HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A GOP-proposed bill currently sitting in the state House is raising questions about who should be responsible for keeping Pennsylvania students safe. It would give districts the option to let trained teachers carry firearms at school. Indiana County School District Superintendent Dale Kirsch said in his mind, the issue of whether it’s appropriate to arm teachers comes down to available resources. Currently, he said his district has one armed guard for its high school, but no security in its middle school or four elementary schools.
“I’d feel better if we had armed security in each building, versus having armed teachers,” he said. “But without the funding for armed security, at least arming teachers would give us an option.”
Kirsch plans to apply for a state security funding grant through the state’s existing Safe School Initiative, for which his district recently became eligible. He noted, however, it’s unlikely to cover all six of the district’s buildings. Governor Tom Wolf and other opponents of the plan argue school security is safer when it’s up to the state.
Wolf said while he’d veto the GOP bill, he supports allocating more money to the Safe School Initiative.
He’s at odds with at least the House on that point though. The chamber’s budget proposal slashes funding for the initiative–eliminating all of the approximately $8.5 million dollars it was allocated this year.
RESTON, Va., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Leidos (LDOS), a global science and technology company, and Fortinet (FTNT) 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.
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.
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 www.Leidos.com.
Fortinet (FTNT) 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 http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.
Jennifer Moffett, Leidos.
Richard Leguil, WJON
ST. CLOUD During the attack on the Crossroads Center last fall, one off-duty Avon Police Officer stopped the attacker before he could claim more victims. Officer Jason Falconer was honored Monday night by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. Avon Police Chief Corey Nellis says he couldn t ask for a better person to be in Officer Falconer s place that night.
I ve said it many times, I couldn t ask for a better person to be in that place. Jason is pretty humble, he tries to avoid the spotlight, says any officer would do what he did, but I know wholeheartedly that not even all officers carry weapons off-duty. So not all officers would even put themselves in the position to respond the way Jason did. Chief Nellis says the feeling of seeing Officer Falconer honored by the Chief s Association was incredible.
It was an amazing night, it s always an amazing night but to have Jason recognized as Officer of the Year by our Chief s Association is incredible, he certainly deserves it.
Chief Nellis added that Officer Falconer absolutely saved lives that night. The night of the attack, Dahir Adan dressed in a security guard uniform walked into Crossroads Shopping Center just after 8 before stabbing ten people. Officer Falconer, off-duty and shopping at the time, engaged and killed Adan.