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Safety products: Managed security services safeguard US electric grid

Safety Products: Managed Security Services Safeguard US Electric Grid

Safety products:[1] SEDC, a provider of utility software solutions for more than 40 years, now offers comprehensive managed security services (MSS) to utilities through its Atlanta-based cybersecurity operations center (SOC). The SEDC MSS provide utilities access to the highest level of cybersecurity professionals and 24/7 monitoring of engineering and operations, accounting and billing, and internet.

With the energy sector a common target of cyberattacks and utilities managing increasing volumes of sensitive customer payment and usage data, SEDC has invested significantly in R&D to innovate effective utility-centric approaches to security, said Greg Gray, SEDC s vice president of technical services.

In 2016, SEDC completed pilot projects with utilities of varied size, scope and network and engineering asset architectures. Today, the SEDC SOC serves these members and now offers enrollment to the more than 500 distribution utilities served by the SEDC family of companies, which includes SEDC, Futura Systems, ATS and Arista Information Systems.


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Trump’s team using laptop ban to force global airport security upgrades

President Trump’s national security team is using the threat of a ban on laptops on international flights to the United States to force airports around the world to upgrade their security.

“The bar will be raised much, much higher than it is today,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday during a national security forum on Capitol Hill. DHS has already prevented passengers flying to the United States from 10 Middle Eastern airports from carrying a laptop in the cabin of the plane. The ban was reportedly inspired by intelligence that terrorists from the Islamic State had learned to put bombs in laptops that could escape security detection. International airlines and businesses worry the ban will have significant economic costs, particularly if it’s expanded to cover European airports. That worry could motivate them to comply with Kelly’s security upgrades. “We the United States, the Department of Homeland Security are driving this effort and I believe, I don’t believe, I know, that routine security aviation worldwide will be raised to a much higher level,” he said.

Trump’s team has been accused of failing to explain the need for a laptop ban and neglecting the risk that the lithium laptop batteries, when stored together in the hold of a plane, could catch fire and cause a crash. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, however, defended Kelly’s security tactics.

“I’ve had the threat briefings,” the Texas Republican said. “The threat is real … they’ve gotten to the level of sophistication where I think you’re taking exactly the right precautions to protect Americans.”

Kelly said some of the new security policies will begin to be implemented in a matter of weeks, while others will be rolled out over several months or years.

“My desire is that all airports raise their minimum security to the level that we say it should be,” he said. “If they do then … travelers can travel with their electronics. If not, that’s their decision; we’ll simply ask them to not have large electronics travel in the passenger compartments.”

‘Allahu Akbar’; Cdn charged in cop’s stabbing at airport asked police why didn’t they kill him, complaint says

FLINT, Mich. A Quebec man entered an airport in Michigan on Wednesday, yelled Allahu akbar and stabbed a security officer in the neck, according to U.S. federal prosecutors who said they are investigating the incident as an act of terrorism. Amor Ftouhi, 49, was arrested shortly after the incident and was charged with committing violence at an airport, FBI special agent in charge David Gelios told a news conference. Gelios said the incident happened at 9:45 a.m. at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, about 80 kilometres northwest of Detroit.

Ftouhi entered the United States legally in Lake Champlain, N.Y., on June 16 and made his way to Flint on Wednesday morning, he said.

We do know Mr. Ftouhi entered the airport, he spent a little time on the first level, then he went upstairs he spent some time in the restaurant up there, Gelios said.

Then he came out, he was carrying baggage. He went into a restroom. He spent a little time in the restroom. Dropped both bags and came out, pulled out a knife, yelled Allahu akbar, and stabbed Lt. Neville in the neck. The criminal complaint[1] against him says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn t kill him. Lt. Jeff Neville with the Bishop International Airport police underwent surgery and his condition was upgraded from critical to stable, said Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw.

Ftouhi appeared in federal court later Wednesday and heard the charge against him. He will get a court-appointed attorney and court spokesman David Ashenfelter said he will remain in custody until a bond hearing next Wednesday. Authorities said there was no immediate indication Ftouhi was involved in a wider plot, but the investigation is in its early stages. The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed Neville with a large knife and declared Allahu akbar, the Arabic phrase for God is great. The FBI, which is leading the investigation, said Ftouhi said something similar to you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.

As we progress and take this matter to grand jury for indictment, other charges could be pending later on, Gelios said. It s an ongoing investigation, there are joint operations going on in Canada as we speak. We want to thank our Canadian partners who are helping us further investigate this attack.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called the incident a heinous and cowardly attack.

There is complete co-operation between the RCMP and other Canadian authorities and agencies with all of their counterparts in the United States and we will do everything we possibly can to assist in this matter, Goodale told reporters in Ottawa. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement he was proud of the swift response by authorities from both nations. He said the attack was being investigated as an act of terrorism and added it will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Canadian TV footage showed police escorting at least one person away from a four-storey Montreal apartment building where the suspect is believed to have lived. There was a significant police presence outside the building. City police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers with the department were assisting the RCMP in a search of the apartment. He said the FBI requested the search after the attack.

Meanwhile, witnesses in Flint described seeing the suspect led away in handcuffs by police, Neville bleeding and a knife on the ground.

The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck, Ken Brown told local media.

Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, told a local TV station she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing blank, just totally blank.

With files from The Associated Press


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