From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: New global cybercime taskforce established
Date: Tue Sep 09 12:12:16 MDT 2014
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September 9, 2014


New global cybercime taskforce established


The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was recently launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol, the J-CAT, which is being piloted for six months, will coordinate international investigations with partners working side-by-side to take action against key cybercrime threats and top targets.

J-CAT will gather data on specific criminal themes from national repositories and from relevant government and private partners, and transform this raw data into actionable intelligence and propose targets and networks for investigations. It will cover all relevant areas like malware coding, testing, distribution, Botnets, Crime-as-a-Service, online fraud, intrusion and similar top-end crimes, according to Europol.  More 


FAA selects fuels for testing to get the lead out of general aviation fuel

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected four unleaded fuels for the first phase of testing at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center. The goal is for government and industry to work together to have a new unleaded fuel that reduces lead emissions for general aviation by 2018.

Shell and TOTAL, with one fuel each, and Swift Fuels, with two fuels, will now work with the FAA on phase-one testing, which will begin this fall and conclude in fall 2015.

"We're committed to removing harmful lead from general aviation fuel," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. "This work will benefit the environment and provide a safe and available fuel for our general aviation community."  More 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey to consumers that products bearing the label meet the program's standard to be safer for people and the environment.

"We want consumers to be able to easily find safer products that work well," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "The agency wants to hear from the American people on which designs will help people identify household cleaning and other products that are safer for families and the environment."  More

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) recently became the first in the world to actively manage and control more than 10,000 signalized intersections from a single traffic management center and one integrated system.

"To effectively manage the transportation demands of the largest city in the United States, we started with a vision that literally began in the 1980s. Today, that vision is coming to fruition," said Mohamad Talas, deputy director of System Engineering at NYCDOT. "After understanding the requirements, TransCore designed and installed an innovative system to fulfill our objectives."  More 


John Cohen

BlueLine Grid has announced that John Cohen, former Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has joined the company to help formulate and execute its Public Safety market strategy.

Cohen will work with CEO David Riker, Co-Founder Jack Weiss and the company's senior management to set the strategic direction, expansion and operation of BlueLine Grid's public safety solutions. BlueLine Grid provides mobile government communications with innovative features like the Grid directory of 22 million U.S. public employees, OpenBridge push-to-talk conferencing and Team Tracker, which allows agencies to locate and manage mobile employees.  More    

Vancouver, B.C.-based Viscount Systems, a provider of IT-based security software and services, has announced that it has been awarded additional contracts to secure U.S. Federal Government facilities in Washington, D.C. and Ohio for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

"We are proud of our continued collaboration with our Federal System Partners. With the Freedom Access Control solution recently approved as fully FICAM-compliant, our product line meets the security and interoperability specifications outlined within the FICAM testing process, ensuring a strong value proposition," said Dennis Raefield, CEO and president, Viscount Systems. "Our solid execution of delivering high-caliber security solutions that meet and exceed rigorous security requirements enables us to be well-positioned for aggressive growth."  More 

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