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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Tue, 2014-06-03 09:17 PM
The Justice Department has announced a multi-national effort to disrupt the Gameover Zeus Botnet, a global network of infected victim computers used by cyber criminals to steal millions of dollars...
Wed, 2014-05-28 01:07 AM
The FBI New York Field Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York have announced the results of a cyber takedown, which included the unsealing of an indictment...
Mon, 2014-05-12 03:25 AM

Kevin Kern 

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the DHS, has named Kevin M. Kern as its new chief information officer.Kern has over 30 years of experience in global operations and technology...
Tue, 2014-04-29 08:35 PM
A recent report from George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, a non-profit think tank, has criticized the Commerce’ Department’s voluntary Cybersecurity Framework, introduced in February, as too “...
Mon, 2014-04-28 11:34 PM
On the heels of the Heartbleed security bug, Microsoft Corp. is scrambling to fix a bug affecting the widely used Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. The U.S. DHS is advising computer users to...
Fri, 2014-04-25 12:48 AM
About 58 percent of cyber security incidents in the public sector were caused by employees, according to this year’s annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. About 34 percent were caused by...
Wed, 2014-04-09 09:26 PM

Ryan Kalember

“Most of the government’s sensitive information is not in databases, but in files such as PDFs, PowerPoint slides, and Word documents. As a matter of fact, the Snowden NSA leak was all files,” said...
Fri, 2014-03-28 01:40 AM
“Security is escalating in importance,” said Dan Reuckert.Rueckert is the associate vice president of Black & Veatch’s Management Consulting Division’s Security & Compliance practice. He has...
Wed, 2014-03-19 09:02 PM

Mark Gelhardt

“You have to take cybersecurity seriously no matter what business you are in,” said Mark Gelhardt.
Wed, 2014-03-12 10:20 PM

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio 

A bill introduced by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) to improve the security of government websites has been unanimously approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Thu, 2014-02-13 06:40 PM
The Obama Administration has announced the release of the Cybersecurity Framework, the result of a year-long effort to develop a voluntary guide for critical infrastructure organizations to...
Tue, 2014-02-11 10:24 PM

Tom Kellermann

“This is a Cybersecurity 911 system for our critical infrastructure,” said Tom Kellermann regarding the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2013 (NCCIP).

Company News

McLean, VA-based Haystax Technology, Inc. has launched a new online tool, developed for the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), for conducting school safety assessments state-wide.

The Florida Safe Schools Assessment Tool (FSSAT) will enable Florida school officials and their law enforcement and emergency management partners to assess the safety of all 6,000-plus public and charter schools in the state. FSSAT will be accessible to authorized users from FLDOE, other agencies and the state's 67 school districts via secure online portal.

Senstar, a manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) is strengthening its commitment to the Canadian market by expanding its integrated security solutions offering and marketing it to customers across the country. Complementing the security products it has manufactured and sold around the world for over 30 years, Senstar now provides a wide range of third party products and services, end-to-end project installation and on-going support.

Atlanta, GA-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has released a study spotlighting why industries collect, store, and use PII (personal identification information) and what impact this makes on identity verification and consumer behavior.

Rockville, MD-based Ultra Electronics, 3eTI, a cyber-technology company with products and systems that secure critical infrastructure and improve operational efficiency, has announced its newly enhanced CyberFence product suite that secures endpoints both within a local area network and those remotely connected via a wide area network.

Herndon, VA-based ViON Corporation, a provider of the design, delivery and maintenance of mission critical IT infrastructure solutions, has announced that it will provide storage managed services to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), under a contract that could extend the relationship between ViON and the USPTO for seven years. The USPTO contract has an estimated value of $139 million.

Framingham, MA-based IDC Government Insights has launched the U.S. Digital Government Innovation and Transformation (DGIT) Strategies advisory service, designed to inform and support Federal government executives by identifying technology trends and disruptive technologies, innovative new programs based upon these technologies, and the successful deployment of technology in the context of policy and organizational challenges.

Atlanta, GA-based LexisNexis Risk Solutions has announced the company has been certified by the U.S. government-approved Trust Framework Provider, SAFE-BioPharma Association. This certification means that identity credentials can be trusted and used at known levels of assurance by U.S. federal agencies, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration.

CNL Software, a provider of physical security information management (PSIM) software, has announced the appointment of Colin Gallick as a non-executive main board director. Gallick will work closely with the board to achieve its growth ambitions; he brings more than 30 years of “C” level sales, marketing and general management experience within the software industry.

Commentary and Opinions

In the rapidly changing mobile environment of government security, agency executives are challenged as never before by two stark realities. First, in an ecosystem increasingly shaped by the “bring your own device” (BYOD) trend, they need to be preparing their workforces to use mobile devices. Second, they must make sure that they are able to provide a level of security for mobile devices that matches the level found on their desktops.

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.

 

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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...