As the federal government now requires defense contractors to assess the security of their information technology systems, a New York company has come up with an innovative way to help those companies evaluate their systems and identify opportunities for improvements and enhancements.
Intelleges is a New York-based company that provides proprietary software to corporate leaders and government agencies that need to collect data and documentation for a variety of reasons. through a proprietary solution that allows its clients to develop customizable questionnaires and store the results and documents gathered in a FedRAMP certified cloud-based system.
Last fall, the Department of Defense’s Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) supplement issued new guidelines requiring contractors and their subcontractors to safeguard sensitive defense data that it stores or handles. As defense contractors began to evaluate how they were protecting that critical information, some began reaching out to Intelleges to help them. That led to the development of the company’s Stacked Information Technology Cybersecurity Assessment Maturity Model (SIT-CAMM).
John Betancourt, the company’s founder, said the company has been doing this work for its existing clients for more than 15 years, but now with the government’s new regulation regarding cybersecurity, it’s essential that all government contractors – as well as other organizations that handle sensitive personal data such as an individual’s credit cards or personal health records – get an assessment as quickly as possible.
As part of the Intelleges’ assessment system, the company created a matrix to determine a company’s strengths when it comes to IT security. The system, which is based on the Capability Maturity Model Integration scale, evaluates companies across 15 areas related to information technology. SIT-CAMM uses NIST and ISO 2700 standards in developing the questions for the assessment. Those questions are tailored specifically for each company. Among the items SIT-CAMM assesses includes: a company’s IT usage, its business process management, its regulatory compliance and its training program.
“Using our proprietary software, we can create and distribute a series of electronic questionnaires designed to determine software, hardware and network usage, compliance, mission alignment, satisfaction levels, usability, and cybersecurity compliance,” Betancourt said. “These questionnaires will provide insight into possible strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) that the IT department will need to address.”
Companies then receive a rating based on where their assessed areas stand. Companies that are just beginning to identify their needs may be assessed at a Level 1, while those who have fully optimized their departments may receive a Level 5 rating.
As part of its assessment, Intelleges will work with companies and identify ways to improve their scores in certain areas. That includes developing recommendations based on industry best practices. Those recommendations will help companies establish their own procedures, and then they can set realistic benchmarks to evaluate their performance against those standards.
Intelleges delivers the recommendations to the organization’s CIO in a report similar to an audit. The recommendations are prioritized to highlight the most critical findings that put the company in serious risk. In addition, Intelleges can bring in a partner company that provides intrusion detection consulting to give IT leaders and other decision makers greater peace of mind regarding their systems.
“These reports are specifically intended for managers responsible for the day-to-day decision making and long-term strategic planning,” Betancourt said. “It also designed to be used by corporate leaders as they seek to improve their knowledge and understanding of their internal IT departments.”
Betancourt offers more than 20 years of high-level professional IT and software development experience. He started by developing an interest rate forecasting tool for the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. He’s also worked as the chief software architect for the Federal Reserve’s New York office. He worked there until he started Intelleges 16 years ago.
It’s not just companies working with the federal government that need to consider requesting a SIT-CAMM for their organization. Betancourt said any company that handles sensitive data needs to find a way to safeguard themselves from potential attacks and the lawsuits and hefty civil fines that can come about because of them.
For more information on how Intelleges can help your company better understand its IT security needs, go to Intelleges.com.
Pearl River, NY (March 17, 2016) – OnSSI, the market leader in open architecture and intelligent IP video surveillance software, has been awarded the 2015 Partner of the Year Award from Hanwha Techwin America, highlighting OnSSI’s outstanding ability to integrate with Hanwha’s product line. The award was presented during the Samsung Techwin STEP Partner Summit held in Puerto Rico from March 6-9, 2016.
“The recognition by Hanwha Techwin America as Partner of the Year is a testament to our commitment to powerful integrations between Ocularis 5 and Hanwha’s technologies,” said Ken LaMarca, VP of Sales and Marketing, OnSSI, “We look forward to further expanding our technology integration efforts with Hanwha Techwin America.”
“OnSSI is always one of the first of our partners to integrate with any of our newest products,” said Tom Cook, VP of Sales, North America, Hanwha Techwin America. “They provide exceptional service to support all of our efforts, both in the U.S. and in Korea.”
On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc. (OnSSI) was founded in 2002 with the goal of developing comprehensive and intelligent IP video surveillance management software. OnSSI’s Ocularis IP security and surveillance VMS platform increases security, reduces operational costs, and helps organizations move closer to prevention. Ocularis delivers open architecture, flexibility, and scalability for a range of applications including education, gaming, government, healthcare, manufacturing, public safety, transportation, and utilities. OnSSI is headquartered in Pearl River, New York and has representation in over 100 countries. With its acquisition of Germany-based VMS company, SeeTec AG and the launch of Ocularis 5, OnSSI continues to drive global expansion and technological innovations.
About Hanwha Techwin America
Hanwha Techwin America, a division of Hanwha Techwin, is a leading supplier of advanced video surveillance solutions for IP-video, analog and hybrid systems. Building on the company’s history of innovation, Hanwha Techwin America is dedicated to providing solutions with the highest levels of performance, reliability and cost-efficiency for professional security applications, such as continuing development in advanced edge devices and video analytics.
Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch™ Mobile, has through cooperation with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) been integrated in a new Chinese smartphone.
The integration will generate royalty revenue starting from the first quarter 2016. Royalty revenues are based on the number of sensors FPC delivers to the mobile phone manufacturer and cannot be forecasted at this point.
”We are pleased that this leading vendor has chosen to integrate Precise BioMatch Mobile in a new smartphone under a new brand. Precise Biometrics fingerprint software is integrated in products from 30 smartphone vendors and has become the preferred choice to ensure a superior user experience and secure identity verification on mobile devices”, says Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics.
Precise BioMatch Mobile is the industry leading algorithm solution for convenient and secure fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The unique and patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. Precise BioMatch Mobile offers fast, accurate, and secure verification of user’s identity, creating a convenient user experience when unlocking mobile devices or authenticating to services.
ABOUT PRECISE BIOMETRICS
Precise Biometrics is a market-leading provider of solutions that prove people's identities through smart cards and fingerprint recognition. The company´s products can be used for ID, enterprise and bank cards as well as access to mobile solutions, computers and networks. Precise Biometrics serves business and government organizations throughout the world and its products are licensed to close to 160 million users.
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla., March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- RELM Wireless Corporation (NYSE MKT: RWC) today announced that Alberta Health Services (AHS) has extended the term of its contract for an additional four years. Under the contract RELM provides AHS with P25 800MHz portable and mobile radios and accessories.
The contract, which was initially announced in June 2015, established a base-term of one year that commenced on March 12, 2015, as well as four one-year options. The base term expires this month, and AHS has elected to exercise its option for all four available years. No minimum or maximum procurement is established under the contract, nor does the contract specify or guarantee purchase quantities or dates of equipment orders. In the twelve months since contract inception, AHS has purchased radios and related accessories from RELM totaling approximately $2.6 million, including a recent order on March 14, 2016 totaling approximately $568,000.
AHS provides health services throughout Alberta and is the largest provider of health care in Canada. The organization presently deploys a total of approximately 3,000 two-way radios in a range of applications such as hospitals, urgent care centers, psychiatric facilities and emergency vehicles.
RELM President and Chief Executive Officer David Storey commented, "One of our primary strategic objectives is to expand and grow internationally. The AHS contract was a key contributor toward achieving that objective last year. We are pleased and excited that AHS has extended the contract. Also, it should be emphasized that each year subsequent to the base-year was at AHS's option. That AHS extended the contract for all four available option years is a clear indication of their confidence in and satisfaction with our products, quality and customer service. We look forward to continuing our relationship with AHS and believe it's an excellent foundation from which to pursue additional business in Alberta and other regions of Canada."
About APCO Project 25 (P25)
APCO Project 25 (P25), which requires interoperability among compliant equipment regardless of the manufacturer, was established by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials and is approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The shift toward interoperability gained momentum as a result of significant communications failures in critical emergency situations. RELM was one of the first manufacturers to develop P25-compliant technology.
About RELM Wireless Corporation
As an American Manufacturer for almost 70 years, RELM Wireless Corporation has produced high‑specification two‑way communications equipment of unsurpassed reliability and value for use by public safety professionals and government agencies, as well as radios for use in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. Advances include a broad new line of leading digital two‑way radios compliant with APCO Project 25 specifications. RELM's products are manufactured and distributed worldwide under BK Radio and RELM brand names.
Alexandria, VA, March 18 - The SPECTRUM Group (TSG) is pleased to announce that Navy Vice Admiral Lewis W. Crenshaw (Ret.) has joined its firm. Admiral Crenshaw’s background as one of the Navy’s foremost leaders in finance and operations as well as his extensive experience in the private sector brings to TSG’s client base a wealth of knowledge and insight.
“We are delighted to have the unique blend of public and private business experience that Lou brings to our clients. As the former DCNO for Resources for the Navy, he also brings a wealth of knowledge in DoD programming and budgeting that will give our clients unique insights into Defense Department opportunities,” said TSG’s Chairman, The Honorable Anthony Principi.
Admiral Crenshaw brings to TSG a unique blend of public and private sector expertise having lead profitable businesses in the private sector and operationally outstanding organizations in the Navy. His expertise in federal financial management and in the DoD Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process adds a new dimension to TSG capabilities.
Prior to joining TSG, Admiral Crenshaw was a partner in the global tax, audit and advisory firm of Grant Thornton LLP. Admiral Crenshaw was the national principal for the Aerospace and Defense Industry. He also led the Defense and Intelligence practice in the firm's Global Public Sector, located in Alexandria, Virginia.
During his 32 year naval career he commanded at all levels, from squadron to carrier battle group. Additionally, he was the Commander of Navy Region, Europe, responsible for all Naval Bases in Europe.
TSG, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, is a small business widely recognized as one of the premier consulting firms in the Washington D.C. area. TSG combines extraordinary experience, organization and resources to meet a broad range of challenges in both government and industry. TSG is unique among other Washington firms offering its clients an unmatched depth of access, insight and experience.
Detex Corporation, an industry-leading source of life safety and security door hardware for commercial buildings, has been known over the years as a specialist in back door applications. But many companies may not be aware that Detex has evolved its product lines and added new ones, and today provides hardware designed for virtually all doors – back, front, side or inside.
Security managers responsible for retail stores, corporate offices, distribution facilities, and other commercial buildings are ordering Detex products for every door that calls for quality, durable hardware, whether the need is for life safety hardware or security door applications that require panic hardware. From restricted access interior doors to main entrance swing doors, outdoor area loss-prevention systems to employee entrances, side exits with anti-shoplifting features to fire-rated doors, stockroom-to-sales-floor doors to ADA swing doors, the Detex inventory of life safety and security products is comprehensive. The choice includes non-alarmed or alarmed equipment, electrified or not electrified, and application systems tailored to specific needs.
“We’re more than the name you already know,” said Ken Kuehler, Director of Marketing and Sales at Detex. “Our product line has such breadth and depth that our options have options, so you can find exactly the hardware you need for any door.”
For more than a century, Detex has earned the trust of architects and owners who rely on Detex products for the life safety and security of people and property. A USA company, Detex designs, manufactures, markets and ships products from New Braunfels, Texas. Detex Corporation is known internationally for life and security door hardware, loss prevention and architectural hardware, integrated door security systems, and guard tour verification.
Mythics awarded blanket purchase agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Department of State for Oracle Products
Virginia Beach, VA, March 18 - Mythics, Inc. an award winning Oracle systems integrator, consulting firm and Oracle platinum resale partner, today announced it has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the U.S. Department of State for Oracle products and services. The BPA provides the Department of State a cost effective streamlined procurement mechanism for Oracle products and services.
The contract provides access to Oracle products for all of the Department of State components domestically and internationally including:
- Consular Affairs (CA)
- Diplomatic Security (DS)
- Information Resource Management (IRM)
- Human Resources (HR)
- Overseas Building Operations (OBO)
- Bureaus and Offices
- Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
"The Mythics team is excited and honored to support the Department of State, providing cost effective and innovative technology solutions to achieve their mission," said Paul Seifert, Executive Vice President, Federal Sales of Mythics. "This award is a reflection of the entire team's hard work and focus on providing customer excellence."
Servicing all the Department of State bureaus, offices and components, this BPA award is designed to decrease costs, reduce paperwork, increase service levels and ultimately is a procurement vehicle that can result in savings for the U.S. Government both in procurement efficiency and in the costs for Oracle technology products and services.
Mythics, a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), is an award winning Oracle systems integrator, consulting firm and Oracle resale partner (GSA#: GS-35F-0153M & TCPN #R141801) who provides an extensive Oracle solution set of products and services, including Oracle licensing and support, Oracle Sun hardware, engineered systems and appliances, Oracle training, consulting and managed services. Mythics provides complete technology solutions for the Federal Government, State and Local Governments, Utilities, Commercial, and Healthcare sectors and is the trusted partner to organizations worldwide.
About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle's products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud.
Matt Rahman, Tangible
McLean, VA, March 15 - Tangible Security, Inc. announced today that it has appointed Matt Rahman as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Cyber Solutions. The strategic hire of Mr. Rahman to lead this business practice supports the company’s aggressive focus on growth and operational excellence. And, it adds an experienced industry veteran to its executive team.
Mr. Rahman comes to Tangible Security from IOActive, a global leader in hardware, software, and wetware assessments and security services, where he was the Chief Strategy Officer. While at IOActive, Mr. Rahman fast tracked healthcare medical device testing, worked with a research team to operationalize automotive and transportation security, and brought new services to market including IoT Services. His efforts yielded tremendous global growth under his tenure.
Mr. Rahman said, “The extraordinary people at Tangible Security have been delivering military grade security solutions to both national security and corporate clients for over a decade. I’m thrilled to join them, to help them continue to innovate and scale the Commercial Cyber Solutions business to new heights.”
Dr. Mark Mykityshyn, Tangible Security’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are excited to have an accomplished professional like Matt join the Tangible executive team. Matt’s reputation as an expert in executing and exceeding growth strategies will contribute significantly to putting Tangible Security on the map in an evolving cyber landscape as well as to enhancing our growth strategy.”
About Tangible Security
Since 1998, we have served the Federal and corporate sectors with both enterprise and software security services. Our expertise has been manifest in defense and intelligence mission critical infrastructure for many years, withstanding the worst from nation-state attackers. We provide adversary-centric security assessments of our clients’ enterprise infrastructure and/or software products with respect to industry best practices frameworks. Our engineers and executives help clients fill the gaps found and plan for achieving ever-higher levels of security maturity and resilience. We also augment client cyber functions with operational services as well as onsite or virtual personnel that possess skill-sets and knowledge many organizations cannot find or afford. What sets our services apart from those of others? Our personnel do; they have served on classified projects, written industry leading books, presented at cybersecurity conferences, published original research, and participated on expert panels.
After extensive national and international comparison and through a public procurement process, the Belgian Interior Ministry has chosen to collaborate with CEMAC (BE) and Defense Group Inc. (DGI, US) for the development of a national information system for co-operation in disasters.
The "Incident & Crisis Management System" abbreviated ICMS, is based on the COBRATM software platform, which will be adapted to the specific needs of the Belgian users. This first phase of the rollout is to include all cities and municipalities, provinces and relevant federal authorities.
Through 2016, ICMS will arise as a national security network that will allow users to draw up contingency plans and work together during an emergency through various media and platforms, including the sharing of maps, combined logs, tracking the deployment of the emergency services and resources and more.
In later phases, this network will be expanded to also connect utilities, ports, high-risk companies, hospitals and other organisations.
CEMAC, a Belgian company with expertise in the field of emergency planning and crisis
management and DGI, an American software developer who has provided emergency management software around the globe, signed a strategic cooperation agreement in 2014 and since then have worked together for the further internationalisation of COBRATM software and the development of new modules.
The first version of the software dates back to 2000. COBRATM was used recently in Brazil as the Common Operating Picture and Emergency Management System for the World Cup Soccer and will also be used during the 2016 summer Olympics.
“The choice to establish a strategic partnership with DGI has proven right, since COBRATM was selected after a six month evaluation process involving 13 national and international competing systems.The creation of an “entire country” system including authorities and private sector is a very ambitious endeavour and it is with pride that we start this project.” said Luc Rombout, CEMAC CEO and ICMS project leader.
“DGI has a wide breadth of experience and past performance in the emergency management and incident response domain and we look forward to working with our partner CEMAC and the Belgian government to deliver this important state-of-the-art ICMS” said Chris Boehm, DGI group vice president, emergency and security management solutions.
St. Michael, MN, March 15, 2016 – CINCH systems, Inc. is pleased to announce a U.S. Patent* award for the Rampart VBS (Vehicle Barrier System) controls with data collection functionality.
The Rampart VBS is a high-security control and data (event) logging system for precise vehicle barrier/bollard and door/security gate management. The Rampart VBS utilizes patented End-To-End AES Encryption for secure system communication with a memory capacity to log and store 233 million entry/exit events—delivering reliable, split-second barrier activation with forensic data.
“Vehicle barriers and bollards are used to control vehicle access to the perimeter of a high profile facility. When a barrier/bollard is deployed to prevent entry or exit, it will stop and render a suspect vehicle completely inoperable. The Rampart VBS control system is designed to fit the demand for high security in both retrofit and new installations,” says Joel Christianson, CEO, CINCH systems, Inc. “The Rampart VBS is a microprocessor control with distinct advantages over PLC controls, including: better input and output protection for longer life, reduced labor costs, lower equipment costs and easy system upgrades with no custom programming necessary. Rampart records and stores up to 233 million events [actions and movements], something PLC controls do not offer,”adds Christianson.
* United States Patent Number: 9,286,799
About CINCH™ systems, Inc.
CINCH systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of patented, high security and life safety technologies with offices based in St. Michael, Minn. CINCH systems offers the industry's leading-edge high security product portfolios including:
- Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
- Vehicle Barrier Systems (VBS) Controls
Door and Security Gate Controls
CINCH systems products provide complete patented, AES Encryption End-To-End, secure fiber conversion, and the easiest to use touch screen interface in the security industry. Products are used to protect people and property across a wide-range of facilities for U.S. Government Agencies and Military facilities, SCIFs–Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, Law Enforcement, and Commercial Faculties. For more information call: (763) 497-1059 or email: [email protected]