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EmeSec Awarded U.S. Air Force Cybersecurity Conract

April 30, 2012
By George Seffers

EmeSec Incorporated, Reston, Virginia, recently announced that it has been awarded a $1.3 million follow-on contract with the U.S. Air Force Medical Services (AFMS) Office of the Chief Information Officer's Information Assurance Division. The company will focus on providing information assurance (IA) engineering services for a variety of systems and applications supporting 74 Air Force sites. Additionally, the company will deliver certification and accreditation service support. EmeSec will perform risk-management and information security controls evaluation and technical testing to bolster AFMS' security posture. Additionally, the company will manage an IA Engineering Lab as it ascertains real and potential vulnerabilities in procedures, design, operating systems, hardware and software that may expose AFMS to security breaches.

Internal Dangers Pose Biggest Cybersecurity Threat to Marines

March 30, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Although outside adversaries constantly attempt to gain access to U.S. Defense Department networks, cybersecurity leaders within the Marine Corps agree that internal user errors and attempts to skirt security measures pose the biggest threat.

Turning a Blind Eye to Unauthorized Mobile Devices

March 29, 2012
By George Seffers

Military communications officials struggle with the temptation to ignore warfighters' unauthorized use of cutting-edge mobile devices. It's not always easy to enforce the U.S. military's rules on the use of mobile devices, said John Wilcox, U.S. Special Operations Command.

Cybersecurity Tactics Must be Overhauled

February 29, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

Amazing anecdotes kept the audience entertained during the lunch session at the AFCEA International Homeland Security Conference. The experts were speaking about a serious subject: cyberwar. But the stories about their hands-on experience in learning how to fight cyberwars, how they've fought cyberthreats and what they believe is needed to prepare future cyberwarriors kept conference attendees enthralled.

Computers Don Security Cloak

February 29, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

In a time when government agencies and industry must tighten their belts, it may be a cloak that saves the security day. AFCEA International Homeland Security Conference, panelist Tim Kelleher, vice president of professional services, BlackRidge Technology, shared details about his company's approach to stopping cybermarauders in their recon tracks.

Agile Cyberthreats Require Flexible Security

February 28, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

Although not claiming victory, the DHS has made some serious headway in improving cybersecurity, according to panelists discussing the topic at the DHS 2012 Information Technology Industry Day in Washington, D.C. Experts said the threats have not disappeared but rather have changed, and various DHS agencies have been learning how to better handle them.

Oh, What a Tangled Web They Weave...

December 23, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that's not always the case in cyberspace-where malicious website impostors steal vital data from legit site users.

5 New Year's Cyber Resolutions for Federal Agencies

December 21, 2011
By Dan Barber

From securing the cloud to unwrapping new architecture compliance requirements, 2011 was a busy year for the tech public sector. In the New Year's spirit of renewal and rededication, here are 5 resolutions federal agencies should make.

Information Leaks Can Sink Agencies

December 2, 2011
By Prenston Gale

Thousands of data breaches occur as a result of internal information leakage rather than an outside attack. There is a critical need to further educate government personnel on how to keep sensitive information secure. Guest blogger Prenston Gale weighs in with insight on how to achieve this important goal.

Sandia Labs to Target Cyberattackers

October 26, 2011

One of the government's premier scientific research institutions is focusing its resources on defending computer systems against cyberattackers. The Sandia National Laboratories has concluded a recent two-day conference on cybersecurity by announcing plans for a new Cyber Engineering Research Institute (CERI) that will have a presence on both Sandia campuses in New Mexico and California. CERI is expected to more closely coordinate with industry and universities in developing new tactics to enhance cybersecurity. CERI also will explore ways to encourage more students to take up cybersecurity studies and may develop a major prize competition to spur innovation in cybersecurity.

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