Friday, June 3, 2011

Heading Off to IMS2011 in Baltimore

The "dance card" is full (actually overflowing) and the pre-show coverage, articles, May show issue and Online Show Daily are ready. Our Online Show Daily page will be updated each day (or even more often) with the latest news items and features a real-time Twitter Feed, blog updates, exclusive show articles and chair message plus will have pictures and videos just following the show.

The biggest surprise leading up the show for me was all the acquisitions (Skyworks acquired SiGe and Advanced Analogic Tech plus NI acquired AWR and Phase Matrix). In addition, the abundance of news items and new product releases has already been at the highest level that I can remember which should make for an interesting show.

Microwave Journal will host the MicroApps Nonlinear Characterization Forum on Wed at noon which will be webcast live from the event. After the experts from Agilent, Anritsu, R&S (NMDG) and Tektronix (Cardiff Univ) speak, there will be a Q&A session with both the live and virtual audiences, a first for IMS.

The Plenary Session will be given by Dr. Rhodes, "Migration of WCDMA and 4G LTE Into Existing Cellular Bands". Our May Cover Story was about the history of filter companies in the Maryland area and mentions Dr. Rhodes' accomplishments in this area. The closing keynote session is given by Dr. Guerci who is an expert on Cognitive Radar and was the author of our Cover Story in Jan this year.

It should be an exciting show this year and it is a nice short flight for us from the Boston area. Let us know how you are making out at the show and if you have any exciting news.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New TASC Report Defines Cyber Vulnerabilities

A new report published by TASC, Inc. examines today’s key cyber threats facing the United States and highlights the deep interrelatedness of the challenges facing the nation. As the White House and Congress consider cybersecurity legislation to protect the nation’s cyber systems, there is an urgent need for better coordination and cooperation across government and industry.
“The integration of the Internet into critical operational structures of all levels of the government, the military and the nation’s economy has created a collective reliance on information technology that will only increase in the coming years,” says Steve Winterfeld, cyber technical lead at TASC. “Today the growing dangers of cyber warfare present a new national threat—one that demands a national commitment.”
The report, “Understanding Today’s Cyber Challenges,” groups the nation’s primary cyber threats into three categories: psychologically driven cyber challenges, process-driven challenges and technologically driven cyber challenges. These challenges range in severity from those that can be quickly and easily addressed to those that require sustained, long-term investment.
“Daily security breaches threaten everyone who operates in cyberspace,” says Winterfeld. “We face more devastating attacks as cyber thieves, nation-states and others become increasingly sophisticated in their knowledge of today’s networks.”
Government agencies and businesses can use the TASC report as a tool to categorize risks and mitigation practices most relevant and appropriate to their organizations. The study was produced in collaboration with the University of Virginia.
“Before 9/11, no one imagined an attack of such magnitude could happen anywhere, especially on U.S. soil,” says Winterfeld. “The threat of a cyber calamity of similar proportions is real, and such an attack would have far-reaching impacts at every level of our society. We urgently need to reach a common understanding of what those threats are and do what we can to mitigate them.”
To download a free copy of the report, or to learn more about TASC, visit