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EC-Council Hosts SmartCities Event

EC-Council Hosts SmartCities Event

EC-Council has been the world s leading information security certification body since the launch of their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

This was an important event for New Mexico. It was timely, informative and necessary.

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB)

The New Mexico Technology Council s[1] Smart Cities event, hosted by information security leader EC-Council[2], focused on building Smart Cities in New Mexico and included a panel of IT experts and stakeholders from around the state, moderated by veteran Albuquerque journalist Gene Grant. The sold-out event also featured a panel of speakers voicing concerns and ideas for New Mexico s tech community. The panelists represented a range of perspectives and included Larry Worstell, Former Acting City of Santa Fe and ITT Director and Infrastructure Services Manager; Peter Ambs, CIO, City of Albuquerque; and Bruce Oakeley, Deputy CIO, NMDOT. Eric Lopez, EC-Council s VP, said, EC-Council is proud to host the Smart Cities[3] conference and impressed by the leadership and innovation shown by the New Mexico Tech Council. Gene Grant, the Building Cities of the Future Insights from our Community CIO s panel moderator, said, I can’t express enough how perfect this event was for me not only as a moderator of the panel but as an attendee. This was an important event for New Mexico. It was timely, informative and necessary. After the panel presentation, there were four breakout sessions all throughout the EC-Council building presented by speakers from CheckPoint, the City of Las Vegas, AT&T, Deloitte, and the New Mexico Department of Information Security, among others. The breakout sessions focused on information security, sensor technology, IoT, how smart cities can enhance public safety, and other topics. A particularly resonate topic was presented by Michael Sherwood[4], Director of Technology and Innovation for the City of Las Vegas. Sherwood spoke on the importance of innovation in achieving smart city status and how that model has serviced Las Vegas financially.

The closing presentation was delivered by Denise Lee, Senior Manager, Deloitte Advisory. Lee s talk, entitled Deloitte s 360 ‘ Smart City Framework: From Vision to Reality, the true value of attaining smart city status. Lee stressed that, The result is an urban center that not only leverages technology to improve its own operations, but connects with citizens, business, and non-profits in new ways. About EC-Council

EC-Council has been the world s leading information security certification body since the launch of their flagship program, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), which created the ethical hacking industry in 2002. Since the launch of CEH, EC-Council has added industry-leading programs to their portfolio to cover all aspects of information security including EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), among others. EC-Council Foundation, the non-profit branch of EC-Council, created Global CyberLympics, the world s first global hacking competition. EC-Council Foundation also hosts a suite of conferences across the US and around the world including Hacker Halted, Global CISO Forum, TakeDownCon, and CISO Summit. For more information about EC-Council, please see[5].

About New Mexico Technology Council

The New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) is a member-driven association of businesses, organizations and tech professionals working together to promote the growth and success of New Mexico s technology business sectors. We believe our technology community is the catalyst for inspiration and leadership that transforms our state into a world-center for business innovation, creative thinking, community involvement and educational support.

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Planet Hollywood security guard tackled Times Square driver

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – Ken Bradix runs security at Planet Hollywood, less than a block away from where Richard Rojas bailed out of his crashed car and tried to make a break for it.

“I turned around, I saw a car driving down 7th Avenue on the sidewalk and it was smoking,” he said. “[The driver] was screaming — no particular words — but he was screaming and flailing his arms in all kinds of directions.”

Bradix ran to the middle of the street and he and a traffic agent tackled Rojas to the ground while cops raced over to cuff him. He said Rojas seemed like he was on something.

He said that after the disturbed man was hauled away and he took a walk up the street the horror of what just happened sank in. He said he saw a couple of people on the ground while FDNY medics tended to them.

“As far as what I’ve seen today, I can’t really describe it in words,” Bradix said. “I can show you through feelings but I can’t say in words.”

Bradix said he did what anyone else would do. But in those nightmare moments, when he didn’t know what was going to happen next, he didn’t think of his own life.

“It was somewhat of a knee-jerk reaction. I did what any civic-minded person would do,” Bradix said. “In short, I just wanted to do the right thing.”

The AP reported that Planet Hollywood said Bradix “selflessly and heroically took action, helping to stop the fleeing suspect.”

Coast Guard unloads 18.5 tons of cocaine

Coast Guard Unloads 18.5 Tons Of Cocaine (Photo by Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi)

NEW YORK (FOX5NY) – The Coast Guard unloaded approximately 18.5 tons of cocaine Thursday in Florida. The crew of the Hamilton offloaded the drugs, worth an estimated $498 million in Port Everglades.

The drugs were seized by U.S. Coast Guard cutters and a Royal Canadian Navy ship during 20 separate drug stops.

“The 18.5 tons of seized cocaine coming off our decks today is the product of partnerships and the collaboration of U.S. Southern Command, Joint Interagency Task Force-South, the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State and Justice, the Canadian Navy and many of our international maritime service partners,” said Capt. Scott Clendenin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton. The Coast Guard increased patrols in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off of Central and South America. During at-sea interdictions in international waters, a suspect vessel is initially located and tracked by allied military or law enforcement personnel. The interdictions, including the actual boarding, are led and conducted by U.S. Coast Guardsmen.

Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security are involved in the anti-drug efforts.

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