Posts tagged Government

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Federal Friday - 8.1.14 - Threat Sharing and Cybersecurity Myths

Happy Friday, Federal friends! After a brief hiatus, due to an epic travel day last Friday, I'm baaaaaack. Welcome to the dog-days of summer everyone. School is around the corner, and better yet we're only 62 days away from the unofficial start to ski season. Don't believe me? Check out the guys at Ski The East [https://twitter.com/SKITHEEAST], they're keeping watch for us. There was some potential, positive, traction regarding threat sharing in the Senate this week. Sen. Gillibrand introduced

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Federal Friday - 7.18.14 - Mobile Movement

Happy Friday, Federal friends! The Midsummer classic is behind us which means we're heading into the dog-days of summer. I hope you all have some nice quality time planned with your families so you can get out and enjoy the weather, especially with the Winter and "Spring" we just went through. There was a big announcement [http://fcw.com/articles/2014/07/16/apple-ibm-deal.aspx] earlier this week regarding two titans of the tech industry that will have direct impact on several verticals, includi

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Federal Friday - 7.11.14 - Buying Agile

Happy Friday, Federal friends! Due to the heavy amount of CDM paperwork I've had to do this week I'm going to keep today's blog very short. As we forge ahead into the spending spree [http://fcw.com/articles/2014/07/11/snapshot-fy-2014-q4-spending.aspx] that is Q4 of FY14, it's important to know how to navigate the buying process on the federal side of the house. FCW has a great article [http://fcw.com/articles/2014/06/26/buying-agile-without-jumping-through-hoops.aspx] this week offering a hos

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Federal Friday - 7.4.14 - A Special Thursday Edition

Breaking News: HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! I hope all of you out there enjoy the long weekend with your friends, family fireworks and some delicious BBQ. See you again next week!

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Federal Friday - 6.27.14 - A Clash of Cultures

Happy Friday, Federal Friends! Welcome to the weekend, and for those of you who are out next week, happy Fourth of July. There was a great, short, read from the Washington Post [http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/on-it/cias-cio-working-with-private-sector-can-be-a-clash-of-cultures/2014/06/24/42213114-fbad-11e3-b1f4-8e77c632c07b_story.html] this week about a talk given given by CIA CIO Doug Wolfe at a recent symposium. He was talking about the Agency's coming deployment into AWS but went i

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Federal Friday - 6.20.14 - Winter is Coming

Happy Friday, Federal friends. The World Cup (soccer tournament) is underway, and while futbol is fun to watch for a few weeks, we are really waiting for the start of football training camp. Sorry about the title, especially for those in the Northeast. It's more of a play on Game of Thrones ominous tag line, and about how one should be prepared. In this case I'm using it in reference to the pending changes coming to NIST 800-53 [http://www.informationweek.com/government/cybersecurity/nist-secur

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Federal Friday - 6.13.14 - New Group, Same Story

Happy Friday, Federal friends! It's another lovely Fall day here in Beantown but I hope each of you are enjoying your early Summer weather. Some exciting news as Rapid7 was named one of the Top Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal (#11 Mid-size company)! I'm going to keep it short and sweet today considering this is a topic I've covered before. Given the news stemming from a new CrowdStrike [http://www.crowdstrike.com/sites/all/themes/crowdstrike2/css/imgs/platform/CrowdStrike_Global_T

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Federal Friday - 6.6.14 - 70 Years Later

Happy Friday, Federal friends! As we all know today marks the 70th anniversary that our forbearers forever changed the course of history, my grandfather among them. By securing a foothold on the beaches of Normandy, the Allied Expeditionary Force was able to penetrate the steel teeth that was Fortress Europe. While times have changed, Gen. Eisenhower's words still ring loudly today. Not just in terms of the sacrifices made that day, but also in the trenches that we find ourselves in today. Take

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Federal Friday - 5.30.14 - Social Engineering from the Middle East

Happy Friday, Federal friends. You can tell it's almost Summah up here because it's been 50 and raining this week. So an interesting piece of news from an article on DarkReading [http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/iranian-cyberspies-pose-as-journalists-online-to-ensnare-their-targets/d/d-id/1269270] this week regarding an ongoing campaign targeting government officials and contractors of both the US and Israel. This is a mash-up of social engineering techniques from phishing to social

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Federal Friday - 5.16.14 - Cloudy with a Chance of Insider Threats

To quote the multi-dimensional, world-renowned lyricist Rebecca Black: "Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday. Today i-is Friday, Friday." With that being said -- welcome to the weekend, Federal friends. I wanted to start this week off with an article from GCN [http://gcn.com/articles/2014/05/09/insight-hybrid-cloud-security.aspx?admgarea=TC_SecCybersSec] around government and the cloud. While the cloud trend has steadily increased over the past few years, the demand to bring it on board within the

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Federal Friday - 5.9.13 - Renewed Push for Threat Sharing

Happy Friday Federal friends! We're creeping closer and closer to summer, which means Boston will have about 2 weeks of Spring to look forward to. For those of you that were able to join our webcast yesterday I want to thank you for attending and please let me know if you have any questions, I'm here to help. Piggy-backing on the recent M-Trends report, and the latest DBIR [http://www.verizonenterprise.com/DBIR/], an article on DarkReading [http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/

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Federal Friday - 5.2.14 - Alphaville: Cybersecurity's Westeros

Happy Friday, federal friends! I blinked on Monday and the next thing I know I'm typing up this blog. Where has the week gone? For those of you that have been impacted by the wild and dangerous weather around the country this week, I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery. So did my title about Westeros get you? I love Game of Thrones as much as the next fan, although I do have to admit I'm holding off on the books until HBO wraps their version, but the reality is that it takes place in th

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Federal Friday - 4.25.14 - A Whole Lot of Oops

Happy Friday, Federal friends! I hope all of you enjoyed some nice family time over the respective holidays last week. After a successful Marathon Monday here in Boston we're blessed with chirping birds and blooming flowers (finally)! As you all probably know by now, Verizon released their latest DBIR [http://www.verizonenterprise.com/DBIR/2014/reports/rp_dbir-2014-executive-summary_en_xg.pdf] report earlier this week. While this report covered a wide range of topics in regards to breaches, I

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Federal Friday - 4.18.14 - Mandiant Trends and the Federal Cyber Brain Drain

Happy Friday, Federal friends. Hopefully all of you are though the post-Heartbleed hangover [http://i.huffpost.com/gen/284555/thumbs/r-HANGOVER-3-large570.jpg] with very few scars to show for it. I don't know about y'all folks further south than Beantown, but I FINALLY get to do my finest Payne Stewart [http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/golf/www/release/sites/default/files/article_images/payne_stewart_299x247_1.jpg] impersonation as I hit the local links for the first time this season tomorrow mornin

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Federal Friday - 4.11.14 - Another Quiet Week...

Can you believe how quiet it was this week? Nothing going on, everyday slowly dragging on, the tick, tick tick of the clock getting louder and louder by the second. Reminds me of the late-night drip from your faucet but more annoying because you're stuck at work. Oh wait, totally forgot this was a cybersecurity blog and mistook it for my crochet blog. You, much like us here at R7, were probably pretty busy this week. In that case let me officially say, happy freaking Friday, Federal friends! I'