Cybersecurity Highlights First Ever United States-Colombia CCIB

first_imgBy Major Jay H. Anson, Deputy Chief, Cyber Security Division; and David Morton, Deputy Chief, Theater Engagement Division, U.S. Southern Command   July 07, 2016 Earlier in June, U.S. Army Colonel Jonathon R. Moelter, chief of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Communications Systems Directorate (J-6) and co-chairman to the U.S.-Colombia Command, Control, and Interoperability Board (CCIB), led a 13-member U.S. delegation to Bogota, Colombia and the first ever U.S.-Colombia CCIB. Eleven years in the making, the U.S.-Colombia CCIB was a week-long forum that allows the United States and partner nations to articulate and validate command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) operational requirements that meet mutually agreed theater cooperation goals and strategies. The talks are designed to improve interoperability of operational forces by defining requirements, exchanging information on C4ISR initiatives, and resolving problems and shortfalls in a timely manner. The inaugural U.S.-Colombia CCIB focused on Cyberspace Operations and on improving the Colombian Armed Forces’ ability to defend against cyberattacks. A cybersecurity assessment team composed of Defense Information Systems Agency reviewers and SOUTHCOM Cybersecurity staff conducted a training exercise simultaneously with Colombia’s Cyber Command that closely mirrored the U.S. Cyber Command’s Command Cyber Readiness Inspection for U.S. Global Combatant Command networks. Subject matter experts from both the United States and Colombia provided several briefings on cyber defense in depth, cyber incident handling, and a variety of lessons learned and best practices. It is worth noting that 33 action items covering cybersecurity initiatives, educational exchange programs, and aviation platforms were proposed, reviewed, and validated. “The CCIB is a forum that results in action and not just the usual talks.” Col. Moelter said. “It is an excellent opportunity to unite efforts jointly and prove that SOUTHCOM is the partner of choice for Colombia and the region.” In a recent testimony to the U.S. Congress, the SOUTHCOM Commander, Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, highlighted Colombia’s importance in the region. “With the blood and treasure that they have already sacrificed, with all that they continue to do to export security across the region, the Colombian people have more than earned our sustained support,” said the Admiral. Convened by direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CCIB is a bilateral, multi-agency, and multidisciplinary forum for addressing combined interoperability initiatives on a mutually agreeable basis and stems from a September 2004 Communications and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) between the United States and Colombia. The CISMOA provides the legal framework and mechanism for long-term transfer and safeguarding of Communications Security (COMSEC) products, information, and configuration management specifications necessary to establish and enhance long-term strategic partnerships and mutual C4ISR interoperability requirements when developed and agreed by the bilateral CCIB co-chairs. During the closing ceremony, Brigadier General Oscar Alberto Quintero González, Colombian co-chairman and Joint Staff Director of Command and Control (J8), noted, “Relationships and the exchange of information are extremely important to strengthening interoperability in command and control, cyber defense, and communications. Colombia will remain proactive and prove the CCIB process works.” A follow-on U.S.-Colombia CCIB is scheduled for November 2016.last_img read more

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‘Embracing everybody’ – Commonwealth boss signals Games rebranding

first_img“I think every other event should be trying to do the same so they have to make the programme, they have to look at scheduling and make sure that the male events don’t dominate the female events.“So we’ve managed it and other sports can do it too.”Netball level ?Unreal atmosphere here.#GC2018 #ShareTheDream pic.twitter.com/rD2hdnJ5u1— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 15, 2018– Duel in the Pool –The Games also featured their first transgender athlete, New Zealand weightlifter Lauren Hubbard, who was warmly welcomed by the crowd and also endorsed by organisers.“As far as I’m concerned we’re fully inclusive,” Martin said.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise MartinGold Coast, Australia | AFP | Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin urged all multi-sports tournaments to follow its lead and have equal medals for men and women as she insisted the competition still had a role in the modern era.Martin said a rebranding exercise is under way for the Olympic-style event, which started as the British Empire Games in 1930 but is now keen to stress its promotion of “humanity, equality and destiny”.The just-concluded Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia had medal equality between men and women for the first time and a para-competition was integrated into the main programme.Hands up who loved the #GC2018TableTennis competition?! So many great moments! #SHARETHEDREAM Presenting Partner Table Tennis @Longines pic.twitter.com/KrwWWudpEq— Gold Coast 2018 (@GC2018) April 15, 2018Asked about the image of the Games as a relic from bygone times, Martin told AFP: “Those who come from that era still think of it like that but now where we are in the modern Commonwealth, we are moving forward and we’re embracing everybody.“We’re becoming more relevant than we’ve ever been before and what we’re trying to do is ensure that everybody else in the world sees exactly what we’re trying to do,” she said in an interview.“(We promote) our values of humanity, equality and destiny and encourage everybody else to do the same.”Martin said other multi-sports events should also shift to medal parity between men and women, although this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had a record number of women and close to a 50-50 split between the sexes.“Wake up, we’re all in this together,” she said, asked about the importance of having an equal number of medals.last_img read more

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Duo weigh in ahead of title showdowns

first_imgGeorge Groves and Steve O’Meara have both weighed in ahead of their Commonwealth title fights on Saturday night.Hammersmith’s Groves is defending his super-middleweight crown against former world champion Glen Johnson at the ExCel London.Also on the bill is O’Meara’s clash with unbeaten Liverpudlian Liam Smith for the vacant title at light-middleweight.Johnson has faced a number of top fighters, including Bernard Hopkins and Britain’s world champion Carl Froch. The wily Jamaican pulled off a shock win over American superstar Roy Jones in 2004.A victory would move Groves a step closer to a world title shot.Groves came in well under the 12st-stone limit at 11st 12lbs 14oz and Johnson, who has previously operated at light-heavyweight, was 11st 13lbs 6oz.O’Meara, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, has a reputation as a technical boxer but has won his last three fights with early knockouts.He was well inside the 11-stone light-middleweight limit at 10st 12lbs 12oz, while Smith scaled 10st 13lbs 6oz.West London Sport will have live updates from the ExCel London during Groves and O’Meara’s title fights.See also:O’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleGroves believes he can stop JohnsonWatch the Groves v Johnson pre-fight press conferenceGroves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with FrochO’Meara ready to seize title chanceDeGale backs O’Meara to win titleWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inSteve O’Meara ‘excited’ as he prepares for his title clashWatch O’Meara and Smith weigh in ahead of their title fightJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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FFA membership continues to grow heading into National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National FFA Organization heads into the 2015 National Convention with a record number of members and the strong organization continues to grows stronger.FFA membership now stands at 629,367 students, up from 610,240 in 2014, an increase of 3%. The number of chapters grew from 7,665 in 2014 to 7,757 in 2015. The top five membership states are Texas, California, Georgia, Oklahoma and Missouri. Interest in FFA and agricultural education continues to grow, as membership has increased more than 20% since 2009-10.“FFA, through agricultural education, is preparing our youth to ensure the security of our country’s food, fiber and natural resources for years to come,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D. “Through real-world experiences, the nation’s agricultural educators are helping students develop the technical knowledge, skills and problem-solving capabilities to be the industry’s leaders of tomorrow. FFA continues to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.”Student membership was not the only thing that grew in 2015. National FFA Alumni membership also continued to grow, with 62,705 members this year, growing from 57,832 in 2014. FFA alumni play an important role in keeping agricultural education and FFA programs in local schools by providing both volunteers and financial support to local teachers.last_img read more

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic’s New URSA Mini OS and 4k Improvements

first_imgWith NAB 2016 rolling along, Blackmagic Design reveals this year’s list of new products and updates.At last year’s NAB, Blackmagic stole the show with their reveal of the URSA Mini. This year they’re back with some solid updates (mostly to the Mini) and major 4k improvements to old favorites. Highlights listed below:Blackmagic Duplicator 4kThis beast records high-quality H.265 onto 25 separate SD cards. Designed for the television production industry, the Duplicator 4k allows you to flip content instantly by recording in real time to all 25 cards. There’s even an option through a 12G-SDI input to daisy chain duplicators so you can keep adding extra capacity while still recording at the same time.Blackmagic Video Assist 4kThis new model Video Assist 4k allows for a 7-inch monitor and broadcast quality recorder to be added to any SDI or HDMI camera. The Assist 4k boasts additional aids such as peaking, focus zoom and a histogram, along with two analog audio inputs with phantom power that allow you to completely bypass camera audio.New URSA Mini Operating SystemThe URSA Mini gets a much-needed boost with a total redesign of its OS. For starters, you can now touch any setting on the LCD and adjust directly without going into the menus. Control of the iris has been tweaked to be more intuitive along with improvements to audio leveling. Probably the coolest update will be the new 3D lookup tables for the internal LCD and SDI output. This means you’ll be able to load custom color looks stored in the camera’s internal flash memory.DaVinci Resolve 12.5Resolve also gets a good kick up with a new variable speed curve integrated with retime controls and the addition of metadata in the edit page. With the metadata, there are a lot more compositing modes as well as new effects including dissolves, wipes and other transitions. Another big addition is a new audio waveform overlay in the source viewer for cutting against an audio track (which you couldn’t see before).For a full list of new products and updates, you can view the press releases at Blackmagic’s website — or watch an in-depth feature on them here.What do you think of Blackmagic’s products and updates from NAB 2016? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Rockets could be without Paul for four weeks — reports

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion He along with newcomers Luc Mbah a Moute and PJ Tucker were brought in to give superstar James Harden more support as the Rockets seek to challenge the Golden State Warriors’ hegemony in the Western Conference.Paul, who was hurt when he banged knees with Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers in a pre-season game, was hampered by the knee in Tuesday’s season-opening triumph over the Warriors.He scored just four points and handed out 11 assists and sat out the Rockets’ game at Sacramento the following night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It’s not a tear or something like that. It’s a bruise. We just have to make sure he’s 100 percent the next time he plays.“I don’t think there’s (concern). All indications are he should be OK.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the New York Times and ESPN were among the outlets reporting that Paul could be sidelined for a month. ESPN, citing unnamed sources, said the team had been making inquiries about acquiring a fill-in point guard.Nine-time All-Star Paul joined the Rockets in the off-season via a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets checks on referee Tre Maddox #73 after he fell during their NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on October 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPHouston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni downplayed the seriousness of point guard Chris Paul’s knee injury, but US media reported Friday he could miss up to four weeks.“It’s only a bump,” D’Antoni told reporters as he revealed Paul would sit out Saturday’s home opener against the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Back to square one View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

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PSL says Soltones fine sticks; PVL calls decision ‘absurd’

first_imgView comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nguyen ready for jeers as he fights hometown hero Folayangcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “I don’t see anything wrong with what Gretchel did. In fact she should be commended for helping in this fund-raising event by her participation,” said Ricky Palou, president of Sports Vision, which organizes the PVL.“The suspension and hefty fine on Soltones by the PSL officials is absurd and totally uncalled for,” Palou said in a statement. “In the first place, Soltones has no contract with the PSL. She is only on loan to the team of Iriga as her mother league is the PVL.”Palou added that the PVL All Star was scheduled at the start of the 2017 season, before Soltones agreed to play on loan for Team Iriga.Team Iriga could not vote during the deliberation.ADVERTISEMENT PSL representatives voted 7-0, upholding the league’s decision to ban and fine Soltones.Team Iriga, however, does not have a contract yet with Soltones, to the dismay of league officials who have imposed a rule on all teams to sign their players to a minimum of one year with a one-league rider in the contract, meaning players are not allowed to play outside of the PSL while they are under contract with their respective teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMinus the contract, it isn’t clear if Soltones herself would pay the fine or how the PSL plans to extract the sanction from the San Sebastian star.Soltones saw action in a one-game affair dubbed the PVL All-Star Game. The charity match was held to raise funds for the benefit of HERO Foundation. Philippine Superliga team owners unanimously voted to deny the appeal by Team Iriga to reconsider Grethcel Soltones’ one-year ban and P50,000 fine as penalties for playing in an unsanctioned match outside of the league.The decision was branded “absurd” by the Premier Volleyball League, where Soltones plays, saying the power-hitting star merely did her part to raise funds for a foundation established to raise scholarship funds for children of soldiers who gave up their lives in the line of duty.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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London Olympics: Coach Michael Nobbs happy with hockey team’s preparations

first_imgThe Indian hockey team had a longish workout under a clear sky at the Riverbank arena on Wednesday evening.Doubts were raised over the fitness of two key players – Sardar Singh and Ignace Tirkey. However, watching them stretch, train and play a short game, they looked quite comfortable on the blue turf.To someone watching the new turf for the first time, the colour is a bit jarring on the eye. But most changes in the field of play these days are being done with television in mind. Even though the fluorescent green ball travelled quite fast, the dark pink border around the turf again hit the naked eye.Coach Michael Nobbs was quite relaxed after practice when he spoke to Mail Today. “You have seen the entire team at practice and train, so it’s clear there are no fitness issues,” said Nobbs.In his view, the best 12 teams on planet are playing the men’s hockey competition at the Olympics. “It doesn’t matter whether you are back in the Olympic fold after eight years. What matters is the top teams are here and have done so after proper qualification. And India is one of them,” said Nobbs.The Riverbank stadium is a temporary structure and very different from the Capital’s National Stadium. The entire seating is on a temporary steel structure and the view is good.Talking about the weather, Nobbs wished it gets as hot as possible. “That’s the weather which should suit our boys,” feels Nobbs.As regards predictions, Nobbs wasn’t willing to be drawn into a deep conversation. “The first match is against Holland and you know what kind of a record they have in the last three Olympics. Then you have Germany, so it can’t get any tougher,” he said.advertisement”The team has to believe in itself and we will see. There are still a few days to go,” said Nobbs, who became a hero after India won the Olympic qualifier earlier this year. Meanwhile, penalty corner specialist Sardar Singh was also happy. “The turf is now playing better and the bounce is more even. The mood in the Indian camp is good,” he added.last_img read more

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Carnival Fantasy Passenger Medevaced off Louisiana

first_imgImage Courtesy: USCGThe United States Coast Guard medevaced a woman from the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship on May 2 while the vessel was some 40 nautical miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Louisiana.Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 6:20 am that a 53-year-old passenger was suffering from stroke-like symptoms aboard the cruise ship, operated by Miami-based cruise company Carnival Corporation.A Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was sent to the site, followed by a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew.The help arrived on scene at 9:04 am and hoisted the survivor and an accompanying nurse and transported both individuals to West Jefferson Hospital in Marrero, Louisiana.USCG informed that the survivor was reported in stable condition.last_img read more

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TSX finishes flat as energy and metals stocks fall oil prices unchanged

first_imgTORONTO – It was an especially flat day for Canada’s main stock index Friday, with the energy sector among major decliners despite oil prices continuing to hover around the US$50 mark.The S&P/TSX composite index squeaked out 0.31 of a point to advance to 15,173.03, as the October crude contract remained unchanged at US$49.89 per barrel.“We were hoping we’d see a bottom in energy stocks and they’d start acting better — that’s what the Canadian market needs because that’s the way the Canadian market is constructed,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.“But they’re not behaving as well as the commodity.”Levine attributed some of energy stocks’ woes to the rising loonie and a weakening greenback — “that’s because they sell energy for the most part in U.S. dollars,” he explained.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.09 US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.South of the border, it was another day of meagre gains and record highs for two of New York’s major indexes.The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 64.86 points to 22,268.34 on Friday, its fourth straight day of record highs, while the S&P 500 index was up 4.61 points to 2,500.23, its fourth day of reaching a new high since Monday.Meanwhile, the Nasdaq composite index gained 19.39 points to 6,448.47.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract declined $4.10 at US$1,325.20 an ounce.The October natural gas contract was down five cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU and the December copper contract gave back a penny at US$2.95 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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