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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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Thu, 2014-09-25 09:35 PM
In response to requests from a number of vendor companies and government agencies, Government Security News has announced an extension of the deadline for entries in its 2014 Homeland Security Awards...
Tue, 2014-09-23 07:26 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents from the HSI Attaché Office for the Southern Cone of the Americas has begun a four-day...
Tue, 2014-09-23 07:09 PM

 

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the federal prison population has dropped by roughly 4,800 inmates since September 2013, representing the first time the federal inmate population has...
Mon, 2014-09-22 06:12 PM
US Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers and import specialists seized in late August two fraudulent iPhone 6 cell phones among other counterfeit phones and cell phone accessories,...
Tue, 2014-09-16 09:49 PM

Michael Finnegan

This article focuses on the incredible determination of former FBI Special Agent Michael Finnegan, who spent five-plus years of his life studying the activities of Palestinian terrorist Khalid Al-...
Tue, 2014-09-16 07:04 PM

Mufid Elfgeeh

A federal grand jury in Rochester, NY has returned a seven-count indictment charging Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, with three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to...
Mon, 2014-09-15 08:00 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Justice Department will launch a new series of pilot programs in cities across the country to bring together community representatives, public...
Wed, 2014-09-10 07:52 PM

Terry Wade

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Terry Wade special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. Mr. Wade most recently served as section chief of the...
Wed, 2014-09-10 07:25 PM
Shannon Conley, 19, of Arvada, CO, has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. She pled guilty before U.S. District Court...
Tue, 2014-09-09 06:57 PM
More than 20,000 security professionals from 80 countries are expected to attend the ASIS International (ASIS) 2014 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits taking place 29 Sept.-02 Oct. at the Georgia World...
Mon, 2014-09-08 05:39 PM
The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) was recently launched to further strengthen the fight against cybercrime in the European Union and beyond. Hosted at the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3...
Wed, 2014-09-03 06:53 PM
FBI Director James B. Comey has named Joshua Skule special agent in charge of the FBI’s Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office (WFO). He most recently served as a deputy assistant...

Company News

The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) and LexisNexis Risk Solutions have announced an online identity verification and authentication pilot for residents using the MI Bridges web portal to apply for public benefits in Michigan. The pilot aims to help prevent identity-based fraud, waste and abuse and to create streamlined processes for benefit determination by confirming the identity of clients at the time they are applying for benefits.
Hikvision is expanding the DarkFighter range of ultra-low-light surveillance cameras with the release of the DS-2DF8223I-AEL PTZ network camera. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras.
Portland, OR-based Tripwire, Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a consumer survey conducted on holiday shopping security practices by One Poll and Dimensional Research. Evaluating online cybersecurity awareness of 2,011 consumers from the U.S. and U.K., the survey revealed that more than 40 percent of respondents believe using a third party payer such as PayPal or Google Wallet is the safest way to pay for goods online.
Parents go to great lengths to shield their children from life’s bumps and bruises, but even the best bicycle helmets and baby gates can’t ward off a hazard that has surfaced in recent years. Identity theft is a threat many moms and dads don’t know how to protect against.
The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) has said that the nation’s community banks reissued nearly 7.5 million credit and debit cards at a total reissuance cost of more than $90 million as a result of the Home Depot data breach. ICBA’s survey of a sample of community banks also found that more than 4 percent of community banks reported fraud on accounts that were compromised by the April-September breach. This number would have been higher had community banks not reissued cards as quickly as they did.
Recent protests around the country regarding deaths in various cities, as well as holiday travel and the upcoming Superbowl in Phoenix, are at the top of the list for security professionals, according to Michael Shetler, CEO of Phoenix-based Shetler Security.
Framingham, MA-based Staples has given an update on the investigation into its previously announced data security incident involving a small percentage of its retail point-of-sale systems.
One year after Target confirmed the company’s massive data breach, and as the holiday shopping season is approaching its peak, National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger reiterated the need for national standards on data security and breach notification for retailers.

Commentary and Opinions

In just six years, North Louisiana has created a fast-growing cyber cluster in a region historically dominated by manufacturing, oil and gas, and agricultural sectors. The catalyst for this rapid progress stems from the combined vision of local and state leaders to diversify the region’s economic base and develop a knowledge-based workforce for the expanding cyber sector.  
As the Edward Snowden soap opera continues to play out on the world stage, pundits can fill the airwaves with suppositions about personal and corporate privacy, spy tactics against presumed terrorists, and the fate of one government contractor, now encamped in Russia. In the hallways of government agencies, the conversations are more pragmatic. Security and IT professionals are asking each other how to best protect data when it is the necessary basis for employee collaboration and productivity.
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.
 

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Recent Cyber Security Videos

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...