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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Wed, 2014-01-29 10:15 PM
Data Privacy Day was held on January 28 and was part of the National Cyber Security Alliance’s (NCSA) efforts to increase the general public’s awareness of privacy and cyber security issues. The NCSA...
Wed, 2014-01-29 09:56 PM
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Dan Tangherlini and the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, have announced six reforms to improve cybersecurity and resilience in the federal...
Wed, 2014-01-29 12:38 PM

Scott Greiper

As reported Monday by the Times of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel opened up his country’s first cybersecurity conference, Israel CyberTech 2014, on January 27th, saying “I think...
Wed, 2014-01-29 12:18 AM

Dr. Gordon Woo

“The threat level is higher than it has ever been for any other sporting event since 9/11,” explains Dr. Gordon Woo, a catastrophist at RMS. RMS is a company based in Newark, CA that provides...
Tue, 2014-01-28 09:17 PM
When it comes to digital privacy, U.S. consumers are more concerned with how businesses collect and use their data than they are with government surveillance, according to a study from the data...
Mon, 2014-01-27 11:33 PM

T.K. Keanini

Back when the Internet was young, a type of hacker called script kiddies emerged. These were people who were passionate about hacking but lacked the expertise, so most of their successes came from...
Sun, 2014-01-26 10:59 PM

Andrew Ginter

“It has been proven routinely in one security test after another that any hacker with a bit of skill and time can take control of equipment on safety-critical networks,” said Andrew Ginter, vice...
Sun, 2014-01-26 10:23 PM
People interested in attending the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are advised to take extra precautions to protect themselves from cyber attacks during the events, according to Lysa Myers, a...
Mon, 2014-01-20 09:46 PM
Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) reintroduced legislation last week aimed to protect consumers from identity theft and account fraud and to establish a common set of data breach laws...
Tue, 2014-01-07 03:58 PM
The Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is inviting comments on a Partial Draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for a contractor to operate a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (...
Wed, 2013-12-18 06:00 PM

Luke McCormack,
new CIO at DHS

DHS has named a new chief information officer, Luke McCormack, who will oversee the department’s continuing efforts to implement information technology enhancements and security.  Coming from...
Wed, 2013-12-11 07:15 PM

Rep. Bennie Thompson
(D-MS)

Members of both political parties introduced on December 11 a bipartisan piece of legislation, H.R. 3696, the “National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013” (NCCIP Act)....

Company News

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.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced that Tripwire vulnerability management solutions detect all known variants of Backoff malware.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated a cybersecurity alert on Friday, August 22, 2014, warning that over one thousand major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised with malware designed to infect point-of-sale (POS) systems.

New York & London-based Exiger, a provider of regulatory and financial crime, risk, and compliance, has announced the appointment of Arun Banerjee as managing director and chief revenue officer.

Palo Alto, CA-based Globo Plc, a provider of enterprise mobility solutions and software-as-a-service, has announced that its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform, GO!Enterprise, now supports Samsung KNOX. This integration further enhances security, management and user experience of Globo’s offering for Samsung Android devices, the company says.

Vienna, VA-based Veris Group, a provider of cybersecurity solutions to the public and private sectors, has announced the appointment of David L. McClure to the new position of chief strategist. McClure previously served as the associate administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies from 2009 until 2014.

Commentary and Opinions

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. 

A new European Union regulation that requires mandatory data breach disclosures by telecoms operators and Internet service providers (ISPs) has recently become official.

Last June, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued an update to its advice on mobile device security. The recommendations in the updated NIST report are good, sound advice; but perhaps because of the report’s focus on device security, it tends to overlook the advantages of building in security to apps during development with an open enterprise mobile app platform. 

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. 

 

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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...