanding

these three steps to encrypting data,

you have the foundation for any

successful data protection strategy.

Shawn Campbell is VP of Product

Management, SafeNet Assured Technologies.

He can be reached at

Oil, Gas, Electric Grid Monitoring

Energy industry veteran Stephen Trippe named

Interim Chair of Quantum Technology Sciences

Stephen Trippe, Interim Chair,

Quantum Technology Sciences


COCOA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 24,

2016 /PRNewswire/ – Quantum

Technology Sciences, a perimeter

intrusion detection solution provider,

announces the board appointment

and interim chairmanship

of Stephen Trippe. Trippe assumes

the chairmanship from Company

Founder Freddie “Chick” Garcia

who will remain as a director.

Trippe, an energy industry veteran,

made a career of successfully

launching and selling entities in

various industry segments including

upstream oil and gas, midstream

services, and energy marketing.

Trippe was president and owner of

Kimball/Trippe Energy Associates,

a natural gas marketing company,

which was sold to Dominion Energy,

Inc. He also served as a partner

in Saltwater Disposal of North Dakota,

which was sold to Basic Energy

Services, Inc. Additionally, Trippe

continues as the managing member

of both Longhorn Properties LLC,

which originates oil and gas projects

as well as ITAP, LLC which invests

with Heritage Sustainable Energy in

wind and solar energy projects.

“His instinct, passion and talent

for driving entrepreneurial ventures,

which are ahead of the curve,

will help push Quantum to the next

level,” says Garcia. “His knowledge

and connections within multiple

segments of the energy industry will

prove beneficial to our expansion of

security and safety solutions in the

oil & gas, utility, and critical infrastructure


“To succeed, a new venture needs

a few things going for it. They require

something an order of magnitude

ahead of the pack. Quantum’s

seismic-acoustic solution is disruptive

technology to the security and

safety marketplace. Also, leadership

is crucial. Quantum CEO Mark

Tinker takes his tactical seismology

background and invents ideas beyond

what seems possible. His talent

and inspirational management

style get his team to deliver the impossible,”

says Trippe.

Trippe becomes interim chairman

at an important time for Quantum

as the company seeks to push passed

the early adoption curve on their

technology to reach a rapid growth

stage. While the company has been

in business since 1991, the transition

from solely government business

to commercial sales has gone

much like a start-up including the

infusion of $8M in venture funds in

early 2015. The company recently

released a gunshot detection feature

for its Vector product line adding to

the existing pedestrian, vehicle, and

digging/tunneling capabilities.

“Chick and Mark built a solid

foundation for Quantum as a defense

contractor with significant

relationships in Lockheed Martin,

Northrop Grumman, DOD, the US

Air Force, and the US Navy. Then,

Mark developed the commercial

security side of the business. I look

More on page 38

Siemens and IBM team on next

generation of cloud-based building

energy management solutions

LAS VEGAS, NV, February 23 – Today,

the Siemens Building Technologies

Division and IBM announced

cloud-based solutions that will leverage

Siemens’ building expertise

and IBM Internet of Things (IoT)

capabilities to maximize

the potential of connected

buildings and the

data they create, helping

corporate real estate

owners across multiple

industries drive business

results and meet energy

efficiency goals.

Building intelligence is

evolving through emerging technologies

in cloud computing, data analytics,

and intelligent field devices

– effectively merging the virtual and

real worlds within the built environment.

This shift provides an opportunity

to transform real estate assets

into active contributors to business

success. The solution addresses this

opportunity by delivering greater

transparency and flexibility to support

the decision making process

while creating greater efficiency and

cost savings to help impact the bottom


Siemens is integrating software

from IBM’s Watson IoT Business

Unit, including analytics and asset

management, into its cloud-based

Navigator energy and sustainability

management platform. This combination

will help benefit corporate

real estate customers in many ways,


• Corporate real estate owners

and operators will now be able to

leverage internal and external data

on Siemens’ Navigator platform to

benchmark building performance

and forecast operational budgets.

• Predictive analytics can be applied

for fault detection and diagnosis

so potential issues can be addressed

before anything happens.


• Text recognition and analytics

for utility invoice validation can

identify billing errors and enhance

data quality.

• Mobile applications can enable

energy audits and creation of audit

reports from anywhere.

“Of all the software solutions available

to corporate real estate owners

today, none leverage facility optimization

solutions from a service

provider like Siemens,” explained

Matthias Rebellius, CEO,

Siemens Building Technologies

Division. “By

interfacing our Navigator

platform with IBM’s

software, we can bring

Siemens’ proven expertise

in energy optimization

and building performance

together with

IBM’s real estate and asset management

systems to create an unrivaled

combination that will dramatically

improve the productivity of buildings.”

The Siemens Navigator platform

provides a customizable suite of

services that enables monitoring of

building system performance, energy

demand, and energy supply more

effectively and efficiently across a

single building, a campus, or an entire

real estate portfolio. With IBM’s

IoT technologies integrated into the

Oil, Gas, Electric Grid Monitoring

new Navigator platform, customers

will experience a user-friendly interface

and will benefit from more

advanced analytics capabilities as

well as the ability to process more

robust data sets from their real estate

portfolios. The Navigator platform

can also integrate with any system,

including the Siemens Desigo

CC building management system

and third party technologies. The

new Navigator functionality will

be rolled out in packages over the

coming years starting this year,

with releases in May and October.

“Connected ‘things’ – everything

from hospital beds, train

tracks, cars, buildings and more

– are generating massive amounts

of data that can be analyzed to

provide quick, actionable insights,”

said Harriet Green, General

Manager, Watson IoT, Education

& Commerce, IBM. “Siemens and

IBM are bringing together deep

knowledge of new efficiencies for

smarter buildings with advances in

cloud-based IoT to transform business

and society alike.”

“Our collaboration will form a

strong foundation for the development

of a greater ecosystem that will

support other providers to bring

improved functionality and innovations

to the services and solutions

we offer to our shared clients,” said

Matthias Rebellius.

The corporate real estate industry

is just beginning to scratch the surface

of advanced data analytics for

the purpose of producing consistent

results and enabling easier decisionmaking.

Operating costs account

for 71 percent of the total cost of

owning a building and real estate

is often the second largest expense

on the income statement for large

enterprise organizations. Building

owners and operators can now leverage

solutions across the entire

lifecycle of their real estate assets

to predict energy efficiency trends

and equipment availability issues in

advance, so that building operation

can be as reliable, cost-effective, and

sustainable as possible.

Siemens is making further significant

investments in Digitalization

and has developed the Sinalytics

platform for advanced, predictive


data analytics across its various

businesses. Siemens Building Technologies

is combining its analytics

capabilities and IBM software tools

for a next generation software platform

for energy management and

sustainability – Navigator, powered

by Sinalytics.

About Siemens Building Technologies

The Siemens Building Technologies

Division (Zug, Switzerland)

is the world leader in the market

for safe and secure, energy-efficient

and environment-friendly

buildings and infrastructures. As

technology partner, service provider,

system integrator and product

vendor, Building Technologies

has offerings for safety and

security as well as building automation,

heating, ventilation and air

conditioning (HVAC) and energy

management. With around 27,000

employees worldwide, Building

Technologies generated revenue of

approx. 6.0 billion Euro.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich)

is a global technology powerhouse

that has stood for engineering excellence,

innovation, quality, reliability

and internationality for more

than 165 years. The company is active

in more than 200 countries,

focusing on the areas of electrifica-

More on page 38

Oil & Gas sector needs long-term thinking to

achieve meaningful cost cuts, says industry

technical advisor DNV GL

JANUARY 25, 2016 – A majority

of senior oil and gas professionals

(56%) believe that the industry is

repeating the mistakes of previous

downturns and have concerns over

the loss of jobs and experience and

lack of efficiency, according to a new

report published today by DNV GL,

the leading technical advisor to the

oil and gas industry. A new phase

of cost management is needed, as

nearly three quarters (73%) of senior

oil and gas professionals globally

are preparing their company for

a sustained period of low oil prices.

According to A New Reality: the

outlook for the oil and gas industry

in 2016, a DNV GL report based on

a global survey of 921 senior sector

players1, cost management is the

top priority for 41% of respondents

in 2016. The top three measures prioritized

to impose stricter cost controls


• Tougher decisions on

capex, down from 44% in

2015 to 31% in 2016, suggesting

that opportunities

for further capex reductions

are limited.

• Prioritizing headcount


Elisabeth Tørstad,


reductions, up from 25%

last year to 31% in 2016,

signaling further job losses;


• Increasing pressure on the supply

chain, down from 31% in 2015

to 27% in 2016, indicating that suppliers

have been squeezed as much

as possible.

Elisabeth Tørstad, CEO of DNV

GL – Oil & Gas, says: “With the low

oil price, the industry has

taken painful short-term

cost-cutting measures by

reducing the capex and

headcount and squeezing

the supply chain.

Although 74% say they

achieved their cost-efficiency

targets last year and

65% believe the industry

will be successful in cutting costs

in 2016, not all parts of the sector

have been able to achieve lasting

lower cost levels during downturns.

To prevent repeating past mistakes,

real change is needed now - cutting

complexity, increasing collaboration

and driving standardization.

These measures will enable the industry

to adjust to the new reality

and put it on a sustainable growth

path for the long-term.”

There are some promising signs

that the industry is adopting longerterm

thinking on cost management:

Oil, Gas, Electric Grid Monitoring

six in ten (61%) respondents agree

that operators will increasingly

push to standardize their delivery

globally, up from 55% in 2015 and

52% in 2014.

Even in the current price environment,

49% say their company is

taking a long-term approach to innovation

and R&D. However, nearly

one in five companies (18%) does

not have a strategy in place to maintain

innovation. The most common

strategy for maintaining innovation

with lower budgets is to increase

collaboration with other industry

players (45%). Nearly one in three

(30%) plans greater involvement in

joint industry projects in the year


“Innovation and collaboration are

even more important in this current

price environment. It isn’t just about

finding the breakthrough technologies

– although that’s important too

– it’s also about making things simpler

and more efficient and ultimately

helping the industry to safely cut

costs. At DNV GL, we are continuing

to invest 5% of our revenue in

R&D as we see this as a key enabler

for sustainable long-term competitiveness,”

continues Tørstad.

The greatest barriers to growth

in 2016 are the low oil price (63%),

weak global economy (42%), uneconomic

gas prices (21%) and growing

regulatory burden (11%). Access to

Energy industry veteran Stephen

Trippe named Interim Chair of

Quantum Technology Sciences

Continued from page 34

forward to helping write the next

chapter of Quantum with their outstanding

team,” says Trippe.

About Quantum Technology


Quantum Technology Sciences

designs and sells intrusion detection

and surveillance solutions to

safeguard highly valued assets and

critical infrastructure. Founded in

1991, Quantum is the first security

and surveillance company to maintain

an awareness perimeter where

threats in the air, water and land are

detected, tracked, and classified in

real-time. The company’s seismicacoustic

detection solutions have

won consecutive ASIS Accolades innovation

awards in 2014 and 2015.

capital (16%) has also become more

prominent in 2016.

Download a complimentary

copy of A New Reality: the outlook

for the oil and gas industry in 2016



Siemens and IBM team on next

generation of cloud-based building

energy management solutions

Continued from page 36

tion, automation and digitalization.

One of the world’s largest producers

of energy-efficient, resource-saving

technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in

offshore wind turbine construction,

a leading supplier of gas and steam

turbines for power generation, a

major provider of power transmission

solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure

solutions as well as

automation, drive and software solutions

for industry. The company

is also a leading provider of medical

imaging equipment – such as computed

tomography and magnetic

resonance imaging systems – and

a leader in laboratory diagnostics

as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015,

which ended on September 30,

2015, Siemens generated revenue

of €75.6 billion and net income of

€7.4 billion. At the end of September

2015, the company had around

348,000 employees worldwide.

FAA announces nearly

300,000 operators sign on to

online drone registry

By Steve Bittenbender

As the Federal Aviation Administration’s

new online system for registering

small unmanned aircraft

reaches its one month anniversary,

federal officials announce that nearly

300,000 drone owners have come

on board.

In all, 295,306 owners registered

within the first 30 days, according

to the agency.

“The registration

numbers we’re seeing

so far are very

encouraging,” said

FAA Administrator

Michael Huerta.

“We’re working hard

to build on this early

momentum and ensure

everyone understands the registration


Owners of drones that weigh between

.55 pounds and 55 pounds

and use them for recreational purposes

are required to register. Any

new aircraft must be registered before

operators can fly it outdoors.

Drones that were in use prior to the

start of the registry must be registered

by Feb. 19.

Those who signed on during the

first month – between the dates of

Dec. 21 and Jan. 21 – received a refund

of their $5 application fee. Federal

officials announced the refund

initiative last month as an incentive

to encourage people to join early.

“I am pleased the public responded

to our call to register,” Department

of Transportation Secretary

Anthony Foxx said. “The National

Airspace System is a great resource

and all users of it, including (drone)

users, are responsible for keeping it


The registry came

into effect after a

panel of industry

experts and government


came together late

last year to generate

ideas on regulating

the aerial vehicles,

which have exploded in popularity

in recent years. Operators flew

about 200,000 drones in 2014, and

federal officials expected more than

1.5 million of the remote controlled

planes to be planes to be flown last


As the number of drones increased,

so too did the number of

complaints about them interfering

with other aircraft. Pilots and other

officials lodged more than 1,100

complaints in the first 10 months

of 2015, representing a more than


five-fold increase from the previous

year’s totals. Complaints include pilots

in New York and Denver saying

they saw drones fly near their plane

as they approached the runway. A

drone also flew into the University

of Kentucky’s 60,000-seat football

stadium, where it crashed into a

pane of glass prior to the start of a

game last September. No one was

injured, but authorities charged the

student who flew the drone with

second degree wanton endangerment.

The registry currently applies to

drone owners who use their aircraft

solely for recreational purposes.

They do not need to pay a fee for

each drone they own, but they must

affix the unique identifier they received

on each drone upon completing

the registration process. The

registration is valid for three years.

Owners need to register their

drones at

They must enter their name as

well as their mailing, physical and

email addresses. The owner who

registers the aircraft must be at least

13 years of age.

Owners who fail to join the registry

subject themselves to possible

civil and criminal penalties.

The FAA did not include drone

operators who use their machines

for commercial purposes on the

registry for the initial rollout. Instead,

federal officials plan to have

commercial operators register online

by the middle of March.

Coming Attractions – 2016

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Technology Focus:


Market Focus:

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Guest Expert

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Technology Focus:

Video Surveillance

Market Focus:


Port Security


Guest Cyber Expert

May Digital

Technology Focus:

Satellite Communications

Market Focus:

Law Enforcement/

Public Safety

Plus Education Profile

June Digital

Technology Focus:

Disaster Preparation

And Response

Market Focus:


Municipal Security


Guest Cyber Expert

July Print

Technology Focus:

Perimeter Protection/

Intrusion Detection

Market Focus:




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