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CYBER WARFARE AND HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE

17 Jan 13. AccessData’s CIRT v.2.1.2 has received certification from Common Criteria, an internationally recognized standard for computer security certification, with an Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) of 3+. Common Criteria provides a set of standards used by the federal government and other organizations to assess the security and assurance of technology products. Common Criteria implements and evaluates solutions, employing rigorous and consistent methodologies, to validate and rate their levels of security assurance. Common Criteria is the driving force for the widest available mutual recognition of secure and trusted IT products. AccessData chose to invest in the certification to ensure CIRT is endorsed against internationally sanctioned and rigorous security standards. CIRT is the first and only product to integrate network and host forensics, malware analysis, large-scale data auditing and remediation capabilities. The solution delivers the functionality of AccessData’s SilentRunner network forensics solution, AD eDiscovery and AD Enterprise products through a single collaborative interface. Common Criteria has bestowed this certification upon CIRT for its data protection technology, including its ability to provide network surveillance (also, its ability to detect data spillage, and its ability to perform integrated root cause analysis in the event of a security breach). The core technology certified through Common Criteria exists in many of AccessData’s solutions. This certification ensures the product was methodically tested and checked at an independent lab where a vulnerability analysis demonstrated resistance to penetration attackers. The lab found that CIRT v2.1.2 provides the means to identify and manage inappropriate data hosted on corporate end user workstations, file shares, and email message servers. It offers protection against attempts to breach system security by attackers. The lab gave CIRT its highest rating of all products it is currently testing. The EAL score of 3+ is recognized by all countries participating in the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA). (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

17 Jan 13. Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems for the MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, has been awarded a Technical Investigative Surveillance (TechOps) contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TechOps Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), presented by the Enterprise Acquisitions Division (EAD) of the DHS’s Office of Procurement Operations (OPO), are available to federal law enforcement agencies for use during lawfully authorized criminal investigations. They provide a full array of compatible and interoperable technical investigative surveillance equipment, limited services and annual technical refreshments to meet the covert surveillance objectives of participating federal agencies. IMT’s contract is a competitive five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement, awarded in the video category, which includes covert video equipment such as transmitters and receivers offering mobile, fixed and multiple concealment technologies. IMT will deliver interoperable technical investigative surveillance solutions in support of federal agency requirements.

15 Jan 13. The U.S. Defense Department is looking to broaden its defense cooperation in Western Europe by deepening its military-to-military engagements, especially in maritime and cyber security initiatives. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is in the middle of a weeklong trip to four European capitals, called for greater cooperation in these and other areas during meetings with the defense ministers from Spain and Portugal.
“Our discussion focused on how to expand the defense cooperation in new ways to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” Panetta said after his Jan.

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