GuidePoint Security’s Insider Threat Experts to Be at 2016 DoDIIS Worldwide

DoDIIS 2016Protect your organization from insider threats by joining GuidePoint Security at booth #314 during the 2016 Department of Defense Intelligence Systems (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference Aug. 1-3 in Atlanta.

Through F5 Networks and integration of audit data into a Splunk application, GuidePoint has worked with the federal government for the past four years to develop PKI integrations for mission-critical and business applications. This can help identify users who might want to harm government networks.

GuidePoint works closely with industry-leading vendors such as Anomali and RedOwl to enhance network and system data by identifying suspicious activities across the enterprise, and supporting insider threat and anomalous detection for government networks.

Join GuidePoint Security at DoDIIS Worldwide to see demonstrations of newly developed security solutions and learn more about our capabilities, Anomali and RedOwl. Anomali will do a demonstration on Operationalizing Threat Intelligence and RedOwl will have a demo on Insider Threat Analytics.

Anomali: By delivering early detection and identification of suspicious activities in your network, Anomali correlates millions of threat indicators against real-time network activity logs and forensic log data. This can mitigate threats before material damage occurs. ThreatStream 6.0, the Anomali threat-intelligence platform (TIP), aggregates cyber-threat intelligence through multiple sources to identify adversary infrastructure and extract indicators through malware detonation. Anomali Enterprise is a key tool for retrospective log analysis.

RedOwl: RedOwl’s advanced analytics platform uses structured and unstructured data to analyze insider threat risks and compromised accounts. RedOwl is designed to simplify development of advanced analytical models, dashboards for high-risk individuals and accounts, and provides a forensics capability for detailed event investigation. It creates context around employee activities, behaviors, and relationships by providing a comprehensive view of enterprise risk.

Event details: DoDIIS Worldwide, Aug. 1-3, 2016, Georgia World Congress Center, 85 Andrew Young Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30313-1591.

“Mission Integration at the Speed of Operations,” is the theme of this year’s conference. According to the DoDIIS website, the conference will feature a lineup of Plenary Speakers and will have breakout sessions about integration throughout the Intelligence Community; integration between intelligence and mission; and rapidly developing mission-focused solutions. The conference will give attendees a chance to learn from and interact with others in the Intelligence Community, DoD and other industry leaders. For more information, visit DoDIIS Worldwide.

Stop by and meet GuidePoint Security’s technical experts at DoDIIS to learn more about ways to protect government networks from insider threats.

About GuidePoint Security

GuidePoint Security LLC provides innovative and valuable cybersecurity solutions and expertise that enable organizations to successfully achieve their mission. 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: http://www.guidepointsecurity.com.

GuidePoint Security Acquires GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract

GuidePoint Security to Offer Government Customers Quality Services at Approved, Cost-Efficient Prices

Beginning on September 29, 2015, GuidePoint Security, an Information Security company offering services to federal and commercial customers, was awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) Information Technology (IT) Schedule 70 Contract that will remain valid through September 28, 2020. GuidePoint now has the ability to offer services directly to federal, state, and local government organizations.

The GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract is an acquisition vehicle offered through the U.S. GSA which allows IT solution providers to offer services to government agencies directly. In order to qualify for the contract, companies are meticulously assessed by the GSA in order to determine their level of knowledge and ability to offer services to the federal government. Organizations are evaluated on multiple criterion including financial stability, years in business, and performance history.

By awarding a GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract, the federal government has determined that GuidePoint qualifies as an IT industry partner and is now authorized to work directly with federal government agencies. GuidePoint, a certified small business, is considered an industry partner that can offer government customers an approved rate for Information Security services.

“GuidePoint Security is honored to offer services through the GSA,” said Michael Volk, Managing Partner of GuidePoint Security. “By simplifying the procurement process, our GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract will enable our team of trusted security experts to assist our federal customers in successfully achieving their security and business goals through customized and innovative Information Security solutions.”

For more information on about our GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract, visit http://www.guidepointsecurity.com/gsa-it-schedule-70-contract/.

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.

GuidePoint Security Named a Finalist for the SmartCEO GovStar Awards

GovStar_BannerGuidePoint Security is honored to announce that the organization has been named a 2015 GovStar finalist for the annual awards program, for the Washington D.C. region.

The GovStar Awards program, now in its sixth season, honors local government contractors for their technology, innovation, growth, workplace environment, veteran support, and contributions to the industry and marketplace. An independent committee of local business leaders selects 45 finalists each year, from which 13 winners are chosen based on the quality of nominations submitted. The awards reception took place on Nov. 2, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Virginia.

GuidePoint Security received recognition in the Industry Star category; a government contractor that has made significant contributions to the government contracting industry through mentoring, business partnerships, philanthropy, advocacy, and dedication to its core mission.

“We’re honored to have been chosen as a GovStar Award finalist,” GuidePoint Managing Partner, Michael Volk said.

“Being recognized as a finalist for this prestigious awards program is a true testament to the individuals working on our team. Throughout the immense growth we’ve experienced since 2011, our focus has been on maintaining a high level of service and accommodating the specialized needs of both commercial and federal-government customers,“ he added.

GuidePoint Security will remain committed to providing innovative Information Security solutions for its continued growth, while dedicating focus to strategically accommodating federal and commercial organizations to allow them to achieve their own goals and objectives.

Click here to see the full list of finalists.

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.

Ask the Insider Threat Experts at the 2015 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference

GuidePoint Security will be showcasing Insider Threat Solutions at DoDIIS Worldwide Conference on August 23rd thru Aug 26th, 2015.

GuidePoint has been working closely with the federal government over the past three years to develop PKI integrations for mission critical and business applications through F5 Networks, and integrating the resulting audit data into a Splunk application to assist in monitoring PKI access and authorization. This new capability assists in identifying users that mean harm to government networks.

In addition, GuidePoint has partnered with multiple industry- leading vendors including Digital Guardian, Exabeam, Apcon, and Pernix Data on enhancing network and system data for identifying suspicious activity across the enterprise, ultimately supporting the identification of anomalous activity. With these capabilities, GuidePoint enables a holistic approach to insider threat and anomaly detection for government networks.

GuidePoint Security is extremely excited for the opportunity to demonstrate newly developed solutions and capabilities at DODIIS Worldwide to help our customers and partners better understand the options available when working with GuidePoint.

Information about our partners:

Digital Guardian: Digital Guardian, formerly Verdasys, is a network security company focused on securing the sensitive data of the world’s most inventive, influential companies.

Exabeam: Exabeam is a user behavior analytics solution that leverages existing log data to quickly detect advanced attacks and accelerate incident response. Exabeam’s Stateful User Tracking™ automates the work of security analysts by resolving individual security events and behavior anomalies into a complete attack chain. Built by seasoned security and enterprise IT veterans from Imperva and Sumo Logic, Exabeam is headquartered in San Mateo, California and is privately funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Aspect Ventures and Investor Shlomo Kramer.

Apcon: APCON develops innovative, scalable technology solutions to enhance network monitoring, support IT traffic analysis, and streamline IT network management and security. APCON delivers state-of-the-art IT data aggregation, filtering, and network switching products, as well as leading-edge management software. APCON is headquartered near Portland, Oregon, where it has operated since 1993.

PernixData: PernixData is fundamentally changing how storage is designed and operated in virtualized data centers. The company’s software puts storage intelligence into high speed server media, establishing a control point for optimizing application performance and managing data center operations with true scale-out growth. With PernixData software, customers can leverage any storage platform for capacity, creating a decoupled storage architecture that maximizes design flexibility while minimizing storage costs.

Event information:

When: August 23-26, 2015
Where: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center | San Antonio, TX

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) 2015 Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) is a conference hosted by the DIA Chief Information Officer. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Intelligence Integration-Powered by Innovation & Technology, designed to highlight the DIA CIO’s commitment and intent to unify the defense intelligence infrastructure and information sharing initiatives through innovation, collaborative partnerships and technologies. Visit https://www.ncsi.com/dia/2015/index.php for more information.

Our technical experts from GuidePoint Security look forward to the opportunity to share our knowledge and newly developed solutions with attendees. We hope to see you at DoDIIS!

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
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GuidePoint Security – F5 Network’s “Federal Partner of the Year” for Two Consecutive Years

For the second year in a row, GuidePoint Security, LLC has received the UNITY™ Federal Partner of the Year award at the 2014 F5 Agility Conference in New York.

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GuidePoint Security Receiving the UNITY Federal Partner of the Year Award from F5 in New York.

This award recognizes GuidePoint Security’s excellence in partner performance and customer service related to F5’s application delivery and security solutions. It also recognizes GuidePoint Security’s superior account management, customer service and technical expertise.

“We were honored to receive F5’s recognition in partner performance and customer service for the second consecutive year at the F5 2014 Agility Conference in New York on Aug. 6th. This award further validates our ability to provide security solutions that enable our clients to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their users,” said Jim Quarantillo, Federal Partner at GuidePoint Security.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes the connected world run better. F5 helps organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5’s intelligent services framework to deliver and protect their applications and services while ensuring people stay connected. Learn more at www.f5.com.

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 Reston, Va., and with offices in Michigan, New Hampshire, Florida and North Carolina.  GuidePoint Security is a small business, and classification can be found with the System for Award Management (SAM). Learn more at www.guidepointsecurity.com.

 

Data Protection & Information Sharing in the Federal Government and Beyond

Today, organizations across the country are struggling to keep their data secure. As discussed in an interview with the Modern Network on April 24, Matt Keller, Vice President of Federal Services at GuidePoint Security, goes on to explain “that the single largest challenge faced by defense and intelligence agencies is protecting their data from both external and insider threats. Information security is a top priority for both agencies as well as other organizations because of a common characteristic: they are all at risk for data leakage.”

Some environments are more vulnerable to data disclosure – either from an external hacker publishing their findings on Pastebin or other forms of disclosure. On the other hand, the Trusted Insider is what threatens the Federal Government’s networks.  Since Bradley Manning released information to WikiLeaks in 2010, the Federal Government has heightened its awareness of the Insider Threat.  This was even more compelling in May 2013 when Edward Snowden released highly classified data about the United States and its Allies.  In 2011, President Obama signed Executive Order 13587, which states that the Federal Government made a commitment to “Improve the Security of Classified Networks”.  This has created strain across the Federal Government to secure the data and simultaneously allow for collaboration of information among Intel Analysts.  The lack of collaboration was the finding of the 9/11 commissions and the Federal Government is still working to tear down these stove pipes.

Creating an environment that enables the workforce to collaborate freely while also keeping data secure is important.  Approaching the security of data is critical for the US Government but also individual organizations.  This trend of the Trusted Insider releasing information to competitors and/or the public is concerning and the typical answer isn’t to secure the sensitive data and toss the keys. To prevent the throw-away-the-key mentality, it’s important to understand the problem and, thusly, how to address it.  The tricky part is granting access to the data while also monitoring the user who is accessing the data.  This allows timely access to the data while also allowing the data to stay secure across the network.  Other options to protect the data from improper disclosure include deploying a comprehensive security solution to monitor the user, accessing devices only on a host computer, and granting authentication and authorization based on a user’s role. “And it is worth noting that today’s mobile workforce extends into the intelligence and defense communities, where they require delivery of all sorts of information to the edge, including to the warfighter in the field. By employing available Suite B encryption solutions and other applications, it is possible to share secure communications to wireless and wired network endpoints,” said Matt Keller to the Modern Network.

A typical System Administrator like Edward Snowden should have never had access to the data on the servers for which he was conducting maintenance.  Unfortunately, this practice is typical across all organizations.  Most systems admins have direct access to the information.  However, a system admin should only have access to the application and operating system.  If applications were designed correctly, then the user would have access to the information while the system admin would only be able to access the operating system and application hosting the data.  Creating this ability across an enterprise is costly and usually ineffective because most applications don’t allow for Role-based Access Controls and Attribute-based Access Controls.  Most systems deploy a solution with only a few roles deployed within a RBAC or an ABAC system, thus requiring authorization and authentication of a user before he or she can access the data via different means.  Typically this is done by single sign-on or username and password.  Both of these methods are useful but don’t guarantee that a user is who they state they are, since usernames and passwords can be compromised.

In order to enable a secure data-sharing environment, the recommendation is to create an experience for the user that is seamless, while also creating a high integrity of the user’s authorization and authentication.  Utilizing PKI certificates across Government networks allows users to access the data needed while also providing a high fidelity that the data won’t be compromised by the Trusted Insider.  The ability to also deploy user identity to the network is key to keeping the data secure and available, as well as the ability to tag the data. If data is tagged correctly, then a user will be less able to gain access to the information, unless they gain access on a need-to-know basis.  This type of function provides PKI certificates to be enabled with attributes that allow the information to stay secure and possibly inaccessible to the system administrator.

For more information on Data Protection and Information Sharing, join Matt Keller, Vice President of Federal Services from GuidePoint Security on Tuesday, May 27 at 12-1pm for a Federal executive forum on WTOP.  They will discuss the priorities, challenges, and barriers of information sharing in the Federal Government along with a vision for the future of secure data sharing.

About GuidePoint Security, LLC

GuidePoint Security 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. GuidePoint Security is a small business. Classification can be found with the System for Award Management (SAM). Learn more at www.guidepointsecurity.com.

GuidePoint Security Named Bromium 2013 Partner of the Year

GuidePoint Security, LLC, a leader in security innovation, announced it was named the 2013 Partner of the Year by Bromium.

Bromium’s Partner of the Year award recognizes GuidePoint Security for delivering innovative solutions during the past year that directly address the security challenges of our mutual customers.

“GuidePoint Security has demonstrated exceptional dedication in working to solve the most pressing endpoint security challenges facing our customers today,” said Jarrett Miller, Bromium Vice President of Global Channels.  “Bromium is fortunate to have GuidePoint as an accredited partner in our partner ecosystem which is represented by the best and brightest in the industry.”

“GuidePoint Security is honored to receive Bromium’s Partner of the Year award,” said Michael Volk, Managing Partner at GuidePoint Security.  “This further substantiates our commitment to meet the specific security challenges of our customers.  By partnering with industry leaders like Bromium, we are uniquely positioned to provide our customers with innovative Information Security solutions that deliver results.”

GuidePoint Security’s customers leverage Bromium’s ability to solve the end point security problem with innovations that focus on protection – not detection. GuidePoint Security is available to assist with Bromium solutions and help organizations find ways to achieve their security goals.

About GuidePoint Security, LLC

GuidePoint Security provides customized, innovative and valuable information security solutions that enable commercial and federal organizations to more successfully achieve their security and business goals. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps our clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. Learn more at www.guidepointsecurity.com.

About Bromium

Bromium was founded in 2010 with a mission to restore trust in computing. The company’s founders, Gaurav Banga, Simon Crosby, and Ian Pratt, have a long and deep history of innovation in virtualization and security. Inspired by the isolation principles of traditional virtualization, the Bromium team has created an innovative new technology called micro-virtualization to address the enterprise security problem and provide protection for end users against advanced malware. Bromium has its headquarters in Cupertino, California, and an R&D center in Cambridge, UK. The company is backed by top-tier investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Intel Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Learn more at www.bromium.com.

Going to RSA? Start it Off Right.

Come meet GuidePoint Security, CloudPassage, Co3Systems and Kaspersky at the GuidePoint Security Social Hour.

When:  Monday, February 24, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

Where: John Colins
138 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94105

GuidePoint Security works with these partners to help organizations use the following solutions to address today’s most challenging information security risks.

CloudPassage addresses the number one inhibitor to cloud adoption – security. They provide server security products purpose-built for dynamic public and hybrid cloud hosting environments.

Kaspersky is one of the fastest growing IT security vendors in the world. Firmly positioned as one of the top four leading vendors of security solutions for endpoint users.

Co3 Systems is an Incident Response Management platform. From privacy breaches, to malware outbreaks, to system intrusions, to Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks – they automate incident response management.

GuidePoint Security uses their expertise to lead security innovation by helping clients recognize threats, understand solutions, and mitigate risks throughout their IT environment by determining which solutions fit their clients’ needs. GuidePoint Security offers the people, processes, technologies and oversight that deliver results to your organization.

Make sure to visit the GuidePoint Security Social Hour and talk to the experts and discuss the latest and greatest risks, trends and technologies in information security.

For additional information about the GuidePoint Security Social Hour, visit http://gpsec.me/1bRwdNH and for more information about the RSA Conference, visit http://gpsec.me/1gdWsQS.

About GuidePoint Security

GuidePoint Security provides customized, innovative and valuable information security solutions that enable commercial and federal organizations to more successfully achieve their security and business goals. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps our clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. Learn more at www.guidepointsecurity.com.

GuidePoint Security Recognized as “Federal Partner of the Year” by F5 Networks for the Second Year In a Row

GuidePoint Security, LLC, a leader in security innovation, announced it was recognized by F5 Networks, Inc. (NYSE: FFIV) as their 2013 UNITY Federal Partner of the Year for the second year in a row.

The award recognizes GuidePoint Security’s excellence in partner performance and customer service related to F5’s application delivery and security solutions. The honor also recognizes GuidePoint Security’s superior account management, customer service and technical acumen.

“We’re honored to earn F5’s recognition in partner performance and customer service for the second consecutive year. This award further validates our ability to provide security solutions that enable our clients to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of their users,” said Jim Quarantillo, Federal Partner at GuidePoint Security. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate closely with F5.”

“We are proud to select GuidePoint Security as the UNITY Federal Partner of the Year again in 2013. In an ever-changing market, GuidePoint Security consistently demonstrates their expertise and commitment to their clients’ security,” said Randy Wood, Regional Vice President, Federal F5. “GuidePoint Security is a uniquely positioned Information Security solutions provider that aligns perfectly with our go-to-market strategy for 2014.  The GuidePoint Security team exemplifies our highest standards as a partner to F5 and to our Federal customers.”

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes the connected world run better. F5 helps organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5’s intelligent services framework to deliver and protect their applications and services while ensuring people stay connected. Learn more at www.f5.com.

About GuidePoint Security, LLC

GuidePoint Security provides customized, innovative and valuable information security solutions that enable commercial and federal organizations to more successfully achieve their security and business goals. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps our clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. Learn more at www.guidepointsecurity.com.

 

GuidePoint Security Recognized for Federal Partner of the Year at Third Juniper Networks Global Partner Conference

GuidePoint Security, LLC was awarded the 2013 Federal Partner of the Year at Juniper Networks’ Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas. The 2013 Juniper Partner Awards recognize outstanding achievements and commitment from the company’s top channel partners in the areas of sales, customer service excellence, technology expertise and service specializations.

“Juniper Network’s annual partner awards recognize partners that demonstrate excellence in sales, customer service, technology expertise and service. We congratulate GuidePoint Security for its exceptional achievements and commitment to guiding its customers to build the best networks,” said David Helfer, Vice President, Worldwide Channels and Commercial at Juniper Networks.

“GuidePoint is honored to be recognized as the Juniper Federal Partner of the Year. This award is validation of our ability to deliver solutions to our customers’ most complex requirements with Junipers innovative products and services,” said Jim Quarantillo, Federal Partner at GuidePoint. “This award is also an indication of the training, development and focus by GuidePoint around industry leading security products and services.  Partnering with Juniper to deliver best of breed security solutions has helped GuidePoint tremendously over the past year and we are extremely proud of this award and look forward to a great 2014 with Juniper.”

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. From the network core down to consumer devices, Juniper Networks’ innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks(www.juniper.net) or connect with Juniper on Twitter and Facebook.

About GuidePoint Security

GuidePoint Security LLC provides customized, innovative and valuable information security solutions that enable commercial and federal organizations to more successfully achieve their security and business goals. By embracing new technologies, GuidePoint Security helps our clients recognize the threats, understand the solutions, and mitigate the risks present in their evolving IT environments. For more information, visit www.guidepointsecurity.com.