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Tenable levels-up its global technology integrations program with launch partners Amazon Web Services

Colombia, MD, March 1 - Tenable Network Security, Inc., a global leader transforming security technology for the business needs of tomorrow, announced today at RSA Conference 2016 a new Technology Integration Partner (TIP) program designed to fuel product collaboration and deliver holistic security to customers by giving partners early access to Tenable’s product development pipeline.

The TIP program was created for the industry’s leading application, platform, infrastructure and hardware vendors. With privileged access to a variety of product resources, TIP partners are able to work directly with Tenable experts on innovative solutions to the security challenges of today and tomorrow.

“Someone once said that in today’s highly connected world every organization is in the computer networking business, even if they don’t realize it,” said Ron Gula, CEO, Tenable Network Security. “My concern is that too many still don’t realize it, and fewer still understand how to secure these critical networks against a constantly evolving and intensifying threat environment. Even as they rush to embrace the benefits of cloud and mobile technology, organizations struggle with dozens of fragmented security investments that can’t talk to each other but are deployed widely across the enterprise, leaving gaps in coverage that inevitably lead to compromise and breach. Our new TIP program will help Tenable and our partners collaborate more closely on technology solutions that deliver a unified and comprehensive approach to the world’s security problems.”

Through collaboration with some of the world’s leading technology companies, including TIP launch partners Amazon Web Services (AWS), CyberArk, FireEye and Gigamon, Tenable delivers technology integrations that draw on each company’s unique capabilities to break down traditional silos and create a new holistic approach to security. Partners work with Tenable experts to deliver everything from joint product integrations with third-party plugins, connectors and dashboards to collaborative go-to-market and joint sales opportunities.

“As an inaugural member of the TIP program, we are extending our relationship with Tenable to drive additional value to customers that are seeking to prioritize privileged account security as part of a comprehensive cyber security program,” said Adam Bosnian, executive vice president, global business development, CyberArk. “We look forward to working with other members of the program to encourage collaborative, innovative solutions to help customers protect against evolving threats.”   

The TIP program provides three levels of technology integration that fit the individual needs of each partner. Partners can promote their partnership with Tenable, tap into the Tenable Partner Portal for product support and stay educated and informed on the latest information security trends through training and discussion forums. The three levels include:

  • Access — Partners stay connected to Tenable and receive basic access to the latest products and resources through the partner portal, newsletter, forums and training platforms

  • Ready — Partners commit to and engage with Tenable and are encouraged to distribute partner-driven program collateral such as solution briefs, quick-start guides and webinars

  • Preferred — Partners benefit from market-expanding product integrations and collaborative demand-generating programs that leverage Tenable-endorsed webinars, events and additional collateral

Through each of the TIP program levels, Tenable technology partners gain access to a wide range of benefits, training and certifications that open the door for innovation and continued product growth. 

About Tenable Network Security

Tenable Network Security transforms security technology for the business needs of tomorrow through comprehensive solutions that provide continuous visibility and critical context, enabling decisive actions to protect your organization. Tenable eliminates blind spots, prioritizes threats, and reduces exposure and loss. With more than one million users and more than 20,000 enterprise customers worldwide, organizations trust Tenable for proven security innovation. Tenable's customers range from Fortune Global 500 companies, to the U.S. Department of Defense, to mid-sized and small businesses in all sectors, including finance, government, healthcare, higher education, retail and energy.

Renee Johnson elected National President of the Federal Managers Association

Alexandria, VA - The Federal Managers Association (FMA) is pleased to announce Renee Johnson was elected National President during FMA's 78th National Convention. 

With more than 25 years of civil service, FMA National President Renee Johnson brings a wealth of experience and a broad appreciation for all levels of federal government work. Starting her career in a Co-op Program as a GS-1 in 1990, she has worked her way up through the ranks to become a leader in every respect. 

Johnson is the Component Program Deputy Integrated Product Team Lead for Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East in Cherry Point, North Carolina. In this role, she manages the Component Program across FRC East Integrated Product Teams. Johnson is the liaison between FRC East and multiple external customers for annual component inductions in excess of $300M. She leads team initiatives to identify and resolve issues that affect throughput, cost and quality of these components.

"For many years federal employees have weathered near-constant attacks by many in Congress, coupled with pay freezes, minimal raises, furloughs and sequestration," commented Johnson. "On top of the stress this places on individuals' personal lives, it has also meant we have fewer and fewer employees doing evermore work. I will stand strong on behalf of federal managers and make sure the highest levels of government hear not only their concerns, but also their ideas for streamlining efforts and cutting costs where we can without hurting agencies' missions. FMA has a proud tradition of finding solutions to problems and we will continue to be a leader on that front."

For the past two years, Johnson has served as FMA Region 2 Director. Prior, she served as the Region's Vice Director, and for many years was president of FMA Chapter 21, Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina. Johnson, Chapter 21 member Sue Thatch, and the other members of the chapter at Cherry Point brought FMA their concerns and ideas for correcting the injustice that was resolved with the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015. In 2012, Johnson was recognized with FMA's Gil Guidry Award for being the Association's outstanding Chapter President.

President Johnson stated, "It is humbling and an honor to lead the Federal Managers Association - an organization I have long supported, but for which I have greater and greater respect with each passing year. I will do my best to earn the trust the members of FMA have invested in me and our team."

Johnson holds a Master's in Business Administration from Boston University, and is also a graduate of the USDA Graduate School's Executive Leadership Program.

The Federal Managers Association, established in 1913, is the oldest and largest association representing the interests of executives, managers, and supervisors serving in today's federal government.

Security On-Demand partners with National University to launch cybersecurity internship program

San Diego, March 17 - Security On-Demand, a leading provider of next generation managed security services announces the launch of the Cybersecurity Internship Program in partnership with National University, the second-largest private nonprofit university in California.  The program is designed to offer mentorship opportunities with senior security experts and to cultivate careers for students studying cybersecurity. Over the course of the internship program, students will gain valuable hands-on experience working alongside security analysts in Security On-Demand's San Diego Security Operations Center.

National University is the first and only university in San Diego to be recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Security On-Demand to offer our students the real-world experience of working in a Security Operations Center," said Dr. John Cicero, Dean of National University's School of Engineering and Computing.

Governments and private sector businesses across the globe have struggled to identify, hire and retain talented cybersecurity workers. Many of these organizations are now launching internships at the university and even high school levels to ensure they can meet their future staffing needs.

"Partnering with National University helps establish a community of information security professionals while assisting students in advancing their cybersecurity careers. Partnerships like this will be key to our continued growth," said Peter Bybee, CEO of Security On-Demand.

The Cybersecurity Internship Program is only open to students enrolled in National University's Cyber Security and Information Assurance degree program; however, Security On-Demand has other career opportunities, which you can learn more about on their website.

About Security On-Demand

Security On-Demand™ is the leading provider of advanced managed security services. Our SaaS based solutions help organizations protect against security threats, adhere to compliance requirements, and manage risk.  Our scalable and flexible architecture eliminates capital outlay, provides 24x7 support/monitoring coverage, and significantly lowers management, maintenance and staffing costs.  

About National University

Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California with 30,000 students and more than 150,000 alumni.

Catalyst demonstrates advanced broadband to LMR interoperability

March 23 – International Wireless Communications Expo, Las Vegas, NV:  Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of IP-based solutions for Critical Communications, today demonstrated new capabilities for bridging traditional Land Mobile Radio systems and emerging Broadband systems. The company showed its Persistent Patch solution that enhances the robustness of connections between disparate communications systems.  The company also showed how powerful wireline interfaces like the Project 25 Inter-RF Sub-System Interface (ISSI), Console Sub-System Interface (CSSI), and the Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI), as well as the Digital Mobile Radio Application Interface Specification (AIS), are linked to one another, to other traditional Land Mobile Radio (LMR) protocols, and to Broadband systems. The presentation emphasized Catalyst’s state-of-the-art platform that includes Windows 10®-based user interfaces that can be easily adapted to work alongside emerging technologies ranging from on-scene video to the Internet of Things.

As Public Safety, Utilities, Federal, Education, and other agencies move toward leveraging broadband for push-to-talk voice communications, interoperability with LMR systems has grown as a priority.   Catalyst displayed innovations that build on its well-established IP LinkTM technology to maintain connectivity between field personal using different types of devices.  With Persistent Patch, these agencies can be confident that their audio will be routed to its destination despite dynamic environments.  The demonstration showed Catalyst IP ConsoleTM and PropulsionTM  consoles interfacing to P25, DMR, NXDN, MDC-1200, and EDACS-capable radios on the LMR side, and LTE on the broadband side.

Standards-compliant wireline interfaces provide powerful connectivity to traditional LMR systems, and the demonstration included products that support the P25 ISSI/CSSI and DFSI as well as the DMR AIS.  These interfaces allow Catalyst interoperability and dispatch solutions to monitor large numbers of talk groups through a single interface in a spectrum-efficient manner.  With newly available software from Catalyst, agencies are able to better prioritize the call flow through these interfaces to manage Critical Communications. 

Visitors to Catalyst booth #1752 witnessed state-of-art platforms for managing Critical Communications by both dispatchers and system administrators.  With Catalyst’s off-the-shelf commercial hardware based solutions, users have the power to leverage the latest innovations from a broad range of technology suppliers.  Featured today were Catalyst-certified consoles and administrative tools with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.  Some of the Windows 10 improvements are enhanced security, accelerated common operations functions with tools that are familiar and intuitive to learn, and support for evolving capabilities for cloud computing and the Internet of Things.  The Incident Command presentation using the Catalyst ICETM product incorporated real-time video integrated with powerful controls for managing on-scene communications.  Overall, the demonstration highlighted the flexibility for system administrators to customize the presentation of real-time information to promote the dispatcher’s understanding of an incident they are responding to and to enhance the safety of the field personnel that they support.

About Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc. 

Catalyst markets Radio Control over IP technology for the Critical Communications Industry and is a force for change in the effort to bring Internet-derived technologies into mobile radio applications.   Catalyst focuses on products that leverage standard Windows®-based computers to reduce cost and increase the efficiency of network operators and end users.  Catalyst’s extensive product line significantly enhances modern and legacy dispatch communications systems by seamlessly bridging wireless and wireline communications networks for network-based interoperability. 

North American Video's IP video and gaming expertise enable successful first phase of casino's surveillance system upgrade

Brick, NJ, March 23 – North American Video (NAV) has completed Phase 1 of an analog-to-IP surveillance system conversion for Snoqualmie Casino in Washington state. As part of this first stage, NAV provided a design-build that included encoding 700 channels of analog video to a fully digital Dallmeier SRS video management system, which offers full virtual matrix capability.

“Phase 1 of this multi-phase surveillance system upgrade provides Snoqualmie Casino with the latest in IP-based video management solutions, which will serve as a solid foundation for the next phase in this project,” said Jason Oakley, President and CEO, North American Video. “With NAV’s careful planning and experience, the casino can remain confident in the quality and reliability of their new system.”

The casino’s video surveillance project is being performed in a phased approach to minimize potential system downtime during the transition process, which will require both old and new systems to run simultaneously. For Phase 1, about 700 channels of mostly analog video were encoded, making it vital to maintain critical coverage while transitioning from the old analog system to the new digital system. This was particularly important for ensuring that Snoqualmie Casino remained in strict compliance with gaming regulations during the process.

To complete the highly detailed system cutover process, two full systems needed to fit into a very limited space, while at the same time new fanned and formed inter-rack cabling needed to be installed while older analog cabling was retracted. To minimize interference with day-to-day surveillance operations, all aspects of the project needed to be completed in a precise step-by-step process to make the best use of the space that was available for the old and new systems.

“The coordination, communication and project involvement between NAV and our surveillance staff allowed us to stay ahead of potential challenges,” said Jolene Glazier, Director of Surveillance, Snoqualmie Casino. “From the initial project discussions to scheduling, planning and deployment, NAV’s internal coordination has been the key to the success of Phase 1.”

Located near the top of the Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountain Range just east of the Seattle-Tacoma area, Snoqualmie Casino offers its patrons a wide variety of gaming options, including 55 classic game tables, 1,700 slot machines and a dedicated poker room for tournament play. The casino also plays host to some of the top names in music and comedy in its two state-of-the-art concert venues.

About NAV
NAV has built a reputation for excellence by delivering world class integrated security solutions and service to industry leaders in many markets. Our business was originally established to provide integrated surveillance solutions to the gaming market, one of the most complex and heavily regulated markets in the world. Since then NAV has established long term client relationships across many markets including, education, corporate campuses, transportation, critical infrastructure, government, healthcare, financial and retail. NAV offers their customers the technical expertise and resources of a large organization alongside the agility and responsiveness of a small business. From system design through equipment installation, training and service, NAV provides the highest levels of performance, integration, customer service and support.

AAA's discounts & rewards program makes DNAnet® discount available to 2.7 million AAA members

Stony Brook, NY, March 22 -  Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, announced the official launch of a AAA East Central region membership discount for its DNAnet® Asset Marking Kits. AAA East Central region serves members in parts of Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 

The promotional discounts make DNAnet available to over 2.7 million AAA East Central members for $59.95, including free shipping, which equates to a 20% savings through the AAA organization. The promotion offers promise of exposure to millions of new asset marking customers who will benefit from protecting their personal assets such as jewelry, electronic devices, family heirlooms and bicycles, etcetera. Communities have adopted DNAnet-based programs with consequent crime reductions of as much as 80%. Insurance companies in Scandinavia support these initiatives for cost reduction and enhanced services to their insured base.

"Our technology solutions cut across many industries, touching many lives directly and indirectly. Every day we strive to deliver on our brand promise: 'to keep life real and safe'. The special offering to AAA East Central will present millions of consumers with the opportunity to protect their valuable assets. With support from over 100+ law enforcement and community agencies in five states, DNAnet increases the likelihood of getting their items returned if ever lost or stolen," stated Dr. James Hayward, CEO and President of Applied DNA Sciences.

Dr. Hayward concluded, stating that: "AAA East Central's Discount & Rewards program will increase awareness of DNAnet to a broad customer base. This, together with other initiatives underway, should extend our penetration of the home asset marking market in 2016."

About Applied DNA Sciences

We make life real and safe by providing botanical-DNA based security and authentication solutions and services that can help protect products, brands, entire supply chains, and intellectual property of companies, governments and consumers from theft, counterfeiting, fraud and diversion. Our patented DNA-based solutions can be used to identify, tag, track, and trace products, to help assure authenticity, traceability and quality of products. SigNature® DNA describes the platform ingredient that is at the heart of a family of uncopyable, security and authentication solutions such as SigNature® T and fiberTyping®, targeted toward textiles and apparel, DNAnet®, for anti-theft and loss prevention, and digitalDNA®, providing powerful track and trace. All provide a forensic chain of evidence, and can be used to prosecute perpetrators. We are also engaged in the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences using the polymerase chain reaction.

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2016

Discover a training and professional development curriculum for government professionals

To give you the new tools and best practices you need to protect your organization in today’s rapidly changing threat environment, this year’s Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, June 13 – 16, in National Harbor, MD, offers a dedicated training curriculum for government IT security and risk management professionals to help you bolster cyber defenses while enabling mission success and optimizing citizen outcomes.

Our dedicated curriculum features networking opportunities, case studies and Gartner-analyst-led sessions on your most pressing initiatives, including:

  • Cybersecurity threats
  • Cloud security and the role of FedRAMP
  • Secure mobile operations
  • The role of analytics in cyber security
  • Agencies’ shift to the Risk Management Framework
  • Recent developments such as OMB’s Cyber Security Implementation Plan and the CISA legislation

We’re also excited to announce our guest keynote speaker, General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) who will be speaking on what it takes to be a leader and strategies for “taking charge” during times of great change and great crises.

By attending the full event, you can also earn CPE credits toward (ISC)2, ISACA, DRII and BCI certification programs.

To learn more and to register, call 1 866 405 2511.

Mosaic451 named to EdTech Digest's "Cool Tool Awards"

Phoenix, March 21 - Mosaic451, a bespoke cybersecurity services provider and consultancy, announced today that they have been named to EdTech Digest's Cool Tool Awards in the category of best security/privacy solution. The annual competition features the top 100 companies that are transforming the educational landscape.

The awards program features industry solutions providers, educators and others in and around education including K-12, higher education and lifelong learning. The program includes three broad entry categories: the Cool Tool awards, the EdTech Leadership awards, and the Trendsetter awards. Each award, in turn, has numerous subcategories under which to enter, including categories such as emerging technology solutions, mobile learning applications, product or service setting a trend, and others.

"We are honoured to be named a finalist," says Mike Baker, Principal of Mosaic451. "Mosaic451 firmly believes that securing the networks and devices of school districts is essential as cyberattacks continue to grow day by day. Our unique blend of deep technical experience and operational discipline is what has made us a trusted provider in the education industry."

The majority of Mosaic's senior staff and technical staff have held leadership and senior analyst positions in the creation of the nation's first K-12 Security Operations Center (SOC) based at Clark County School District, DOE National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Information Assurance Response Center (IARC) in Las Vegas, NV; and NNSA's Office of Secure Transportation's (OST) Transportation and Emergency Control Center (TECC), which, among other things, are responsible for defending the US nuclear arsenal against cyber-attacks. The Mosaic451 team also provides key security services for government and private sector regulations such as FISMA, CIP, SOX, NIST and PCI.

Mosaic Hybrid™ is an industry first solution, providing specialized staff onsite during business hours to work alongside current technology and security staff that may already be in place. The use of human understanding and intelligence coupled with their "converged view" of networks gives Mosaic451 the unique ability to empower security analysts to provide advanced data analysis and determine threat vectors, threat actors, and intelligent root causes for every incident.

About Mosaic451

Recently named 'Top 10 Managed Security Service Providers 2015' by CSO Outlook, Mosaic451 is a bespoke cyber security service provider and consultancy. Our organization has specific expertise in building, operating and defending some of the most highly-secure networks in North America. Unlike others, we are not peddlers of magic; technology alone cannot fully protect our clients' data, networks, or interests. Technology, if deployed correctly, is a force multiplier for intelligent humans. Mosaic451 aggregates and empowers intelligent humans in the service of information security and IT operations excellence for our clients.

Avtec announces ScoutLink, a revolutionary enhancement for dispatch console communications

Lexington, SC, March 21 - Avtec, the nation's leading independent provider of Radio over IP (RoIP) dispatch console systems, today announced the upcoming release of ScoutLink™ -- an innovation that opens access to the Scout™ dispatching console platform to off-the-shelf IP devices. ScoutLink extends communications to users not previously possible and leverages the range of connectivity supported by Scout to a wider audience.

ScoutLink integrates existing voice products to enable dispatch communications on a variety of IP devices even allowing access to platforms that are traditionally non-voice. This means users can extend dispatch communications to places where a full-scale console position would be cumbersome or in other situations that require a departure from the standard console form factor.

"ScoutLink is another example of our commitment to market-driven innovation. We are committed to providing more choices to help our clients and partners build the dispatch communications systems they need," Avtec Director of Product Marketing Carlos Palacios said.

ScoutLink will launch with the Mini SIP Console from Essential Trading Systems (ETC) and will be sold and supported by Avtec. The Mini SIP Console controls up to four radio endpoints and has undergone compatibility testing with Scout to ensure a smooth, quality experience for our clients. Some examples of uses for the ETC Mini SIP Console include a railyard that wants to provide four-channel radio access to senior executives for emergency monitoring, a remote airfield guardhouse that assures logistics for a small group of ramp workers, or the local office of a utility operation that is activating a small subgroup to manage a regional disaster.

ScoutLink will be available to order in Q2 of 2016. Additional ScoutLink capabilities will be introduced twice a year through standard Scout software releases, available to customers under Avtec's ScoutCare™ program.

About Avtec, Inc.

Avtec, Inc. provides pure Internet Protocol (IP) dispatch console solutions for the transportation, public safety, utility, business and industry, and government markets. For more than 35 years, customers have chosen Avtec's award-winning technology for their mission-critical dispatch centers. There are thousands of Scout Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) consoles installed worldwide. 

ZapFraud awarded patent for advanced fraud and BEC detection and blocking

Palo Alto, CA, March 17 – ZapFraud announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent for ZapFraud’s innovative technology that identifies scam emails on the basis of meaning. The patent highlights ZapFraud’s distinctive filtering and automation that identify, block and report fraud and scammers based on insights into the criminals’ methods. 

While scammers constantly change their formulations, they very rarely depart from one of a relatively small number of storylines. For example, consider an email that has a greeting from an apparent stranger; an expression of surprise; mention of large sums of money; an expression of urgency; and a request for a response. Whereas there are millions and millions of ways of writing a scam email, there may be just ten or twenty ways to express each one of these notions." This makes it possible to detect scam emails by their storylines,” Dr. Markus Jakobsson, CTO and founder of ZapFraud, explains. 

Detecting scam by their storylines is only one of the many lines of defense that ZapFraud has developed. With five more patents pending, ZapFraud is aggressively positioning to address the problem of online scams with a unique approach that identifies scammers based on understanding of their methods. “We understand Business Email Compromise (BEC) and how to detect it,” says Dr. Jakobsson. “BEC is a problem that has grown explosively for the last few years. We have tracked it since 2008 and have seen it shoot up like few other scams. This is not only a testimony to how lucrative it is, but also exposes weakness in traditional defense methods.” 

ZapFraud is in early testing of the patented Fraud Firewall™ and BEC risk assessment and protection. Organizations can be running a ZapFraud Fraud Firewall and blocking fraud on their network in about an hour. To participate in trials, businesses should contact ZapFraud at [email protected] 

About ZapFraud 

ZapFraud is a leading provider of innovative security solutions for business and enterprise. The patent pending ZapFraud Fraud Firewall™ automates against Business Email Compromise (BEC) and targeted fraud from many channels. ZapFraud’s patent-pending scam protection service helps provide peace of mind for all who face the increasing and ever-changing threat of email, social media and online criminals who attempt to steal intellectual property, identity, online credentials and, corporate assets and funds.

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