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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA June 21, 2017 In the wake of the devastating WannaCry ransomware attack, ZingBox, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) security solution provider, is offering recommendations to the healthcare industry on how to best protect itself from the newest potential threat originating from 'Hidden Cobra'.
HHS's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a cyber notice to the healthcare industry about a potential threat to critical infrastructure sectors, such as healthcare, by a malicious cyber group called Hidden Cobra, also known as Lazarus Group suspected to be behind the WannaCry attack. The threat relates to the same type of vulnerability that allowed WannaCry to spread. Importantly, simply installing Microsoft patches will not necessarily protect from Hidden Cobra since they use a wide range of vulnerabilities. And despite Microsoft releasing several patches, the vulnerabilities exploited do not only apply to Microsoft OS. Software such as Silverlight, Adobe Flash and Hangul Word Processor are also exploited by this threat actor.
"Although many of the affected vulnerabilities are more commonly found on devices with browsers, infection of just one such device can cause a new wave of attacks against connected medical devices," said Xu Zou, CEO and Co-founder of ZingBox. "ZingBox recommends healthcare organizations ensure no browsers are used on connected medical devices move PCs to non-IoT device networks."
To assist the many organizations struggling with the successful navigation and management of their security vulnerabilities, ZingBox is offering their SaaS-based IoT Security solution at no cost to healthcare organizations for a limited time use. "We have been contacted by many healthcare organizations since the WannaCry outbreak. We are making a commitment to assist these organization gain the much-needed visibility and security of their IoT environment with no strings attached," said Xu Zou.
IoT Guardian, ZingBox's SaaS-based security solution, leverages machine learning to discover, assess risk, baseline normal behavior, detect anomalous activities and provide real-time remediation across an organization's entire IoT footprint. The patent-pending solution has a deep grasp of each IoT device's personality, analyzing communication to and from every device, watching constantly for deviations in behavior and providing alerts for suspicious behavior.
Enabling the Internet of Trusted Things, ZingBox provides hospitals, companies and manufacturing facilities with Internet of Things (IoT) security software that helps ensure service delivery. ZingBox's new approach is based on Deep Learning and enforcement of trusted behavior. Founded by Silicon Valley veterans with expertise in cybersecurity, IoT, Deep Learning, and networking, ZingBox was selected by the Stanford StartX program, was named one of NetworkWorld's hottest security startups, and was most recently named a “Cool Vendor in IOT Security, 2017” by Gartner For more information, visit www.zingbox.com .
Enabling the Internet of Trusted Things, ZingBox provides hospitals, companies and manufacturing facilities with Internet of Things (IoT) security software that helps ensure service delivery. ZingBox's new approach is based on Deep Learning and enforcement of trusted behavior. Founded by Silicon Valley veterans with expertise in cybersecurity, IoT, Deep Learning, and networking, ZingBox was selected by the Stanford StartX program, was named one of NetworkWorld's hottest security startups, and was most recently named a “Cool Vendor in IOT Security, 2017” by Gartner For more information, visit www.zingbox.com.
ABINGDON, MD June 15, 2017 SafeNet Assured Technologies, LLC, a U.S. based provider of government high assurance data security solutions, today announced the release of its latest high assurance certificate-based USB authenticator, sKey3250. sKey3250 is manufactured, sold, and supported in the U.S. exclusively by SafeNet Assured Technologies.
sKey3250 provides users with simplified access to sensitive networks and workstations through a single authentication device. It offers U.S. Federal agencies an alternative solution to traditional smart card authenticators. sKey3250’s USB form factor eliminates the need for smart card readers thus enabling the solution to be easily deployed on a wide variety of platforms.
With sKey3250, users can securely authenticate to multiple independent networks (i.e. domains), each requiring its own set of unique private keys, credentials, and certificates. The combination of the sKey3250 and SafeNet Assured Technologies’ High Assurance Client (SHAC) middleware enables secure separation of all keys and certificates per network so appropriate access levels and network policies are enforced.
sKey3250 delivers on-board cryptographic processing including Suite B operations. It securely stores users’ credentials, such as digitally-signed certificates, private keys, and network login credentials while also seamlessly supporting secure key generation, secure key storage, encryption/decryption, and digital signature processing (sign and verify). sKey3250 is capable of performing all private and public key cryptographic functions directly on the device, thus eliminating potential threats resulting from private key exposure.
“sKey3250 is designed to meet the highest security standards,” says Kirk Spring, President, SafeNet Assured Technologies. “It employs the same proven technology used in our Smart Card 650, currently used to access U.S. Department of Defense networks, in a USB form factor. sKey3250 enables U.S. Federal Government agencies to utilize the same high assurance authentication technology deployed in DoD networks for their own use,” says Spring.
To learn more about skey3250, visit http://www.safenetat.com/skey3250.
About SafeNet Assured Technologies, LLC.
SafeNet Assured Technologies, LLC protects the U.S. Federal Government’s most sensitive information systems. As a U.S. based company, SafeNet Assured Technologies’ mission is to provide high assurance data security products and technologies to the Federal Government. Defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies trust SafeNet Assured Technologies to provide encryption-based identity and authentication solutions, secure sensitive data and networks, and enable assured information sharing. Visit http://www.safenetAT.com for more information.
NEW YORK June 6, 2017 Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) Technology and developer of Wave Relay®, today announced that it has received a prime award on a $100M Multi-Award IDIQ contract to support the FBI’s Operational Technology Division with the MPU5 communication system. The MPU5 provides a self-forming, self-healing, and extremely scalable wireless IP network to the FBI.
“This IDIQ contract will enable the FBI to deploy our latest MPU5 communication systems,” said Dr. Herbert Rubens, CEO of Persistent Systems. “We are confident that the MPU5 will set a new standard for performance, capability, and features found nowhere else in the industry, and we’re extremely proud to be one of the awardees chosen by the Department of Justice.”
Examples of the performance the MPU5 will provide to support the FBI’s mission:
- A 3×3 MIMO radio with up to 6 watts of transmit power, providing a secure IP network in any environment or application with usable throughput exceeding 100 Mbps
- Built-In HD Video Encoder/Decoder to distribute multiple real-time HD video feeds to team members on demand
- Onboard Android™ Operating System/Data Storage, allowing end users to run ATAK and other software as well as to record/review video footage to enhance situational awareness and increase operational effectiveness.
- Advanced Audio Architecture with 16 Channels of PTT Audio and Persistent’s Radio over IP (RoIP) capability allowing end users to tether legacy narrow band radios to the MPU5 and put them “on the network.”
Dr. Rubens added, “The MPU5’s vast set of capabilities really translates into enhanced situational awareness for the agents, increased mission success, and an overall enhancement in safety. Additionally, the MPU5 provides an extremely cost effective solution for the Bureau by incorporating so much capability into a single commercial item.”
The MPU5 will be available for purchase via the IDIQ contract commencing on June 1st.
About Persistent Systems, LLC
Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) is a global communications technology company which develops, manufactures, and integrates a patented and secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay®. The company’s R&D team has designed wireless networking protocols to support their cutting edge Wave Relay® system and technology. Wave Relay® can transmit and receive data, video, voice and other application data under the most difficult and unpredictable conditions. Persistent’s suite of products is field proven and utilized in Commercial, Military, Government, Industrial, Agriculture, Robotics, and Unmanned System markets.
SAN ANTONIO, June 13, 2017 Delta Risk LLC, a global provider of cyber security and risk management services, announced today that the U.S. Government Services Administration (GSA) has awarded the company an IT-70 contract, #GS35F482GA. The award includes six Services Special Item Numbers (SINs), including all four Highly Adaptive Cyber Security Services SINs. Delta Risk is now one of a select group of companies that hold all four specialized cyber security designations.
The award recognizes Delta Risk's expertise in providing specialized cyber security services to help organizations before, during, and after a cyber incident, with particular focus on identifying and mitigating cyber risks and vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. This long-term IT contract adds Delta Risk to a pre-approved list of technology companies for federal purchases, thereby simplifying the procurement process and further ensuring government agencies receive high-quality, cost-effective cyber security services.
GSA awarded Delta Risk the following Cyber SIN awards:
- Penetration Testing (SIN # 132-45A)
- Incident Response (SIN # 132-45B)
- Cyber Hunt (SIN # 132-45C)
- Risk and Vulnerability (SIN # 132-45D)
GSA also awarded the company two additional SINS:
- Training Services (SIN # 132-50)
- Professional Services (SIN # 132-51)
"Delta Risk has focused on expanding our cyber capabilities and services in the past year, as well as our ability to reach federal clients as a prime contractor," said Richard Burke, Vice President of Public Sector at Delta Risk. "With this GSA award, Delta Risk can deliver specialized cyber security services with our cadre of expert cyber professionals."
"The award makes it much easier for federal agencies to access our team's expertise in vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, cyber hunt and incident response, as well as cyber security governance and training," added Jill White, Director of Contracts for Delta Risk.
The base period of the contract began June 7, 2017, and ends June 6, 2022, with the potential of three five-year options to follow.
ABOUT DELTA RISK LLC
Delta Risk LLC provides tailored, high-impact cyber security and risk management services to government and private sector clients worldwide. Formed in 2007, Delta Risk consists of trusted professionals with expert knowledge around technical security, policy and governance, and infrastructure protection to help clients improve their cyber security operational capability and protect business operations. Delta Risk is a Chertoff Group company. For more information, visit https://www.deltarisk.com.
Rep. Watson Coleman statement: DHS Subcommittee Hearing on Secret Service Capacity & Future Challenges
Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security, delivered the below opening statement at the hearing titled, “How Can the United States Secret Service Evolve to Meet the Challenges Ahead”:
Prior to the election of Donald Trump, the Secret Service was plagued by low staff morale, low recruitment, low retention, resource limitations and cultural problems.
Then we get to 2016.
In that Presidential Election year, the Secret Service was busier than ever protecting multiple presidential candidates, protecting President Obama, and overseeing security for major national and international events. The Secret Service remarkably rose to the occasion and did it all, with low staff numbers. The demands of carrying out the protective mission have only expanded since the election.
Today, the Secret Service must provide protection for the President, the First Lady, and his children— including his adult children who travel regularly for business and pleasure to places like Uruguay, the UAE, the Dominican Republic, Canada, and Aspen.
Through the winter, the President traveled weekly to his private club in Florida, the Mar-a-Lago Golf Club. Agents involved in currency and cyber investigative work have had to be reassigned to duties in New York City, while the First Lady has continued to reside in the heart of Manhattan.
Agents have been forced to crisscross the globe at what seems like a record pace. While the cost of President Obama’s travel totaled roughly $97 million for the entire eight years of his presidency, Donald Trump’s travel cost taxpayers $20 million in just the first eighty days.
Beyond the dollars and cents, there is a hidden cost—the time that the men and women who bravely serve in the Secret Service are taken away from their other homeland security and investigative work as well as their families—as they shadow the globe-trotting Trumps.
I have heard story after story of Secret Service agents burning out and we need to talk about this.
Many of the burnout stories I heard, were before Donald Trump took office. I hope to hear today how the Trump family jet-setting lifestyle is impacting the Secret Service.
Financial resources are also of great concern to me. Particularly, I am concerned that the Secret Service’s protection is being used while members of the Trump family are pursuing business interests abroad on behalf of the President at the expense taxpayers. I will be introducing a bill in the coming days to prevent the President from becoming enriched from these taxpayer dollars.
In March, we learned that the Secret Service asked the Office of Management and Budget for an additional $60 million to carry out its current obligations. It was reported that the White House flatly rejected the request. If true, that is absurd.
Here you have an agency stretched thin prior to the new Administration, their protectee assignments increase significantly with the new Administration, then they ask for additional money to absorb the new costs incurred and they are rebuffed.
I have little confidence that the President’s budget proposal that was released two weeks ago is adequate for the agency. I hope that we hear today some honest, expert opinions on what the Secret Service needs to address its longstanding challenges and carry out its mission.
I also hope that we get a chance to hear today how the Secret Service is addressing some of the long-standing concerns on management practices as came to light in the Moore racial discrimination litigation and the recommendations made by the Protective Mission Panel.
Mr. Chairman, I want you and everyone on our subcommittee to know that I am here to work hand-in-hand with you to help provide the Secret Service with needed resources and oversight.
I hope that Director Alles’ leadership will pick up where Director Clancy left off in implementing key reforms to improve the agency’s performance, address staffing challenges, and elevate the agency’s standing with employees and prospective employees.
Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio.
“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.
“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”
Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.
XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.
Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation.
Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organizations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.
Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:
Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.
All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile.
The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.
The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics.
Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.
XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.
Northrup Grumman subsidiary, AOX, awarded wide field infrared survey telescope (WFIRST) contract from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The WFIRST telescope will use AOX’s deformable mirror technology and technical expertise to directly image planets beyond our solar system.
DEVENS, Mass. – June 5, 2017 – Adaptive Optics Associates, Inc. (AOX), a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), has been awarded a sole-source contract to provide mission-critical optical technology for the WFIRST coronagraph instrument. The AOX team successfully completed the preliminary design studies in early 2016 with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology.
WFIRST is a future infrared space observatory that was recommended in 2010 by United States National Research Council Decadal Survey committee as the top priority for the next decade of astronomy. The WFIRST telescope will be equipped with a specialized optical-imaging coronagraph. The WFIRST coronagraph will have the potential to directly image exoplanets over the course of its mission because of AOX’s adaptive optics technology.
AOX will design and fabricate the integrated adaptive optics system, with world-class, ultra-reliable sub-angstrom precision motion. WFIRST’s coronagraph will provide a 1,000-fold improvement in existing technology to see distant planets in other solar systems. This advancement will help the scientific community with the study of the atmospheres and conditions on exoplanets using WFIRST and with future missions that will search for signs of life on exoplanets.
“We are honored to work with NASA, JPL, and the WFIRST team,” said M. Roman Hachkowski, Ph.D., general manager, AOX. “AOX’s adaptive optics technology will enable astronomers to directly image and study exoplanets. This capability is ideal for science space missions that require both precision and durability to advance human discovery.”
WFIRST is part of Northrop Grumman’s continued focus on space as the next frontier for exploration. A worldwide leader in developing new technology to support current and future military and civil space programs, Northrop Grumman’s innovation enables deep space discovery and advances knowledge of planet Earth.
AOX designs and manufactures mission critical optical and photonic solutions and serves markets worldwide including: defense (ISR, directed energy, laser communications), industrial (freight logistics, semiconductor) and scientific (astronomy). Since its inception, AOX has been ‘working light’ for the betterment of customers, national security and the advancement of humankind.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.
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COPENHAGEN – May 24, 2017. Milestone Systems, the globally leading company in video management software (VMS), showcased the open platform community’s solution power during the packed Milestone Community Days (MIPS) in Dubai in mid-May.
This year’s event theme ‘Together We Make the World See the Future’ reflected a Milestone’s purpose and focus on the combined solution power of the Milestone open community. More than 450 attendees from 46 countries attended and 35 partners exhibited their integrated offerings and services at the Community Innovation Lab.
Danish Ambassador to the UAE and Qatar H.E. Merete Juhl opened the event and visited the partner showcases.
Breakout sessions with Technology and Business Tracks covered topics ranging from future technology to business optimization.
Kenneth Hune Petersen, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Milestone, emphasized the Milestone community as a force enabler in security and new uses for video technology beyond security. Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, CTO at Milestone Systems, elaborated on this and presented Milestone’s technology vision for the future.
The many visitors had the chance to preview Milestone XProtect 2017 R2. The event also announced the addition of two new business-ready products to the Xprotect 2017 product portfolio, to be released in June.
Attendees were invited to a tour of the Community Innovation Lab, where Milestone Solutions and Technology Partners demonstrated the latest innovations in the industry.
“It was fantastic to experience the vibrant energy from partners and attendees networking at the event.” Said Christian Ringler, Sales Director, DACH, Middle East & Africa, Milestone Systems. “The feedback has been very positive and we are already looking forward to the next version of the Milestone Community Days.”
Sponsor partners for Milestone Community Days EMEA 2017:
- Diamond: Allied Telesis, Fujitsu
- Platinum: iCetana, Pivot 3, Seagate Technologies, Venzo Secure
- Gold: Axis Communications, Fibernetix, Hikvision, IBM, Intransa, NetApp, Scality
Silver: Advancis, Axone Systems, BARCO, Bosch, Dahua, Dell EMC, Ela-soft, G2K Group, Ipsotek, Nedap, Optex, Pablo Niklas, Parking Spotter (Milestone Kickstarter winner), Promise Technology, Quantum, Rasilient, Snap Surveillance, Soliton, Vidsys, XPR Group, Arecont Vision, Commend
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.
The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.
The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.
“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”
3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.
3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.
3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.
3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.
For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”
For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.
Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.
Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.
Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.
Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.
Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.
3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.