Pentagon Wants to Test A Space-Based Weapon in 2023

Government Executive | March 15, 2019

Defense officials want to test a neutral particle-beam in orbit in fiscal 2023 as part of a ramped-up effort to explore various types of space-based weaponry. They’ve asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to develop such beams, more powerful lasers, and other new tech for next-generation missile defense. Such weapons are needed, they say, to counter new missiles from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. But just figuring out what might work is a difficult technical challenge.

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Government organizations around the world are actively transforming their agency businesses, using digital technologies to deliver agility, efficiency, cost savings and superior constituent experiences. Document signature processes represent one of the biggest opportunities to accelerate these transformation Government workers spend countless hours hunting down approvals and ink signatures and then print, scan, fax or mail documents to get the job done.

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Forescout Joins CISA’s Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative

Forescout | August 12, 2022

Forescout Technologies Inc., the global leader in automated cybersecurity, today announced it has joined the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) to further support the U.S. government’s focus on the cybersecurity and resilience of its industrial control systems and operational technology (ICS/OT). Established by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), JCDC connects cyber defenders to enable critical thinking and planning against cyberattacks. “It’s an honor to be included in the newly expanded JCDC-ICS to share Forescout’s leadership and deep expertise in ICS/OT security, Having worked directly with CISA for years, I know this type of collaboration between industry leaders in cybersecurity is exactly what our nation needs to protect against cyberattacks that threaten critical infrastructure systems on which our daily lives depend.” -Tim Jones, Forescout’s US Federal Government VP of Systems Engineering. Forescout’s cybersecurity solutions are used by many of the world’s largest utilities, governments, and other critical infrastructure providers. Forescout is committed to enhancing the cybersecurity posture of the critical infrastructure community with dedicated OT solutions and through OT-specific research from Forescout’s Vedere Labs, which has disclosed over 50 OT vulnerabilities in the past month alone. Further, Forescout is a founding member of the OT Cyber Coalition, the central aim of which is to enhance resiliency of our nation’s critical infrastructure. JCDC-ICS will build on the existing platform of the JCDC by taking advantage of the knowledge, visibility, and capabilities of the ICS community to improve the protection and defense of control systems, inform U.S. government guidance on ICS/OT cybersecurity, and contribute to real time operational fusion across private and public partners in the ICS/OT space. More information about CISA’s work with the ICS community is available at www.cisa.gov/ics. About Forescout: Forescout Technologies, Inc. delivers cybersecurity automation across the digital terrain, maintaining continuous alignment of customers’ security frameworks with their digital realities, including all asset types- IT, IoT, OT, IoMT, and cloud environments. The Forescout Continuum Platform provides complete asset visibility, continuous compliance, network segmentation and a strong foundation for Zero Trust. For more than 20 years, Fortune 100 organizations and government agencies have trusted Forescout to provide automated cybersecurity at scale. Forescout arms customers with data-powered intelligence to accurately detect risks and quickly remediate cyberthreats without disruption of critical business assets.

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Optiv Canada Awarded First Enterprise Contract Under Federal Government's Cybersecurity Procurement Vehicle

Optiv | August 22, 2022

Optiv, the cyber advisory and solutions leader, today announced it has been awarded the first major enterprise contract under Shared Services Canada's (SSC) cybersecurity procurement vehicle (CSPV) for its network device authentication (NDA) solution, which aims to establish a collaborative environment to effectively manage device certificates across federal government IT infrastructure. Today's workforces and their devices are more distributed than ever, leading to a rapidly expanding threat landscape. Enterprises and governments alike must be able to proactively and jointly respond to emerging cyber threats, while also providing timely and appropriate access to trusted devices. The first of its kind, Optiv Canada's NDA solution is delivered in partnership with Venafi, the leader in securing machine identities, and Crypto4A, a next generation hybrid security platform, which manages the lifecycle of device keys for zero trust-based architectures. The combined offering allows Canada to move away from manual device management by leveraging automation to address the proliferation of interconnected devices. "It's estimated there will be nearly 1.5 million devices connected to the Government of Canada's infrastructure at any one time within the next four years. A manual approach to network access is unsustainable and opens everyone up to operational and security risks, Our NDA project provides a new set of infrastructure-wide solutions for device authentication, allowing for automated provisioning and the capacity to adapt without expensive hardware changes." -Optiv's Cheryl McGrath, area vice president and country general manager, Canada. The realities of digital transformation mean that every organization, including governmental agencies, are facing unprecedented growth in the number of machines on their networks, said Kevin Bocek, vice president, security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi. With this decision, the Canadian Federal Government is demonstrating their commitment to their vision of a strong machine identity management strategy which is essential to the security of the systems that underpin our digital world. This vision is not possible without a strong network device authentication program which is the cornerstone of identity and security. "We thank both Optiv and Venafi for the opportunity to add value to the NDA solution. We believe new approaches to providing secure access, authentication and verification of machine identities are required for the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation in zero-trust environments." -John Scott, Chair and CEO of Crypto4A. With NDA, Canada is laying a secure foundation for zero trust, network access control, enhanced compliance and an improved user experience. Optiv and its partners are looking to deliver for the Government of Canada the same objective-driven outcomes it does for clients in any other vertical of business and IT operations. Optiv Security: Secure greatnessTM Optiv is the cyber advisory and solutions leader, delivering strategic and technical expertise to more than 7,000 companies across every major industry. We partner with organizations to advise, deploy and operate complete cybersecurity programs from strategy and managed security services to risk, integration and technology solutions. With clients at the center of our unmatched ecosystem of people, products, partners and programs, we accelerate business progress like no other company can. At Optiv, we manage cyber risk so you can secure your full potential.

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Credence Security Brings Voyager Labs' State-of-the-Art AI-based Investigation Solutions to the Middle East and Africa

CREDENCE SECURITY | August 23, 2022

The digital age has led to boundless innovations and advancements; however, it has also resulted in increasing criminal ingenuity. Using emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) tools in investigations can enhance the ability to identify and investigate attacks and help investigators get to the root cause rapidly. With this in mind, Credence Security has signed a strategic distribution partnership with Voyager Labs, a world leader in AI-based investigation solutions. Under the agreement, the leading PAN-EMEA specialty value-added distributor will be responsible for delivering, promoting, and providing sales and technical support for Voyager Labs' entire suite of solutions across its expansive channel ecosystem in the Middle East and Africa. Voyager Labs will also establish an office in the UAE to provide local support and expertise to its regional customers. Voyager Labs' cutting-edge technology has the capability to analyze billions of data points in near real-time, allowing law enforcement and intelligence agencies to identify threats and leads from multiple data sources. Powered by AI, Voyager Labs' offerings bring organizations a unique edge against today's sophisticated cyber threats. Voyager Labs' world-class solutions include: VoyagerAnalytics – an in-depth investigation platform, designed to analyze massive amounts of unstructured open, deep, and dark web data, as well as internal data, to reveal actionable insights VoyagerInsights – an advanced central investigation platform designed to enable investigators to automatically uncovering relevant leads from unstructured and structured data VoyagerCheck – a risk assessment platform that provides an automated assessment of user behaviour. VoyagerVision – a comprehensive visual intelligence platform that offers a full suite of visual data analysis capabilities. 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Voyager Labs offer organizations a significant advantage to keep up with today's sophisticated types of threats and the unprecedented amount of data in each investigation. Voyager Labs' powerful AI-based platforms are a great example of these solutions and we are honored to be their trusted partner in bringing their ground-breaking solutions to our partners and customers in the region." -Garreth Scott, Managing Director at Credence Security. As a testament to their commitment to the region, Voyager Labs is also taking part in the second edition of Credence Security's Middle East Roadshow. This event will be held under the theme, Take Your Investigations To The Next Level, will cover key markets such as Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. It will bring together pre-eminent technology experts, vendors and thought-leaders to discuss the latest trends, strategies and innovations in today's security landscape. Over the years, the Credence Security Roadshow has proven to be the platform of choice for security and digital forensics professionals across the region as we provide a comprehensive understanding of the current trends and digital practices that organizations, whether corporate or traditional law enforcement and governments, need to follow to get ahead of the curve and improve on their digital forensics investigation capabilities by reducing the backlog and increasing the depth and breadth of device and data coverage. ABOUT CREDENCE SECURITY: Established in 1999, Credence Security, a PAN-EMEA specialty Value-added Distributor, is a leader in Cybersecurity, Forensics, Governance, Risk and Compliance. With headquarters in Dubai and regional offices in Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, and Hyderabad. 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