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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, 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)....
Wed, 2013-12-11 06:44 PM

National Archives
building in DC

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that its State, Local, Tribal, and Private Sector Policy Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC, on...
Sun, 2013-12-08 05:11 PM
The SANS Technology Institute announced on December 3 that it is now accredited by The Middle States Commission of Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S....
Fri, 2013-12-06 05:25 PM
The U.S. Secret Service intends to procure between 1,000 and 2,000 mobile operating system (OS) licenses to use the Samsung KNOX Enterprise Edition on some of its smart phones. The Secret Service...
Thu, 2013-12-05 03:45 PM

Chuck Brooks

Government Security News is pleased to announce the winners of its GSN 2013 Homeland Security Awards program, which were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by leading vendors of IT and...
Tue, 2013-12-03 06:28 PM
SANS has announced the results of its 2013 mobile security policy and management survey in which 576 IT professionals answered questions about the use of employee-owned devices within their...
Mon, 2013-12-02 09:46 AM
NIST’s Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board will hold a two-day meeting in Washington, DC, on December 19 and 20 at which it will discuss President Obama’s Executive Order 13636 on...
Sun, 2013-12-01 07:54 PM

NeMS reports

The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is seeking a commercial partner which would license the intellectual property and commercialize the Lab’s “Network Mapping System” (...
Sun, 2013-11-24 12:44 PM

Randy Parsons

At a time when the nation’s infrastructure faces a growing threat from cyber-attacks, maritime and homeland security officials say they are making significant progress in protecting the nation’s...
Wed, 2013-11-20 05:57 PM
The National Protection and Intelligence Acquisition Division at DHS has decided to award a contract to the Extranet Secure Portal Group, also known as the ESP Group, of Arlington, VA, to support the...
Wed, 2013-11-13 06:47 PM

Soraya Correa

DHS has become involved with Obamacare by checking the current citizenship status of thousands of prospective purchasers of health insurance, but another part of DHS -- the Office of Cybersecurity...
Mon, 2013-11-11 02:28 PM
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is looking for new members for two advisory groups that might be of interest to the readers of Government Security News: the Information...

Company News

Alexandria, VA-based MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Safran USA, a provider of biometric and identity management solutions to an array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, civil identification, and facility/IT security, has announced the appointment of Steve Vinsik as MorphoTrak’s new vice president of Criminal Justice and Public Security, responsible for delivering biometric and security solutions across the company’s broad span of customers.

Maple Lawn, MD-based AirPatrol Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sysorex Global Holdings Corp. has announced a new add-in for its ZoneDefense 5 mobile device security platform that will allow organizations using the Enterprise Mobility Management suite from VMware’s AirWatch to automatically switch security policies of smartphones and tablets based on the device’s owner and location.

Hillsboro, OR-based Eid Passport, a provider of high-assurance identity management solution providers, will partner with HID Global, a provider of secure identity solutions, to further enhance its RAPIDGate Premier solution to secure physical and digital assets for commercial, government and military organizations.

Minneapolis, MN-based Kroll Ontrack, a provider of data recovery  and ediscovery, has announced the availability of a new version of its Ontrack Remote Data Recovery (RDR) software. RDR is a patented, proprietary service that provides a fast and secure solution for data loss situations. Utilizing the new version of RDR, Ontrack Data Recovery engineers can work more efficiently on a specific data loss problem, saving valuable time during the data recovery process.

Cyber crime and data breaches cost the global economy about $445 billion annually, and it is estimated that more than 800 million individual records were affected by cyber crime in 2013. In response to the growing cyber criminality threatening Canadian companies, industrial insurance specialist Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has launched Allianz Cyber Protect, a comprehensive suite of coverages with market leading capacity to protect a company in the event of a data loss or a cyber security incident.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has appointed William Georges and Jack Davis, Maj. Gen. USMC, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. This brings the total number of board members to seven.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a survey of 215 attendees at the Black Hat USA 2014 security conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Industry research shows most breaches go undiscovered for weeks, months or even longer. Despite this evidence, 51 percent of respondents said their organization could detect a data breach on critical systems in 24 to 48 hours, 18 percent said it would take three days and 11 percent said within a week.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has appointed William H. Roof, Ph.D. to chief operating officer, a newly created position, effective August 11. Roof previously served as the company’s senior vice president and chief scientist from May 2009 to April 2011.

Commentary and Opinions

A storm is gathering in cyberspace and government agencies need to do more than just close the windows. We are past the days where hacker’s just try to prove they can deface a Web site or interrupt service. Now, destructive malware, theft of intellectual property, access to critical infrastructure and connectivity to industry creates an appealing target for criminals worldwide.

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.

 

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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...

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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...