Cyber Security

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Pan Kamal, VP of Marketing for Alert Enterprise, a security software company headquartered in Fremont, CA, explains in his opening remarks that he is going to describe Alert Enterprise’s award-...

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Tue, 2014-01-28 09:17 PM
When it comes to digital privacy, U.S. consumers are more concerned with how businesses collect and use their data than they are with government surveillance, according to a study from the data...
Mon, 2014-01-27 11:33 PM

T.K. Keanini

Back when the Internet was young, a type of hacker called script kiddies emerged. These were people who were passionate about hacking but lacked the expertise, so most of their successes came from...
Sun, 2014-01-26 10:59 PM

Andrew Ginter

“It has been proven routinely in one security test after another that any hacker with a bit of skill and time can take control of equipment on safety-critical networks,” said Andrew Ginter, vice...
Sun, 2014-01-26 10:23 PM
People interested in attending the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are advised to take extra precautions to protect themselves from cyber attacks during the events, according to Lysa Myers, a...
Mon, 2014-01-20 09:46 PM
Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) reintroduced legislation last week aimed to protect consumers from identity theft and account fraud and to establish a common set of data breach laws...
Tue, 2014-01-07 03:58 PM
The Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is inviting comments on a Partial Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contractor to operate a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (...
Wed, 2013-12-18 06:00 PM

Luke McCormack,
new CIO at DHS

DHS has named a new chief information officer, Luke McCormack, who will oversee the department’s continuing efforts to implement information technology enhancements and security.  Coming from...
Wed, 2013-12-11 07:15 PM

Rep. Bennie Thompson
(D-MS)

Members of both political parties introduced on December 11 a bipartisan piece of legislation, H.R. 3696, the “National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013” (NCCIP Act)....
Wed, 2013-12-11 06:44 PM

National Archives
building in DC

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that its State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Policy Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC, on...
Sun, 2013-12-08 05:11 PM
The SANS Technology Institute announced on December 3 that it is now accredited by The Middle States Commission of Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S....
Fri, 2013-12-06 05:25 PM
The U.S. Secret Service intends to procure between 1,000 and 2,000 mobile operating system (OS) licenses to use the Samsung KNOX Enterprise Edition on some of its smart phones. The Secret Service...
Thu, 2013-12-05 03:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...

Company News

Plano, TX-based Dell Services has announced that it has been selected to provide the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with comprehensive IT infrastructure, application, and user support services.

Eden Prairie, MN-based SUPERVALU, one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $17 billion, has announced that it experienced a criminal intrusion into the portion of its computer network that processes payment card transactions for some of its retail food stores, including some of its associated stand-alone liquor stores.

Novato, CA-based DriveSavers, a provider of data recovery, eDiscovery, and digital forensic services, has announced assistance to victims of the recent earthquake and tropical storm Iselle in Hawaii. The first major hurricane threat on the Big Island in 22 years turned into a tropical storm causing 30,000 homes to lose power and dumping four to six inches of rain. Due to power loss and flooding, many individuals and businesses could experience extensive damage to electronic devices.

Alexandria, VA-based MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Safran USA, a provider of biometric and identity management solutions to an array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, civil identification, and facility/IT security, has announced the appointment of Steve Vinsik as MorphoTrak’s new vice president of Criminal Justice and Public Security, responsible for delivering biometric and security solutions across the company’s broad span of customers.

Maple Lawn, MD-based AirPatrol Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sysorex Global Holdings Corp. has announced a new add-in for its ZoneDefense 5 mobile device security platform that will allow organizations using the Enterprise Mobility Management suite from VMware’s AirWatch to automatically switch security policies of smartphones and tablets based on the device’s owner and location.

Hillsboro, OR-based Eid Passport, a provider of high-assurance identity management solution providers, will partner with HID Global, a provider of secure identity solutions, to further enhance its RAPIDGate Premier solution to secure physical and digital assets for commercial, government and military organizations.

Minneapolis, MN-based Kroll Ontrack, a provider of data recovery  and ediscovery, has announced the availability of a new version of its Ontrack Remote Data Recovery (RDR) software. RDR is a patented, proprietary service that provides a fast and secure solution for data loss situations. Utilizing the new version of RDR, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers can work more efficiently on a specific data loss problem, saving valuable time during the data recovery process.

Cyber crime and data breaches cost the global economy about $445 billion annually, and it is estimated that more than 800 million individual records were affected by cyber crime in 2013. In response to the growing cyber criminality threatening Canadian companies, industrial insurance specialist Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has launched Allianz Cyber Protect, a comprehensive suite of coverages with market leading capacity to protect a company in the event of a data loss or a cyber security incident.

Commentary and Opinions

Being a security practitioner today is a bit like playing Whack-A-Mole at the carnival. Every time you’ve nailed one problem down, a few other nasty critters pop up faster than you can deal with them. 

A new European Union regulation that requires mandatory data breach disclosures by telecoms operators and Internet service providers (ISPs) has recently become official.

Last June, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued an update to its advice on mobile device security. The recommendations in the updated NIST report are good, sound advice; but perhaps because of the report’s focus on device security, it tends to overlook the advantages of building in security to apps during development with an open enterprise mobile app platform. 

There are many ways for enterprise owners to discover their networks have been breached. Each “breach indicator” has its own level of certainty attached to it.

However, when an FBI agent from its cyber division visits your organization and informs you that “you’ve got a problem,”  you can be nearly 100 percent certain that you’ve been breached.

Federal chief information security officers (CISOs) know that it isn’t a matter of whether their agency will be subject to a cyber-attack; it is a question of how frequently the attacks will occur. 

 

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Jody Mack provides a thumbnail description of Vanguard Integrity Professionals, a Sponsor of the 2012 GSN Awards Program as well as a Winner in the 2012 IT security category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and 2012 Finalist in the categories of “Best ID Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution”, not to mention a multiple Winner and Finalist in prior GSN Awards Programs.

Xceedium Corporation garnered its second GSN awards trophy for the entry of its Xsuite solution in the “Best Privileged Access Management” category of the 2012 Awards Program.  Ken Ammon, Chief Strategist for the company, describes how privileged access management has become increasingly important as physical and logical access have merged, and the government, through HSPD-12, has required that the PIV smart card, historically used for physical access now must be used for logical access as well.

John Bartolac relates that Axis invented the first IP Video camera in 1996 and is now the world’s largest provider of IP Video products, releasing about 30 products per year. In the government world, there is a higher threat level, requiring a very high frame rate with IP Video cameras, which led Axis to produce its Q 60 model that offers up to 1.5 kilometers of viewing.

Joe McDonald states that ASIS International, which has deep roots in federal government and law enforcement, has had a banner year in which membership increased from 37,000 to 38,000, with interesting new changes in membership demographics, accompanied by strong growth internationally. As a standards and training organization, ASIS has written and released a new organizational resilience standard and a code of conduct standard for provide security service providers, and is working on a new standard for the Department of Defense.

Entrust, Inc is an identity-based security company that focuses on government and enterprises, according to Bill Conner. The company had a big night at GSN’s 2011 Awards Program, being named Winner in “Best Certificate Management Solution”, “Best Smart Card Solution” and “Best Integrated Systems for HSPD-12/FIPS 201 Compliance”.  In the same week, Conner reports, the company also won a four-year GSA contract for PKI capability estimated at $4.5 million.

White Papers

Narus

Narus, a leader in real-time traffic intelligence for protecting governments, service providers and enterprises, just completed its 2010 annual cyber security survey focusing on the United States. Sponsored jointly with Converge Network Digest and Government Secuirty News, the survey queried a cross-section of security professionals in a variety of industries, and revealed compelling details relating to cyber security concerns, opinons and expectations for protection against attacks. More...

New Products

Millis, MA-based Kanguru Solutions, a manufacturer of secure IT storage solutions, has announced the ad...

Reston, VA-based Input, which specializes in government business, has unveiled new research detailing adoption trends for cloud computing, virtualization, service-oriented archi...

Rockville, MD-based Telvent reports that it is the first vendor selected to participate in a DHS superv...

Mobile Active Defense, LLC (M.A.D.) has announced the release of its patent-pending mobile firewall and contents filtering mecha...

GammaTech Computer Corp., a manufacturer of notebook and tablet computers, has introduced the newest member to its line of cost-effecti...