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Summary: Government Agencies and the Future of Mobility

Today’s law enforcement and government agencies are leveraging mobility to enable efficiency and ensure greater safety and security for the public these agencies serve.

In recent years, law enforcement agencies have turned to mobile technology to enhance wireless networks to deliver mission critical information. Other agencies have turned to software to help analyze citizen-driven information on mobile devices and crime in real-time.

IT decision makers in the public sector will face several challenges as they look for solutions in this growing mobile landscape that will help those in the line of duty. With that in mind it’s important for those decision makers to continue to support the case for innovative mobility solutions.

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Securing Critical Internet Infrastructure: a RPKI case study in Ecuador

Securing critical internet infrastructure is an ongoing challenge for operators that require collaboration across administrative boundaries. Last September, something exceptional happened in the small South American country of Ecuador: the entire local network operation community got together to be pioneers in securing the local Internet infrastructure by registering its networks in the RPKI system and implementing secure origin AS validation. Please visit my original blog post over on the Cisco Perspectives Blog to read more!

 

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Cisco Updates Its Next-Generation Firewall Management Application – Prime Security Manager

For those who are not familiar with the Cisco Prime Security Manager, it is a management application that was introduced in 2012 to manage Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls. It is built on Web 2.0 technologies and supports both single-device and multi-device manager form factors to help manage various features such as Application Visibility and Control (AVC), along with web security in a simple, light-weight, and scalable manner. The AVC capability helps to block around 1200+ applications and 150,000+ micro-applications, in addition to specific users, behaviors, micro-applications, and devices. The web security service also provides URL filtering and Web reputation features to proactively restrict web application usage based on reputation of the site. Through Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO), these services provide a comprehensive view of the local and global threat intelligence landscape. This is eventually translated to actionable items such as security polices and information feeds that protect your business from near real-time zero-day threats. Read More »

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#EngineersUnplugged S4|Ep5: Secure the Infrastructure!

We all know we need it, but no one wants to talk about. Today, we break through that taboo. Secure the Infrastructure! This bold declaration brought to you courtesy of Matthew Brender (@mjbrender) and Mike Foley (@mikefoley) as they talk about how to use a hardening guide, and how to execute security in the real world. This is a great discussion about people, policy, and how not to be “the person who puts ‘no’ in innovation.”

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And it wouldn’t be Engineers Unplugged without a unicorn, in this case a security unicorn. Please do not try this at home.

Matthew Brender and Mike Foley with a secure unicorn, complete with ninja star and high kicks. We all feel more secure now.

Matthew Brender and Mike Foley with a secure unicorn, complete with ninja star and high kicks. We all feel more secure now.

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9 of 9 HIPAA Network Considerations

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule is now in effect and audits will continue in 2014. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has stated several times that both Covered Entities and Business Associates will be audited.  And the scope of Business Associates has greatly expanded.  I wrote another blog directed towards these new Business Associates.  This final blog of this series focuses on covered entities that work with business associates.

  1. HIPAA Audits will continue
  2. The HIPAA Audit Protocol and NIST 800-66 are your best preparation
  3. Knowledge is a powerful weapon―know where your PHI is
  4. Ignorance is not bliss
  5. Risk Assessment drives your baseline
  6. Risk Management is continuous
  7. Security best practices are essential
  8. Breach discovery times: know your discovery tolerance
  9. Your business associate(s)must be tracked

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule changed the Business Associate definition, and also makes Business Associates obligated to comply with HIPAA.  You most likely will have more business associates than previously, and those business associates that have access to your network and/or your PHI data are obligated to be HIPAA compliant.    The Ponemon Institute’s Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security (December 2012), reveals that 42% of the breaches involved a third party “snafu”.

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