Posts Tagged ‘cybersecurity’

New U.S. Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center Announced

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

 

The U.S. government recently announced the addition of a new component of its cybersecurity defense system. The U.S. Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) will be a new center modeled after the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center. The center will collect information from other intelligence agencies to analyze cybersecurity threats to help protect the nations virtual interests.

 

The creation of the CTIIC was announced earlier this week on Tuesday by Lisa Monaco, assistant to President Obama for homeland security and counterterrorism. Monaco noted that the new analysis center will not be collecting new intelligence information. The full scope of its operations will be analysis of information collected by other agencies. In this way, Monaco noted, the functions of the CTIIC will not overlap with other agencies, making this a necessary component of the country’s cybersecurity efforts.

 

Monaco noted that recent cyber attacks on big names including retailers like Target and Home Depot, entertainment companies like Sony Pictures Entertainment, and even the U.S. Postal Service have underscored the importance of a comprehensive and cohesive approach to cybersecurity efforts. From IT News:

 

‘We are at a transformational moment in the evolution of the cyberthreat,’ she said. ‘The actions we take today — and those we fail to take — will determine whether cyberspace remains a great national asset or increasingly becomes a strategic liability, an economic and national security strength, or a source of vulnerability.’

 

Monaco also used the opportunity to call on Congress, “to pass a package of new cybersecurity proposals from Obama, including a national data breach notification law and a law to encourage private businesses to share information about cyberthreats in exchange for protections from customer lawsuits.”

 

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Cybersecurity is important at every level. From national interests to the interests of private enterprises, cybersecurity is a critical component of the operations of any body. With our third party IT support, DHA offers a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, including ISO, network and physical security, critical infrastructure protection, and risk and vulnerability management (penetration testing). Don’t risk the loss of valuable information or assets to a cyber attack. Implement an IT security solution with DHA to protect your agency’s or enterprise’s critical data.

 

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http://www.itnews.com/government/89393/new-us-cyberthreat-center-will-fill-information-gap-official-says

 

 

Heartbleed Bug Information for Washington D.C. Internet Users

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Heartbleed bugIf you’ve been paying attention to the media lately, you’ve probably heard a lot about the Heartbleed Bug, but there’s a good chance that you haven’t actually learned a whole lot about it that makes sense. Media outlets tend to report in a way that is more confusing than anything. If you have an account on any social media or major website, you need to be aware of what the Heartbleed Bug affects as well as what precautions you can take against it.

What is the Heartbleed Bug?
This is a programming error that allows hackers to easily get past the OpenSSL Certificates that Internet pages use to keep information encrypted and safe. Basically, it allows people to easily steal usernames and passwords, thereby getting any and all information that they want. They can also pose as the company, sending out email under the company name and asking you to do things like change your password or other information. It’s important that you’re diligent in paying attention to what comes through your email. Don’t trust anything that isn’t directly on the website.

What information is being leaked as a result of the Heartbleed Bug?
First and foremost, encryption keys are being leaked. These are what makes the Heartbleed Bug so dangerous. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if people weren’t able to impersonate websites themselves. Usernames, passwords, content, and details are also being leaked. Obviously this is an issue for many websites. Some use a different kind of certificate and are protected and some have already started patching and using an upgraded version of OpenSSL that isn’t vulnerable; however, some websites are still vulnerable and you should be aware of this. For a list of websites and their current status in regards to the Heartbleed Bug, you can visit this website

How can I protect myself and my information?
Currently, changing your password is pretty useless in the whole scheme of things. Since the Heartbleed Bug hasn’t been entirely patched yet, your new password could easily be grabbed by the bug. Your best bet is to be careful about what information you put out on the Internet and take down anything you don’t want seen (i.e. credit card numbers, etc). If you’re going to change your password, change it to something strong using a combination of capital and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

You can’t protect yourself from everything that goes wrong with the Internet, but you can protect yourself from some things. Employing strong security measures will help protect you from things like viruses, malware, and spyware. Make sure you know how to protect your computer and your information.

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How Can I Build Security into Acquisition?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

According to a recent report, there are six new recommendations for incorporating security standards into the government’s acquisition process. Of these recommendations, one would ensure that agencies are only doing business with companies that comply with the security standards. In the past, President Obama has given the General Services Administration and Defense Department the task of providing recommendations on the, security benefits and merits of aligning cybersecurity standards with the acquisition process. The executive order also called on the agencies to provide steps for making consistent the existing cyber-related requirements for procurement.security

The recommendations given were:

  • Train the staff and government contractors on cybersecurity.
  • Develop definitions for cybersecurity and other related terms
  • Create and implement a cybersecurity risk management strategy
  • Increase government accountability for risk management in regards to cybersecurity.
  • Ensure that all equipment is purchased from original manufactures or an authorized reseller for added security.
  • Create a list of cybersecurity requirement and make sure companies comply with this.

The goal of these recommendations is to strengthen the federal government’s cybersecurity and improve management of the digital security.

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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.

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Source:

http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20140129/ACQ02/301290005/6-ways-build-security-into-acquisition?odyssey=nav%7Chead

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.

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Source:

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