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Dec. 2012/Volume 14 / No. 10

Firm pushes software security testing with fugitive tracking system

Police undergo thorough training to prepare for physical attacks, but when it comes to cyberattacks, the systems supporting some of the country’s largest law enforcement agencies have proven vulnerable. Reports are on the rise of hacktivists and other cybercriminals looking to expose sensitive information and sully the reputation of these organizations. The onslaught of attacks has made security top of mind among chief technology officers (CTOs) and other IT pros who maintain the police systems. And Nick Selby, CEO of Southlake, Texas-based StreetCred Software Inc., has taken notice. StreetCred taps into multiple systems containing arrest warrants, driver’s license information and location data, and then organizes the data to help police track down fugitives. Selby, also a Texas police officer, said his biggest fear is that his appliance could be attacked, forcing jurisdictions to publicly disclose a data breach. “It ends up with potentially highly sensitive information on fugitives,” Selby said. “We take really seriously our ...

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