Using Global Standards in Information Sharing: A Case Study from the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System

Recently, Kansas underwent an effort to modernize, standardize and integrate its Criminal Justice Information System. The following article shares the success of the effort and highlights the lessons learned. Through its work, the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System (KCJIS) is on its way to being a model implementation for national standards and full integration of justice information.

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Governors Cuomo And Christie Sign Bi-State Memorandum Of Understanding To Increase Security For New York And New Jersey

Amid new global responses to the threat of international terrorism, Governor Chris Christie and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today adopted protocols under which New Jersey and New York will immediately begin coordinating intelligence-gathering and information-sharing to defend our residents and bi-state transit infrastructures against acts of terrorism.  A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Governors comes nine days after they held a top-level security meeting in New York with national, state and local law enforcement and security heads to begin mapping out an improved, coordinated anti-terrorism plan.

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Federal Grant Focuses on Crime Fighting Data

As part of its Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $300,000 to Indiana University Northwest and the police departments of Gary, East Chicago and South Bend.

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National Cybersecurity Month: Experts and Analyst Comment on Recent Security Breaches

October 2014 marks the 11th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Scott Sacknoff of the SPADE Defense Index said, “With increasing publicity related to network attacks, an increasing number of companies are increasing their cybersecurity investments to be proactive rather than responsive to attacks. The proof of this trend can be seen as cybersecurity companies report gains in the size of their customer base as well as growth in the contracts awarded by the large, S&P100-type firms. One can expect firms such as Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, Cyber-Ark Software, Barracuda Networks, and Fortinet to be among those that should benefit.”

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Utica Tech Company Awarded $25 Million Government Contract

Quanterion Solutions, Inc. has been awarded a multi-year $25.3 million contract with the US Department of Defense. The contract is for operations for the Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center and support will include conducting analytical activities, preserving and expanding the knowledge base, and maintaining the information technology readiness and innovation potential to advance information sharing.

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U.S.-Japan Defense Industry Cyber Cooperation

While Washington has long considered the defense industry a critical part of the nation’s infrastructure, that has not been the case in Tokyo. Yet as Japan increases its defense exports in partnership with foreign defense industries, it is inevitable that more sensitive information will be shared between Japan and its partners. To counter future cyber threats, it is imperative that these partnerships develop strong information security protocols.

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Minister downplays missed deadline in Canada-U.S. pact

The public safety minister is downplaying the Conservative government’s failure to introduce a system to track the travel of potential terrorists, despite a deadline in a security pact with the United States that passed more than three months ago.

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New anti-terror laws will protect sources, increase information sharing

The federal Conservatives aim to increase information sharing between security agencies, as well as protect the identity of intelligence sources in court proceedings, with new terrorism laws expected later this month.

Downtown Columbus Special Improvement Districts and Briteforce Software Announce Information Sharing Partnership

Briteforce Inc., a technology firm specializing in next-generation solutions for police and security announced today that the company has signed an agreement with Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and Discovery Special Improvement District (SIDs) in downtown Columbus, Ohio.

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Open data sources can help localities prepare for disasters

States and local governments must improve their use of open-data sources to prepare for disasters, according to a trio of emergency management experts from academia, government, and the private sector. Experts agreed that public data reveals an increasing need for infrastructure upgrades in U.S. cities, but local governments tend to adopt short-term measures over long-term protections.

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