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NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2017 -- BlueteamGlobal, a global cybersecurity services firm launched earlier this year, today announced that it is changing its name to BlueVoyant, effective immediately.
Co-founded by CEO Jim Rosenthal, former Chief Operating Officer at Morgan Stanley, and Executive Chairman Tom Glocer, former Chief Executive Officer at Thomson Reuters, BlueVoyant will provide Advanced Cyber Threat Intelligence for large companies and Managed Security Services for smaller businesses. The company expects to launch its new generation of commercial products in early 2018.
BlueVoyant, which has raised more than $125 million from institutional and individual investors, was formed in part by the acquisition of three cybersecurity technology businesses—BitVoyant, K2G and K2 Cyber Defense. The company, which has offices in the U.S., the U.K. and Israel, has assembled an 85-person team of leading experts from international intelligence, law enforcement and private sector organizations.
CEO Jim Rosenthal said the company chose the name for three reasons: to reaffirm our dedication to the "blue" side of cyber defense and to protecting company networks; to celebrate "voyant" and the successful integration of BitVoyant and our portfolio companies; and to create a shorter and more fully memorable name.
"Our new name embodies our purpose—to help defend businesses around the world against agile and well-financed cyber attackers by providing unparalleled visibility and insight," Rosenthal said. "Through our unique data assets, world-class human intelligence experts, and managed security services, BlueVoyant offers the private sector exceptional cyber defense capabilities."
The company's founding senior leadership team includes:
- Daniel Ennis, Head of Threat Intelligence; he was formerly Director of the NSA's Threat Operations Center.
- Ron Feler, Deputy Head of Threat Intelligence; he previously served as Deputy Commander of the Israel Defense Forces's Unit 8200 cyberintelligence unit.
- Gad Goldstein, Head of Dark Web Intelligence; he served as a division head in the Israel Security Agency,
- Shin Bet, in the rank equivalent to Major General.
- Austin Berglas, Co-Head of Managed Security Service; he was formerly head of the FBI's New York Cyber Branch.
- Milan Patel, Co-Head of Managed Security Service; he was formerly CTO for the Cyber Division at the FBI.
The company today announced the addition of six senior executives to its leadership team.
Tal Blaustein recently joined the company as Head of Security Operations Center (SOC) Operations in Israel. The former Head of Cyber Defense Operations of the Israeli Defense Forces, Blaustein served in the IDF's J6/C4i information services unit and the Cyber Defense Directorate for 13 years, and previously served as the IDF's Home Front Command Chief IT Architect.
David Lessing is Head of New Products and Partnerships. He joins BlueVoyant from Beechwood Bermuda, a wealth management firm, where he was most recently Interim CEO. Previously, Lessing served at Morgan Stanley as Chief Operating Officer of its U.S. Wealth Management Group.
Brian Miller was named Head of Integration Engineering and Product Manager within BlueVoyant's Managed Security Services division. Miller joins the team from Secureworks, where he created new solutions in the Managed Security Services market.
Steven Spadaccini has been named Head of Threat Intelligence Products. Spadaccini joins BlueVoyant from FireEye, where he was responsible for product and marketing programs for intelligence, services and products.
Ed Martin was appointed Head of Technical Product Management for Managed Security Services. Martin comes to BlueVoyant from Secureworks, where he served as Senior Product Manager focused on the company's counter threat platform.
Chris Teekema has been named Head of Client Implementation and Quality Measurement. He comes to BlueVoyant from Dell SecureWorks, where he was Senior Network Security Manager for Managed Security Services.
BlueVoyant is a provider of Advanced Threat Intelligence and Managed Security Services with offices in New York, the Washington D.C. area, London and Tel Aviv. More information on BlueVoyant can be found online at www.bluevoyant.com.
Neuron and Nautilus are malicious tools designed to operate on Microsoft Windows platforms, primarily targeting mail servers and web servers. The NCSC has observed these tools being used by the Turla group to maintain persistent network access and to conduct network operations.
The Turla group use a range of tools and techniques, many of which are custom. Using their advanced toolkit, the Turla group compromise networks for the purposes of intelligence collection. The Turla group is known to target government, military, technology, energy and commercial organisations.
The Turla group has operated on targets using a rootkit known as Snake for many years. Like Neuron and Nautilus, Snake provides a platform to steal sensitive data, acts as a gateway for internal network operations and is used to conduct onward attacks against other organisations.
The Turla group are experienced in maintaining covert access through incident response activities. They infect multiple systems within target networks and deploy a diverse range of tools to ensure that they retain a foothold back onto a victim even after the initial infection vector has been mitigated.
The NCSC has observed both Neuron and Nautilus being used in conjunction with the Snake rootkit. In a number of instances, one or both of these tools has been deployed following the successful installation of Snake. The NCSC believes that Neuron and Nautilus are another component of the wider Turla campaign and are not acting as replacements for the Snake rootkit. It is likely that these tools have seen wider deployment since the Snake rootkit has been reported on by the information security industry, providing the group with additional methods of access.
This advisory provides information to detect Neuron and Nautilus infections. The NCSC encourages any organisation that has previously experienced a compromise by the Turla group to be diligent in checking for the presence of these additional tools. Whilst they are commonly deployed alongside the Snake rootkit, these tools can also be operated independently.
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Release Date: November 27, 2017, SALTON CITY, Calif., – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint, arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine inside his pickup’s gas tank on Friday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:40 a.m., when a 66-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a 2003 Chevy Silverado. Before the driver reached the primary inspection area, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Agents referred the man to secondary inspection for a closer inspection of his pickup.
Upon further inspection, Border Patrol agents found 74 packages stuffed inside the pickup’s gas tank. Agents tested the contents of the packages. That test indicated a positive for characteristics of methamphetamine.
The total weight of the methamphetamine was 77.22 pounds with an estimated street value of $270,270.
Gas tanks are a common hiding place drug traffickers use to smuggle their narcotics.
The man, a naturalized citizen, the vehicle and narcotics were turned-over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In fiscal year 2018, El Centro Sector has seized more than 197.54 pounds of methamphetamine.
Agents Arrest Man for Smuggling Meth, Fentanyl
TUCSON, Ariz., November 27, 2017 – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19 near Amado found more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine and multiple fentanyl pills in a Nissan sedan following a canine’s alert on Nov. 22.
Agents referred the driver, an 18-year-old man from Nogales, Arizona, for a secondary inspection of the vehicle after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. As a result, agents found multiple packages of meth, worth in excess of $162,000, and more than half a pound of fentanyl valued at nearly $12,000.
Agents arrested the driver for narcotics smuggling and seized the sedan and its contents.
According to information posted on DEA.gov, Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid, prescribed for severe chronic pain, or breakthrough pain, to patients who are already receiving opioid medication. It is considered to be about 100 times more potent than morphine.
Border Patrol Arrests Convicted Sex Offender and MS-13 Gang Member
OCOTILLO, Calif., November 27, 2017 – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two potentially dangerous men, a previously deported sex offender and an MS-13 gang member, who illegally entered the United States Friday morning.
The first incident happened at approximately 5:15 a.m., when Border Patrol agents patrolling approximately 22 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry, encountered a man who was illegally present in the United States.
Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing.
Agents conducted record checks which revealed that the man had a previous notice to appear from San Jose, CA for lewd acts with a child under 14.
The man a 44-year-old Mexican citizen, will be removed to his country of origin.
The second incident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m., when Border Patrol agents patrolling 11 miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry, encountered a man who had illegally entered the United States.
Border Patrol agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing.
After agents conducted record checks they were able to identify that the man had a previous record with affiliation to the MS-13 gang from Honduras.
The man was removed in 2010 and will be processed as a Reinstatement of previous removal.
The man, a 24-year-old Honduras citizen, will be removed to his country of origin.
Armed Mexican Smuggler Arrested near Gila Bend
TUCSON, Ariz., November 27, 2017 – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station seized a Dodge minivan and a handgun Sunday after identifying the driver and three passengers as Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.
Agents stopped the minivan on westbound Interstate 8, outside of Gila Bend, Arizona, Sunday afternoon to conduct an immigration inspection. While questioning the occupants, agents determined all individuals were Mexican nationals who had entered the country illegally.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents discovered a 9mm pistol and ammunition, belonging to the driver.
In addition to seizing the vehicle and weapon, agents arrested the four occupants for immigration violations, in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines. The driver will also be presented for prosecution and could face additional charges for his role in the smuggling attempt, as well as for illegal possession of a firearm.
Agents Arrest Illegal Alien Convicted of Rape
TUCSON, Ariz, November 27, 2017 – Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Station apprehended a 40-year-old Mexican man in the desert near Sasabe, Arizona, on Saturday afternoon for illegally entering the United States.
While processing Juan Sotelo-Carasco, agents conducted a records check and learned he was convicted and sentenced in 2016 for rape in Contra Costa County, California.
Sotelo is being held in federal custody pending prosecution for felony criminal immigration violations.
Amsterdam, – To help device manufacturers meet a growing demand for long-lasting low-power NarrowBand (NB) IoT modules, Gemalto and Huawei – via its semiconductor arm, HiSilicon – are working together to develop the next generation of modules that combine an extra level of security and consume very low power. By combining the expertise from both companies, these NB-IoT modules will help manufacturers reduce the cost and size of their devices, and lengthen the battery life of the devices to up to ten years.
NB IoT has been developed to address lower bit rates and lower cost segments, and works virtually anywhere. It offers ultra-low power consumption enabling devices to be battery operated for periods of up to 10 years. Applications include smart parking sensors, intruder and fire alarms, personal healthcare appliances, tracking devices, and street lamps to name a few. According to ABI Research, NB IoT modulesconnecting objects to networks are forecast to represent over 20% of all cellular shipments by 2021.
"2017 is the year of commercial NB IoT rollouts for us, and we will be building 30 such networks in 20 countries worldwide by the end of the year. Huawei has been a major player in this arena, and we continue to capitalize on this vast opportunity," said XiongWei, president of LTE solution, Huawei. "We look to supply the market with solutions that provide stable connectivity, low energy consumption, and cost efficiency. The network roll-out will now come with an enhanced integration and flexibility thanks to this collaboration with Gemalto."
"The combination of our expertise in IOT cellular connectivity, and digital security, and Huawei's high-performance NB IoT chipsets will help device manufacturers and service providers take the plunge into cellular IoT mass deployment thanks to a standardized solution," said Suzanne Tong-Li, SVP Greater China and Korea for Mobile Services and IoT and China President, Gemalto. "Our collaboration simplifies the implementation of NB IoT projects combining solid security and flexibility."
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.
From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.
Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.
Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.
NEW YORK-- L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today the award of multiple contracts relating to the development of Free Space Optics (FSO) capabilities for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and space customers. FSO technology enables high-bandwidth communication while protecting signal integrity in a highly contested spectrum environment and is a proven next-generation solution for high-capacity, over-the-air communications.
“Our continued investment in FSO technologies builds on our leadership in providing state-of-the-art data links that deliver the most reliable and secure communications possible for our customers,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, L3’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Our focus on bringing innovation to the space and near-space domains reflects our strategy of aligning with our customers’ priorities in these markets to increase their efficiencies and overall mission effectiveness.”
Work on these contracts will be done by L3 Communication Systems-West (L3 CS-West), which is part of the company’s Communication Systems business segment. L3 CS-West has been developing robust and reliable FSO communications since 2007, enabling long- and short-haul transmission capabilities for enhanced dissemination of large volumes of video and data.
L3 CS-West is a leader in communication systems for high-performance networks, including intelligence collection, imagery processing and satellite communications for the DoD and other customers. The company provides high data rate, wideband, secure, real-time communication systems for surveillance and reconnaissance. To learn more about L3 CS-West, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com/CSW.
Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion.
To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at www.L3T.com. L3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding L3 is routinely posted on the company’s website and is readily accessible.
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Salient CRGT Expands Mobility Product Offering to Provide Law Enforcement Quick Access to Investigative Data
FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 21, 2017 -- Whether it's a state trooper needing an immediate background check on a motorist or an investigator requiring timely criminal evidence for a case, law enforcement officials demand instant access to crucial investigative information. Recognizing this challenge to rise to higher level of performance, Salient CRGT, Inc., a leading provider of technology consulting services has partnered with Kaseware, the leader in investigative case management solutions, to integrate Salient CRGT's Voyager™ Query for Law Enforcement within the Kaseware investigative case management system to make it easier for law enforcement agencies to obtain criminal justice data.
Kaseware investigative case management system combines incident and case management, dispatching, evidence management, and analytics in a single, integrated system. Salient CRGT's Voyager Query's proven, cloud-based CJIS integration platform, paired with Kaseware's integrated system eliminates the need to maintain multiple software products or reinvent connecting to legacy systems and databases. As a result, this strategic partnership enables agencies to cost effectively support information sharing, comprehensive investigations, and crime reduction programs.
"Data sharing in law enforcement is a powerful tool used to not only protect the lives of law enforcement officers, but also enhance public safety and neutralize criminal activity. Partnering with Kaseware further expands Voyager Query's commercial reach and enhance the delivery of critical information to the hands of first responders," said Dr. Larry Rose, SVP of Commercial Services at Salient CRGT.
Salient CRGT currently serves more than 250 law enforcement communities encompassing over 2,100 users using Voyager Query for Law Enforcement. Voyager Query's infrastructure allows authorized agencies to access critical Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) compliant data over any wireless network and the ability to message between multiple users and agencies provides a new level of information sharing capability. Kaseware is offered as a CJIS compliant SaaS or on premises integrated suite of capabilities that's easy to use and full featured.
"Kaseware was developed by the same team that built the FBI's current global investigations and case management system. We understand the critical impact of relevant and timely law enforcement data to any investigation," said Chad Fulgham, Co-Founder and CEO of Kaseware and former FBI CIO. "Kaseware's offering of Salient CRGT's National Crime Information Center searching at no extra cost for all Kaseware law enforcement officials customers is yet another example of how Kaseware is committed to supporting our law enforcement professionals."
About Salient CRGT
Salient CRGT provides federal civilian, defense, homeland, and intelligence agencies, as well as Fortune 1000 companies, with expertise and leadership in health, data analytics, cloud, agile software development, mobility, cyber security, and infrastructure solutions. We support these core capabilities with full life‐cycle IT services and training—to help our customers meet critical goals for pivotal missions. The most innovative talent delivery model in the industry, scientifically providing exactly the right people for the customers' most pressing requirements, fuels these critical capabilities. Salient CRGT has earned a record of success with integration and operations of large‐scale, high‐volume solutions. On March 1, 2017, Salient CRGT completed its acquisition of Information Innovators, Inc. – visit newsroom and explore www.salientcrgt.com.
Kaseware is a tech startup that empowers agencies of any size with advanced investigative and case management technology to deliver incident and case management, investigations, analytics, and information sharing solutions to law enforcement, intelligence, government, and corporate security organizations. Its solution is offered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or On-Premises Enterprise and always supports modern browsers and major mobile platforms
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XLIVE 2017 Convenes with U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Las Vegas Police Dept., Intellitix + More to Address Security at Live Events and Festivals in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 14, 2017 -- As live events and festivals are more prevalent than ever across the globe, the ability to keep attendees, creators and artists safe at these events remains the highest priority. Confronting potential security issues head on and offering up solutions to event producers, the directors of leading live event and festival conference XLIVE have gathered the top experts in Safety and Security to preside over a selection of workshops and panels geared specifically towards keeping events as safe as possible.
Inviting festival producers, event organizers and venue operators to explore a comprehensive program composed of case studies, roundtable discussions and panels, the primary goal of XLIVE is to deliver an educational platform where participants will learn how to identify key vulnerabilities and deploy methodologies to ensure safe and successful events. Participants of the safety and security activations at the conference will have direct access to interact with representatives from leading security companies, including AEG Presents, MSA Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Police Department, Intellitix, Unified Command plus many others.
CEO & Co-Founder of XLIVE, Waco Hoover said, "Creating a safe environment for festival attendees is a primary objective for all live event and festival producers. The programming and in-depth workshop at XLIVE this year will provide a robust set of safety and security resources that participants can immediately take back and implement in their organizations."
Emphasizing the importance of building a strong core health and safety team in addition to discerning which measures should be in place well ahead of any event, XLIVE's faculty will focus on the establishment and maintenance of safety and security protocols at live events. To address the growing challenges festival executives are facing in the wake of tragic events such as the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester or natural disasters such as hurricanes, XLIVE demonstrates how to wisely invest funds to ensure artists and fans are protected from natural disasters and terrorist threats.
Fundamental learning opportunities include the Safety First - Building Out the Best Health and Safety Team, an informative roundtable discussion with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Clark County Fire Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to examine recent incidents and review strategies that were successful in crisis mitigation and prevention.
Further aiding in the advancement of safety at live events is the 2017 Safety and Security Workshop, a senior-level forum taking place on December 13th that will bring together entertainment and live event executives for a deep dive into all facets of event security. The expansive schedule targets Best Practices, Emergency Planning, Access Control and Credentialing, Surveillance and how to activate support from Federal, State and Local agencies plus an interactive Q&A at the end of the workshop to address singular queries. The Safety and Security Workshop will be led by driving forces on the international security circuit, with companies such as AEG Presents, MSA Security, Unified Command, Intellitix, Event Risk Management Solutions LLC and the Venue Solutions Group.
Among pivotal figures involved with the Safety and Security Workshop is Jeff Miller, SVP MSA Security, whose strong background covers Entertainment and Sports Venue Security, Crisis Communications, Explosive Detection K9, SmartTech, Investigations, Social Media Intelligence, Cyber Security and Executive Protection. Jeff Miller's resume includes former Chief Security Office for the National Football League and a 24-year long career with the Pennsylvania State Police, retiring as Commissioner in 2008. Also on board for the security workshop is AEG Present's Ashour Ebrahim, Director of Festival Health & Safety, who will bring a wealth of knowledge to the workshop and whose background covers Human Intelligence Development, Foreign Travel Security and Operations, Executive & Dignitary Protection, Specialized Security Services, Law Enforcement & Military Tactics Training, Site Security, Threat & Vulnerability Assessments, plus Threat and Risk Mitigation. Jeff Miller and Ashour Ebrahim will be joined by several other experts to consult in areas such as venue protection, major event security and crisis communications. More information on this critical seminar available here.
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure Unveils Safe City Framework Integrated solutions and coordinated capabilities make cities safer and more resilient
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure unveiled its Safe City Framework at Smart City Expo World Congress, the leading international event for smart cities. Hexagon's Safe City Framework offers flexibility to support solutions that advance capabilities, while being practical to implement within a city's new or existing information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.
Hexagon has been independently assessed as the global market leader for computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and geographic information system (GIS) software in control rooms and offers an extensive portfolio of solutions and domain expertise for other vital public services. Hexagon's integrated solutions and coordinated capabilities amplify the benefits and impact of individual software applications to improve public services operations, increase citywide cooperation and expand stakeholder engagement.
"Cities must not only protect people and property, but also economic activity, the environment and the public perception of the city as a safe place to live, work and visit," said Steven Cost, president, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. "Hexagon provides the connectivity, collaboration and intelligence essential to making cities safer and more resilient."
Hexagon's solutions serve thousands of communities around the world, from mega cities like New York City and São Paulo to entire countries, like Germany and New Zealand. Supported by an extensive technology and implementation partner eco-system, and with safe city-ready components that advance city capabilities, Hexagon is uniquely positioned to realize customers' safe city strategies.
These safe city components and capabilities include:
Data mining and analytics solutions that help identify and mitigate risk and improve resource management and operational efficiency.
Sensor and video intelligence solutions that improve operational capability to detect, assess and respond to incidents.
Citizen reporting solutions that improve the ease and speed with which the public can request assistance and provide information.
Next Gen 911/112 call-taking and dispatching solutions that manage communications and critical information from multimedia sources and coordinate and track resources and situations in real time.
Multi-agency resource management solutions that provide the information and capabilities to optimize resources across services and jurisdictions.
Infrastructure management solutions that optimize planning and operations to better understand the condition of assets, minimize disruption to vital services and expedite recovery.
Incident command system solutions that enable collaboration between emergency services and other city services for faster, more efficient and effective major incident planning, response, recovery and mitigation.
Mobile working solutions that empower personnel and increase situational awareness, while enhancing efficiency and service delivery.
Digital records and evidence solutions that collect and manage information about people, places and incidents to aid evidence-based investigations and decision-making.
Dashboards and reporting solutions that make information accessible, interactive and fact-based for greater insight, visibility and engagement.
During Smart City Expo World Congress, Hexagon is demonstrating how its portfolio works across three areas essential to every smart city: digital, safe and connected. Hexagon will demonstrate its safe city capabilities in its own exhibit area, as well as alongside its partners Microsoft and Huawei, while Cost will speak of the challenges facing urban areas during the panel discussion, "Bend Not Break: Preparing Our Cities to Respond to Emergencies and Disasters."
About Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure provides mission-critical and business-critical solutions to governments and service providers. A global leader, proven innovator and trusted partner, our software and industry expertise help improve the lives of millions of people through safer communities, better public services and more reliable infrastructure. Visit www.hexagonsafetyinfrastructure.com.
Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
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alliantgroup Hosts Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge at its Technology, Economic, Legislative & Policy Summit
HOUSTON, -- Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and over 100 professionals, including current and former state officials, Congress members, executive officers, U.S. business leaders, CPA partners and business advisors from across the nation gathered for alliantgroup's inaugural Technology, Economic, Legislative & Policy Summit—an exclusive event created for the benefit of the firm's clients and CPA and industry partners.
During the two day conference, attendees were treated to a series of panels covering some of the most critical issues facing U.S. policymakers. Such topics included the impact of technology on the American workforce, the growing importance of cybersecurity, recent tax reform legislation and policy reforms that would foster a more technically skilled labor force and sustainable economic growth.
During the conference's keynote panel, former Secretary Ridge was joined by alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav and the leaders of several technology alliances. With the advancement of new technologies and the Internet of Things making our world more connected, Ridge and the panel stressed how cybersecurity must become a primary focus for both the public and private sectors. The panel emphasized that while these new technologies have improved our overall quality of life and enhanced the efficiency of countless industries, from manufacturing to healthcare services, the growing connectivity of individuals, systems and networks has made the country more susceptible to cyberattacks.
"There is a greater threat today in my judgement of a cyberattack causing economic damage and potential personal injury and death than even a physical attack," said Ridge.
During the panel, Ridge and the other technology experts highlighted the importance of maintaining good safety protocols to identify and prevent attacks, from standardized employee procedures to ensuring firewalls and other security systems were up to date. The panel also stressed the importance of employees to maintain these best practices and to exercise good judgement.
"I would like to thank Secretary Ridge and everyone who took the time to attend this event," said Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup CEO. "Our goal in hosting these conferences is to provide thought leadership to our CPA firms and the businesses they serve. By providing them with the information they need to stay ahead of emerging economic and policy trends, it is our hope that we are offering another avenue to ensure their continued success."
Those in attendance included former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, former Alabama Governor Bob Riley, former U.S. Congressman Rick Lazio, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Dean Zerbe, Private Equity and M&A Advisor Neeraj Mital, former IRS Commissioners Mark W. Everson, Steven Miller and Kathy Petronchak, and alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav.
alliantgroup is a leading tax consultancy and the nation's premier provider of specialty tax services. The firm assists U.S. businesses and their CPA advisors in properly identifying and claiming all federal and state tax incentives that were designed for their benefit. These incentive programs were created to help American businesses grow and remain competitive in an increasingly global economy. To date, alliantgroup has helped 12,000 U.S. businesses claim over $6 billion in tax savings. For more information on alliantgroup, please follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
Coop Employs Cognito from Vectra to Protect its Retail Operations from Cyber attacks and Augment its Security Operations Team
Vectra®, the leader in automating the hunt for in-progress cyber attacks, today announced a multi-year agreement to provide its Cognito™ AI threat hunting platform to Coop Group, one of Switzerland's largest retail and wholesale companies. Coop selected the Cognito AI platform from Vectra as an innovative approach to increasing cybersecurity operational efficiency and efficacy.
With 2,476 sales outlets and over 85,000 employees, Coop is a large and highly distributed organisation. With the retail industry being a significant target for cybercriminals*, Coop decided that perimeter defences alone are insufficient to safeguard customer information, internal systems and point of sale systems. As a result, Coop set out to find technology that would enable them to detect and respond to cyber attacks in real time and prevent or significantly mitigate the impact of a data breach.
Coop identified significant economic and security gains resulting from the introduction of AI security automation. After evaluating multiple solutions, it turned to Vectra and its Cognito AI platform to help them detect cyber attacks in real time and speed response by augmenting their security operations team.
Cognito detects both known and unknown threats through the analysis of malicious attacker behaviours, rather than simple signature profiling of exiting threats. It will augment the Coop cybersecurity analysts by rapidly detecting, triaging and correlating threats to uncover in-progress cyber attacks before they become critical security incidents. Cognito detects threats created by malware, ransomware, advanced attackers abusing credentials and rogue insiders, regardless of the device or software used, and at a speed and scale humans alone cannot match.
"Enterprises like Coop are under immense pressure to reduce the time to detect and respond to attacks," said Gerard Bauer, vice president of EMEA at Vectra. "Security teams are overwhelmed with the manual task of triaging and correlating security events and struggle to fill open cybersecurity jobs. The Cognito AI platform automates threat hunting, triage and correlation for the Coop security team, and prioritises threats based on risk level so they can respond immediately. Cognito has reduced the security operations workload for enterprises by 168x**, shortening incident response from days to minutes."
To learn more about the Cognito platform, and how it combines machine learning and behavioural analytics to hunt ongoing threats, visit https://vectra.ai/cognito.
Vectra® is transforming cybersecurity with AI. Its Cognito platform automates cyber attack detection and response from data centre and cloud workloads to user and IoT devices. Cognito correlates threats, prioritises hosts based on risk and provides rich context to empower response with existing security systems, reducing security operations workload by 168x. Vectra was named "Most Innovative Emerging Company" in the Dark Reading Best of Black Hat Awards. InformationWeek also named Vectra one of the Top 125 companies to watch in 2016. Vectra has been issued 5 U.S. patents with 14 additional patents pending for cybersecurity applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Vectra investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, IA Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and DAG Ventures. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and has European regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information, visit https://vectra.ai.
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