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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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Mon, 2014-09-22 06:12 PM
US Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers and import specialists seized in late August two fraudulent iPhone 6 cell phones among other counterfeit phones and cell phone accessories,...
Tue, 2014-09-16 09:49 PM

Michael Finnegan

This article focuses on the incredible determination of former FBI Special Agent Michael Finnegan, who spent five-plus years of his life studying the activities of Palestinian terrorist Khalid Al-...
Tue, 2014-09-16 07:04 PM

Mufid Elfgeeh

A federal grand jury in Rochester, NY has returned a seven-count indictment charging Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, with three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to...
Mon, 2014-09-15 08:00 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will launch a new series of pilot programs in cities across the country to bring together community representatives, public...
Wed, 2014-09-10 07:52 PM

Terry Wade

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Terry Wade special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Wade most recently served as section chief of the...
Wed, 2014-09-10 07:25 PM
Shannon Conley, 19, of Arvada, CO, has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. She pled guilty before U.S. District Court...
Tue, 2014-09-09 06:57 PM
More than 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries are expected to attend the ASIS International (ASIS) 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place 29 Sept.-02 Oct. at the Georgia World...
Mon, 2014-09-08 05:39 PM
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was recently launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3...
Wed, 2014-09-03 06:53 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Joshua Skule special agent in charge of the FBI’s Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office (WFO). He most recently served as a deputy assistant...
Tue, 2014-09-02 09:51 PM
Eagle Eye Expositions of Norwalk, CT has announced the full roster of speakers, topics, panelists and sponsors for its “Beyond the Border 2.0” U.S./Canada Border Conference, which will take place at...
Mon, 2014-09-01 01:26 PM
As the primary research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is looking twenty to thirty years out, or even further, to define...
Thu, 2014-08-28 06:17 PM
Thanks to alerts from concerned readers and advertisers of Government Security News, we learned yesterday that attempts to log into the “GSN” website have resulted in notices to the effect that “...

Company News

McAfee, now part of Intel Security, and Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that brings together Intel Security expertise with EC3’s law enforcement skills in the war against cybercrime.

Dallas-based Zimbra, a provider of unified collaboration software, has announced the results of the Ponemon Institute’s “The Open Source Collaboration Study: Viewpoints on Security and Privacy in the U.S. and EMEA” report. The study surveyed 1,398 IT and IT security practitioners to learn about their companies’ involvement in the use of open source messaging and collaboration solutions, and their views on security and privacy.

San Mateo, CA-based Agari, a provider of data-driven security solutions that detect and prevent advanced email cyberthreats, has announced it has entered into an agreement with enterprise security company Palo Alto Networks. Per the agreement, Agari will provide email-based threat intelligence data to the Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence Cloud. This data will help enhance threat prevention of malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs) globally.

Sierra-Olympic, maker of infrared (IR) and thermal imaging components, cameras, and systems solutions for advanced imaging applications, has announced the first in a series of affordable, uncooled microbolometer thermal cameras for industrial, machine vision, and general purpose thermal imaging applications. The new Viento 320 features 320 x 240 pixel resolution with a 17-micron pixel pitch.

Columbia, MD-based Tenable Network Security, Inc., a provider of continuous network monitoring, has announced the release of Nessus v6, reducing customer exposure to security risks through advanced malware detection, compliance with system hardening policies, and enhanced security for mobile, virtualized and cloud environments.

McLean, VA-based Haystax Technology, a provider of advanced analytics and cybersecurity solutions, has announced that retired U.S. Marine General Peter Pace has been named chairman of the company’s board of directors. In this role, Pace will guide the Haystax business strategy and offer insights to best support America’s security needs. Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom has been a member of the Haystax board since 2013.

Santa Clara, CA-based Cyphort, a pioneer of Advanced Threat Defense solutions, has announced the appointment of co-founder Dr. Fengmin Gong as chief strategy officer. Dr. Gong joined Cyphort in 2012 to lead Cyphort’s Security Research, and will now add the additional responsibility for helping drive the overall technology strategy for the company.

Dr. Gong is a security veteran with over 25 years’ experience working in the industry. Prior to joining Cyphort, Dr. Gong co-founded Palo Alto Networks and IntruVert Networks.

Plano, TX-based Tyler Technologies, Inc. has signed an agreement with the city of Brentwood, TN, for its Tyler Public Safety and Incode court case management software suites to streamline the city’s day-to-day operations.

By utilizing Tyler software for both its court and public safety solutions, Brentwood will experience a seamless flow of information, increased productivity and a reduction of duplicated data.

Commentary and Opinions

Over the past 12 months, governments at all levels continued the creation of a more citizen-centric model, with technology at the heart of their efforts. As federal government agencies close the book on this fiscal year and look ahead to the next, efficiency, connectivity, scalability and security will continue to dominate technology plans and budget discussions. 

Today’s threat actors are becoming more sophisticated, advanced and diverse. Widespread virus and worm outbreaks are no longer the only worries for IT administrators; they must now also defend their infrastructure against malicious insiders and the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT). 

It’s hard to fathom that as late as 2012 the U.S. State Department estimated 27 million people around the world are trapped in a life of slavery.

Recent high-profile news stories have served as a painful reminder that even in the U.S. individuals are held against their will, subjected to forced labor, prostitution or other criminal activity. According to a 2013 Congressional Research Service report, as many as 100,000 children in the U.S. may be victims of domestic human trafficking.

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.  

 

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Recent Cyber Security Videos

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.

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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...

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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...