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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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...
Tue, 2013-10-29 07:01 PM

Leeds City College

Leeds City College, the UK's third-largest further educational establishment with more than 40,000 students and more than 1,500 staff, has deployed WatchGuard Technologies Unified Threat Management (...
Tue, 2013-10-29 04:21 PM
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the opening of a 45-day comment period during which members of the public can offer their insights and opinions about NIST’s...
Mon, 2013-10-28 12:09 PM
DHS has decided to award a sole source task order to the Rand Corp., of Arlington, VA, to continue providing the analytic support that the department has required in past years to develop a resource...
Thu, 2013-10-24 04:36 PM
Lockheed Martin is inviting government organizations interested in learning how to strengthen their network security to its new continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) lab and associated...
Thu, 2013-10-24 03:55 PM
CBP has decided to extend by 12 months a support contract held by InfoPro Incorporated, of McLean, VA, to allow the agency’s Border Enforcement Management Systems (BEMS) to continue running while CBP...
Tue, 2013-10-22 02:37 PM
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers traveled on October 21 to New York City to discuss DHS’s work with private sector partners to increase cyber-security, protect critical infrastructure...
Tue, 2013-10-22 07:15 AM
On a list of risk factors that contemporary businesses have to face, cybersecurity vulnerabilities have moved up, from number 12 to number 3, according to Robert Rodriguez, the chairman and founder...
Tue, 2013-10-15 02:47 PM

Eighty-two percent of
millenials protect their
laptops with passwords

While U.S. Government officials find the current pipeline for cyber-security talent to be lacking, 82 percent of U.S. “millennials” say no high school teacher or guidance counselor ever mentioned to...
Fri, 2013-10-11 05:38 PM
TSA has announced it plans to award a “bridge” contract to IBM Corp. to continue supporting the agency’s Secure Flight program for at least another four months and perhaps an additional six months...

Company News

Houston-based Behavioral Recognition Systems (BRS Labs), creator of AISight, the artificial intelligence analytics solution that teaches itself to recognize and alert on unexpected patterns within massive volumes of data, has announced it plans to go public soon. The announcement was recently made on the FOX Business Network's Varney & Company.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the combined results of a 2014 retail cybersecurity survey conducted by Dimensional and Atomic Research and sponsored by Tripwire. The survey evaluated the attitudes of 407 retail and financial services organizations in the U.S. and the U.K. on a variety of cybersecurity topics.

McLean, VA-based BAE Systems is enhancing its data collaboration and dissemination tool, SIBA, through the interoperability of Mach 1 Development’s DocuTRACER document watermarking solution.

Pasadena, CA-based Guidance Software, which provides digital investigations, has announced a partnership with Thales to deliver a full range of endpoint security and incident response products and services to the UK market. EnCase products extend the Thales portfolio to identify threats that would otherwise go unnoticed, and to quickly perform incident response and recovery.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has announced that during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October 2014, Maryland will host CyberMaryland 2014, a multi-faceted conference, competition, cyber hiring event, and awards celebration designed to showcase industry innovations, connect military veterans with cybersecurity jobs, recognize cyber pioneers and groom the next generation of cyber experts.

Sixty eight percent of businesses stated that the NSA breach by Edward Snowden and the number of retail/point of sale (PoS) system breaches in the past year were the most impactful in terms of changing security strategies to protect against the latest threats.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security, and compliance solutions, has announced that Craig Young, security researcher for its Vulnerability and Exposure Research Team, will be presenting new security research at DEF CON 22. The conference will take place August 7-10, 2014, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

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 Missouri and Massachusetts for the Department of Homeland Security -- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Commentary and Opinions

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.

While meeting with a couple of my regular contacts at a recent AFCEA event, their conversation veered sharply from their normal assessments of recent cyber attacks into today’s prevalent motif of Beltway pundits -- the sequester.

Normally, I wouldn’t heed current events banter between colleagues taking a break at a trade show, but these guys aren’t blusterers. They’re top information security insiders at some of our nation’s most well-known federal agencies.

Nobody can argue that cyber security and data privacy have become hot topics this year. The buzz has been felt world-wide, as people strategize on both offensive and defensive aspects. When cyber security is mentioned, many reflexively jump to thoughts of firewalls, complex passwords and malware protection.

 

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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...