Federal shutdown offers hacking target

By | January 23rd, 2019|Blog|

The ongoing federal shutdown looks like a tantalizing distraction for hackers, based on the announcement this week of an emergency Department of Homeland Security directive for nearly all federal agencies. The directive mandates cybersecurity actions to counter a global Domain Name System infrastructure hijacking campaign. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director Christopher Krebs [...]

Network admins as IOT gatekeepers?

By | December 10th, 2018|Blog|

For network admins, the pending influx of IoT devices is still far enough away (maybe?) that much is unsure about how it will all work. Some are concerned about security risks of billions of additional endpoints on the network. Others see new, untested 5G networks shouldering the burden of data transport. Still others are [...]

Austin rep’s cybersecurity bill heads for signature

By | November 14th, 2018|Blog|

As Washington scrambles to keep up with cyber threats, a bill codifying the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) into law moves from congress for a presidential signature. Texas District 10 congressman and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul sponsored the bill which passed the house in 2017. District [...]

No easy path, Part Two: Federal IT Modernization

By | October 24th, 2018|Blog|

IT modernization is a challenge in all organizations, but federal government CIOs might have it a little tougher than their enterprise counterparts. A new study on IT investment sheds light on how agencies are approaching federal IT modernization. The FedScoop/IBM study's main takeaway was that agencies are getting out of the onsite, fed-run data [...]

No easy path to IT modernization

By | October 24th, 2018|Blog|

Good luck finding a CIO that's not struggling with some aspect of IT modernization. The list of challenges is never ending: the IT skills gap, increasingly sophisticated security threats, IT/business alignment all requiring both tactical and strategic management. And what about innovation? Some days what feels like what was last week's next big thing [...]

Gartner’s top 10 tech trends for 2019

By | October 22nd, 2018|Blog|

Gartner announced their top 10 strategic technology trends at their annual conference in Orlando this month. Do you think they are on target? What's missing from their list? Scanning the list, it's clear that the top 10 technologies aren't necessarily stand-alone items, but many combine a few new or emerging areas to achieve new [...]

New CISO Handbook guides fed cyber execs

By | July 20th, 2018|Blog|

A CISO Handbook was released recently by a group of federal CISO & CIO councils to help their peers navigate current government approaches to cybersecurity and risk management. Available through the CIO.gov website, the CISO Handbook is designed to provide a "one stop shop" for new and emerging information security professionals looking to become [...]

Offensive cybersecurity, whose job is it?

By | June 22nd, 2018|Blog|

A recent interview with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen brought up some interesting comments on offensive cybersecurity. US Cyber Command has been elevated to its own combatant command, but should the government green light companies the ability to hack back when attacked? Mullen answered that question by saying [...]

Hackers target US satellite industry

By | June 20th, 2018|Blog|

The US-based satellite industry has been targeted by a Chinese-linked hacking group, according to new research by Symantec. The hacking campaign apparently targeted command and control systems. Targets include at least two US-based satellite companies, a Defense Department contractor and a geospatial imaging technology firm. The attackers use a combination of open-source and custom-built hacking [...]

Spectre, Meltdown exploits don’t impact Uplogix

By | January 11th, 2018|Blog|

The New Year kicked off with a thud as the Meltdown and Spectre exploits dominated headlines with critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. Uplogix Local Managers are not impacted by these exploits. IN BRIEF The Uplogix 5000 and 500 Local Managers are not impacted by either the Meltdown or Spectre exploits. Hardware components in both Local Manager [...]