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IntraLogic's official release of the "One Button" Lockdown system on CBS 2 News.


Wed, 2012-10-31 08:40 AM


Between them, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Department of Defense spent $75 billion on intelligence gathering operations in fiscal 2012.
Fri, 2012-10-26 11:06 AM
Searchable, online databases that outside hackers use as a resource to breach equipment on critical infrastructure operating systems should be used by infrastructure providers to locate and prevent...
Thu, 2012-10-25 02:57 PM

Rosenbach, Weatherford

U.S. intelligence on the devastating malware attack that crippled the Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco’s computers last August was declassified to illustrate the looming threat of cyber assault to...
Thu, 2012-10-25 02:11 PM

ODNI's O'Sullivan

Even though the axe stands ready to fall on the defense budget in the coming months, it won’t necessarily sever cyber security efforts underway in some intelligence operations, said a top government...
Tue, 2012-10-23 08:38 AM

NIU graduate program

A new graduate program aimed at helping intelligence officers study and research a growing range of emerging threats was approved by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, said the Defense Intelligence...
Mon, 2012-10-22 11:14 AM
A new operating system for besieged industrial control systems (ICS) being developed by Kaspersky Systems wouldn’t rely on traditional defenses against electronic assault. The new operating system,...
Mon, 2012-10-22 08:04 AM
A team of four UCLA electrical engineering professors has received a seed contract from the government’s information security research arm to improve the safety of large-scale information systems
Fri, 2012-10-19 10:37 AM

FCC's Genachowski

Concerned that smaller businesses are increasingly vulnerable to online attack, the Federal Communications Commission unveiled a revised online tool that can help them customized Cyber protections.
Fri, 2012-10-19 07:43 AM
A Tampa, FL, man will serve four years in prison for shipping millions of dollars worth of computer equipment to Iran in violation of the U.S. embargo against that country.
Wed, 2012-10-17 07:57 AM

Gary McKinnon

The man accused of one of the biggest hacks into the U.S. Defense Department computer networks has escaped extradition from the United Kingdom after that country’s home secretary blocked the move....
Mon, 2012-10-15 08:11 AM

Aramco headquarters

The virus that caused what the U.S. secretary of defense called the most destructive attack ever mounted on a private sector computer network hasn’t been detected in U.S. networks, but it could be...
Fri, 2012-10-12 09:50 AM

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Electronic attacks on critical infrastructure are becoming more damaging and perilous, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who described a recent, cyber attack on Saudi oil company ARAMCO...

Commentary and Opinions

The current economic environment is changing the behavior of individuals and government entities alike, forcing both to control costs and improve organizational efficiencies. On the outside there has been increase in theft; on the inside there is escalating evidence of malicious activities by current, former and even prospective employees. Agencies and federal entities have spent a great deal of time and money defending their networks and applications from outsider attacks, but now the greatest risk can be from the trusted insider with access to privileged, highly confidential and now, in these tough economic times, resalable information.
It is clear that the president is the ultimate 'big hammer' when it comes down to making different agencies of the government cooperate and behave properly. As with any CEO, he cannot be everywhere and needs clear policies that take care of the 98 percent of "common cases" that occur each day. Some so-called common cases revolve around national policy for handing attacks against the government. Other common cases revolve around agencies that need to cooperate with the civilian infrastructure in handling threats. As it now stands, there is no 'employee policy manual' that keeps the CEO out of the day-to-day functions of cyber-security.
Network security is a tough job. The job is even tougher for those entrusted to protect our government networks from intruders. From managing the sensitivity level of the data to continuously monitoring the network, securing databases is one of those jobs that can have dire consequences if done insufficiently or haphazardly.
The government and commercial market for cyber-security products and services is hot. Governments use vast amounts of information technology to conduct operations and to interface with citizens. Operations must be conducted securely and with an assurance that information is accurate and protected from unauthorized access and disclosure. Consider that:
Large, popular sporting events are cause for concern when it comes to network security and performance, and March Madness is one of the most notorious for causing IT headaches. Homeland security professionals should be exceptionally cautious, because they can unsuspectingly open up agency networks to Internet-borne threats or inadvertently invite hackers to steal sensitive information. As a result of visiting the wrong Web pages, naive users can download malware, causing grave damage to the network and equipment.

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Network Access Control and 802.1x - Advantages, Constraints and Capabilities

Written by distinguished security industry analyst Pete Lindstrom of Spire Security

The industry has been blurring the differences between 802.1x and NAC. Some believe that 802.1x is sufficient and similar enough to a full NAC solution to start down the path of implementation. What organizations often find is that the 802.1x story seems fairly simple and easy, but the deployment is much more difficult. This paper examines the fully 802.1x and NAC details such as:

    * What is 802.1x?
    * What important features are missing from 802.1x?
    * What alternatives exist to 802.1x and why?
    * What are the hidden costs associated with rolling out NAC?
    * How can commercial enterprises and government organizations benefit from NAC?


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...