Agencies such as the National Security Agency have bought servers on which Google-supplied search technology is used to process information gathered by networks of spies around the world.
Google is also providing the search features for a Wikipedia-style site, called Intellipedia, on which agents post information about their targets that can be accessed and appended by colleagues, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The contracts are just a number that have been entered into by Google's 'federal government sales team', that aims to expand the company's reach beyond its core consumer and enterprise operations.In the most innovative service, for which Google equipment provides the core search technology, agents are encouraged to post intelligence information on a secure forum, which other spies are free to read, edit, and tag - like the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
Depending on their clearance, agents can log on to Intellipedia and gain access to three levels of info - top secret, secret and sensitive, and sensitive but unclassified. So far 37,000 users have established accounts on the service, and the database now extends to 35,000 articles, according to Sean Dennehy, chief of Intellipedia development for the CIA.
Picture more than a hundred wounded people running and screaming frantically as a "dirty bomb" explosion triggers a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401 - Canada's busiest highway - with plumes of radioactive dust rising in the air.
If you were a nurse or a doctor, what would you do?
About 100 allied health professionals, security, social work and other crisis support planners, as well as hospital administrators, risk managers and educators participated in Saturday's live mass-casualty exercise designed to test the emergency preparedness plans of Ontario hospitals and their communities
But experts say further research may produce new ways to handle the risks
However, more research could reveal ways to handle the risks that radiation poses to space missions.....The magnetic field of Earth protects humanity from radiation in space that can damage or kill cells. Once beyond this shield, people become far more vulnerable....
Cantel and NSC will co-market these products, along with providing planning and educational services, to more than 50,000 NSC members that represent a broad spectrum of industries and more than 8.5 million employees....
Events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina have brought disaster to ITs doorstep. But many companies are still applying old strategies to new disaster scenarios. March 31, 2008 (Computerworld) Here's a tricky question: Could your company operate during a flu pandemic?
Nearly 3,000 financial services organizations tested their answers to that question with a disaster drill last September. The exercise showed that the financial sector could continue to operate during a pandemic, but it also revealed stress points throughout the industry. For instance, many recovery plans laid the groundwork for employees to telecommute -- a smart move in a scenario that could leave thousands homebound -- but the existing infrastructure couldn't handle the increased traffic.
"When you have [so many more] people working from home, the Internet is going to slow to a crawl, and that's if it's even recoverable in all parts of the country," says Nick Benvenuto, managing director and global head of business continuity at Protiviti Inc., a risk management consulting firm in Menlo Park, Calif. ...
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department announced Friday the final rule for the land and sea portion of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), a core 9/11 Commission recommendation for strengthening U.S. national security.According to DHS, "The WHTI final rule requires travelers to present a passport or other approved secure document denoting citizenship and identity for all land and sea travel into the United States."The document requirements will be effective June 1, 2009."We are on course to implement and enforce the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which is an important step forward in securing the homeland," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, in a statement.
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