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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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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...
Fri, 2013-11-08 07:19 PM
In an effort to build a community of cyber forensic professionals, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate has established what it calls the Cyber Forensics Electronic Technology Clearinghouse,...
Thu, 2013-11-07 05:41 PM

Passive Optical LAN
at Sandia National Labs

A revolution in the transmission of voice and data within large-scale Local Area Networks (known as LANs) is taking place, with the shift from copper wires to fiber optics. This transformation has...
Wed, 2013-11-06 06:40 PM
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee met on November 5 and discussed legislation that would attempt to consolidate many of the data centers owned and operated by the...
Tue, 2013-11-05 02:30 PM
Government Security News has announced its 2013 Homeland Security Awards finalists, and in some cases preemptive winners, in three different broad awards categories: Vendors of IT security products...
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...

Company News

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.

Oakdale, MN-based Imation Corp, a global data storage and information security company, has announced that its IronKey Secure USB devices are not vulnerable to BadUSB malware that was revealed at Black Hat. BadUSB is the first USB malware designed to attack the device itself instead of attacking the data on the device. IronKey’s leadership in security, including its use of digital signatures in all controller firmware, makes its products immune to this new threat.

Indianapolis, IN-based STANLEY Security has announced that Joshua Jackson, director - Global Product Integration, has been elected as vice chairman of the Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA). Jackson will join new Chairman, Mohammad Soleimani, CTO and executive vice president of Kastle Systems, to help develop specifications for enabling standards-based sharing of digital data and intelligence throughout the physical security and enterprise ecosystems.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a contract to provide two of its TWIC Plus IM2620 identification card readers to the Port of Cleveland in Ohio.

The contract is for a web-hosted TWIC reading system, similar to the one the company recently provided to the Port of Portland in Oregon. The readers will provide TWIC card authentication for reporting purposes to keep track of which personnel are entering the facility at specific times.

Boulder, CO-based LogRhythm, a security intelligence company, has released a new analytics suite that monitors honeypots to track would-be attackers, enabling customers to analyze nefarious tactics and generate targeted threat intelligence that facilitates an ongoing adaptive defense posture. The new Honeypot Security Analytics Suite is the latest in a series of innovations from LogRhythm Labs designed to expedite the detection, prioritization and response to advanced cyber threats.

A study by EMA Research found that organizations using security analytics and threat analytics are nearly two times as confident of detecting security issues and 90 percent report reduced false alerts compared to those not using these tools. The study titled The Evolution of Data Driven Security investigated how security and IT practitioners at all levels and in a variety of industries are managing the ever increasing data volumes and diversity.

Burlington, MA-based Arbor Networks, a provider of DDoS and advanced threat protection solutions for enterprise and service provider networks, has announced that FishNet Security has become an Arbor Elite partner, reflecting the momentum the relationship has built in the North American market.

Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has expanded its agreement with a major U.S. supermarket chain to provide driver’s license scanners for kiosks operated as part of the chain’s customer rewards program. The Company’s ID Check software is used to transfer customers’ names and addresses from their driver’s licenses to fill out an application for a fuel savings card.

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...