VA Awards Contract for Independent Assessment of Health Care to Non-Profit Firm


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VA Awards Contract for Independent Assessment of Health Care to Non-Profit Firm
10/02/2014 10:07 AM EDT

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers, has been awarded a contract to support the Independent Assessment of VA health care processes, as required by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (‘Choice Act’). MITRE Corporation will serve as program integrator.

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Fighting Crime With Google Glass in Dubai by Lance Ulanoff of Mashable


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Policeman and detectives in Dubai are about to get some high-tech, wearable help in the fight against crime. Dubai’s police department plans to distribute Google Glass to law enforcers, according to a report.

As part of a plan to make Dubai’s police force the “smartest in the world” by 2018, according to Reuters, the police department in the country wants to equip beat officers — and eventually, its detectives — with Google Glass running customized facial recognition software.

Google Glass, which offers a tiny, computer powered heads-up display that can deliver news, directions, search and other information powered by Google Glass apps, has not quite taken the world by stormAt $1,500, it’s well out of the range of most affordable portable consumer electronics. Read more…

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‘Secrets of Grindea’ Will Satisfy Your Old-School RPG Cravings by Matt Silverman of Mashable


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Secrets of Grindea is a 2D action RPG, reminiscent of Super Nintendo classics like Secret of Mana and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. But its endearing pixel art style belies a deep skill and talent system that forces you to make hard choices between specialization and balance.

In our new gaming series What to Play, we take the beta version for a spin. The game is not finished, but you can purchase the beta for $15 and receive all the updates as they’re implemented

What to Play is a weekly show where Mashable writers kick the tires of promising new video games and let you decide if they’re worth playing. If you want more hands-on gameplay footage of up-and-coming titles, be sure to subscribe to Mashable Gaming on YouTube for a new video every week. Read more…

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Elon Musk Teases Tesla’s ‘D’ and the Internet Has a Field Day by Jason Abbruzzese of Mashable


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Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, gave a sneak peek at a new car on Wednesday night on Twitter, and his wording led to a few giggles.

The Tesla Model D is expected to be the newest car in the company’s lineup, joining the flagship Model S sedan and the upcoming Model X SUV. The company is also preparing its Model 3 in an attempt at offering a cheaper, mass-market automobile.

Musk tweeted a picture of the front of a car, adding that the company also has “something else” brewing.

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Details about the D, however, are scarce. CNET’s Tim Stevens, who is currently reporting from the Paris Auto Show, said the D was nowhere to be seen. Read more…

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Most Security Pros Expect APT Attack in Next Six Months


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Most Security Pros Expect APT Attack in Next Six Months

More than half of IT security professionals think they will be hit by a state-sponsored attack in the next six months, with 48% not confident their staff could spot the presence of a hostile intruder, according to new research.

Security firm Lieberman Software interviewed over 100 attendees at this year’s Black Hat USA conference to get their views on state-sponsored attacks.

However, despite 59% believing they are set to be attacked, the number who have no confidence in their IT department to deal with the threat dropped from 52% last year, indicating that security professionals are slightly more confident in their ability to deflect such attacks.

What’s more, the number who thought the US was “losing the battle against state-sponsored attacks” dropped from 58% in 2013 to just 44% this time around.

Tellingly, the volume of respondents who believe their organizations security products and processes can keep up with new and emerging threats dropped from 57% last year to 41% this year.

On the one hand it could be interpreted as heartening that more security professionals at least have the awareness that current systems are not up to the fight against a determined targeted attack.

Whether they have the resources or inclination to do anything about it, of course, is another matter.

This could also be aligned with the stat that 58% said they could not be confident their network had never been breached by a state-sponsored attacker or APT.

However, Lieberman Software EMEA director, Roy Duckles, warned that if companies “think” they might have been breached, they probably have been.

“The effect of a breach is often silent, in that a company has no way of knowing who has been in their network, for how long and what has been taken,” he told Infosecurity.

The answer is to invest in non-traditional tools such as file integrity management, logging and SIEM to improve detection and give them a clearer view of their risk profile.

“The three structures of IT Security used to be 'prevention', 'detection' and 'remediation'. However, with prevention an almost impossible task due to the very nature of the way IT is used today, it now falls down to 'detection' as the best way to protect systems,” he added.

“Mandiant pointed out that 100% of breaches that it monitored in 2014 had up-to-date anti-virus software, almost ineffective against APTs. This isn’t to say that companies should stop ‘putting the locks on the doors’ with well-designed and effective security perimeter infrastructure, but they should ensure that if prevention fails they have real-time monitoring to alert them to the fact that their security has been compromised.”

7th Annual Veterans Day 5k Race/Walk


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7th Annual Veterans Day 5k Race/Walk
10/02/2014 09:51 AM EDT

Race is open to all ages and skill levelsVA Connecticut Healthcare System invites the community to show your support by joining us for the 7th Annual Veterans Day 5k Walk/Run on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at our West Haven campus.

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Male Breast Cancer: A Rare Disease, on the Rise


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Pesticide Program Update: EPA Announces New Efficacy Protocol for Certain Copper-based Sanitizer Products


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October 2, 2014

In This Update:

EPA Announces New Efficacy Protocol for Certain Copper-based Sanitizer Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a recommended protocol for testing the antimicrobial efficacy of copper-containing surfaces. The testing described in this protocol is intended to support registration of products bearing non-food contact, surface sanitizer claims. The Agency is accepting comments on the protocol for 60 days. At a later time, EPA expects to issue a Data Call-In to require testing using this protocol for currently registered copper and copper alloy-based surface products.

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, EPA evaluates the efficacy of antimicrobial products intended to control pathogens that can be detrimental to public health. The products in question here are hard surface products such as door handles, light switch panels and bed rails that contain copper or copper alloys for their antimicrobial characteristics.

Antimicrobial efficacy testing of copper-containing surface products presents numerous challenges due to the prolonged product use period and the wide variation in potential product forms and use patterns. This protocol is designed to address these issues by including a product characterization component that addresses the product’s physical durability and chemical stability when used as proposed. The efficacy assessment component of the protocol involves evaluation of the performance of two product manufacturing lots against three pathogenic microorganisms – Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The efficacy test results, in combination with the product durability/stability component, will be used to determine the sanitizing activity of the copper-containing surface.

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HBO ‘Looking’ Season 2 is Casting Hipsters in San Francisco


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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 6 Extras Casting Call for This Friday


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Project Casting Atlanta, Georgia Casting Call – ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Casting Call for extras in Atlanta, Georgia. Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries will pick up at least several months after the end of Season 5. Though we don’t have details on how much time will have passed, we know it will be a “substantial time jump” and will find our characters starting […]