Video service Zoom taking security seriously: U.S. government memo

Zoom | April 07, 2020

Video conferencing company Zoom has been responsive to concerns over its software, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a memo recently distributed to top government cybersecurity officials and seen by Reuters. The memo - drafted by DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which screens software used by government bodies - sounded a positive note about the teleworking solution, which has been beset by security worries since the coronavirus outbreak drew in a flood of new stay-at-home users.

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European border guards face a wide variety of challenges ranging from the smuggling of cars and drugs to the counterfeiting of identity documents. Certain parts of the European Union border have also become 'hot spots' for irregular migration. In recent years the Greek-Turkish frontier and the south of Italy have become main entry points for irregular migrants from Africa and Asia. Tens of thousands of migrants have paid smugglers to help them get to the EU. When a country experiences these problems Frontex coordinates assistance for them from other EU member states. It does that by mustering their combined resources to launch a joint operation. All such operations follow the same cycle.

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European border guards face a wide variety of challenges ranging from the smuggling of cars and drugs to the counterfeiting of identity documents. Certain parts of the European Union border have also become 'hot spots' for irregular migration. In recent years the Greek-Turkish frontier and the south of Italy have become main entry points for irregular migrants from Africa and Asia. Tens of thousands of migrants have paid smugglers to help them get to the EU. When a country experiences these problems Frontex coordinates assistance for them from other EU member states. It does that by mustering their combined resources to launch a joint operation. All such operations follow the same cycle.

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Esri | July 13, 2021

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CIT Names Eduard Vernède as Managing Director for Defense and Government Services

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