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, 2014-04-29 12:34 AM
On the heels of the Heartbleed security bug, Microsoft Corp. is scrambling to fix a bug affecting the widely used Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. The U.S. DHS is advising computer users to...
Fri, 2014-04-25 01:48 AM
About 58 percent of cyber security incidents in the public sector were caused by employees, according to this year’s annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. About 34 percent were caused by...
Wed, 2014-04-09 10:26 PM

Ryan Kalember

“Most of the government’s sensitive information is not in databases, but in files such as PDFs, PowerPoint slides, and Word documents. As a matter of fact, the Snowden NSA leak was all files,” said...
Fri, 2014-03-28 02:40 AM
“Security is escalating in importance,” said Dan Reuckert.Rueckert is the associate vice president of Black & Veatch’s Management Consulting Division’s Security & Compliance practice. He has...
Wed, 2014-03-19 10:02 PM

Mark Gelhardt

“You have to take cybersecurity seriously no matter what business you are in,” said Mark Gelhardt.
Wed, 2014-03-12 11:20 PM

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio 

A bill introduced by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) to improve the security of government websites has been unanimously approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Thu, 2014-02-13 07:40 PM
The Obama Administration has announced the release of the Cybersecurity Framework, the result of a year-long effort to develop a voluntary guide for critical infrastructure organizations to...
Tue, 2014-02-11 11:24 PM

Tom Kellermann

“This is a Cybersecurity 911 system for our critical infrastructure,” said Tom Kellermann regarding the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 (NCCIP).
Thu, 2014-02-06 11:41 PM

Dr. Oliver McGee

“Cyber-assaults on the nation's critical infrastructure are on the rise at alarming rates,” says Dr. Oliver McGee.McGee is the former United States deputy assistant secretary of transportation for...
Wed, 2014-02-05 08:35 PM
Several major Internet companies, for the first time, have revealed in broad terms the number of data requests they receive that have been approved by judges under the Foreign Intelligence...
Tue, 2014-02-04 06:36 PM

Michael Rogers 

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has nominated Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers as President Obama’s nominee to become director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and commander of U.S. Cyber...
Fri, 2014-01-31 05:28 PM

Rebecca Richards

The National Security Agency (NSA) has appointed Rebecca Richards as its first-ever civil liberties and privacy officer. Ms. Richards most recently worked as the senior director for privacy...

Company News

London, England-based Brit PLC, a global specialty insurer and reinsurer, has developed a unique insurance service to protect companies operating critical infrastructure and industrial machinery from terrorist and other malicious attacks, such as sabotage, espionage and theft.

San Mateo, CA-based Norse, a provider of live attack intelligence, has announced that Brian Contos has joined the company as a senior vice president and chief security strategist. In this new position, Conto will help guide the company’s market strategy, technical solutions, and field engineering.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, and Belden, a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical manufacturing applications, have announced a new marketing initiative designed to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations.

According to a Woburn, MA-based Kaspersky Lab and B2B International survey of worldwide IT professionals, 93% of financial services organizations experienced various cyberthreats in the past 12 months.

San Diego, CA-based Bartell Hotels, owner of family hotels in the San Diego area, has confirmed a data security incident which may have involved certain credit and debit card data, including individuals' names, payment card numbers, and card expiration dates. Bartell Hotels is encouraging individuals who visited five of its hotels and used payment cards for lodging, food and beverage, or retail transactions between February 16, 2014 and May 13, 2014, to review their payment card statements for signs of unusual activity.

Vancouver, B.C.-based Viscount Systems, a provider of IT-based security software and services, has announced that it has been awarded additional contracts to secure U.S. Federal Government facilities in Washington, D.C. and Ohio for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

BlueLine Grid has announced that John Cohen, former Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has joined the company to help formulate and execute its Public Safety market strategy.

Santa Clara, CA-based McAfee Labs has released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2014, revealing that phishing continues to be an effective tactic for infiltrating enterprise networks. Testing business users’ ability to detect online scams, the McAfee Phishing Quiz uncovered that 80 percent of its participants failed to detect at least one of seven phishing emails.

Commentary and Opinions

A healthy dose of paranoia is a good thing when it comes to computer security. It sometimes seems that every person with a bad agenda is trying to attack your systems (and that just might be the case). 

In just six years, North Louisiana has created a fast-growing cyber cluster in a region historically dominated by manufacturing, oil and gas, and agricultural sectors. The catalyst for this rapid progress stems from the combined vision of local and state leaders to diversify the region’s economic base and develop a knowledge-based workforce for the expanding cyber sector.  

As the Edward Snowden soap opera continues to play out on the world stage, pundits can fill the airwaves with suppositions about personal and corporate privacy, spy tactics against presumed terrorists, and the fate of one government contractor, now encamped in Russia. In the hallways of government agencies, the conversations are more pragmatic. Security and IT professionals are asking each other how to best protect data when it is the necessary basis for employee collaboration and productivity.

In the rapidly changing mobile environment of government security, agency executives are challenged as never before by two stark realities. First, in an ecosystem increasingly shaped by the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend, they need to be preparing their workforces to use mobile devices. Second, they must make sure that they are able to provide a level of security for mobile devices that matches the level found on their desktops.

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. 

 

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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...