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-...


Thu, 2013-09-12 05:50 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is launching a new smartphone app -- the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement -- designed to seek...
Thu, 2013-09-12 05:29 PM

Ron Martin

Ron Martin, the executive director for the Open Security Exchange, has joined the Center for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science as a senior advisor. Martin will engage with CSCSS and bring his...
Thu, 2013-09-05 07:13 PM

NIST approves
FIPS 201-2

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced on September 5 that it has approved the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 201-2, essentially the second...
Wed, 2013-09-04 04:47 PM
Two of the current buzz words in the information technology world – Cloud and mobility – will take center stage at a three-day forum and workshop sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and...
Wed, 2013-09-04 02:18 PM


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has become the lead agency in the federal government for cyber security. DHS’s responsibility to protect against cyber threats has evolved significantly from...
Thu, 2013-08-29 04:18 PM
The U.S. Secret Service intends to procure 96 copies of the Standard Edition of the Internet Evidence Finder, a software package supplied by Magnet Forensics Inc., of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Thu, 2013-08-29 12:27 PM

Rama Kolappan

Government departments and agencies are held to a higher standard than corporations, whether they are dealing with policy creation, organizational transparency or the security they provide for the...
Wed, 2013-08-28 06:13 PM

John Mengucci,

CACI International Inc. announced on August 27 that it has been selected as one of 13 prime contractors to support Integrated Cyber Operations (ICO) services for the U.S. Navy.
Tue, 2013-08-20 09:31 AM

GSN now displays
corporate videos on
its Web site

As part of an expansion of promotional opportunities on its Web site, Government Security News has adopted a new policy of accepting paid corporate videos on the home page and the Web site’s 18...
Tue, 2013-08-13 06:51 PM
DHS announced on August 13 that 17 companies have been awarded contracts to provide what is called “continuous diagnostics and mitigation” services. The General Services Administration (GSA) has...
Tue, 2013-08-06 07:48 PM

Univ. of Texas at Dallas,
site of next NIST workshop

Registration is now open for the fourth in a series of workshops to bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to establish a voluntary “Cybersecurity Framework” that...
Mon, 2013-08-05 08:42 PM
The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) selected Lockheed Martin to transition the agency to the Cloud through efficient information technology (IT) service delivery solutions. The indefinite delivery/...

Company News

Lockheed Martin will acquire Industrial Defender, a cybersecurity firm that creates security software for critical infrastructure control systems throughout the chemical, oil, and gas industries.

Reston, VA-based Leidos, a national security, health, and engineering solutions company, has announced three new contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help the agency maximize operational efficiencies, reduce healthcare costs, and improve veteran care.

Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Citrix has announced new security and feature enhancements to the Citrix XenMobile solution. The changes will help organizations in highly regulated industries, such as government agencies, to embrace device choice, improve productivity with quick access to more apps, and provide support for Microsoft Lync online meetings and other communication environments without sacrificing security, control, and user experience, the company says.

Dallas-based Jericho Systems Corp. has executed a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) contract with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate to use fine-grained access control policies and data labels to secure sensitive and personally identifiable data at DHS fusion centers. DHS fusion centers serve as clearinghouses through which federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners can collaborate and share threat-related information.

Rockville, MD-based Creative Computing Solutions (CCSi), a provider of program and project management, health, cyber security, and enterprise systems engineering to the federal government, has promoted Dr. Tor Opsahl to chief operating officer.

Leesburg, VA-based MTN Government (MTNGOV), a subsidiary of MTN Communications (MTN) and a provider of satellite communications, cybersecurity, and integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions serving U.S. DoD and civilian agencies worldwide, has introduced a new Social Media threat intelligence managed service.

VIENNA, VA-based BRTRC Federal Solutions, a mid-sized firm that provides integrated technical solutions to the government, has acquired SecureForce, of Sterling, VA, a provider of cybersecurity, risk and compliance, and information assurance services to government agencies. SecureForce’s customers include the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), NASA, and Freddie Mac.

Playa Vista, CA-based Belkin, a provider of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, has unveiled the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter, the only solution available that enables the use of standard USB Web cameras in computing environments where classified or sensitive information is presented, according to the company.

Commentary and Opinions

Many industry experts believe that the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), any group or foreign government that persistently and effectively targets a specific victim, is the primary enemy of the U.S. Government when it comes to cyber attacks. 

Over the past few years, the president of the United States has worked to remediate issues within the cyber infrastructure. The most recent executive order is yet another attempt to preempt potential disaster by mitigating underlying critical infrastructure issues.

As the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to turn to the Cloud to improve computing efficiency, its adoption of innovative technologies is enabling DoD to secure high performance solutions while also reducing costs. 

Security is an ever-growing priority for government. Every CIO and CTO is concerned with protecting his or her agency’s data, as well as determining which technologies to prioritize in the New Year. 

As the security landscape continues to evolve in 2013, agencies will change the way they react to and defend against cyber attacks, and government will attempt to reach a resolution for a national cyber defense posture. 

IRS estimates put the 2012 tax gap at almost $350 billion, and a recent audit indicated that the IRS may lose $21 billion over the next five years due to identity theft alone -- one of the fastest growing areas of losses to the agency. 


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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, 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...