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FCW : September 30, 2014
September 30, 2014 FCW.COM 21 OpenSaaS offering that aims to help agencies meet the White House s open- data policy requirements. "We believe that OpenSaaS solutions are going to become widely preferred by agencies in the coming years due to the burgeoning popularity of open- source solutions at all levels of govern- ment, coupled with the ongoing need to deliver solutions securely and at scale in the cloud," said NuCivic CEO Andrew Hoppin. IT security In the security eld, AlienVault, FireEye, Route1 and Vaultive are building a book of business in the federal sector, often through alliance partners. AlienVault, which provides its Uni ed Security Management (USM) product and crowdsourced threat intelligence, has grown its federal customer base in 2014, signing NASA, the Peace Corps, the National Security Agency and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, among other agencies. The company cites its partnership with DLT as important to its growth in the federal sector. AlienVault also has a strategic arrangement with Telos to support large federal customer projects. Looking to the future, AlienVault has been working closely with a strategic systems integration partner to build a cloud-based offering for federal cus- tomers that complies with FedRAMP. The company is also in the process of achieving National Information Assur- ance Partnership certi cation for USM. Justin Endres, senior vice president of worldwide sales at AlienVault, said the government s adoption of USM pro- vides "strong validation of the market s eagerness for a solution that is easier to use while offering higher delity as it pertains to security visibility and threat detection." FireEye, which provides a virtual machine-based security platform, began 2014 with the acquisition of endpoint security vendor Mandiant. Through the acquisition, FireEye gains government customers and security technology. Route1, a digital security and iden- tity management solutions provider, has customers at DOD and DHS. In fact, the company highlighted the sale of 7,000 of its MobiKEY Fusion identity validation devices to DHS and a DOD component s purchase of the MobiKEY application software as factors in the company s recent growth. More than 80 percent of Route1 s income stems from its relationships with federal government customers. "Currently, the major theme is gov- ernment s challenge of securing mobile data," a company spokesman said. "A mobile government workforce is the new reality due to its positive impact on productivity. [But] mobility presents a signi cant cybersecurity risk to gov- ernment agencies." Vaultive, which offers cloud encryp- tion technology, is involved with a num- ber of federal agencies, including DISA, the Navy, the Army and DHS. Of cials said the company s recent partnership with immixGroup gives it access to a wide range of sales and marketing resources, relationships, contract vehi- cles, business processes and domain knowledge. Vaultive s technology applies encryp- tion prior to the transmission of data over a wide-area network. Ken Knueven, senior director of channels at Vaultive, said the approach gives agencies greater control over their data. "The best way to maintain control of data is to encrypt it before it leaves the agency s network and persistently encrypt it while it s stored and pro- cessed at a cloud provider," he said. ■ 8 predictions to put on your calendar By Alan P. Balutis Because of my uncanny accuracy and incredible insight, I have been invited back to predict what will happen in the coming scal year. Remember, you read it here rst. 1 On Sept. 30, or thereabouts: Congress enacts a three-month continu- ing resolution, with reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank attached as a rider. 2 October: Steve O Keeffe, cheeky Brit founder of 300Brand, is nominated to be inspector general after White House of cials read reports noting that nearly the entire $80 billion annual IT budget can be saved through cloud computing, consolidation/virtualization, shared services and so on. 3 December: The lame-duck Con- gress convenes and enacts an omni- bus appropriations bill restoring many Defense Department funding cuts but attaching a number of Republican- favored measures that have previ- ously drawn some level of Democratic support. FISMA-like IT and acquisition reform are among those measures. 4 January: President Barack Obama ponders the use of vetoes while on a monthlong PGA tour withTiger Woods; the symbolism is lost on many. 5 February/March: Annual State of the Union address is delivered, and the president submits his scal 2016 budget --- on time this year. 6 Spring: The exodus of agency CIOs accelerates as the administration faces a Republican-controlled Congress for the remainder of Obama s second term. The Presidential Personnel Of ce questions whether to ll the openings or leave them vacant for another two years. 7 Summer: Recess. Again. 8 September: Congress begins work on its 40th continuing resolution in the past 10 years. Alan P. Balutis is senior director and distinguished fellow at Cisco Systems.
September 15, 2014