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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

The Cambridge, MA-based Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) reports in its new Phishing Activity Trends Report that the number of phishing sites in the first quarter of 2014 leaped 10.7 percent over the previous quarter. The APWG previously reported that 2013 was one of the heaviest years for phishing on record, and Q1 2014 perpetuated that trend, posting the second-highest number of phishing attacks ever recorded in a first quarter.

As enterprises continue to move towards cloud deployments to save time, costs, and resources, they need assurance from cloud providers that their critical business data is secure.

Demonstrating its commitment to delivering secure cloud solutions, Axway, of Phoenix, has announced that it has completed an independent review of security controls for its Cloud Services organization and completion of Service Organizations Control 1 (SOC 1) report.

Dell has announced new proactive security solutions designed to provide organizations of all sizes with protection for their valuable data in the face of new and increasingly sophisticated end user security threats, while continuing to meet employees’ expectations for productivity and data access.

Mountain View, CA-based Symantec has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind programthe Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3), to address the global workforce gap in cybersecurity and provide new career opportunities for young adults who may not be college-bound.

White Plains, NY-based Assured SKCG, the risk management and insurance advisor to alternative investment firms, has seen an increased interest in cyber liability insurance by hedge funds. These firms are responding to investor concerns, a recent SEC Risk Alert on cybersecurity preparedness, and an escalation in cyber-attacks aimed at hedge funds and financial firms.

Within the past 12 months, 4 of the top 10 largest breaches took place and 66% of the breaches took months or more to discover.

Dallas, TX-based Zix Corporation, a provider of email data protection, has announced the unveiling of Zix Encryption Network, a growing community of nearly 10,000 businesses that enables the automatic exchange of encrypted email for all messages between members. All messages, regardless of content, are automatically encrypted and decrypted between members. Within Zix Encryption Network, businesses receive unparalleled confidence that outbound email is protected against interception.

Pleasanton, CA-based Bivio Networks, a provider of systems for securing, monitoring, and controlling critical network infrastructure, has introduced the Bivio 8000i Series Advanced Cyber Security Platform, the latest addition to the company’s line of award-winning high performance programmable cyber security platforms.

Tripwire, a provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, has announced the results of a survey conducted by Atomic Research and sponsored by Tripwire of 102 financial organizations and 151 retail organizations in the U.K., all of which process card payments.

Commentary and Opinions

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. 

Today, in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), devices that once served simple, one-way processes are now “smart” and connected to networks that help organizations maximize their technology investment and improve efficiencies.

Card printers that produce secure identification for government entities are a great example of a once fairly static technology that has evolved into a network-connected device that not only produces a necessary security tool, but also collects and provides valuable insights into data that helps support more efficient operations.

 

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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.

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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...

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...