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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 06:44 PM

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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...
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,...

Company News

San Diego, CA-based Bartell Hotels, owner of family hotels in the San Diego area, has confirmed a data security incident which may have involved certain credit and debit card data, including individuals' names, payment card numbers, and card expiration dates. Bartell Hotels is encouraging individuals who visited five of its hotels and used payment cards for lodging, food and beverage, or retail transactions between February 16, 2014 and May 13, 2014, to review their payment card statements for signs of unusual activity.

Vancouver, B.C.-based Viscount Systems, a provider of IT-based security software and services, has announced that it has been awarded additional contracts to secure U.S. Federal Government facilities in Washington, D.C. and Ohio for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

BlueLine Grid has announced that John Cohen, former Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has joined the company to help formulate and execute its Public Safety market strategy.

Santa Clara, CA-based McAfee Labs has released the McAfee Labs Threats Report: August 2014, revealing that phishing continues to be an effective tactic for infiltrating enterprise networks. Testing business users’ ability to detect online scams, the McAfee Phishing Quiz uncovered that 80 percent of its participants failed to detect at least one of seven phishing emails.

Portland, OR-based Tripwire, a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced that Tripwire vulnerability management solutions detect all known variants of Backoff malware.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) updated a cybersecurity alert on Friday, August 22, 2014, warning that over one thousand major enterprise networks and small and medium businesses in the U.S. have been compromised with malware designed to infect point-of-sale (POS) systems.

New York & London-based Exiger, a provider of regulatory and financial crime, risk, and compliance, has announced the appointment of Arun Banerjee as managing director and chief revenue officer.

Palo Alto, CA-based Globo Plc, a provider of enterprise mobility solutions and software-as-a-service, has announced that its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform, GO!Enterprise, now supports Samsung KNOX. This integration further enhances security, management and user experience of Globo’s offering for Samsung Android devices, the company says.

Vienna, VA-based Veris Group, a provider of cybersecurity solutions to the public and private sectors, has announced the appointment of David L. McClure to the new position of chief strategist. McClure previously served as the associate administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies from 2009 until 2014.

Commentary and Opinions

Federal chief information security officers (CISOs) know that it isn’t a matter of whether their agency will be subject to a cyber-attack; it is a question of how frequently the attacks will occur. 

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.

 

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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...