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


Fri, 2012-10-05 09:39 AM
As part of an international offensive against counterfeit drugs sold over the Internet, ICE seized on Oct. 4th 686 Websites that sold the bogus goods on Oct. 4.
Fri, 2012-10-05 06:37 AM

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

The ranking members of two house committees are demanding answers from TSA about how the agency is handling potential threats to sensitive information from the ranks of its employees, in the wake of...
Thu, 2012-10-04 02:38 PM
The National Science Foundation has recently awarded a five-year grant totaling $10 million to three separate universities whose researchers have been trying for years to map out the anatomy of...
Wed, 2012-10-03 07:31 AM
NIST said “catch-ack” in selecting a new algorithm that could be used as part of a secure foundation for future information technologies. The agency announced the winner of its five-year-long Secure...
Tue, 2012-10-02 06:31 AM

Janet Napolitano

DHS secretary Janet Napolitano called on private businesses and citizens to help secure Cyber space as the department kicked off its ninth National Cyber Security Awareness Month program. “To ensure...
Fri, 2012-09-28 02:14 PM
The cCyber threat level for banks and financial institutions remains high as organized denial of service attacks cripple U.S. banking Websites. The Financial Services-Information Sharing and Analysis...
Fri, 2012-09-28 10:15 AM

Richard Gordon & Kirstjen Nielsen

Over the past decade, requirements for more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly critical infrastructure have driven the demand for smarter and interconnected systems that often...
Tue, 2012-09-25 11:33 AM
NIST’s information security and privacy advisory board will hold three days of public meetings at a hotel in Washington, DC, on Oct. 10-12 to hear from the White House director of cyber security, the...
Tue, 2012-09-25 08:19 AM

White House meeting

As Congress recesses for the national election, the White House is close to issuing an Executive Order on Cyber security in the coming days that could include information-sharing measures for...
Tue, 2012-09-25 08:03 AM
BAE Systems has been awarded a multi-year $17.5 million Next Generation Knowledge Base Design and Systems Integration Services task order contract in support of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Tue, 2012-09-25 07:40 AM
A group of European Union countries is developing recommendations for a “non-legislative framework” of general principles and best practices aimed at combating terrorists’ use of the Internet that...
Mon, 2012-09-24 04:12 PM
The National Cyber Security Hall of Fame on Sept. 17 released the names of 11 pioneers who will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Oct. 17 at a gala banquet at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore.

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...