GuidePoint Security is on the Move and Expanding Again!

New Headquarters Location Open House and More Offices

GuidePoint Security just expanded its business footprint to include the Lone Star State, our most recent of four new HQ Imageoffice openings. The expansion is our third location in the Central third of the country to go along with our substantial East Coast and Federal operations.

The newest GuidePoint office is located at 6136 Frisco Square Blvd., #400, Frisco, TX, 75034, 30 miles north of Dallas. This brings our location count to a total of nine offices, stretching from the Northeast to the American South-central.

In addition, we also moved our corporate headquarters from Reston to Herndon, Virginia. Our new HQ facility allows us to accommodate our rapidly growing workforce and increasing client base. Our vendor partners, prospects, and clients can now enjoy more conference rooms and our expanded training facilities. The new office address is 2201 Cooperative Way, Suite 225, Herndon, VA, 20171.

Please join us for our HQ Open House on Thursday, October 8, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We will provide food and beverage and a tour of our new Virtual Security Operational Center (vSOC). Please click here to RSVP or contact us at info@guidepointsecurity.com to schedule a time to stop by and visit us at any of our locations.

GuidePoint’s two other office additions are:

  • Louis, Missouri–City Place
    Two City Place Drive, 2nd Floor
    St. Louis, MO 63141
  • Alpharetta, Georgia–North Point
    555 North Point Center East, 4th Floor
    Alpharetta, GA 30022

Click here to see a full list of our locations, in nine different cities.

Founded in 2011, GuidePoint Security has experienced phenomenal growth in the four years of its existence. The organization provides customized, innovative security solutions through cybersecurity expertise, seasoned and certified staff, as well as new and best technology practices. The need for such services has skyrocketed, with more and more data and material breaches, dangerous threats and attacks, as well as increased government rules, regulations, and oversight.

About GuidePoint Security

GuidePoint Security LLC provides customized, innovative and valuable information security solutions and proven cyber security expertise that enable commercial and federal organizations to successfully achieve their security and business goals. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, GuidePoint Security is a small business, and classification can be found with the System for Award Management (SAM). Learn more at: www.guidepointsecurity.com.

Vulnerabilities Found in Android Web Browsers Dolphin & Mercury; GuidePoint Security Making Ongoing Investment in Mobile Security Research & Commitment to Testing for Customers

Vulnerabilities within Android mobile browsers, Dolphin and Mercury, have been identified. Benjamin Watson, Mobile & Application Security Practice Lead at GuidePoint Security, has discovered these vulnerabilities. “I have been researching common vulnerability patterns in Android Web Browsers since the beginning of 2015. Since the beginning of my research efforts, I have found that quite a few of the most popular browsers available on Google Play are subject to these vulnerability patterns,” Watson explained. GuidePoint Security will continue to meticulously research vulnerability patterns in Android and iOS applications, as well as provide robust mobile security testing to customers to help prevent the consequences of a potential glitch.

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The flaws found within each respective application are different. Mobotap’s Dolphin Browser is customizable, allowing users to choose unique search bars or themes; it’s been found that the download and installation of a theme can result in exploitation or potentially full blown code execution. The Mercury browser was found to be susceptible to the arbitrary reading and writing of files in the browser’s data directory. While the teams at both Dolphin and Mercury have been made aware of the vulnerabilities and Dolphin has released an update, there’s an onus on the mobile security world to respond to the implications of having identified vulnerabilities in such commonly used browsers.

Mobile applications available today are often designed to solve some sort of user problem, but most have not been properly assessed for security issues, usually due to the aggressive quick-to-market philosophy used in the world of mobile application development. GuidePoint Security is investing continuous effort in researching mobile security and how potential vulnerabilities impact consumers at large. “We’re continuing to investigate Android web browsers and other largely consumed applications for vulnerabilities,” Watson said.

It’s imperative for organizations working on the development of mobile applications to understand the importance of testing. As made clear by Watson’s findings, common Android browsers and other applications used universally routinely have serious security vulnerabilities due to the lack of security input during their development lifecycle. GuidePoint is not only researching the implications of common vulnerability patterns in largely consumed Android and iOS mobile applications, but also offers services that help identify these problems before those applications are pushed to market.

Benjamin Watson, Mobile & Application Security Practice Lead – Ben Watson has over 7 dedicated years to application and mobile security. Prior to joining GuidePoint Security, Ben has solved application problems for cutting-edge companies in the financial services, ecommerce and medical industries. Ben has been frequently sought after for building application security programs from the ground up, due to his experience in not only developing testing methodologies, tools and techniques, but his understanding and perspective on what is required to build secure products. Ben has managed and lead efforts in large mobile application security managed services and is also an experienced mobile security researcher. He currently focuses his efforts around discovering new exploitable vulnerability patterns in Android and iOS. He also has multiple published zero day vulnerabilities effecting various Android web browsers, and is the creator and curator of an Android assessment toolkit called Lobotomy.

About GuidePoint Security
GuidePoint Security LLC provides customized, innovative and valuable information security solutions and proven cyber security expertise that enable commercial and federal organizations to successfully achieve their security and business goals. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, GuidePoint Security is a small business, and classification can be found with the System for Award Management (SAM). Learn more at: www.guidepointsecurity.com.