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GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala

GSN Awards 2012

Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.

The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.

Not only were the best tools and technologies acknowledged , but the people and groups who use them, from local police departments in Florida and Washington state, to the White House, were honored at the event.

During the awards ceremonies, Richard Reed, Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Homeland Security, received the second annual Government Security News/Raytheon Award for Distinguished Leadership and Innovation in Public Safety and Security. Reed was chosen for tireless work in his key role in leading the development of national policy related to resilience, transborder security and community partnerships. He has been described as the president’s eyes and ears during disasters. In crises, such as the Gulf oil spill, H1N1 pandemic, and Haiti earthquake, Reed has sprung into action at the White House, coordinating information and gathering people to cope with these catastrophes.

Reed told Government Security News in an interview after the dinner that gatherings like GSN’s awards ceremony were invaluable in demonstrating that the hard work of creating a resilient, strong response to crises is performed by thousands of individuals, like those in attendance. Gatherings that bring the diverse emergency response and homeland security communities together can broaden perspectives and spur new ideas, he said.

Reed has been a determined, mostly behind-the-scenes, captain of federal emergency response efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations, helping prepare for, and respond to, some of the worst natural disasters the nation has known, from one of the deadliest tornado seasons in history in the Midwest, to historic wild fires in the west, and massive storms in the eastern U.S.

Reed said the key to capable response to such staggering events lies not only in federal hands, but in enabling state, local and even personal responses. Getting resources and training in place before disasters happen goes a long way in an effective response and recovery, he said. “The true first responders are friends, neighbors and co-workers” in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, said Reed. Local police, firefighters and other agencies arrive second, he said. Enabling people with information concerning what resources are available or where they can go for help or supplies empowers them, said Reed.

Government Security News managing partner Adrian Courtenay has made the GSN/Raytheon award an annual tradition. The prize is sponsored by the Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world, which is headquartered in Waltham, MA.

Notable 2012 government excellence award winners included the local police departments in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL, for their ground-breaking work in preparing for the Republican National Convention in Tampa this past summer. The departments put together comprehensive plans to gently defuse potentially volatile political demonstrations at the event. Both departments were also praised for implementing an innovative interoperable communications network during the GOP convention.

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was recognized for its groundbreaking work on a small radiation detector. The Naval Air Systems Command won an award for its work on the Kestrel Wide Area Persistent Surveillance program, which developed an aerostat for long-term surveillance capabilities to protect ground soldiers in Afghanistan.

The complete list of GSN’s 2012 Award winners appears below: 

CATEGORY 1 – VENDORS OF IT SECURITY PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

 

Best Anti-Malware Solution

 

Invincea

 

Best Identity Management Platform

 

Alert Enterprise

 

Best Certificate Management Solution

 

Entrust

 

Best Compliance /Vulnerability Assessment Solution

 

Agiliance

 

Best Data Security/Loss Management Solution

 

WAVE Systems

 

Best Endpoint Security Solution

 

StillSecure

 

Best Forensic Software

 

Silvertail

 

Best Intelligence Data Fusion and Collaborative Analysis Solution

 

Lookingglass Cyber Solutions

 

Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution

 

Intellidyne

Vanguard Integrity Professionals

 

Best Network Security/Enterprise Firewall

 

Black Lotus

 

Best Privileged Access Management Solution

 

Kikusema

Xceedium

 

Best Real-Time Dynamic Network Analysis

 

Fidelis Security

 

Best Continuous Monitoring Solution

 

ForeScout

Redseal

 

Best Security Incident/Event Management Solution (SIEM)

 

NetIQ

 

CATEGORY 2 – VENDORS OF PHYSICAL SECURITY PRODUCTS & SOLUTIONS

 

PHYSICAL SECURITY ACCESS CONTROL & INDENTIFICATION

 

Best Biometric Identification Solution

 

Fulcrum Biometrics

 

Best Integrated System for HSPD 12/FIPS 201 Compliance

 

Brivo

 

Best Platform for Physical and Logical Access

 

Alert Enterprise

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Best Interoperable First Responder Communications

 

Covia Labs

 

Best Mass Notification Systems

 

AtHoc

 

Best Regional or National Public Safety Communications Deployment

 

Desktop Alert

 

DETECTION PRODUCTS

 

Best Explosives Detection Solution

 

AS&E

 

Best Long Range Detection Systems

 

Vidisco

 

Best Nuclear/Radiation Detection

 

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

 

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE

 

Best Intelligent Video Surveillance Solution

 

Panasonic

 

Best Thermal/Night Vision/Infrared Cameras

 

HGH Infrared Systems

Vumii

 

Best Network IP Cameras

 

Axis Communications

 

Best Video Storage/Digital Transmission Systems

 

Panasonic

 

OTHER PRODUCTS

 

Best Perimeter Protection Solution

 

Senstar

 

Best Crash Barriers

 

Nasatka

 

Best Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) Solution

 

NICE Systems

 

SERVICES

 

Best Disaster Preparedness or Disaster Recovery & Clean-up Service

 

High-Rise Escape Systems

 

Best Facility Security/Force Protection Service

 

Whitestone Group

 

Best Homeland Security Training/Higher Education Solutions

 

Bellevue University

 

Category 3: Government Security News 2012 Government Excellence Awards

 

Most Notable Airport Security Award

 

Defense Manpower Agency

 

Most Notable Maritime/Port Security Program

 

Ohio Department of Public Safety/Northern Border Initiative

 

Most Notable Railroad/Mass Transit Security Program

 

Denver Regional Transportation Authority

 

Most Notable Critical Infrastructure Program, Project or Initiative

 

U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Tucson, AZ

 

Most Notable Cyber Security Program, Project or Initiative

 

U.S. Department of Energy

 

Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation

 

U.S. National Guard

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction, Arrest or Counter-Terrorism Program

 

Orange County Intelligence Assessment Fusion Center

 

Most Notable Municipal/County Programs, Projects or Initiatives

 

Seattle, Washington Police Department

Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida Police Departments

 

Federal Government

 

Naval Air Systems Command (Kestrel Wide Area Persistent Surveillance)

GSN 2012 Homeland Security Awards program open for entries

The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

Returning as corporate Sponsors of the 2012 Program are BRS Laboratories of Houston, TX -- a leading software development company for video behavioral recognition software that deploys easily and rapidly on large scale video networks and provides actionable information without inundating end users with false alarms -- and Entrust, Inc. , of Dallas, TX, which offers physical/logical access, mobile security, certificate management and other identity-based solutions to governments and large enterprises.  Additional sponsors will be announced, and profiles of all 2012 sponsors, will be published in coming weeks. Companies interested in joining the ranks of sponsors of the 2012 Awards Program should contact GSN Publisher and World Business Media President, Edward Tyler, at 212-344-0759, ext. 2001.

The cost to submit an entry in the 2012 program is $295 for vendors of IT security and physical security products and solutions. As in previous years, there is no cost for entries in the 10 categories of awards for federal, state and local government agencies. Vendors of IT and physical security products and solutions may nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues or government clients, while government agencies or departments may similarly nominate themselves or be nominated by other agencies, colleagues or vendors.

According Adrian Courtenay, managing partner of World Business Media, several new categories created in 2011 to acknowledge successful initiatives of federal, state or local agencies in responding to emergencies, countering terrorism and preventing crime will again be included in 2012. These categories are “Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation – Federal, State or Local”; “Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction, Arrest or Counter Terrorism Program – Federal, State or Local”; and “Most Notable Counter Terrorism or Crime Prevention Program”.

In the 2011 contest, the Bastrop Country, TX, Unified Command (including county, state and federal government agencies) was awarded the trophy for “Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation” in battling 2011 Texas wildfires in Bastrop County. The United States Customs and Border Protection, Detroit Sector, was winner in the “Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction or Arrest” category for a dramatic arrest on St. Clair River in Detroit, and the Los Angeles Police Department was recognized for having the “Most Notable Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism or Crime Prevention Program.”

Another category that was new in 2011, “Most Notable Cyber Security Program or Technology – Government or Military”, will also be continued, in recognition of the emergence of Cyber Security as a vitally important component of overall security for any nation. The winner of this award in 2011 was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The 2012 Awards Program will once again culminate with a gala awards dinner in the fall, at a venue to be announced shortly. In the 2011 program, the “GSN/Raytheon Award for Distinguished Leadership and Innovation” was introduced and presented to Admiral Thad Allen (US Coast Guard-ret.), who came out of retirement twice in recent years to serve his country, first in heading up the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and later in managing the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

In remarks for the 2011 Awards Dinner audience, Admiral Allen said the continuing work of technology companies and first responders was key in any disaster. He urged everyone to become a “lifelong rapid learner” to better cope with disasters, both man-made and natural. He also said “reconciling opportunity and competency” when disaster strikes is essential to any effective recovery, and being on top of the latest, most effective technology is a product of being a lifelong rapid learner. He also said clear communications is also a key to effective response and amplified his call for a nationwide interoperable first responder radio network. 

Photos of the 2010 awards reception and dinner are available at www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/, and video interviews with Admiral Allen, as well as sponsors and winners in the 2011 Awards program, are available at the GSN Video Center at www.gsnmagazine.com/videocenter.

Entry forms and other information about the 2012 Awards Program are available at www.gsnmagazine.com/hsa2012/welcome.

GSN 2011 Awards Program opens for entries on April 26

Government Security News has announced that its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program  will officially open for business and start accepting entries in the program’s 45 awards categories on Tuesday, April 26.

The 2011 program contains a number of exciting new categories, reflecting the dynamically changing threat environment, in all three of the overall awards groupings: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions, and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.

The cost for each entry in the 2011 program is $295 for vendors of IT security and physical security products and solutions. As in previous years, there is no cost for entries in the 10 categories of awards for federal, state and local government agencies.

Vendors of IT and physical security products and solutions may nominate themselves or be nominated by colleagues or government clients, while government agencies or departments may similarly nominate themselves or be nominated by other agencies, colleagues or vendors.

Adrian Courtenay, Managing Partner of GSN’s parent company, World Business Media, LLC, cited two intriguing new categories in the government sector that have been selected to acknowledge solid “boots on the ground” achievements of federal, state or local agencies in responding to emergencies, countering terrorism and stopping crime. These categories are “Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation – Federal, State or Local” and “Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction, Arrest or Counter Terrorism Program – Federal, State or Local.”

Acknowledging the increasing importance of cyber security and the threat of cyber war among nation-states, Courtenay also pointed out that the government awards in 2010 have been expanded to include a category titled, “Most Notable Cyber Security Program or Technology – Government or Military.”

Returning for its third year as a sponsor of the GSN Awards Program is founding sponsor ArcSight, now a business unit of Hewlett Packard Software and Solutions, whose enterprise threat and risk platform is an integrated product for collecting, analyzing and assessing security and risk information. ArcSight is also a repeat winner in the GSN awards program for its Security Incident Event Management (SIEM) products for collecting, analyzing and assessing security incident event information.

Also returning as event sponsors are General Dynamics C4, located in Phoenix, AZ, a major developer and integrator of secure communications and information systems and technology; and  Mutualink, another GSN award winner, which creates networks of interoperable communities that can instantly share radio, voice, text, video and data files, and telephone communications in a secure environment.

The fourth and final sponsor to date in the 2011 Awards Program is Behavioral Recognition Systems, Inc., of Houston, TX, also known as BRS Labs, whose software uses the fascinating, scientifically developed cognitive reasoning and artificial intelligence of behavioral analytics to leverage a stream of intelligence from millions of surveillance cameras worldwide, in order to provide alerts regarding abnormal or suspicious behavior.

Profiles of each of the 2011 sponsors will be posted on the GSN Web site in the coming weeks.

Additional companies or organizations interested in joining the ranks of 2011 sponsors of the GSN 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program should contact GSN Publisher and World Business Media President, Edward Tyler, at 212-344-0759, ext. 2001.

According to Courtenay, the 2011 Awards Program will culminate with the annual awards dinner in early November at a venue to be announced shortly. “It’s going to be hard to top last year’s elegant dinner and spectacular after-dinner keynote presentation by four-star General Barry McCaffrey (USA-Ret.). But we’re going to try!”

In 2010, the GSN awards were presented to a sold-out ballroom at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, that included many distinguished government and military officials, academics, law enforcement and public safety professionals from across the country, along with the systems integrators, defense contractors and vendors of products and solutions used in homeland security.

Photos of the 2010 awards reception and dinner are available at:

www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/.

Further information and entry forms for the 2011 Awards Program are available at:

www.gsnmagazine.com/hsa2011/welcome.

Narus 2010 RSA Conference


Greg Oslan, President and CEO of Narus corporation, say Narus’s software provides real-time traffic intelligence that helps carriers, service providers and governments around the world protect and manage large, complex networks. Although the Internet is still in its infancy,  Internet crime is a global issue, and it is time to set up a global ecosystem and  police force. Global criminal behavior and cyber warfare may be death by a thousand papercuts, he states, but it is still death.

Obama seeks three percent hike in discretionary budget at DHS

Despite official murmurings a few months ago that the fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS might decline slightly, the budget package unveiled on February 1 actually shows a three percent increase in “discretionary spending” by DHS in 2011, versus the prior year, and modest growth, at approximately the predicted rate of inflation, in the outer years.

“The total fiscal year 2011 budget request for DHS, including fee funded and mandatory spending, is $56.3 billion, a two percent increase over the fiscal year 2010 enacted level,” said Peggy Sherry, the acting  chief financial officer at DHS, in a telephone conference call with journalists on February 1. “The department’s fiscal year 2011 net discretionary or appropriated funding request is $43.6 billion, an increase of three percent over the fiscal year 2010 enacted level.”

In releasing his overall budget request, President Obama proposed a freeze in government spending for a portion of the discretionary domestic spending plan for three years, but he specifically exempted homeland security expenditures from that freeze. “It won’t apply to our national security – including benefits for veterans,” said Obama in remarks he made in the White House on February 1.

Some observers speculated that the slight bump up in DHS spending may have resulted from the nationwide trauma caused by the failed Christmas Day underwear bombing attempt, and the urgent call for stronger screening measures at the country’s airports. However, a DHS official who participated on the conference call with journalists, but requested anonymity, would not attribute the budget increase to that terrorist attack.

“As part of the budget process, we examined different scenarios and options,” explained the official. “Those are discussions that are internal to the Administration and what you see in the budget release today is the end product of all those budget deliberations.”

Among the thousands of individual line-items for specific programs and planned procurements are the following highlights:

Advanced imaging systems – The 2011 budget requests an additional $214.1 million to install about 500 extra advance imaging technology machines at airport checkpoints, above and beyond the 500 systems that had already been planned. These funds will place such whole body scanners in 75 percent of the country’s largest airports, said Sherry.

Explosive detection – Beyond body scanners, DHS will seek an additional $85 million to bolster international flight coverage by federal air marshals, an increase in $60 million for an additional 800 explosive trace detection machines and a $71 million bump up to pay for an additional 275 K-9 teams at airport check points.

Border Patrol – The new budget envisions a decrease of 180 personnel in the ranks of the Border Patrol, which will be achieved largely through attrition. A DHS official suggested that the overall operating effectiveness of the Border Patrol will not be affected by this decline in personnel slots because the Border Patrol has almost doubled in size during the past five years. “A lot of the agent workforce, the substantial portion of it, has only a couple of years experience,” said this DHS official. “As they become more seasoned and more mature in their jobs, their effectiveness will increase, and because we are not doing the extensive hiring of 2,000 to 3,000 new agents a year, we can afford to put less into training improvement.”

Cyber-security – By contrast, DHS is planning a substantial beef-up in its cyber-security efforts. The new budget seeks $379 million to develop the National Cyber Security Division, which will attempt to safeguard the dot.gov and dot.com domains, and limit the nation’s vulnerability to computer attacks. DHS wants to add another $5 million to the $5 million that was in last year’s budget for the National Cyber Security Center, which one DHS official characterized as “still in its infancy.” The budget envisions an increase in the Center’s staffing to 40 people and the enhancement of its expertise, so it can integrate with other cyber-centers throughout the federal government.

Terror trials – Contrary to media reports that a terror trial in Manhattan might require a billion dollars in security measures, the 2011 budget request for DHS includes only $200 million for such security measures, which would be available through the traditional urban area grant programs. “The department took a look at it and we think $200 million is really our best estimate of the costs,” said the DHS official.

Federal contracting – In what it calls “re-balancing the workforce,” DHS is planning to rely less on outside vendors and more on internally recruited and trained personnel, particularly in the areas of cyber-security --  where DHS is authorized to hire as many as 1,000 new cyber-specialists – and the intelligence work often referred to as “connecting the dots.” “In our analysis and operations activity, we have a major increase in the number of feds doing intelligence type work,” said Sherry.

Coast Guard – A DHS fact sheet issued by the Office of Management and Budget points out that the budget request includes $538 million for a fifth National Security Cutter and $240 million to produce four new Fast Response Cutters. Even so, the new budget seeks funds for 1,100 fewer active duty Coast Guard personnel. “We are looking to reorganize and restructure certain elements of the Coast Guard to create greater efficiency,” explained a DHS official, “and there are obviously tradeoffs made as part of that to ensure we could continue to recapitalize the Coast Guard.”

President Obama’s budget request was delivered to Capitol Hill and will now undergo months of scrutiny by lawmakers. Fiscal year 2011 begins officially on October 1, 2010.

National Governors Association Selects 4 States for Assistance in Energy Security Exercise

Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho and Maryland to Review and Test Energy Emergency Response in a Simulated Environment


WASHINGTON -- The National Governors Association (NGA) competitively selected four states – Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho and Maryland – to participate in a focused technical assistance project to enhance their experiences in the GridEx V energy security exercise and support the states' energy security planning efforts.

GridEx is a biennial exercise conducted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to simulate a cyber and physical attack on the electric grid across North America. Participants include members of the electric sector, other critical infrastructure operators, law enforcement, and state, local and federal officials from across the country. The GridEx V exercise will take place Nov. 13-14, 2019.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, NGA will work with the four states to prepare for, participate in, and share lessons learned and promising practices from the exercise via phone consultations, an in-person workshop planned for January 2020.

During the exercise, participants will remotely respond to simulated cyber and physical events to determine how their organizations, including governors and states, might respond in a real-world event. Governors play critical roles during widespread electric grid outages and NGA's project will help participating states improve their ability to respond and recover from these incidents, enhance emergency communications, build relationships with electricity and other critical infrastructure operators, and identify infrastructure resilience needs.

"As a national leader in cybersecurity and a pioneer in micro-grid development, Maryland is proud to partner with the National Governors Association and other states on the GridEx emergency preparedness exercise," said Governor Larry Hogan, chair of the National Governors Association. "Our technology-driven infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack with the electric grid as a prime target, but we are committed to protecting our state against threats to our infrastructure with the best ideas and latest technologies."

"In order for Idaho to respond to a significant emergency event involving our energy infrastructure, we need to better understand all our stakeholders, their infrastructure and single points of failure, and how we can best mitigate those potential failures in a coordinated effort," Governor Brad Little said. "Idaho welcomes the opportunity to participate in this exercise and take advantage of assistance from our partners."

"I ran on the goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy in Colorado by 2040, and we've already made significant progress toward achieving this commitment. We must also continue to improve our energy infrastructure and security to ensure grid reliability and resilience," Governor Jared Polis said. "Our state is excited to join this exercise."

"We are honored to be selected for the opportunity to participate in this important exercise that will help stakeholders in Hawai'i and other states enhance their capabilities to respond to severe events affecting the reliability of their energy systems," said Governor David Ige. "Improving grid resiliency in the face of potential cyber and physical threats is a top priority for Hawai'i as we strive to strengthen our national security and achieve our aggressive clean energy goals."

After the exercise, the four selected states will contribute to an after-action report to identify state-focused challenges and lessons learned. The state teams also will participate in a two-day, post-exercise workshop with experts, in which they will explore these results and lessons further and develop action plans to improve energy security in their states. 

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Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation's 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

Govs. Edwards and Hutchinson to Lead National Cybersecurity Summit in Louisiana

SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, co-chairs of the National Governors Association's Resource Center for State Cybersecurity, will preside over the two-day National Summit on State Cybersecurity in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, next month.

 

The semiannual summit will explore the most pressing topics in states' efforts to protect themselves against cyber threats; trends in state cybersecurity strategies; how to train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals; safeguarding the electric grid; and statewide disaster planning, among other topics.

Gov. Hutchinson, as co-chair of the NGA's Resource Center for State Cybersecurity, is taking a leading role in the summit, which provides governors of the 55 states and territories with resources, tools and policy guidance to help craft and implement effective state cybersecurity policies and practices. Gov. Edwards co-chaired the center beginning in 2018.

 

Formerly an undersecretary in the Department of Homeland Security, Gov. Hutchinson is also the co-chair of the Council of Governors and has spearheaded a significant initiative on coding and STEM in K-12 education.

"On any given day, the guardians of Arkansas's systems block thousands of attempted attacks from all over the world. The bad guys never rest," Gov. Hutchinson said. "Good stewardship of our state's resources includes guarding the gates into our systems and protecting the information. This summit will be an excellent time to sharpen our knowledge."

 

Since 2012, the NGA Resource Center for State Cybersecurity has served as the premier partner for governors and state agencies seeking to implement best practices in cybersecurity. In 2015, NGA convened the first nationwide summit on state cybersecurity in San Jose, California. The association hosted its second national summit in Leesburg, Virginia, in 2017. Building on this past success, Gov. Edwards has invited teams from all of the states, territories and the District of Columbia to Shreveport-Bossier to learn about the latest threats, exchange ideas, and identify actionable steps to implement holistic cybersecurity strategies.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. May 14, 2019, through 5 p.m. May 15.
 

WHERE: Hilton Shreveport, 104 Market Street, Shreveport, Louisiana 71101.

 

IF INTERESTED: Please email James Nash at [email protected] or call 202-624-3658.

GSN'S 2018 HSA Winners

CYBER SECURITY PRODUCTS and SOLUTIONS

Judging in this category is based on a combination of client organization, technological innovation or improvement, filling a recognized government IT security need and flexibility of a solution to meet current and future organizational needs.

 

Best Application Security Solution
Appthority – Platinum Winner

 

Best User & Entity Behavior Analytics Solution
LogRhythm - Platinum Winner

Bay Dynamics – Gold Winner
Gurucul – Silver Winner

 

Best Anti-Malware Solution
AppGuard Inc - Platinum Winner

Bromium – Gold Winner

 

Best Application Security Solution
Virsec– Platinum Winner
Code Dx, Inc – Gold Winner
Sargent and Greenleaf – Silver Winner
Bromium – Finalist

Waratek – Finalist

 

Best Sever Security Solution

AppGuard Inc - Platinum Winner

 

Best Threat Intelligence Solution

ProofPoint - Platinum Winner

 

Best Server Security Solution

SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC - Platinum Winner

 

Best Email Security/ Loss Management Solution
Proofpoint– Platinum Winner

 

Best identity Management Platform
CyberArk  – Platinum Winner
Beyond Trust– Gold Winner
Idaptive – Silver Winner
Centrify – Finalist

 

Best Continuous Monitoring & Mitigation Solution
SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC – Platinum Winner
Netwrix Corporation – Gold Winner

DFLabs – Silver Winner
CyberArk – Finalist

 

Best Physical Logical Privileged Access Management Solutions
Centrify– Platinum Winner
CyberArk – Gold Winner

 

Best Cyber Operational Risk Intelligence
RedSeal – Platinum Winner
DFLabs – Gold Winner
RiskSense – Silver Winner

 

Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment
RedSeal – Platinum Winner
Wombat Security Technologies, Inc. – Gold Winner

 

Best Network Security/Enterprise Firewall
OPAQ Networks – Platinum Winner

 

Best Multifactor Authentication Solutions
Optimal IdM – Platinum Winner

 

Best Endpoint Detection and Response Solution
Idaptive – Platinum Winner

 

Best Security Incident and Event (SIEM) Management
SolarWinds Worldwide, LLC – Platinum Winner

LogRhythm – Gold Winner

 

Best Industrial Cybersecurity Solution
Virsec – Platinum Winner

 

Category #2 Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions

 

Judging in this category is based on a combination of an increase in client organization, technological innovation or improvement, filling a recognized government IT security need and flexibility of a solution to meet current and future organizational needs.

 

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SOLUTIONS

Best Thermo, Nightvision, Infrared Cameras
FLIR Systems, Inc. – Platinum Winner
CohuHD Costar Gold Winner – Gold Winner

 

Best City-Wide Video Surveillance
Logos Technologies – – Platinum Winner

COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS

 

Best Interoperable First Responder Communications
LRAD Corporation – Platinum Winner

 

BARRIERS

 

Best Perimeter Protection, Intrusion Detection System
AMICO – Platinum Winner
PureTech Systems – Gold Winner
FLIR Systems, Inc. – Silver Winner

 

Best Crash Barriers (Fences, Gates, Barriers, Bollards)
TCP-Security Solutions – Platinum Winner

DETECTION PRODUCTS

 

Best Nuclear/Radiation Detection Solution
FLIR Systems, Inc. – Platinum Winner

 

Best Chemical Detection Product or Solution
Rapiscan Systems – Platinum Winner
FLIR Systems, Inc. – Gold Winner
Teknoscan Systems Inc. – Silver Winner

 

Best Explosives Detection Product or Solution
Rapiscan Systems   – Platinum Winner

 

Best Active Shooter Gunshot Detection Solution
Shooter Detection Systems – Platinum Winner

 

SERVICES EDUCATION

 

Best College/University in Homeland Security
Bellevue University – Platinum Winner

 

Best Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, Clean-up
High Rise Escape Systems Inc. – Platinum Winner

 

VENDORS OF IT

 

Best Access Control Hardware
Sargent and Greenleaf – Platinum Winner

 

GOVERNMENT ENTRIES

 

Most Notable Federal Government Security Program, Project of Initiative
Federal Risk Management Process Training Program (RMPTP)

Most Notable Law Enforcement Interdiction, Arrest, Counter Terrorism or Crime Protection Program – Federal, State or Local
Federal Risk Management Process Training Program (RMPTP)

 

Most Notable Federal Government Security Program, Project of Initiative
Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

 

Global ransomware damage costs predicted to exceed $11.5 billion annually by 2019:Ransomware will attack a business every 14 seconds by end of 2019

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 15, 2017 -- Ransomware — a malware that infects computers (and mobile devices) and restricts their access to files, often threatening permanent data destruction unless a ransom is paid — has reached epidemic proportions globally.

The impact on businesses is reflected in the Official 2017 Ransomware Report, announced today by Cybersecurity Ventures.

 

Global ransomware damage costs are predicted to exceed $11.5 billion annually by 2019, up from $5 billion in 2017.

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be a ransomware attack on businesses every 14 seconds by the end of 2019. This does not include attacks on individuals, which occurs even more frequently than businesses.

"Since September 2013 when CryptoLocker, the first weapons-grade ransomware strain appeared, this type of malware has metastasized into a multi-billion dollar criminal business model that is only in its early phases and will continue to increase in sophistication," says Stu Sjouwerman, founder and CEO at KnowBe4, a company that specializes in training employees on how to detect and respond to ransomware attacks.

The big myth around ransomware damages is the costs are limited to ransom payouts. However, the percentage of businesses and individuals who are paying bitcoin to reclaim access to their data and systems in response to ransom demands — is declining (even if the total payout figures are rising due to the sheer volume of new attacks).

"Ransomware costs include damage and destruction (or loss) of data, downtime, lost productivity, post-attack disruption to the normal course of business, forensic investigation, restoration and deletion of hostage data and systems, reputational harm, and employee training in direct response to the ransomware attacks," says Steve Morgan, founder and Editor-In-Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures.

CIOs, CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers), and IT security teams need to heighten their awareness and response plans around the ransomware threat. Cyber defense needs to cross boundaries so that every IT worker understands exactly what ransomware is, how it infects organizations, and how to combat it.

Cybersecurity Ventures predicts cybercrime will cost the world in excess of $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015. Ransomware is expected to worsen and make up a proportionately larger share of total cybercrime by 2021.

The Official 2017 Ransomware Report is sponsored by KnowBe4, a world-class integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform.

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enSilo Included in 2017 Gartner Market Guide for Endpoint Detection and Response Solutions

enSilo, the company that protects endpoints pre- and post-infection to stop data breaches and data disruption in real time, today announced that it has been included in Gartner's Market Guide for Endpoint Detection and Response Solutions (G00321729). A complimentary copy of this Market Guide is available for download here.

According to Gartner, "The EDR market is rapidly converging with the endpoint protection platform market; however, both areas will continue to coexist for the next three years. Security and risk management leaders need platform-based solutions that provide all aspects of adaptive security architecture."

With costly, high-profile data breaches, ransomware disruptions and other attacks increasingly beginning at the endpoint, capabilities for safeguarding organizations' devices and empowering users are essential, including detecting sophisticated attacks, containing the reach of threats by defeating the execution of malware and other intrusions and rapidly remediating endpoints to a pre-infected state. enSilo delivers these features and other advantages in its proven endpoint security platform combining automated, blocking-enabled Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) capabilities with Threat Hunting, Incident Response, and Virtual Patching features. This integrated approach to protecting devices and employees offers dramatic security advantages and avoids burdening end users and security staff with layered, piecemeal endpoint protection tools.

"We feel that Gartner's inclusion of enSilo in this Market Guide validates our team's vision and innovation," said enSilo CEO and co-founder Roy Katmor. "Malicious infiltrations prevail against traditional defenses by exploiting detection gaps and achieving costly dwell time before they uncovered. enSilo's Next Generation AntiVirus (NGAV) serves as a useful first line of defense, complemented and correlated with our unique blocking-enabled EDR that allows to contain in real-time malicious code and behaviors executing on systems and continually helps security teams revert devices back to known, trusted states. This elimination of dwell time between infiltration and detection is key, it's time for the industry to prioritize protection in EDR. 'Detection' and 'Response' offer little value if they are not real-time and automated."

"Stopping breaches is my number one priority and I am a big proponent for endpoint detection and response tools to help with that goal. When we thoroughly tested and evaluated top notable vendors in the market, enSilo stood out above all the rest," said Randy Potts, CISO at financial services firm Real Time Resolutions. "enSilo has a fundamentally different approach to stopping the post-infection impact of malware in an automated manner. This unique capability allows my team to stop breaches and respond to malware impact immediately and more effectively comparing to other EDR tools that introduce dwell time."

According to Gartner, "Endpoint detection and response is essentially a big data and analytics tool that has all the advantages and drawbacks of this emerging field. However, it's foundational for next-generation endpoint protection solutions, based on more-complex behaviors, and it's extensible to additional problems, such as insider threat and account takeover attacks. EDR tools are capable of reducing the time to detect and respond to hacking and malware incidents. They help correlate events into incidents, but require a sophisticated administrator and API integration with other security tools."

"enSilo strives to offer a robust post-infection approach to endpoint security that enables real-time breach containment and response, allowing zero dwell time and the immediate blocking of data exfiltration and data tampering," Katmor added. "Providing EDR tools is important, however in addition to post-infection evidence collection, the breach must be stopped in real-time, ensuring zero dwell time. It's all about stopping the breach."

Read more about Gartner's latest endpoint detection and response recommendations on enSilo's blog  and download your complimentary copy of the Market Guide for Endpoint Detection and Response Solutions here.

Source: Gartner, "Market Guide for Endpoint Detection and Response Solutions," Peter Firstbrook, 9 November 2017.

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About enSilo
enSilo comprehensively secures the endpoint pre- and post-infection. enSilo automates and orchestrates detection, prevention and real-time response against advanced malware and ransomware without burdening cybersecurity staff. enSilo's single lightweight agent includes next generation antivirus (NGAV), application communication control, automated endpoint detection and response (EDR) with real-time blocking, threat hunting, incident response and virtual patching capabilities. Coupled with a patented approach that has full system visibility, enSilo's endpoint security solution stops modern malware with a high degree of precision and intuitive user interface. Cybersecurity staff with enSilo can effectively manage malware threats without alert fatigue, excessive dwell time or breach anxiety. enSilo's cloud management platform is flexible and extensible to meet operational needs that stop malware impact. For more information please visit www.ensilo.com.

 

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