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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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Sun, 2013-12-01 07:54 PM

NeMS reports

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is seeking a commercial partner which would license the intellectual property and commercialize the Lab’s “Network Mapping System” (...
Sun, 2013-11-24 12:44 PM

Randy Parsons

At a time when the nation’s infrastructure faces a growing threat from cyber-attacks, maritime and homeland security officials say they are making significant progress in protecting the nation’s...
Wed, 2013-11-20 05:57 PM
The National Protection and Intelligence Acquisition Division at DHS has decided to award a contract to the Extranet Secure Portal Group, also known as the ESP Group, of Arlington, VA, to support the...
Wed, 2013-11-13 06:47 PM

Soraya Correa

DHS has become involved with Obamacare by checking the current citizenship status of thousands of prospective purchasers of health insurance, but another part of DHS -- the Office of Cybersecurity...
Mon, 2013-11-11 02:28 PM
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for new members for two advisory groups that might be of interest to the readers of Government Security News: the Information...
Fri, 2013-11-08 07:19 PM
In an effort to build a community of cyber forensic professionals, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate has established what it calls the Cyber Forensics Electronic Technology Clearinghouse,...
Thu, 2013-11-07 05:41 PM

Passive Optical LAN
at Sandia National Labs

A revolution in the transmission of voice and data within large-scale Local Area Networks (known as LANs) is taking place, with the shift from copper wires to fiber optics. This transformation has...
Wed, 2013-11-06 06:40 PM
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee met on November 5 and discussed legislation that would attempt to consolidate many of the data centers owned and operated by the...
Tue, 2013-11-05 02:30 PM
Government Security News has announced its 2013 Homeland Security Awards finalists, and in some cases preemptive winners, in three different broad awards categories: Vendors of IT security products...
Mon, 2013-11-04 03:46 PM

National Cybersecurity
and Communications
Integration Center

The Office of the Inspector General at DHS has taken a look at how well the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center is doing in coordinating the dissemination of information...
Fri, 2013-11-01 05:24 PM

An NIAC meeting
held last year

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council will hold an open meeting in Arlington, VA, on November 21 at which its members will receive briefings by the panel’s working group on regional resiliency...
Thu, 2013-10-31 04:24 PM
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on October 30 the launch of the agency’s re-designed Web site available in both English and Spanish. The re-designed Web site provides...

Company News

Qylur Security Systems, a user experience-driven homeland security technology company based in Silicon Valley, today announced that it has deployed its Qylatron Entry Experience Solution for security screening at all 2014 FIFA World Cup games taking place at the Arena da Baixada stadium in Curitiba, Brazil. The recently renovated Parana-state venue is one of the most modern and best-appointed soccer stadiums in Brazil, with a capacity of 43,900.

Fairfax, VA-based ASM Research, an Accenture Federal Services Company, has been awarded a three-year, $162 million contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) Clinical Application and Enterprise Core Services. VistA is the VA’s award-winning Health Information Technology system, providing an integrated inpatient and outpatient electronic health record to optimize quality medical care for veterans and their families.

State of Montana officials are notifying 1.3 million people regarding a recent incident where hackers gained entry to a Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) computer server, though officials said there is no knowledge that information on the server was used inappropriately, or was even accessed.

The state is notifying individuals whose personal information was on the server, consistent with state and federal laws. The notification list includes both current and former Montana residents, and in some instances, the estates of deceased individuals.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, and NovaTech, a provider of electric utility and process industry automation, has announced a technology partnership and integration. The partnership is part of the Tripwire NERC Alliance Network program that has been designed to foster collaboration on critical infrastructure compliance and security solutions that help companies efficiently and effectively achieve NERC CIP compliance.

Santa Monica-based Quintron Systems, a provider of advanced interoperable voice systems and physical access control/intrusion detection systems, has released AccessNsite version 7.9.4 to its dealer channel for immediate deployment. The 7.9.4 version of access control and intrusion detection software brings a multitude of new features including enhancements to Escort, Access Level Groups, and native Mercury MPL support.

London-based Relative Insight, the language analysis service that turns language into data, launched on Tuesday. The company helps brands and agencies analyze all language associated with an organization and determines how it resonates with key audiences.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, has announced a new webcast titled “Hacking Point of Sale: Anatomy of a Mega Retail Breach.”

Atlanta, GA-based AirWatch, a provider of enterprise mobility management (EMM), has announced that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has selected AirWatch to manage its agency wide deployment of government-owned mobile devices.

Commentary and Opinions

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. 

A storm is gathering in cyberspace and government agencies need to do more than just close the windows. We are past the days where hacker’s just try to prove they can deface a Web site or interrupt service. Now, destructive malware, theft of intellectual property, access to critical infrastructure and connectivity to industry creates an appealing target for criminals worldwide.

The need for cybersecurity experts spans across all industries, and cyber jobs within the U.S. Government are plentiful. Recruiting top technical talent on the agency side and on the contractor side is an essential component to building a fully-functional and competent cyber network defense and cyber offensive team.  

Wireless security on the border 

By Vlad Robu 

Now, with the new immigration reform all over the news, border security is also back on the government’s "To Do" list. In past years, the government has dedicated significantly more money and resources than ever before to secure the border. Is it perfect? Far from it, but better for sure. 

 

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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...