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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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Wed, 2014-11-12 03:31 PM
As the result of the ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense, the Transportation Security Administration has extended TSA Pre-check expedited screening benefits to students of four U.S....
Tue, 2014-11-11 06:41 PM
A moment of silence was observed around the country this morning. During these precious minutes, families, neighbors, and friends remembered those who are serving and have served our nation. This...
Tue, 2014-11-11 01:51 PM
November 11, 2014 -- As Veterans’ Day approaches, I have a couple of thoughts. First, I’m thankful for all of the sacrifices our Veterans have made, that in so many ways it is difficult for many to...
Tue, 2014-11-11 01:30 PM
The New York-based Open Society Foundations awarded a grant of $50 million Friday to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in support of its nationwide campaign to end mass incarceration. The...
Mon, 2014-11-10 05:30 PM
The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent,...
Sun, 2014-11-09 07:37 PM
Dozens of dark market websites offering a range of illegal goods and services for sale on the Tor network went dark Thursday following a coordinated international law enforcement action. The seizure...
Sun, 2014-11-09 04:58 PM
Investigators have discovered a potential cyber security threat to the U.S. critical infrastructure. BlackEnergy is a trojan horse discovered within the software that controls oil and gas pipelines,...
Thu, 2014-11-06 04:20 PM

John Stewart

The Internet of Everything (IoE) has created unprecedented connections of people, process, data and things. Applications running on tablets, mobile devices and home appliance sensors are improving...
Tue, 2014-11-04 04:39 PM

Rafael Garcia

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Rafael “Jorge” Garcia, Jr. assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ). Garcia most recently served as deputy...
Sun, 2014-11-02 04:53 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced two new partnerships between the DHS Blue Campaign -- the unified voice for DHS’ efforts to combat human trafficking- - and the City of Phoenix...
Sun, 2014-11-02 03:39 PM
As part of Operation Predator, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) designed a smartphone last September to seek the public’s help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators. Since...
Tue, 2014-10-21 01:50 PM

Dr. Robert Griffin 

Dr. Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology, has announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Griffin as the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S...

Company News

Belcamp, MD-based SafeNet Assured Technologies, a U.S. based provider of government high assurance data security solutions, has announced its formal company launch. SafeNet Assured Technologies’ mission is to provide high assurance data security products and technologies to defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies across the Federal Government.
In the wake of the latest data breach news and the fact that the personal records of more than 85 million people were exposed in 2014 alone, LifeLock has released a new identity theft risk calculator to help consumers assess their risk and adjust their behavior accordingly. The calculator asks consumers questions ranging from their habits related to changing their online passwords to whether they take steps to safeguard their postal mail.
On the globally recognized Safer Internet Day, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and CA Technologies are joining forces to host a free webinar on Tuesday, February 10 at 4 p.m. EST, focused on new strategies in teaching online safety.
Secure cloud provider FireHost has announced it will be teaming with Dell Services to deliver secure, fully managed private cloud services to meet customers’ needs for secure, compliant private cloud environments.
Austin, TX-based HID Global, a worldwide provider of secure identity solutions, has announced it has completed the consolidation of its world headquarters and North American Operations Center. The company has also achieved recognition by three organizations for successfully implementing some of the industry’s most stringent sustainability guidelines in the design, construction and operation of its 250,000 square feet of manufacturing, office and warehouse space.
Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, has announced that the H.J. Heinz Company, one of the world’s leading marketers and producers of healthy, convenient and affordable foods, has implemented Virtustream’s xStream platform to deploy a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) infrastructure and run production SAP HANA in the cloud.
New York, NY-based EXIGER, the global regulatory and financial crime, risk and compliance firm, has announced the appointment of John W. Melican as managing director.A seasoned anti-money laundering and compliance professional, Melican joins EXIGER from Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. Most recently, he was Head of Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Compliance for the Americas. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s anti-corruption and international sanction initiatives.
Irvine, CA-based Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, has introduced the Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive, a device that utilizes a hardware based encryption process to deliver a robust, secure (military grade AES 256-bit encryption), easy to use and affordable solution to safely make sensitive data portable. Ideal for enterprise companies, government agencies and concerned consumers, the Toshiba Encrypted USB Flash Drive offers a higher assurance of security.

Commentary and Opinions

Government computing has undergone rapid change in recent years. Within the data center, multiple drivers are pushing cloud computing to the forefront, including technology policies such as “Cloud First” and general austerity mandates aimed at eliminating large infrastructure or asset ownership and management. Defense and military applications are also changing, as the applications that a warfighter utilizes at the tactical edge are becoming increasingly compute-intensive to enhance and extend combat cognition, efficiency and effectiveness.
Mobility, bring-your-own-device and telework policies pay off several times over. In addition to creating a work-life balance for employees with anytime, anywhere connectivity, the ability to go mobile can help to ease vexing budgetary constraints that many state and local governments will carry, once again, into a new year. With these benefits and a growing citizen demand for round-the-clock accessibility to government services and information, few will dispute that mobility presents a compelling value proposition for state and local governments.
Hybrid-Cloud computing, the combination of private, community and public Cloud infrastructures, delivers advantages. But it also introduces risks, particularly around privileged users and trusted insider threats.
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). 
 

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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.

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...