Homeland Security in Silicon Valley

A decision has been made to open a new Homeland Security office in the Silicon Valley. Cyber security are the new buzz words. Homeland Security thinks it needs to bring its forces into this highly technological area to work with the private sector to improve and reduce cyber crime.

The many recent security breaches have cost millions not only to the private sector, sbut to national and international companies, and poses a huge threat to our national security.

In an announcement at the recent RSA conference, United States Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated that Homeland Security will be opening an office in Silicon Valley specifically to address issues related to cyber crime and cyber security.

Homeland Security, and most specifically Secretary Johnson, has been outspoken in terms of how he feels the latest rash of cyber infractions have been handled by the private sector. According to Johnson, opening a satellite office in Silicon Valley will not only give the private sector competition in hiring practices, but will also be an impetus for increasing encryption knowledge and practices.

Can the government, via Homeland Security work hand in hand with the private sector in Silicon Valley? Johnson is encouraging employees with a technical background to consider employment with the government. That is encouraging to those in the field who may be looking for jobs, but a concern to private sector employers in the area.

Two major cyber companies Apple and Google are working to encrypt information stored by their customers. Government officials view this as a direct conflict in solving crimes where information from a perpetrator’s phone or computer might be used as evidence.

Data breaches in major corporations and government agencies has to be stopped, of course. With ever increasing technology comes more responsibility and awareness. Privacy issues and cyber security lead us to that proverbial slippery slope. At what point should data be secure from the government? If encryption is at a level that ensures its security from the government, how is it accessed if needed and should it be accessed at all? Where does

There are two issues, the first being keeping our information safe from terrorists and others, within our own borders who commit cyber crime; and two, where do we draw the line with an individual’s privacy?

Hopefully, these issues will be successfully addressed by having a Homeland Security office on the left coast.

Tucson Arizona’s growing tech industry

Throughout the American southwest, major cities appear amongst the desert backdrop like concrete islands, standing out against the sandy backdrop and emerging up out of the ground. Often times, there is few and far between these major cities, with hundreds of miles spawning amazing views and not much else. Due to this, specific industries often call major towns home and attract other companies and businesses associated with the industry as it is far easier to relocate on the same concrete island instead of hundreds of miles away. Tucson is no different. Tucson is 90 minutes or so south of Phoenix, not too far north of the Mexican border and around four hours west of El Paso. It is home to the University of Arizona, one of the largest public universities in the country, and it is also home to one of the fastest growing tech industry sectors in the nation as well.

With little more than desert in between the major cities, Internet connection services and the establishment of information lines running between these cities often proved difficult, which is why many of the tech industries are self sufficient inside of the cities. Connecting new forms of Internet inside of Tucson often proved difficult as Internet connections spread throughout the rest of the country, as was the case in most other major cities in the region. Houses outside of the city center often could not connect to the Internet at all, outside of dial-up. At least, until Tucson HughesNet came to the city.

HughesNet is a satellite Internet based service and is perfectly situated in the American southwest. With very little cloud cover, direct connections to the satellite relays in the sky is almost always constant, and Tucson does receive more sunlight hours than any other city in the country. With the strong satellite Internet connection, it started to bring other tech companies to the area. Having the large University of Arizona in the city also proved especially helpful as well as these tech companies, both start ups and well established companies, had access to thousands of new industry grads. It essentially has created the perfect storm for a growing, thriving tech industry inside the city of Tucson and it looks to continue on, rivaling cities far larger than the half a million population of the Tucson area, even to the point of surpassing Phoenix to the North.