Archive for November, 2013

Small Business Cybersecurity Tips

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

As a small business owner, you have so much to worry about, from customer service to accounting to sales and everything in between. Unfortunately, many small business owners completely overlook one of the most important aspects of any strong business: Cybersecurity!177002377

“[The] cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation” – President Barack Obama

Small Business Cybersecurity Tips

  1. Cybersecurity Education: before doing anything else, educate your employees about cybersecurity.
  2. Cybersecurity Rules: Put specific behavioral rules in place to protect personally identifiable information.
  3. Antivirus Software: The easiest step to take as a small business owner is to install antivirus software on your computers. This will protect them against viruses, spyware, and other malicious code. But don’t forget to install any patches and updates as they arise.
  4. Backup Important Information: Be sure to regularly backup important data on every computer. This includes preadsheets, databases, financial files, human resources files, accounts receivable/payable files, and any other important files.
  5. Secure WiFi: Make sure your WiFi network is secure and hidden.
  6. Secure Physical Access: Make sure every computer you own is password protected to deter physical access to your network.
  7. Contact Working Nets: At Working Nets, we provide top-notch information technology services to companies who don’t require an IT department, but do need reliable assistance when challenges arise. We assure that your vital business data is kept secure if disaster strikes.

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+.

Sources:

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Tips for Safeguarding Your Business U.S. Small Business Association

Understanding Federal Acquisition Regulations

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The federal government is unlike commercial companies in the way it acquires products and services. The government is regulated by a complex set of rules, known as Federal Acquisition Regulations, or FAR.United States Capitol Dome

The Federal Acquisition Process

  1. Need recognition and acquisition planning
  2. Contract Formation
  3. Contract administration

FAR regulates the activities of government personnel in carrying out the above process. That is why you must understand these complex government methods, rules, requirements, and regulations before you ever hope to successfully acquire a government contract.

Understanding Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

Before submitting a proposal and jumping into the realm of government contracting, it is important to familiarize yourself with FAR, which was established to help standardize the federal procurement process. FAR was issued as part of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act of 1974, and is codified in Title 48 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations.

Most federal government agencies and their contractors are required to comply with FAR, with the exceptions of the CIA, U.S. Postal Service, and FAA, which all have their own procurement regulations.

DHA Federal Acquisition Management (FAM)

DHA has extensive experience with the Federal acquisitions and can provide expert guidance on a “cradle-to-grave” basis, including assistance with both pre-award documents and post-award contract management.

If you have any questions regarding our Federal Acquisition Management, 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+.

Los Angeles Creates Cybersecurity Command Center

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Around the world e-security is one of our biggest threats to security. In Los Angeles, steps are being taken to combat the risks. The Cyber Intrusion Command Center was created to secure all city agencies against cyberattacks. The mayor of Los Angeles wants to make sure that the city is protected from all future potential cyberattacks.hacker

Technology allows the government to be more efficient at a lower cost, but security can be sometimes compromised. That’s where the cybersecurity command center comes in. The purpose of the command center is to protect the computer systems from potential hackers. Federal officials have warned city officials that the next terrorist attack could be through computers as technology continues to be more prevalent in society. The goal of the cybersecurity command center is to fight electronic terrorism.

The center will identify cyberthreats, ensure incidents are quickly investigated and see that information on the threats are sent out.

DHA Will provide your company with the cybersecurity protection it needs to help combat intruders and keep your data safe from prying eyes

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+.

Source:

http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20131030/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-creates-cyber-security-command-center

Cybersecurity Regulations: Does the Government need to step in?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Does the United States Government need to step in and regulate cybersecurity? The Senate says no. At least that is the message they sent when they killed the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.177002377

“To enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.”

And what does the American public think? Well, they are split. According to a Washington Post poll, 39% of Americans favor a government mandate, 28% say government should encourage but not require standards, and 26% say the government should stay out of the issue altogether.

Other interesting findings in the pool include:

  • Only 28% of Americans are very concerned that the computer systems of the U.S. government could be the target of a major cyber-attack, meaning that computer systems could be shut down or damaged by viruses or other hacker attacks.
  • Only 27% of Americans are very concerned that the computer systems of U.S. businesses could be the target of a major cyber-attack, meaning that the computer systems could be shut down or damaged by viruses or other hacker attacks.

Meanwhile, President Barrack Obama, a huge proponent for the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, has called cyber-attacks cyber-attacks “one of the most serious economic and national security threats our nation faces.”

The defense secretary, Leon Panetta, told the director of the CIA that “the next Pearl Harbor that we confront could very well be a cyberattack.”

Robert S. Mueller II, the FBI Director, has said the cyberattacks would soon replace terrorism as the agency’s No. 1 concern.

What do you believe?

If you have any questions regarding our Cybersecurity / IT Security 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+.