The CyberWire - 04/11/2014

THE CYBERWIRE (Friday, April 11, 2014) — Heartbleed continues to make vendors, enterprises, and users scramble. There may be signs of the vulnerability's exploitation ("fragging" the Call of Duty MMOG), but the evidence remains ambiguous. CERTPolska publishes an interesting rundown of the bug and its implications for Tor. BlackBerry, Cisco, and Juniper Networks all warn that their products have been affected; Twitter seems to have escaped. Affected mobile apps include (the very popular) Yahoo, Flickr, OKCupid, Rolling Stone, and Ars Technica.
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The CyberWire - 04/11/2014

April 11, 2014—The CyberWire interviewed Mr. Kjetil Nilsen, Director General of Norway's National Security Authority (NSM), who delivered the final keynote at SINET ITSEF 2014. Mr. Nilsen's agency is responsible for information assurance, cyber security, cryptography and other national protective security services. NSM also leads NorCERT and a public-private partnership that includes Norway's national sensor network. Mr. Nilsen shared his perspective on the role of trust and cooperation in coping with an increasingly complex threat environment.
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Imperial Valley News - 04/10/2014

Mountain View, California - Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to California where he delivered remarks at the 8th annual IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum hosted by the Security Innovation Network to discuss the cyber threat landscape and the importance of innovation in the field.
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Defense News - 04/10/2014

WASHINGTON — The US federal government is losing talent in cyber fields, and the problem is only going to get worse, according to one expert.
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The Department of Homeland Security - 04/10/2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to California where he delivered remarks at the 8th annual IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum hosted by the Security Innovation Network to discuss the cyber threat landscape and the importance of innovation in the field.
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USChinaPress - 04/10/2014

China Press reporter Zhang Casey April 9 in Mountain View, reported the eighth Network Security Forum held in Silicon Valley Computer History Museum in Mountain View, 9. More than 300 high-tech company network security executives and experts involved in the forum meetings, discussions around how technology companies across the obstacles to development, how to build reliable and secure management systems and other topics. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at the meeting made a keynote speech.
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The CyberWire - 04/10/2014

SINET ITSEF 2014 wrapped up yesterday, and this is our final special issue devoted to the conference. We will, however, publish exclusive interviews with some of the participants over the next two weeks.
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Imperial Valley News - 04/10/2014

Mountain View, California - Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to California where he delivered remarks at the 8th annual IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum hosted by the Security Innovation Network to discuss the cyber threat landscape and the importance of innovation in the field.
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The CyberWire - 04/09/2014

During the "Guidance for Startups: Evaluating and Working with Enterprise Prospects" workshop, cyber entrepreneurs received the following advice: To sell into a large enterprise, start with a sponsor champion and have a simple value proposition that differentiates you from the field. Address a well-defined and readily understood pain-point, and don't try to do too much. Build relationships at various levels within the prospective customer's organization. Include the CFOs: they control the money. The real (as opposed to apparent) key decision-makers are usually not a company's CISO or CIO. The best strategy is to secure an early adopter willing to offer references, and then make sure you deliver what you promise.
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The CyberWire - 04/08/2014

SINET ITSEF 2014 gets underway this afternoon in Mountain View, California. We'll report news from the conference as it develops. We're looking forward with particular interest to hearing the contributions of Alejandro Mayorkas (Deputy Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security), Kjetil Nilsen (Director General, Norway's Nasjonal Sikkerhetsmyndighet), and Philip Quade (Chief Operating Officer, Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency).
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MSP mentor - 04/07/2014

Vormetric, an enterprise data security solutions provider, last week released its latest Insider Threat report of big data, cloud and IT security threats. The report confirmed that U.S. and European enterprise IT organizations are finding the detection of insider threats today more difficult than it has been in the past. Researchers noted that big data and the cloud bring new security concerns as well. Here's a complete recap of the report.
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MORNINGSTAR - 04/04/2014

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/04/14 -- ZL Technologies, Inc. (ZL), the leader in total information governance for the large enterprise, today announced the company's CEO, Kon Leong, will participate on a panel with representatives from the CIA and the Department of Homeland Security at the IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum (ITSEF 2014), taking place April 8-9 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
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Market Watch - 04/03/2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Apr 03, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CSG Invotas , the new enterprise security business from CSG International, Inc. , today announced its participation at the eighth annual 2014 SINET IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum (ITSEF).
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IT BUSINESS NET - 04/03/2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Vormetric,the leader inenterprisedata securityfor physical, virtual and cloud environments,today announced the results from its latest Insider Threat Report, conducted in conjunction with Ovum. Insider threats today have shifted to include both traditional insiders with access to critical data as part of their work, as well as privileged users and attacks that seek to compromise credentials to gain access to data such as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Focused on enterprises, the report details concerns, the status of protection today, and organizations plans to offset insider threats as well as highlighting the responses of European organizations against their US counterparts.
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The Wall Street Journal - 04/03/2014

CSG Invotas, the new enterprise security business from CSG International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGS), today announced its participation at the eighth annual 2014 SINET IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum (ITSEF).
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The CyberWire - 12/12/2013

December 12, 2013. The CyberWire interviewed Dr. Reginald Brothers, who's served since December 6, 2011 as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research. Dr. Brothers is responsible for policy and oversight of Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology (S&T) programs from Basic Research through Advanced Technology Development. He also oversees the Department's laboratories and provides long-term strategic direction of Defense S&T programs. We heard from Dr. Brothers after he spoke at last week's SINET Showcase.
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The CyberWire - 12/05/2013

December 5, 2013. The CyberWire interviewed Bob Ackerman, Founder and Managing Director, Allegis Capital. Allegis, based in Palo Alto, California, USA, invests in early stage companies developing enabling technology and software to serve emerging markets. We caught Mr. Ackerman shortly before he went in to moderate his SINET Showcase panel on "Bringing Order out of Chaos."
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heraldonline - 11/4/2013

SAN FRANCISCO — The Security Innovation Network™ (SINET), an organization focused on advancing Cybersecurity innovation through public-private collaboration, today announced the 2013 SINET 16 Innovators, who will share their innovative solutions at the annual SINET Showcase on December 4 - 5, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
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4-traders - 10/17/2013

Mocana, the device security leader, announced that Howard A. Schmidt, the former Cybersecurity Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President, will be the keynote speaker at the Amphion Forum coming to San Francisco December 12-13th. In addition to Dr. Schmidt, the Amphion Forum will also feature addresses from Anthony Reynolds, senior vice president for worldwide mobile solutions at SAP, and Tyler Shields, senior analyst at Forrester Research.
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HeraldOnline.com - 10/07/2013

BALTIMORE - SINET's Chairman & Founder, Robert Rodriguez, will present one of the Nation's first Cyber Resumes at the CyberMaryland conference.
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The CyberWire - 08/08/2013

August 8, 2013. The CyberWire interviewed Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of the Mach37 cyber security business accelerator in Herndon, Virginia, USA, in New York City during SINET's 2013 Innovation Summit. He shared his views on the role a business accelerator can play in helping an entrepreneur build a cyber security start-up.
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The CyberWire - 08/08/2013

August 8, 2013. The CyberWire interviewed Mark Weatherford, Principal at the Chertoff Group, in New York City during SINET's 2013 Innovation Summit. He shared his views prospects of public-private cyber information-sharing, and on how to build an effective national cyber workforce.
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The CyberWire - 08/07/2013

CIA Senior Operations Officer John Mullen took as his topic the weakest link: the intersection of cyber and human frailty. His talk emphasized cyber security's continuity with traditional intelligence and security tradecraft. His talk dealt largely (and appropriately) with the threat to companies from foreign intelligence services. Protecting information is inconvenient, but essential to an enterprise's long-term viability, and therefore organizations should anticipate and prepare for cyber attack.
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Reuters - 08/07/2013

Weeks of revelations about secret U.S. surveillance programs could stymie progress on negotiations over new laws and regulations meant to beef up the country's defenses against the growing threat of cyber attacks, cyber security experts say.
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GSN - 08/07/2013

John Mullen, a longtime senior operations officer with the CIA, caught the attention of his audience at the SINET Innovation Summit in New York City on August 6 as he matter-of-factly recited the ways in which foreign intelligence services routinely steal industrial secrets and intellectual property from naive traveling U.S. business people visiting their countries.
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infosecurity - 08/06/2013

Presenting the keynote at the 2013 SINET Innovation Summit in New York, August 6th 2013, Frank Montoya Jr., National Counterintelligence Executive, assured the audience that "we don't have the resources" to monitor and evaluate information on all communications when asked about the NSA surveillance programs.
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The CyberWire - 08/06/2013

Frank Montoya, National Counterintelligence Executive, opened the conference this morning with a keynote address. Before placing counterintelligence into the context of cyber innovation, he lamented what he characterized as the current misrepresentation of Intelligence Community programs and activities--these are defensive, and not directed against US citizens. He was especially concerned to dispute claims of pervasive Government surveillance of content, which he described as simply beyond any agency's human capacity.
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The CyberWire - 08/05/2013

August 5, 2013. Dr. Douglas Maughan, Director of Cyber Security at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, spoke with the CyberWire this morning about organizing research in ways that facilitate transition to operational systems. He'll be moderating the Innovation Summit's panel on "Research Collaboration Models that Work" tomorrow afternoon.
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The CyberWire - 08/05/2013

Solving the research transition problem: Dr. Douglas Maughan, Director of Cyber Security at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, spoke with the CyberWire this morning about organizing research in ways that facilitate transition to operational systems. He'll be moderating the Innovation Summit's panel on "Research Collaboration Models that Work" tomorrow afternoon.
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FortMillTimes - 07/30/2013

Damballa, the experts in advanced threat protection, today announced that Brian Foster, Chief Technology Officer will present “Discovering New Malware Variants: PushDo, A Case Study in Collaboration” on Tuesday, August 6 at the SINET Innovation Summit.
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CTOVISION - 07/17/2013

We have written before about the Security Innovation Network and their many virtuous activities. One of their key activities is a process and then meeting focused on discovery of technologies with the potential to make positive contributions to enterprise security. The event, known as the SINET Showcase, will occur on December 4 and 5. But the process begins now. Here is more info:
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The Wall Street Journal - 07/15/2013

Cloud security firm HyTrust says it has received an investment from In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of U.S. intelligence agencies. HyTrust makes security technology for data centers to better manage cloud infrastructure.
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Bloomberg TV - 06/17/2013

Sinet Chairman Robert Rodriguez discusses cybersecurity issues with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line."
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Bloomberg TV - 06/14/2013

Lockheed, General Dynamics, Boeing and other defense contractors are building a cyber military industrial complex in... suburban Maryland. Bloomberg's Megan Hughes reports.
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USA Today - 06/13/2013

WASHINGTON - Among the more curious revelations to emerge from the recent National Security Agency leak saga is how a 29-year-old high school dropout landed a $122,000 job in a sensitive government program.
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Computerworld - 06/12/2013

Computerworld - A defiant Edward Snowden resurfaced in Hong Kong today vowing to fight any U.S. efforts to extradite him on charges that he leaked classified documents describing two secret government data collection programs.
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USA Today - 06/06/2013

WASHINGTON - The huge volume of telephone records turned over to the U.S. government could help investigators identify and deter a range of terrorist acts, including cyberattacks, analysts say.
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Boston Herald - 05/11/2013

The brazen theft of $45 million from ATMs around the world was a sophisticated, coordinated attack that put banks on their heels, forcing some to re-evaluate their security measures, according to experts.
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NewYork Times - 05/09/2013

In two precision operations that involved people in more than two dozen countries acting in close coordination and with surgical precision, thieves stole $45 million from thousands of A.T.M.'s in a matter of hours.
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PRWEB - 04/29/2013

(ISC)2® ("ISC-squared"), the world's largest not-for-profit information security professional body and administrators of the CISSP®, today announced that Robert D. Rodriguez, chairman and founder of the Security Innovation Network™ (SINET), will provide the keynote address entitled, "Looking Back to Advance the Future - Leading Change," at its CyberSecureGov Leadership Event, being held May 7-8, 2013 in Arlington, VA.
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Security Week - 04/10/2013

The proposed legislation creates a framework that would allow private sector companies and the federal government to share information on the latest cyber-threats, even the classified threats. The bill, if it becomes law, would also provide liability protection to companies who get hacked if they can show they shared information and they acted in good faith to protect their infrastructure.
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Security Daily - 4/4/2013

The Security Innovation Network (SINET), an organization focused on the advancement of Cybersecurity innovation through public-private collaboration, held its 7th Annual SINET IT Security Entrepreneurs' Forum (ITSEF) whose theme Inspire - Innovate - Engage resonated strongly amongst the participants throughout the day.
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GRC Daily - Apr, 2013

Dialogue to Continue Among Private Industry, Government, Academia, Wall Street and Entrepreneurial Communities.
The purpose of the Innovation Summit is to reinvigorate public private partnership efforts and increase relationships between industry, government and academia that fosters sharing of information and collaboration on mutual Cybersecurity research projects.
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The Wall Street Journal - 03/21/2013

Companies that want to better defend themselves against cyber attacks are looking at so-called active defense. Experts disagree whether these techniques are legal.
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Fort Mill Times - 03/07/2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Security Innovation NetworkTM(SINET), an organization focused on the advancement of Cybersecurity innovation through public-private collaboration, today announced that it has finalized the 7th Annual SINET IT Security Entrepreneurs' Forum (ITSEF) program to include a keynote by Vice Admiral Gerald R. Beaman, Commander of the U.S. 3rd Fleet. In addition, prominent Cybersecurity leaders from the U.S. Federal Government, Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM), Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), Visa, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, SAIC, CrowdStrike Services, Pacific Gas & Electric, Good Technologies, US Cyber Command and others will participate at this event taking place at Stanford University on March 19-21. ITSEF is supported by the Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate.
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IEEE Computer and Reliability Societies - March/April 2013

A successful technologist who transferred from within, a startup company founder who moved from university research to Microsoft, a venture investor, and an open source evangelist gathered recently for a roundtable discussion of key questions and lessons learned. The discussion ranged from what makes it work, how to measure the benefits, surprises, and whether they would do it again. While everyone in the group had a different experience, they were largely in agreement around the key issues of technology transfer and all agreed that they would gladly do it again.
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U-T San Diego - 02/15/2013

A new incubator for start-up cyber security entrepreneurs debuted this week in downtown San Diego, with the goal of sprouting a cluster of Web security companies in the region.
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Dark Reading - 02/13/2013

SAN DIEGO, February 13, 2013 - A consortium of the nation's most influential business, government, and financial leaders have joined forces to form CyberHive San Diego, a non-profit organization charged with incubating security-focused startups. CyberHive opens its doors today with the goal of discovering and building world-class security solutions and firms. Modeled after CyberHive/Cyber Maryland it is the first of its kind on the West coast. Select firms will receive up to $200,000 in start-up capital in addition to business and research mentoring.
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Business Insider - 01/14/2013

Computer security is a difficult problem that attracts some of the brightest minds in the tech industry who build some of the most innovative products.
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Choosemaryland.org - 01/10/2013

BALTIMORE, MD (January 10, 2013) - Governor Martin O'Malley today announced that Maryland ranks among the nation's leaders in Cybersecurity jobs, according to the Cyber Jobs Report. The study searched approximately 340,000 Cybersecurity jobs offered by more than 18,000 companies across the country and found that Maryland had 19,413 job openings in the industry. With more than 13,000 of these job openings located in Baltimore City, the city placed third among major cyber hot beds, behind only Palo Alto, Calif., and San Francisco in the number of available Cybersecurity positions.
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Government Technology - 12/05/2012

With the recent Internet blackout in Syria, the prospect of a similar event happening in the U.S. became a subject of discussion in the tech community. While the Internet is typically viewed as being highly resilient to war, natural disasters and everything else, a country suddenly disconnecting, as Syria did, presented a captivating scenario to consider for world leaders meeting at the World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai to update international telecommunications agreements.
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GreenvilleOnline.com - 11/10/2012

COLUMBIA - A month after state officials learned of a massive data breach at the Department of Revenue, officials are still discussing what security measures to take to protect all of the state's computer systems.
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Information Security Media Group - 11/8/2012

Acquiring information security wares gets more complicated every day - some 1,000 vendors offer 150 categories of products - so it's unreasonable to expect even the most informed chief information security officers to know everything about them.
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Trenches World Report - 11/3/2012

Last month Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) claims that unspecified reports coming from US financial institutions assert that hackers are "actively" attacking them. Napolitano said: "Right now, financial institutions are actively under attack. We know that. I'm not giving you any classified information... I will say this has involved some of our nation's largest institutions. We've also had our stock exchanges attacked over the last [few] years, so we know... there are vulnerabilities."
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FederalNewsRadio.com - 10/26/2012

There is a need, in my opinion, for some type of legislation that deals with not just information sharing but also for some kind of [Cybersecurity] standards," Rosenbach told a Cybersecurity forum organized by the Security Innovation Network earlier Thursday.
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Defpro.news - 10/26/2012

One of the strengths of the intelligence community is that the people within it have a tremendous spectrum of backgrounds, the principal deputy director of national intelligence told attendees at the Security Innovation Network 2012 conference here Oct. 25.
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Defpro.news - 10/26/2012

John R. Mills, DOD chief information officer special assistant for Cybersecurity, described the department's outreach strategy in a panel discussion during a Security Innovation Network workshop.
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Bloomberg - 10/26/2012

The White House and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dug in to opposing positions on Cybersecurity legislation yesterday as federal officials escalate warnings about hacker threats to the nation.
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Department of Defense - 10/25/2012

Robert E. Wheeler told attendees at the 2012 Security Innovation Network conference. DOD's plans for mobility, spectrum policy and programs, and national leadership command capabilities all are interconnected, he said.
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Department of Defense - 10/25/2012

Eric Rosenbach, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, said in a panel discussion during the Security Innovation Network's annual conference that while he and his colleagues have a mandate to defend the nation from cyberattack, the process is complex.
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Politico - 10/25/2012

The Security Innovation Network closes its third annual SINET Showcase with a discussion centered on "Cybersecurity: The Role of Government and Corporations." Panelists include Edward Amoroso, chief security officer and senior VP, AT&T; Ann Beauchesne, VP of National Security & Emergency Preparedness, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and Cybersecurity coordinator, The White House; Jane Holl Lute, deputy secretary, Department of Homeland Security; and Joseph Rigby, CEO, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
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Government Security News - 10/25/2012

The SINET [Security Innovation Network] Showcase is sponsored in part by DHS's Science and Technology Directorate and is aimed at bringing budding companies together with private investors to accelerate technological capabilities.
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Office of the director of National Intelligence - 10/25/2012

One of the strengths of the intelligence community is that the people within it have a tremendous spectrum of backgrounds, the principal deputy director of national intelligence told attendees at the Security Innovation Network 2012 conference here today.
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Washington Post - 10/20/2012

DEFENSE SECRETARY Leon Panetta sounded a klaxon in his recent address on Cybersecurity. Beyond hackers and criminals who prowl the Internet, Mr. Panetta declared, there is a “greater danger” that nations or violent extremists could cause a cyberattack “as destructive as the terrorist attack on 9/11” or Pearl Harbor, which could “paralyze and shock the nation and create a new, profound sense of vulnerability.”
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SFGate - 10/16/2012

Add tech executives to the list of the well-heeled who have fallen out of love with President Obama.
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Frankfurter Allgemeine - 10/16/2012

"The focus on cyber security could leave the government and the technology industry in the future continue to move together. The Pentagon's research armDarpa has recently private companies to participate in a new program called "Plan X" is called, which included, among other things, include a "cyberwarlaboratory." Robert Rodriguez presents his organization "Security InnovationNetwork" (Sinet) in San Francisco in establishing contacts between the government and companies specializing in cyber security.

In his words, the willingness to cooperate on the part of government is increasing. So before a few weeks ago, a delegation hadtraveled to the Pentagon to meet with companies supported by him. The government's interest is an appealing prospect for thecompany, says Rodriguez. "Cyber defense is one of the few areas in which the Pentagon has increased today the budget."
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4-traders - 10/03/2012

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Palo Alto Networks today announced a multi-phase partnership with Citrix that brings together leading network security and application delivery capabilities. In response to strong market demand, Palo Alto Networks and Citrix will deliver jointly validated solutions that are designed to simplify how enterprises accelerate application delivery on next-generation networks.
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SFGate - 10/02/2012

Allgress Joins Industry and Federal Government Leaders to Collaborate on Intelligently Identifying and Managing Cybersecurity Risks
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FOX NEWS - 10/01/2012

White House sources partly confirmed an alarming report that U.S. government computers -- reportedly including systems used by the military for nuclear commands -- were breached by Chinese hackers.
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Los Angeles Times - 09/27/2012

A shadowy but well organized hacker group in the Middle East has disrupted the electronic banking operations of America's largest financial institutions in recent days, underscoring U.S. vulnerability to online terrorism.
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Time Business - 09/12/2012

As casual reading, the Presidential Memorandum “Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High-Growth Businesses,” released Oct. 28, 2011, is about as riveting as the Department of Defense Instruction No. 5535.11 (“Availability of Samples, Drawings, Information, Equipment, Materials, and Certain Services to Non-DoD Persons and Entities”) that followed in its trail on March 19, 2012. Which is to say, not riveting at all.
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Federal Business Opportunities - 08/29/2012

In accordance with Federal Regulations, this Pre-Solicitation Notice is posted to announce that the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO), Systems Section, DITCO/PL8223, 2300 East Drive, Scott AFB IL 62225-5406, intends to release a Formal Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Department of Defense Mobility, Mobile Device Management-Mobile Application Store (DoD Mobility MDM-MAS) on or about 2 October 2012.
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This Week's Crain's - 08/12/2012

If you're a hacker, the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center is probably a good place to avoid Wednesday. Or maybe it's catnip.
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Bloomberg Businessweek - 08/02/2012

Cyber crime is increasing in frequency and severity. What can be done to reduce the risk to individuals, businesses, and governments?
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Security & Privacy - 08/07/2012

Even for a Congress whose antics faintly remind one of the last days of the Weimer Republic, this was a bit much.
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The Wall Street Journal - 07/ 19/2012

In a future conflict, an adversary unable to match our military supremacy on the battlefield might seek to exploit our computer vulnerabilities here at home.
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Govinfo Security - 07/16/2012

Acquiring information security wares gets more complicated every day - some 1,000 vendors offer 150 categories of products - so it's unreasonable to expect even the most informed chief information security officers to know everything about them.
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SILICONVALLEY - 04/16/2012

Warning that this country is threatened by potentially devastating cyberattacks, America's national security community is rushing to recruit the Bay Area's private sector to counter the assaults.
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eWEEK - 03/30/2012

The San Francisco-based Security Innovation Network (SINET) held its sixth annual IT Security Entrepreneurs' Forum March 21 and 22 at Stanford University's Frances Arrillaga Alumni Center, and as one might imagine, the presentations and panel discussions during those two days were scary to behold.
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Firestorm - 03/29/2012

Firestorm's Expert Council Member Anyck Turgeon recaps her experience at the 6th Annual ITSEF Conference hosted by Stanford University
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The Chertoff Group - 01/12/2012

a Silicon-Valley based organization that works with industry builders, buyers, researchers and investors within the Cybersecurity domain to advance innovation and bring about global collaboration between the public and private sector to defeat Cybersecurity threats.
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Global Security Pipeline - 01/09/2012

The Security Innovation Network ("SINET") is a US-based organization that promotes the advancement of innovation and collaboration in the cyber security domain, and connects buyers, researchers, investors and builders in that space.
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MarketWatch - 12/28/2011

NEWARK, Del., Dec 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sallie Mae's Chief Security Officer, Jerry Archer, was selected as a recipient of the Information Security Executive (ISE) North America Award 2011.
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DIGITAL JOURNAL - 12/12/2011

The Amphion Forum, a non-profit consortium of organizations seeking to advance the security of the Internet of Things, invites mobile security and device security professionals, and experts from industry and academia, to propose talks for Amphion Forum 2012: Europe.
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SCmagazineus - 12/1/2011

Social networking, hacktivism, advanced persistent threats, cyberespionage, mobile malware, the entry of portable, handheld devices (smartphones, tablets) into the enterprise environment...these are just a few of the most prominent challenges security professionals must contend with each day.
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Techsecuritytoday - 11/14/2011

These are frustrating times when it comes to security. It seems as though with each passing day the bad guys get more brazen. In fact, almost every day brings word of yet another security breach. And those are only the ones that get reported.
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Dorobekinsider - 10/29/2011

It was a difficult week to find a single topic that defined the week. As always, our goal with GovLoop Insights Issue of the Week is to look at an issue - a person - an idea - then helped define the past 7-days... but we also work to find a topic that also will have an impact on the days, weeks and months ahead.
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Triumfant - 10/28/2011

On August 17, 2009, a 900 ton hydroelectric turbine was torn from its moorings at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant and dam in Russia.
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Nextgov - 10/27/2011

Military networks and software must be tied to the cloud to defend Defense Department computers against adversaries, the Pentagon's cyber chief said Wednesday night.
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DarkReading - 10/27/2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Security Innovation Network Showcase 2011 -- The most successful new security companies are those that are young, innovative, and willing to bet big on outside funding, according to research revealed here Wednesday.
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Defpro - 10/27/2011

07:12 GMT, October 27, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO & WASHINGTON | The Security Innovation Network (SINET), an organization focused on the advancement of Cybersecurity innovation through public-private collaboration, has expanded to create "The SINET Group" which includes a new Member Program and Advisory Services.
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BobGourley - 10/26/2011

The Security Innovation Network(TM) (SINET), an organization focused on the advancement of Cybersecurity innovation through public-private collaboration, has expanded to create "The SINET Group" which includes a new Member Program and Advisory Services.
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GCN - 10/26/2011

Industry is not providing government with the basic tools it needs to build a secure information infrastructure, say military and intelligence officials.
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MarketWatch - 10/13/2011

MENLO PARK, CA, Oct 13, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Silver Tail Systems, Inc., a leading provider of web session intelligence, today announced that it has been selected as a SINET 16 Innovator.
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MarketWatch - 10/12/2011

Narus, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company and the leader in real-time traffic intelligence, announced today that it will present at the SINET Showcase 2011 Conference held October 25-26, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Symplified - 10/11/2011

BOULDER, Colo., Oct.11, 2011 - Symplified, the Cloud security company, today announced that it was selected as an innovator and will present at the 2011 Security Innovation Network (SINET) Showcase, which is supported by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.
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Techtarget - 10/5/2011

CAMBRIDGE, MA. - On the same day consolidation hit the security information and event management market hard, a group of influential industry leaders was busy talking innovation and telling the entrepreneurs in the room to pick up the pace and bring new products to market that address current threats and adversaries.
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Infosecurity - 10/4/2011

Academic tenure discourages educational investment in Cybersecurity innovation, Paul Barford, a computer sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as the chief scientist at cloud security specialist Qualys, told the Security Innovation Network (SINET) summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Tuesday.
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Informationweek - 9/26/2011

The National Protection and Programs Directorate, the Department of Homeland Security agency that handles many of the government's Cybersecurity responsibilities is about to get a makeover in the wake of the departure of former deputy undersecretary Phil Reitinger. The directorate, among other things, is in works to secure federal civilian agency networks and coordinate Cybersecurity with the private sector.
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WSJ - 8/25/2011

BEIJING - Chinese state television has broadcast footage of what two experts on the Chinese military say appears to be a military institute demonstrating software designed to attack websites in the U.S.
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Federalnewsradio - 8/15/2011

The National Security Agency is on a hiring blitz. The cryptologic intelligence agency - home to the government's chief codemakers and breakers - announced its intention to hire as many as 3,000 people over the next two years, many of them Cybersecurity experts.
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Technewsworld - 7/15/2011

The U.S. DoD has formally outlined its positions on cyberspace defense, establishing five strategic approaches as part of the White House's U.S. Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative. Cyberspace will be considered an operational domain like land, sea, air and space. That means the military has to operate and defend its networks and prepare for cybermissions and cyberconflict.
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Foxnews - 7/14/2011

The Pentagon on Thursday revealed that in the spring it suffered one of its largest losses ever of sensitive data in a cyberattack by a foreign government. It's a dramatic example of why the military is pursuing a new strategy emphasizing deeper defenses of its computer networks, collaboration with private industry and new steps to stop "malicious insiders."
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Nextgov- 7/8/2011

The Pentagon plans on July 14 to release a much-anticipated cyberspace operations strategy that, contrary to some expectations, does not call for militarizing the domain. According to an unclassified draft copy of the framework obtained by Nextgov, the goal is to extinguish any hope enemies may have of accomplishing a destructive attack.
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WSJ - 6/17/2011

When email-marketing firm Epsilon Data Management discovered in March that hackers had stolen consumer email addresses it maintains for major banks and retailers, Chief Executive Bryan Kennedy faced a choice: to disclose the breach or keep it under wraps.
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BUSINESS WEEK - 6/16/2011

When Microsoft and Pfizer got fed up with the nastiest junk e-mail blaster on the Web, they called Silicon Valley's cybercrime vigilante

Alex Lanstein stared at the 65-inch computer monitor in the living room of his Boston apartment. Streaming data lit up the screen, the actions of a cyberlord giving orders to his botnet, a zombie army of hijacked computers controlled from an unknown location . It was early in the morning of Mar.16. The 25-year-old Cybersecurity analyst had spent months preparing for the events soon to unfold. His reddish hair still matted down from sleep, Lanstein stood up and poured another cup of coffee. Suddenly, the data stream flickering on the monitor became dark, and a smile curled across Lanstein's stubbly face. Operation Rustock had begun.
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AF - 6/16/2011

6/16/2011 - PARIS (AFNS) -- Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III outlined a pilot program here June 16 in which the government helps the defense industry in safeguarding the information their computer systems hold.
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Forbes - 6/8/2011

According to the Security Innovation Network, there are more than 1,000 U.S. companies in over 165 categories providing cyber security solutions. Rather than trying to enumerate and evaluate all of these highly varied approaches in their entirety, we are providing a taxonomy and scorecard for only those solutions aspiring to directly impact cyber security versus indirectly focused purposes such as compliance.

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Forbes - 6/7/2011

The fundamental truth is that we need to materially improve cyber security technology. So, the next question is: what should this wondrous technology that we so direly need be capable of, and how are we going to build it?
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SECURITYWEEK - 6/2/2011

Sony, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Iranian State sites..as the hacking continues through Web applications, one has to wonder who's on first? With over 250M websites out there, most of which are insecure, hackers have a huge playground to work with. Inertia, budget, and lack of knowledge are the common reasons behind lack of efforts in securing websites. If the risk of getting hacked isn't enough of a motivating factor, what would drive companies to protect their Web infrastructure? What about regulations?
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SC Magazine - 6/1/2011

"At the center of national Cybersecurity policy for the last decade has been the voluntary partnership between government and the private sector. But this marriage is well past its honeymoon period. After all the vows to love each other and stay committed, it has turned out to be harder in practice than either side expected."
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C4ISR journal - 5/12/2011

The day after the U.S. military's cyber commander publicly touted the security benefits of shifting to cloud computing, one of the world's leading information security companies announced the theft of some of its cloud computing security technology.
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SECURITYWEEK - 5/12/2011

In a recent survey of security executives, over 70 percent of respondents acknowledged that they are testing less than 10 percent of their Web applications. In the same survey majority of them also confessed that they had been hacked at least once in the last two years. I have heard similar responses in my conversations with various companies. While most large companies have started to test more and more of their applications for vulnerabilities, we have a long way to go. You are as strong as your weakest link and in this case it's your weakest and vulnerable applications.
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SECURITYWEEK - 4/6/2011

As the number of Web sites reaches over 255 million and Internet users reach 2 billion, hackers continue to relentlessly attack at the Web application level. Exploiting SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting, Session Hijacking, Weak Passwords, and other vulnerabilities, they seek the low hanging fruit. No one is spared. Universities, Banks, Government Agencies, e-Retail companies, high-tech companies, and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have all been victims of repeated attacks. Businesses have lost billions of dollars in these breaches. Hacktivism and Cyberterrorism have become common among the Anonymous group and the Iranian Cyber Army has been more active in the last few months.
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VentureBeat - 3/17/2011

Cyber security isn't as sexy as social media among venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. But it's a critical technology sector that has been gaining momentum with the economic recovery and the rising threats from cyber criminals. ITSEF 2011 drew around 300 people and it was the fifth annual gathering that brings together security technologists and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley with policy makers from Washington D.C. The government and big corporations are often the main customers for innovative new technologies in the security sector and those customers want more technology faster.
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eCommerceTimes.com - 3/16/2011

About 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies surveyed recently said they expect 15 percent or more of their applications to move to the cloud in the near future, Sarah Friar, managing director at Goldman Sachs, said Wednesday at ITSEF.
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The Washington Post - 3/7/2011

Three Maryland businessmen have formed a new investment firm focused on acquiring or backing local Cybersecurity businesses.
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Federalnewsradio.com - 3/3/2011

Robert Rodriquez, chairman and managing principal at the Security Innovation Network, explains how the ITSEF conference encourages collaboration between federal cyber leaders and entrepreneurs, researchers and investors on Cybersecurity innovation.
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AFCEA SignalScape - 1/10/2011

Robert Rodriguez, founder of the Security Innovation Network (SINET) says, "The time is yesterday to explore and invest in new collaboration models." SINET unites cyber entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, government experts and academics to bring together entrepreneurs and academics who create cyber capabilities with those who can implement them. Stanford University is also a sponsor of and supporter of SINET.
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ezinearticles - 10/30/2010

As keynote speaker for SINET's October 27 and 28 event, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff punctuated the immensity and severity of the cyber threat, saying among many important messages, that " without security we can't have privacy."
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TechCrunch - 10/30/2010

Chertoff worries that these risks haven't yet gripped the public imagination; that it may take a " digital 9-11" to get businesses, consumers, and governments to fortify their defenses.
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Dark Reading - 10/28/2010

Major vendors dominate industry revenue, but startups and emerging vendors are the ones behind real change, panelists say
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GSN Magazine - 10/27/2010

Gaining " Internet superiority " in these days of electronic commerce and potential electronic warfare is the same as getting " air superiority " was in World War II, said a former Secret Service agent and founder of an organization focusing on advancing IT security innovation in private industry and government markets.
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COMPUTERWORLD - 08/04/2010

Robert Rodriguez, a former Secret Service special agent and founder of the Security Innovation Network, said the WikiLeaks incident has the potential to put the skids on information-sharing inside the intelligence communities. The incident could result in a policy that will "create more stovepipes instead of more open information-sharing," he said
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Federal News Radio - 06/01/2010

A former Secret Service agent has gone from protecting the President and foreign dignitaries, to working for the greater good promoting and facilitating government and industry collaboration on Cybersecurity.
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COMPUTERWORLD - 04/07/2010

The first step to formulating an organized response is to define cyberwar correctly, said Robert Rodriguez, a former Secret Service special agent and founder of the Security Innovation Network. Calling what's gone on in recent years a "cyberwar" only complicates things, he said.

"War connotes huge conflict at a grand level between nations and societies," Rodriguez said.
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BUSINESS WEEK - 4/6/10

Small companies at a Stanford University conference (ITSEF) showcased new computer network defenses for potential partners

John Stewart, Cisco Systems' chief security officer, spent St. Patrick's Day looking for Cybersecurity innovations.

Technology companies that include Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL), and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal division descended on Stanford University on Mar. 17 for a conference designed to introduce security startups to industry and government officials. Computer network gear maker Cisco was scouting out small technology companies whose products can help steel its own network against what Stewart says has been a barrage of attempted hacking attacks.
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BUSINESS WEEK - 4/6/10

The U.S. government is stepping up recruitment of engineers who can help wage cyberwar
Kyle Osborn does a good job impersonating a technical support rep. On a recent day in Southern California, the 19-year-old is working the phones, trying to persuade people on the other end to download malicious software.
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GOV INFO SECURITY - 4/6/2010

Recent research shows clearly that our critical infrastructure is under repeated cyberattack often from high-level adversaries like foreign nation-states. In fact the estimated cost from downtime, caused by major attacks, exceeds $6M per day. It's now confirmed: Our critical infrastructure is under repeated cyberattack from high-level adversaries.

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INFORMATION WEEK - 3/22/10

The federal government plans to ramp up Cybersecurity spending over the next several years, but deploying new technologies in this area could face some internal challenges, according to a new report by a market research firm.
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SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER - 3/21/10

Robert is on the right track with his innovative thinking. The internet is like the "wild wild west" and the United States has a great opportunity to maintain an innovative advantage through collaborating, instead of thinking of it as a competition. We need a new approach to maintain our cyber world.
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FEDERAL NEWS RADIO - 3/11/2010

"Last year . . . NSA came out and folks in DoD and DHS, DNI, etcetera. They are looking for innovation. I think 46 percent of the companies that attended last year came from out of state, 86 percent of them wanted to partner with the government, but they don't know how, who, what, where or when. . . . They've been discouraged by venture capitalists and others that invest in these companies because the sales cycles can be anywhere from a year to two to three. The government needs help and I think that these innovators and entrepreneurs and the early stage emerging companies in cyber can help them."
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BUSINESS WEEK - 3/10/2010

Discussion with Robert Rodriguez on hardware counterfeiting problems.
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NEXT GOV - 3/10/2010

Nextgov spoke with SINet founder Robert Rodriguez about a week before the forum about the state of collaboration between government and business. Rodriguez retired from federal government in 2004 after serving in the Secret Service for more than two decades and heading the San Francisco Electronic Crimes Task Force, which established working relationships among government, public, private and international stakeholders to establish strategies for better protecting computer infrastructures.
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NEW SCHOOL SECURITY - 3/9/2010

For some years, I've been following the world of academic and industrial research on information security, especially interdisciplinary research. There is wide-spread agreement on what needs to be done. But no one seems to be able to mobilize any signficant research into solutions. It's been very frustrating to see so much talk and so little action.
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COMPUTER WORLD - 3/5/2010

Fear, uncertainty and doubt is an integral part of the security industry. Vendors sell FUD, the media loves reporting it, and trade shows thrive on it.

So it's not surprising that the RSA Security Conference held here this week had vendors, analysts and assorted others serving up huge dollops of FUD.

But two themes in particular appeared to be fueling much of the trepidation at this year's show: the recent attacks against Google, and the change being forced on enterprise security models by the increasing adoption of mobile and Web 2.0 technologies by end users.


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INFORMATION WEEK - 3/3/2010

An important theme within the conversation at RSA Conference 2010 has been finding ways for the government and private industry to better collaborate when it comes to fighting cyberthreats.
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SECURE IT - 3/3/2010

It's always a pleasure to speak to my good friend and business associate Robert as he is able to explain our nations need for security innovation better then anyone I know - while giving direction to start-up companies on what it takes to get out there and start doing business with the government.
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GOV INFO SECURITY - 2/26/2010

Robert Rodriguez thinks there are plenty of innovative ideas emanating from American entrepreneurs to secure information systems that those responsible for federal government Cybersecurity haven't heard of.
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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - 2/20/10

As investigators study whether Chinese schools played a role in attacks on Google and other U.S. companies, they may face a new challenge: the need for cooperation in China.

The attacks, which came to light in January, affected Google and more than 20 other U.S. companies. In the latest development, investigators have been examining links between the attacks and computers at educational institutions in that country, according to people briefed on the matter.
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NY TIMES - 2/18/2010

A series of online attacks on Google and dozens of other American corporations have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, including one with close ties to the Chinese military, say people involved in the investigation.
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