Archive for September, 2013

How To Avoid Cyber Attacks

Monday, September 30th, 2013

A few months ago, LinkedIn, a business network site, was attacked. Hackers stole usernames and passwords, causing irrevocable damage. And if you thought that was an isolated incident, you were wrong! Websites get hacked all the time and the hackers steal passwords and other personal data. protection

Hackers use these usernames and passwords to try and access other online accounts, including bank accounts. Because of this and because of the reoccurrence of these cybersecurity issues, it is important to take your own measures to ensure your important data and personal information is safe.

Simple Cybersecurity Tips for Employees

  • Never use the Same Password Twice: One of the biggest mistakes users make is to use the same username and password for multiple sites.
  • Reset Passwords Regularly: Security experts advise people to regularly change their passwords.
  • Never Write your Password Down: Avoid writing passwords in pieces of paper. Yes, this makes it easier for you to reference, but it also makes you much more vulnerable.
  • Choosing Security Questions: When choosing your security question, do not use personal information or basic information that can be easily found online.
  • Completely Delete Documents: When deleting documents, make sure that you have completely removed it from the system.

DHA CyberSecurity Solutions for Businesses and Government Agencies

  • Vulnerability Assessment: This is the process of identifying and quantifying vulnerabilities in a system.
  • Penetration Testing: This is the process of simulating a cyber-attack by a hacker. The process involves an active analysis of the system for any weaknesses, technical flaws or vulnerabilities.

If you have any questions regarding our Cybersecurity Services, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today!

About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

You can also follow DHA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Cyber Security Tips from DHA, Your Management Consulting Firm in Washington, DC

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

When it comes to keeping your data safe, many people will go at great lengths to keep it safe and protected. However, sometimes certain security measures slip through the cracks. Below we have compiled a list of ways to keep you safe and enhance your cyber security.protection

  • Lock up your laptop – many computers come with an area that you can attach a lock to, this will help make sure that someone doesn’t actually physically steal your computer when you’re not watching it like a hawk.
  • Put a password on it – this will prevent people from having access to the documents on your computer.
  • Don’t reuse passwords – it becomes easier for a hacker to gain access to all of your accounts
  • Install an antivirus program – the software may be a little bit pricy, but it is cheaper than downloading a virus.

About DHA Group, Inc.

DHA Group, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal civilian and defense agencies, such as the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Army; the Defense Logistics Agency; and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services, including program management, procurement and acquisition support, project and budget management, information assurance and cyber-security, information technology modernization and sustainment, data integration and information sharing, eDiscovery, systems engineering and business process reengineering. Since DHA Group’s 1994 founding, our ability to improve productivity, cost effectiveness and efficiency has contributed to significant corporate growth and earned us a reputation for quality, value and excellence. For more information about DHA Group and its capabilities, please visit us at www.dha-inc.com, call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

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http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421835,00.asp

What is Federal Procurement?

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Federal ProcurementThe words “federal procurement” are likely to lead you to believe that the concept is a difficult one, but in reality, it’s very simple. The process that governments use in order to acquire goods and services is what is commonly known as federal procurement. In order to understand it better, let’s break it down into the pieces that are required for federal procurement.

Who deals with federal procurement? – In the United States, there’s a department in the Office of Management and Budget called the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. They work carefully to make sure that any of the contracts acquired by the nation meet the specified criteria and that the contractor is qualified.

What regulates federal procurement? – Contractor Procurement System Reviews are periodic audits scheduled by the Department of Defense to ensure that contractors are holding up their end of the deal and complying with all rules instated.

How are contractors decided upon? – The Office of Federal Procurement asks for bids from different contractors that fit the bill for the project that they’re working on. The bidding has a tendency to get competitive and usually the lowest bidder with the best proposal wins. It is necessary for them to demonstrate that they can still comply with all parts of the federal contract while remaining under budget.

What is federal procurement used for? – The government contracts out jobs such as research and development and construction. It all depends on the resources that government has available and the ones that are necessary to contract out for.

Different nations have different methods of handling federal procurement, but generally it all comes down to a certain office or government branch to regulate it. One of the major differences in European nations is their need to comply with European Community standards. Their policy states that the nations must not discriminate against each other and they must comply with certain standards of environmental sustainability.

The idea of federal procurement and federal contracting may sound like a confusing one, but we hope we’ve debunked some of the confusion!

About DHA Group, Inc.

DHA Group, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning management consulting and contracting firm primarily serving federal civilian and defense agencies, such as the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Army; the Defense Logistics Agency; and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. DHA Group supports clients’ mission-critical work by delivering expert professional services, including program management, procurement and acquisition support, project and budget management, information assurance and cyber-security, information technology modernization and sustainment, data integration and information sharing, eDiscovery, systems engineering and business process reengineering. Since DHA Group’s 1994 founding, our ability to improve productivity, cost effectiveness and efficiency has contributed to significant corporate growth and earned us a reputation for quality, value and excellence. For more information about DHA Group and its capabilities, please visit us at www.dha-inc.com, call 202-347-9865, or join the conversation on FacebookLinkedInTwitter or Google+.

Sources: What is Federal Procurement?

What is eDiscovery?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

As businesses continue to grow and information and document management rely more heavily on technology, data retrieval will become an increasingly difficult, yet crucial aspect of business practices, especially if that business is involved in a legal battle. Because of changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), stored electronic information is now a MANDATORY point of discussion in every civil case filed in federal court.

To help the electronic data retrieval process, professional services – like DHA’s eDiscovery Solution - have been developed to this process and ease the burden on business’ legal departments.

What is eDiscovery?

Electronic data, unlike paper documents, pose a unique challenge for businesses of all shapes and sizes. This is where professional ediscovery services can help!

eDiscovery refers to the procedures in which this data – including text, images, calendar files, databases, spreadsheets, audio files, animation, Web sites, computer programs, and more – is sought, located, secured, and searched with the intent to use as evidence in legal cases. The e-Discovery process encompasses any platform in which such data may be stored, including desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, servers, and even employees’ home computers. And as you can imagine, this can become incredibly burdensome for your legal and IT departments, who must not only dig through thousands upon thousands of digital files, but must also coordinate this entire process between the two departments.

Professional eDiscovery solutions from DHA help to bridge the gap between your company’s legal and IT departments while also expediting the electronic data retrieval process!

If you have any questions regarding eDiscovery or DHA’s IT Security Services, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today!

About DHA:

DHA Group, Inc. provides superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

You can also follow DHA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+