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Leidos and Fortinet Partner to Deliver Managed Security Services

RESTON, Va., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Leidos[1] (LDOS[2]), a global science and technology company, and Fortinet[3] (FTNT[4]) today announced they have signed a partnering agreement for Leidos to act as an expert service provider for the Fortinet Security Fabric portfolio of solutions. The agreement expands Leidos’ depth and breadth of existing managed security services offerings.

Leidos And Fortinet Partner To Deliver Managed Security Services

Leidos And Fortinet Partner To Deliver Managed Security Services

Through the partnership Leidos will be positioned as the largest managed security service provider (MSSP) organization that is authorized to offer FortiSIEM services to date. Ideally suited to serve Fortune 1000 and federal government customers, FortiSIEM services provided by Leidos combine the capabilities of Security Operations Centers and Network Operations Centers into a unified Security Information and Event Monitoring solution to provide actionable analytics and enables information technology to tightly manage network security, performance and compliance across their global infrastructures. The partnership also enables both Leidos and Fortinet to leverage technology and talent to remain agile and adaptable in a constantly changing cyber threat landscape.

“We are very pleased and excited to partner with Fortinet at a time when it is critical to have the right technologies and resources to combat a fluid cyber threat landscape,” said President of Leidos Cyber Inc., Bob Meindl. “Combing the Fortinet suite of technologies with Leidos’ cyber expertise allows us to provide comprehensive cybersecurity services to protect our customers in today’s threat environment.”

“The demands of today’s digital economy are driving increasingly complex networks that require advanced security technologies managed by exceedingly rare talent to defend. Addressing these challenges head-on, Fortinet’s high-performing, 3rd-party evaluated products significantly reduce complexity and increase security by using a Security Fabric that enables security solutions to work as a team, all under a single pane of glass in our Fortinet SIEM. Fortinet delivers broad, high-performance and automated security reinforced by our leading Service Provider enablement programs to ensure that enterprises have the best defenses, operated by the industry’s top security practitioners,” said Phil Quade, chief information Security Officer at Fortinet. “We’re excited to partner with Leidos and work together with their leading security professionals to protect our joint customers against an increasingly hostile threat landscape.”

Leidos and Fortinet are both also part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) program. MTIPS was developed to allow US Federal agencies to physically and logically connect to the public Internet and other external connections in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) Initiative.

About Leidos
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit[5].

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (FTNT[6]) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network – today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud or mobile environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 300,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Learn more at[7], the Fortinet Blog[8], or FortiGuard Labs[9].

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Jennifer Moffett, Leidos.


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Not male, VIP’s now demand female bodyguards

London [UK], Apr 23 (ANI): The trend’s changing. While earlier you would imagine a tall, big man with biceps as someone’s bodyguard, people these days are hiring women (average-sized women too) for their protection.

The reason is that huge stereotypical-looking bodyguards – technically called close protection, personal protection or executive protection officers (CPO/PPO/EPO) – actually draw attention to whomever is being protected.

Women, on the other hand, are more likely to be mistaken for nannies.

Baldwin is by no means a huge woman either and believes the ex-military look can be a disadvantage: “I remember the first job interview I had, when I was 20, I was up against another candidate who looked like GI Jane, all muscles and shaved head. And I got the job.

Since Baldwin became a PPO 13 years ago, the number of women in the industry has soared along with demand. She says that there’s been more interest from Muslim families in particular, “who might not want the women mixing too closely with men. And then there are the bathrooms – if you have a male bodyguard and a female client, that’s going to be an issue.”

But there are still relatively few female PPOs and not enough to satisfy demand, according to Neil Davis, a former army officer who runs a Glasgow-based security company called Horizon.

“Clients who might not want their children looked after by a man often specify a woman,” he told The Times. “These days, the good female PPOs can work all year round while men struggle to find jobs, especially as there has been an influx from eastern Europe competing for work. Such is the demand for women, they get paid more than the men at the moment.”

However, Davis says women have to be the whole package – not only do they need to be trained but they usually have to be fluent in one or two foreign languages and qualified in something like scuba diving or skiing.

David Cameron and Tony Blair both had female bodyguards, and Davis says there are certain advantages to using a female CPO when the client is male.

To illustrate his point, Davis gives the example of when things start kicking off in a bar or pub: “If a man steps up to confront [your client] then the situation can escalate.

“If a woman does it, the aggression levels drop because, no matter how drunk they are, most men are conditioned to know it is wrong to hit a woman. A female PPO tends to be better at conflict resolution rather than making the situation worse.” (ANI)

Week in review: Blackhawks swept, flyers’ bill of rights, O’Reilly fired

Here are recaps of the week’s top stories (Sunday, April 16 through Friday, April 21) to catch you up on what’s been happening.

Blackhawks bow out of playoffs meekly

The top-seeded Blackhawks were bounced out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round by the Nashville Predators, who skated circles around them in a four-game sweep, punctuated by Thursday night’s 4-1 victory, reports Chris Hine[1]. It was the first time the Hawks were swept in a playoff series since 1993.

“We probably all thought it was going to go a different way,” winger Patrick Kane said. “Especially with the regular season you have. Coming into the playoffs, I think we felt pretty confident. So it’s disappointing. Shocked. I don’t know. It’s going to be a long summer, for sure.”

On Monday, the Blackhawks saw their season pushed to the brink when they blew a two-goal lead[2] in the third period and lost to the Predators, 3-2, in overtime to fall behind 3-0 in the series, reports Chris Hine. The Blackhawks’ offense could never get untracked[3] in the series, managing only three goals against goalie Pekka Rinne[4].

Coach Joel Quenneville blamed himself[5] for the Blackhawks’ lack of intensity: “There’s a certain level come playoff time you have to get to, and we didn’t find it. That’s on me.”

The sweep exposed the Blackhawks as a “traveling Stanley Cup museum exhibit,” writes Steve Rosenbloom[6], who suggests the team needs to get younger and faster next year.

Bulls stun Celtics twice in Boston, lead series 2-1

The Bulls squeaked into the NBA playoffs on the final day, but it appears a different team is taking the court now. On Tuesday, the Bulls stunned the Celtics for a second straight game on the road, winning 111-97 to go up 2-0 in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, reports K.C. Johnson[7]. On Sunday, Jimmy Butler and Robin Lopez led the Bulls to a 106-102 victory in the opener[8].

But things just got harder for the Bulls, who learned on Friday that Rajon Rondo, whose late-season resurgence helped get them in the playoffs, will be out indefinitely with a fractured right thumb, Johnson reports[9]. The Celtics rebounded when the series shifted to Chicago, however, taking Game 3[10], 104-87.

In other sports news:

Ex-Patriot kills himself: Former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez, serving life in prison for murder and recently acquitted in a double slaying, hanged himself in his cell Wednesday, authorities said[11].

Steroid use suspension: Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended[12] for 80 games for steroid use, dealing a devastating blow to the team’s playoff chances.

Cubs rings: The Cubs said a decision to require some recipients of World Series rings to offer them back to the team for $1 before selling them was made to keep the rings off eBay and maintain their value, writes Paul Sullivan[13].

Thousands in Illinois brought to U.S. illegally as children face uncertain future

About 96,000 Illinois residents may quality for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which began in 2012 under President Barack Obama for people brought into the U.S. illegally as children. But many immigrant organizations fear President Donald Trump will dismantle DACA or use information collected by it to deport people, reports Nereida Moreno[14].

Illinois has the nation’s fourth-largest number of DACA recipients, with nearly 42,000 approved for the program. Many lawyers are recommending caution for residents who are considering signing up for the program.

“If you already have DACA, there’s not additional risk to renew it because the government already has your information,” said Erendira Rendon, director of national partnerships with the Pilsen-based Resurrection Project. “But if it’s the first time, you should seek legal consultation to weigh the risks.”

In other Chicago-area news:

Blagojevich denied again: A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the corruption conviction and 14-year prison sentence for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his last real chance of winning a new trial or sentence reduction, reports Jason Meisner[15].

Lobbying review expanded: The Chicago Board of Ethics expanded a review into potential lobbying violations, saying there is probable cause that eight more people broke the laws in actions revealed in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s personal emails, Bill Ruthhart reports[16].

ID plan approved: Emanuel’s plan to create a municipal identification card for undocumented immigrants was easily approved by the City Council on Wednesday, reports John Byrne[17].

Ethics change rejected: The City Council rejected a controversial bill that would have exempted independent contractors working for aldermen from city ethics rules, report Hal Dardick and John Byrne[18].

EPA visits East Chicago: EPA boss Scott Pruitt and other federal officials toured East Chicago on Wednesday and one official said there are no plans to close the Chicago regional office, reports the Post-Tribune’s Craig Lyons[19]. More than 100 protesters rallied as Pruitt met with elected leaders, reports Javonte Anderson[20].

Wrongful death verdict: A jury awarded the mother of a black teen fatally shot by a Chicago police officer $350,000 in damages in a wrongful death suit on Tuesday, reports Jason Meisner[21].

Legal pot?: A panel of Illinois lawmakers held hearings on Wednesday on a proposal to make marijuana use legal in the state, the first in a series of hearings on how to craft the law, reports Robert McCoppin[22].

Fresno gunman targeted whites, police say

A gunman suspected of killing three random white men in downtown Fresno on Tuesday laughed as he explained his motives to police, authorities said on Wednesday[23]. Police say that after Kori Ali Muhammad found out he was wanted in the slaying of a security guard a week earlier, he wanted to kill as many other white men as he could.

Suspect in Facebook slaying kills himself, police say

Steve Stephens, who police say randomly killed an elderly man in Cleveland and posted video of the shooting on Facebook on Sunday, shot himself to death in his car[24] on Tuesday during a police chase. In the chilling video, Stephens told Robert Godwin Sr., who was collecting aluminum cans, the name of his girlfriend, saying “She’s the reason that this is about to happen to you,” before gunning the victim down. After a two-day manhunt, employees at a McDonald’s[25] outside Erie, Pa., recognized the suspect and called police while Stephens waited for his order at the drive-through.

In other nation and world news:

Paris police attacked: A gunman fired at police on Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard on Thursday night, killing one police officer[26] and wounding three other people before being killed by police. Islamic State took credit for the attack.

Runoff in Georgia: A special election[27] to fill the U.S. House seat of Tom Price in Georgia turned into a referendum on President Trump, with millions pouring in from out-of-state donors to help Democrat Jon Ossoff. Ossoff fell a few percentage points short of an outright victory in the 18-candidate race and will face Republican Karen Handel on June 20.

American freed: Aya Hijazi, a U.S. citizen and charity worker who was jailed for three years in Egypt before her recent release, returned home to the United States[28] after Trump worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure her freedom.

Arkansas execution: After a flurry of legal challenges this week, Arkansas conducted its first execution since 2005, putting Ledell Lee to death[29] shortly before midnight Thursday.

Tennessee teacher arrested: More than a month after a 50-year-old teacher disappeared with one of his students, sparking a nationwide manhunt, the girl was found safe[30] at a California commune and the teacher was arrested.

Stepping down: Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz[31], the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he will “not be a candidate for any office in 2018.”

More power for Erdogan: Trump called to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, a day after a contested referendum[32] greatly expanded Erdogan’s power.

A bill of rights for air travelers?

A coalition of business flyers is supporting a congressional effort to pass an air travelers bill of rights in the wake of a passenger being dragged by security off a United Airlines plane at O’Hare International Airport, writes Robert Reed[33]. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., cited the ouster of Donald Dao from his seat when he introduced a new Airline Passenger Bill of Rights, which would restrict airlines’ ability to bump passengers to fly employees or elite-level flyers. The Business Travel Coalition, which boasts more than 300 corporate travel members, supports the effort, saying the incident is likely “not a United Airlines problem alone.”

Despite the blowback over the incident, United CEO Oscar Munoz said that no one would be fired, reports Lauren Zumbach[34].

As far as the city of Chicago is concerned, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he doesn’t want to “prejudge” the future of the aviation police, while a thorough review is underway, reports John Byrne[35]. But on Wednesday, aldermen floated proposals to address the issue, including rolling the aviation police into the Chicago Police Department, reports Hal Dardick[36].

In other business news:

Caterpillar chooses Deerfield: The company bypassed Chicago, deciding to move its global headquarters from Peoria to north suburban Deerfield, reports Lauren Zumbach and Ally Marotti[37].

Trump in Kenosha: Trump pushed his “America First” message in a visit to Kenosha on Tuesday, where he signed an executive order aimed at discouraging employers from hiring low-wage workers from abroad, reports Rick Pearson[38]. Here’s what we know about Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” order, courtesy of Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz and Lauren Zumbach[39].

Ricketts bows out: Todd Ricketts, part of the billionaire family that owns the Cubs, has withdrawn from consideration for deputy commerce secretary, report Kathy Bergen and Katherine Skiba[40].

Illinois inauguration donors: Boeing gave $1 million to the record-breaking fundraising effort to pay for Trump’s inauguration. The company was among scores of Illinois donors, reports Katherina Skiba[41].

Good news for for-profit colleges: The rollback of Obama-era rules under the Trump administration may lead to a resurgence of the beleaguered for-profit college industry, report Robert Channick and Becky Yerak[42].

Bill O’Reilly ousted at Fox over harassment allegations

Fox News on Wednesday cut ties with longtime star Bill O’Reilly[43], host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” following multiple sexual harassment claims against him. O’Reilly has been under fire since a report in The New York Times that he and Fox News have paid $13 million in settlements[44] to accusers since 2002. Advertisers have been dropping their ads[45] from the show, the highest-rated in cable news, and O’Reilly announced he was taking a preplanned vacation[46] last week.

O’Reilly has no one to blame but himself, writes John Kass[47], and Mary Schmich details[48] the nine lessons we can learn from O’Reilly’s fall.

In other entertainment, lifestyles and dining news:

Riot Fest lineup: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Jawbreaker are headliners of the Riot Fest lineup announced on Wednesday, reports Greg Kot[49].

Fulton Market metamorphosis: Gone is the food-processing district that earned Chicago the name “hog butcher for the world.” In its place, after the restaurant invasion you will find Fulton Market, the Foodie Wonderland and the Tech Metropolis, writes Christopher Borrelli[50].

Silly Serena speculation: It didn’t take long from learning that tennis star Serena Williams[51] amazingly won the Australian Open while she was almost two weeks pregnant for the ridiculous speculation about her career to begin, writes Heidi Stevens[52].


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  2. ^ blew a two-goal lead (
  3. ^ offense could never get untracked (
  4. ^ Pekka Rinne (
  5. ^ Joel Quenneville blamed himself (
  6. ^ writes Steve Rosenbloom (
  7. ^ reports K.C. Johnson (
  8. ^ in the opener (
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  10. ^ taking Game 3 (
  11. ^ authorities said (
  12. ^ Starling Marte was suspended (
  13. ^ writes Paul Sullivan (
  14. ^ reports Nereida Moreno (
  15. ^ reports Jason Meisner (
  16. ^ Bill Ruthhart reports (
  17. ^ reports John Byrne (
  18. ^ report Hal Dardick and John Byrne (
  19. ^ reports the Post-Tribune’s Craig Lyons (
  20. ^ reports Javonte Anderson (
  21. ^ reports Jason Meisner (
  22. ^ reports Robert McCoppin (
  23. ^ authorities said on Wednesday (
  24. ^ shot himself to death in his car (
  25. ^ employees at a McDonald’s (
  26. ^ killing one police officer (
  27. ^ special election (
  28. ^ returned home to the United States (
  29. ^ putting Ledell Lee to death (
  30. ^ girl was found safe (
  31. ^ Rep. Jason Chaffetz (
  32. ^ contested referendum (
  33. ^ writes Robert Reed (
  34. ^ reports Lauren Zumbach (
  35. ^ reports John Byrne (
  36. ^ reports Hal Dardick (
  37. ^ reports Lauren Zumbach and Ally Marotti (
  38. ^ reports Rick Pearson (
  39. ^ courtesy of Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz and Lauren Zumbach (
  40. ^ report Kathy Bergen and Katherine Skiba (
  41. ^ reports Katherina Skiba (
  42. ^ report Robert Channick and Becky Yerak (
  43. ^ cut ties with longtime star Bill O’Reilly (
  44. ^ paid $13 million in settlements (
  45. ^ dropping their ads (
  46. ^ taking a preplanned vacation (
  47. ^ writes John Kass (
  48. ^ Mary Schmich details (
  49. ^ reports Greg Kot (
  50. ^ writes Christopher Borrelli (
  51. ^ tennis star Serena Williams (
  52. ^ writes Heidi Stevens (
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