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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-...


Wed, 2013-07-31 09:53 AM

Matthew Johnson

Government Security News has announced that Matthew Johnson, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force’s office of special inspections and an 18-year veteran of the Department of Defense and Intelligence...
Tue, 2013-07-16 04:53 PM

Rep. Patrick Meehan

A subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on July 17 to examine security plans to safeguard the huge “federal data hub” that will hold medical files and personal...
Tue, 2013-07-16 02:28 PM
U.S. Citizenship & Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, has decided to extend a current support contract it has with Syracuse Research Corp. by an additional six months, for an additional $4...
Tue, 2013-07-16 12:15 PM
Unisys Corp. has landed a major software development and operational maintenance contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with a ceiling value of a whopping $460 million, to design,...
Fri, 2013-07-12 05:06 PM
The General Services Administration (GSA), which provides the search engine capabilities that power many of the federal government’s Web sites -- including the White House,, the departments...
Tue, 2013-07-09 07:04 PM
First identified as an industry issue a decade ago, data breaches are now part of the consumer vocabulary, said ID Xxperts, a company involved in protecting against such breaches, in a news release....
Tue, 2013-07-02 06:37 PM
CBP wants to hear from 8(a) small businesses that could develop an “Electronic Storefront” for the agency that would be a Web-based electronic portal that would allow CBP’s end-users to view, compare...
Fri, 2013-06-28 03:56 PM
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has already released a special publication that provides guidance to IT security professionals on establishing and operating an incident...
Wed, 2013-06-26 08:39 AM
Unisys Corp. announced on June 26 that it has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) to support Department of Justice (DOJ) forfeiture systems managed by the asset forfeiture management...
Tue, 2013-06-25 05:39 PM

Steven Ringelberg,
Vanguard's COO

Vanguard Integrity Professionals, a leading IT firm that specializes in security for mainframe computers, has become the latest sponsor of the 2013 GSN Homeland Security Awards program. The awards...
Tue, 2013-06-25 08:41 AM

Brett Hansen, of Dell (right)
and Anup Ghosh, of Invincea

Dell announced additional security capabilities for its commercial PC portfolio on June 25, and now offers what it calls “the most secure commercial PCs on the market.”  Only Dell offers...
Mon, 2013-06-17 05:26 PM

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Chrome Browser by Google

Devoted readers of GSN’s Daily Insider e-newsletter may have noticed that no issue arrived in their e-mail in-box on Monday morning, June 17. That’s because our Web site,, on...

Company News

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has issued recommendations to California businesses to help protect against and respond to the increasing threat of malware, data breaches, and other cyber risks.

Reston, VA-based Serco, a provider of professional, technology, and management services, has won a contract to provide training support to the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Training Systems support contract has a one-year base period and one six-month option period valued at nearly $18 million, if the option is exercised.

Oakton, VA-based AT&T Business Solutions, a division of AT&T, has announced that Steve Hurst, AT&T director, Security Services and Technology, has been named by the National Association of Counties (NACo) as vice chair of NACo's Cyber Security Committee. Founded in 1935, NACo represents the nation's 3,069 counties with a unified voice before the federal government.

The Cyber Aces State Championship will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois on March 1st. The event is intended to identify participants that have the potential to succeed in the cybersecurity industry. The championship will not only include the cybersecurity challenge, but networking opportunities with information security professionals and potential employers as well as honors, prizes, and scholarships for participants.

The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) is offering free online cybersecurity courses on its Website through its Securing Engineering Training by SAFECode program. It is offering several courses including Product Penetration Testing 101, Cross Site Scripting (XSS) 101, and Secure Java Programming 101. The courses consist of online Webcasts and are available on-demand to view and download. All courses are available to the general public.

Verizon Communications Enterprise Solutions unit has just launched the new Verizon Cyber Intelligence Center (VCIC), which will offer global organizations advanced incident response and detection capabilities to assess and respond to cyber threats.

Round Rock, TX-based Dell has been selected by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to build and install an on-premises, federal government compliant private cloud. Dell designed the cloud solution specifically for the NRC to help it achieve its business needs of reducing IT costs, simplifying operations, providing new technology and capability to the NRC user community and satisfying the Office of Management and Budget direction for each agency to establish a cloud instance.

Dulles, VA-based Carpathia, a cloud operator and leading provider of managed hosting and cloud services for government agencies and enterprises, has launched its Federal Advisory Council (FAC), a group of former government leaders whose expertise will strengthen Carpathia's ability to identify and address federal cloud computing security and compliance challenges.

Commentary and Opinions


By Alan Brill and Timothy P. Ryan 


Kroll Advisory Solutions has released its 2013 Cyber Security Forecast, highlighting the most unexpected cyber issues that organizations will confront in the year ahead, as well as best practices for addressing those issues:

1. Vampire data: Organizations get bitten by the data they never knew they had.

By Steve Barone and Steve Pace 

With the second half of 2012 consumed with presidential politics, this feels like an appropriate time to take a look at some of the emerging IT trends -- and subsequent security challenges -- faced by a public sector that is frequently forced to wrestle with a very different set of logistical and security concerns than the private sector. 

IT managers in government organizations, have to balance both network performance and network security concerns. While security requirements are critical, organizations should not have to sacrifice throughput and productivity because security next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) have emerged as a powerful and practical solution to this thorny problem. 

The 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management, spearheaded by Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel, has been underway for nearly three years. The goal of this initiative is to increase operational efficiency leading to improved taxpayer value. Reducing the number of federal data centers and shifting to a “Cloud-first” policy are among the major milestones. 

You spend the better part of every day working closely with colleagues who share the same goals of succeeding at your mission. You’re all loyal, hardworking and smart. Well, mostly all. If there’s a social engineer in your office, you get just two of those crucial qualities. Social engineers work hard and they’re smart -- they’re just not on your side.  

Let’s take a closer look at the “insider threat” and try to understand why our conventional security products can’t stop it.  


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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...