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19 Nov 08. India has flexed its maritime muscles by destroying a pirate boat in the Gulf of Aden as part of an international effort to combat a rising tide of hijacks of merchant shipping. An Indian frigate sunk a pirate vessel on Tuesday night after the pirates threatened to attack, the navy said on Wednesday. The encounter is the second this month in which Indian forces have repulsed pirates in the area. (Source: FT.com)
19 Nov 08. Raytheon Company was awarded a Department of Homeland Security contract to develop a Stand-Off Warning Against Radiological Materials (SWARM) technology. The first phase of this effort is an eight-month contract for $764,000 managed by DHS’ Domestic Nuclear Detection Office under the Exploratory Research in Nuclear Detection Technology Program. It is the first of a five-phase development program worth $2.9 million if all options are exercised.
17 Nov 08. Global Secure Systems, the leading IT security consultancy, says the continuing effects of the credit crunch will drive companies towards the benefits of Cloud Computing. According to Hobson, although Cloud Computing allows companies to enjoy economies of scale, smaller and regular payments – instead of a large upfront cost, and zero-hardware when it comes to their data storage facilities, the security landscape is quite different. Reworking the IT security resource for the Cloud Computing environment, he says, can be a tricky task for company IT managers, because the traditional approach of firewall + anti-malware + network monitoring does not apply. You are, says Hobson, moving into a situation where the integrity of data is in the hands of a third party and, as such, should be checked and verified before that data is used or moved back – even on a temporary basis – inside the company network perimeter, or on to mobile computing device such as a laptop or PDA. (Source: Business4Media.com)