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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, 2014-12-03 05:27 PM
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed three bills Monday aimed at strengthening nuclear security and detection, protecting critical infrastructure against the threat of electromagnetic...
Tue, 2014-12-02 06:06 PM
The United States Monday signed three customs agreements with Singapore, ensuring greater cooperation and mutual assistance on customs enforcement and the facilitation of lawful trade and travel,...
Tue, 2014-12-02 05:13 PM
A Danish citizen last week pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia and was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000 for advertising and selling StealthGenie, a spyware application that could...
Mon, 2014-12-01 05:11 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the launch of the 2015 Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for current two- and four-year college students. Beginning...
Sun, 2014-11-30 08:58 PM
Dear GSN Readers: Government Security News has posted its October/November Digital Edition online. We will also be mailing out the new publication to our readers Monday morning. This edition has a...
Sun, 2014-11-30 07:21 PM
The British government introduced a far-ranging bill last week aimed at protecting U.K. citizens from international terrorism. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill aims to bolster the U.K.’s...
Sun, 2014-11-30 04:37 PM
Last week in federal court in Brooklyn, NY, Elvis Rafael Rodriguez was sentenced to 34 months’ imprisonment for his participation in an international cybercrime organization responsible for two...
Thu, 2014-11-27 03:26 AM
Happy Thanksgiving from Government Security News! In observance of the holiday, the Daily Insider e-newsletter will resume publication on Monday, December 1. Enjoy the holiday and safe...
Tue, 2014-11-25 02:52 PM
The National Security Agency (NSA) has announced the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The...
Mon, 2014-11-24 07:15 PM
According to statistics collected by the FBI, 76 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2013. Of these, 27 officers died as a result of felonious acts, and 49 officers died...
Thu, 2014-11-20 05:20 PM
As in previous years, the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards was divided into three broad categories of entries: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions; Best...
Thu, 2014-11-20 05:09 PM
Last week, U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL), a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced H.R. 5712, the “DHS Private Sector Office Engagement Act,” aimed at improving private sector...

Company News

Portland, OR, June 25 – Tripwire, Inc., a provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, has announced the results of a survey conducted by Dimensional Research. The survey examined the views of over 400 executives and IT professionals in the energy, oil, gas and utility industries on cybersecurity and compliance initiatives.
Pasadena, CA, June 24 – Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: GUID) a provider of digital investigations, has unveiled 
Boston, MA, June 22 – MEGA International has introduced HOPEX IT Risk Management to help companies understand the business impact of IT risks and establish the right IT governance.
McLean, VA, June 23 – Perspecsys, a provider of enterprise cloud data protection solutions, has announced that its award-winning AppProtex Platform is in-production and providing critical cloud data protection capabilities for organizations via its Managed Service Provider (MSP) partners leveraging the multi-tenant, multi-cloud platform.
Phoenix, AZ, June 22 – BeyondTrust®, the global cyber security company dedicated to proactively eliminating data breaches from insider privilege abuse and external hacking attacks, has announced the availability of the BeyondTrust PowerBroker® 
Denver & Overland Park, KS, June 18 – Accuvant and FishNet Security, which recently joined together to create the nation’s premier cyber security solutions provider, have announced the appointment of Veena Bricker as the company’s first-ever chief human resources officer (CHRO). In this newly created role, Bricker is responsible for the company’s human capital strategy, including all aspects of leadership development and talent management. She also will play a critical role in shaping the culture of the new, combined company as it moves through its next phase of growth.
Los Angeles, June 18 – Jeffery Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) has announced that its capabilities in cybersecurity law practice – including privacy, data management and security, and data breach representation – have been formalized into an interdisciplinary law practice group. JMBM's Cybersecurity and Privacy Group will be led by attorneys Michael A. Gold and Robert Braun.
Miami, June 18 – Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, has announced the launch of its Data Law Practice and the expansion of the firm's varied services in the increasingly business-critical areas of information governance, e-discovery, and data privacy and security.

Commentary and Opinions

By Jonathan LewisData breaches occur more often than we realize, and affect everyone from consumers to municipal governments. 
Government computing has undergone rapid change in recent years. Within the data center, multiple drivers are pushing cloud computing to the forefront, including technology policies such as “Cloud First” and general austerity mandates aimed at eliminating large infrastructure or asset ownership and management. Defense and military applications are also changing, as the applications that a warfighter utilizes at the tactical edge are becoming increasingly compute-intensive to enhance and extend combat cognition, efficiency and effectiveness.
Mobility, bring-your-own-device and telework policies pay off several times over. In addition to creating a work-life balance for employees with anytime, anywhere connectivity, the ability to go mobile can help to ease vexing budgetary constraints that many state and local governments will carry, once again, into a new year. With these benefits and a growing citizen demand for round-the-clock accessibility to government services and information, few will dispute that mobility presents a compelling value proposition for state and local governments.
Hybrid-Cloud computing, the combination of private, community and public Cloud infrastructures, delivers advantages. But it also introduces risks, particularly around privileged users and trusted insider threats.
Over the past 12 months, governments at all levels continued the creation of a more citizen-centric model, with technology at the heart of their efforts. As federal government agencies close the book on this fiscal year and look ahead to the next, efficiency, connectivity, scalability and security will continue to dominate technology plans and budget discussions. 
 

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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...