News Article | May 13, 2017
WannaCry - first of its kind "RansomWorm" to traverse the Globe must be stopped according to SnoopWall SnoopWall, Inc., the global leader in breach prevention, today is announcing this consumer advisory not only as a warning about what may be the worst piece of ransomware traversing the globe and locking up computers in most major countries but how to stop it. According to SnoopWall, Inc.'s CEO and as disclosed on their website, today, the United Kingdom's National Health Service, www.NHS.uk was hit with a massive ransomware attack that demands $300 in bitcoins for each system it infects - in the NHS this could total $500,000 USD in ransomware demands so far, due to malware propagation across more than one thousand Windows computers. According to the FBI.gov, the WannaCry attack has since spread across the globe to more than 74 countries and hitting additional targets such as the Russian Interior Ministry and US-based FedEx. According to Gary S. Miliefsky, The Shadow Brokers leaked a bunch of NSA hacking tools onto the Internet. One of these tools is called EternalBlue, which, according to experts, is a perfect exploit for creating a Windows worm - software that attacks a Microsoft windows vulnerability and then installs on the next vulnerable windows system as it traverses the Internet. WannaCry is the first piece of ransomware ever to propagate using this kind of worm technology. According to Gary S. Miliefsky, the CEO of SnoopWall, Inc., a cybersecurity expert, "this is a watershed moment in cyber crime history, when automated exploitation of vulnerabilities in an operating system are using a worm to spread ransomware. This is the first, not the last, ransomworm." As shown on a map from another independent security researcher, MalwareTech, a large number of U.S. organizations have been hit. Source: https://intel.malwaretech.com/botnet/wcrypt According to the researcher, so far, at least 1,600 have been infected with WannaCry in America, compared to 11,200 in Russia and 6,500 in China as it continues to spread. Miliefsky continued, "WannaCry opens the door for similar exploits on other operating systems such as SmartPhones and all Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Because these devices are sold with vulnerabilities and backdoors, expect worm-like ransomware outbreaks to spread to them next." If you have not yet been exploited, move quickly to close the hole: WannaCry leverages a hole, Microsoft fixed 2 months ago. If you have not installed Windows Security Update MS17-010, please take the time to install the proper patch for your version of Windows and do it quickly: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx Any computing device that connects to the internet should be frequently hardened. The latest patches should be installed. Contact manufacturers of your 'smart' equipment and demand security by design and frequent security patches to avoid this kind of risk. While WannaCry spreads by exploiting vulnerabilities, most ransomware has spread through SpearPhishing attacks. SnoopWall has provided a simple training video to avoid these kinds of attaches. Training link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiBlXZWotxY Simply put, don’t’ click links and don’t download attachments. Make sure you can trust the source before you do so. Do daily backups and test them when you can. If you know how to use encryption, it's best to encrypt important information before it gets hacked or stolen. About Gary Miliefsky Gary is the CEO of SnoopWall, Inc. and a co-inventor of the company's innovative breach prevention technologies. He is a cyber-security expert and a frequently invited guest on national and international media, commenting on mobile privacy, cyber security, cyber crime and cyber terrorism, also covered in both Forbes and Fortune Magazines. He has been extremely active in the INFOSEC arena, he is an active member of Phi Beta Cyber Society (http://cybersecurityventures.com/phi-beta-cyber/), an organization dedicated to helping high school students become cyber security professionals and ethical hackers. He founded and remains the Executive Producer of Cyber Defense Magazine. Miliefsky is a Founding Member of the US Department of Homeland Security (http://www.DHS.gov), the National Information Security Group (http://www.NAISG.org) and the OVAL advisory board of MITRE responsible for the CVE Program (http://CVE.mitre.org). He also assisted the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which operates within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in their development of The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, as well as the Center for the Study of Counter-Terrorism and Cyber Crime at Norwich University. Previously, Gary has been founder and/or inventor for technologies and corporations sold and licensed to Hexis Cyber, Intel/McAfee, IBM, Computer Associates and BlackBox Corporation. Gary is a member of ISC2.org and is a CISSP®. Learn more about him at http://www.snoopwall.com/media and http://www.garymiliefsky.com/ About SnoopWall SnoopWall is the world's first breach prevention security company delivering a suite of network, mobile and app security products as well as cloud-based services protecting all computing devices from prying eyes and new threats through patented counterveillance cloaking technology. SnoopWall secures mission critical and highly valuable confidential information behind firewalls with our award-winning patented NetSHIELD appliances and with WinSHIELD on windows and MobileSHIELD on Google Android and Apple iOS mobile devices with next generation technology that detects and blocks all remote control, eavesdropping and spying, based on the patented AppSHIELD SDK. SnoopWall's software products and hardware appliances are all proudly made in the U.S.A. Visit us at http://www.snoopwall.com and follow us on Twitter: @SnoopWallSecure.
News Article | May 19, 2017
MCLEAN, VA and BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwired - May 19, 2017) - The MITRE Corporation is pleased to announce that Jacklyn Mitchell Wynn has joined the leadership of The Center for Connected Government (CCG) as a Vice President and Director, leading the Department of Veterans Affairs Portfolio in the Center for Enterprise Modernization FFRDC. MITRE operates seven federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), including CEM, which is sponsored by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Before joining MITRE, Wynn was Vice President for Strategy and Market Development leading the Global Public Sector Team at RSA, the security division of Dell Technologies. Wynn developed and executed integrated cyber strategies through business process, coordination, and implementation of strategic projects and partnerships. She also held leadership positions at EMC, as Vice President of Global Residency Practice, and Hewlett-Packard, where she was Vice President for Global Business Operations and Support Services. LaVerne Council, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MITRE's Center for Connected Government, said Wynn's experience in the global market supports MITRE's focus on innovation in its national and international work. "Jackie's decades of experience in IT, acquisition strategy and global business development will serve MITRE's goal to bring its sponsors innovative solutions at a fast pace," said Council. Wynn serves on the Executive Board for the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), which works to advance the policy, education, and development of children and their families through community support, education and training, volunteerism, and social advocacy. In addition to NCCF, she has served on the Howard University Industrial Advisory Board, as well as the boards of the Association for Minorities in Engineering and the Black Data Processors Association, which awarded her the 2006 Epsilon Award for Career Achievement. She was a founding member of Hewlett Packard's African American Executive Leadership Forum. Wynn has received the Fed 100 Achievement Award, the Women in Technology Distinguished Achiever Award, and the Women of Color in Technology Distinguished Achiever Award. She was named among the Top 100 Executives by Uptown Professional/NAACP and Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America. She holds bachelor's degrees in economics and math from the University of Denver and an MBA in finance and accounting from the Simon Graduate School of Business at The University of Rochester. She also participated in executive leadership programs at Babson College, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Anderson School of Business at the University of California Los Angeles. The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. Learn more about MITRE. twitter.com/MITREcorp facebook.com/MITREcorp
News Article | May 23, 2017
Fairfax, VA, May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- May 22, 2017—Distinguished professionals who support the military and government have been chosen to receive AFCEA International’s top awards. The winners comprise members of industry, the military services and academia. Through its annual awards program, AFCEA International recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals in the communications, electronics, intelligence and information technology disciplines. In addition, AFCEA chapters are recognized for outstanding support to the association. The awards will be presented on June 12 prior to the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium at the Baltimore Convention Center. The symposium, which takes place June 13-15, features experts from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) who will share an extensive view of the challenges it faces and how industry can help solve them. Distinguished Award for Excellence in Engineering Dr. Eliahu (Eli) Niewood, The MITRE Corporation Meritorious Service to the Intelligence Community Award Fisher H. Little III, U.S. Air Force 624th Operations Center Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Engineering Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan White, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control and Communications Engineering Center Distinguished Award for Excellence in Information Technology Kathy Cutler and the DLA J6 Team Defense Logistics Agency Meritorious Rising Star Award for Achievement in Information Technology Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Juarez, USAF, 86th Communications Squadron, U.S. Air Force Small Business(es) of the Year Array Information Technology IntellecTechs Inc. Small Business Person of the Year Award (Government) Connie Robben, 763d Specialized Contracting Squadron (SCONS), U.S. Air Force The complete list of awards and winners is available online. AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry and academia. Join online. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/b7a45bdb-f0fb-49f8-8f1d-91db9ada8eba
News Article | May 26, 2017
MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwired - May 26, 2017) - The MITRE Corporation has promoted Julie Bowen to senior vice president. Bowen has served as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary since 2014, leading MITRE's legal engagements, government relations and ethics and compliance programs. "As we address new challenges at both the national and global level, Julie will take on a broader role in engaging with MITRE's Board of Trustees, managing risks that come with growing the company's work programs across sponsor organizations, and leading efforts to expand strategic partnerships, outreach efforts and government relationships," said Dr. Jason Providakes, MITRE's president and chief executive officer. "Her legal expertise and insight into our sponsors' challenges will help her make a significant impact in this expanded role." MITRE operates seven research and development centers for federal agencies, providing innovative, practical solutions for some of our nation's most critical challenges in defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, healthcare and cybersecurity. Bowen came to MITRE in 2006 as associate general counsel, having previously held legal and internal outreach positions in the technology and logistics industries and in government. As part of her duties, she oversaw technology transfer, guiding policies and practices in support of transferring MITRE-developed technologies to the public sector through patents and licensing. Since 2008, MITRE has executed 710 licenses and been issued 112 patents. Bowen is an active member of industry, academic and professional groups including the Executive Circle Advisory Board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Board of Visitors of The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She has also performed pro-bono work for legal aid organizations with a focus on defending the rights of women, children and the homeless. Bowen holds a bachelor's degree and a law degree from The Catholic University of America. The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. Learn more about MITRE at www.mitre.org.
News Article | April 17, 2017
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in the nation, today announced the appointment of three new members to the NVTC Board of Directors. The new NVTC Board members are: As Site Director, Tim O’Brien serves as the most senior executive in the region for Micron Technology, Inc., a premier 300mm high-tech semiconductor facility manufacturing high quality DRAM, NAND and NOR memory products. Micron’s Virginia site employs more than 1,300 team members in Manassas and is the largest exporter in Virginia. O’Brien joined Micron in 1988 as Process Engineer and has since held a series of increasingly responsible positions in manufacturing, engineering and corporate development. Dr. Jason Providakes is President and CEO of The MITRE Corporation where he leads the organization's strategy and business operations to meet the government's evolving needs. He brings more than 35 years of technical and leadership experience to MITRE and the federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) MITRE operates for United States government sponsors. James Schenck is President and CEO of PenFed Credit Union, America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving 1.5 million members worldwide with more than $21 billion in assets. Since becoming CEO in April of 2014, Schenck has led PenFed’s asset growth from $17.6 billion to $21.3 billion, grown annual net income from $116 million to $179 million and increased membership from 1.3 million to 1.5 million. The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; and the NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and other priorities within Virginia's technology community. Visit NVTC at http://www.nvtc.org.
News Article | April 27, 2017
BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 27, 2017) - Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) and The MITRE Corporation are collaborating to host #MIN98, an IoT-focused startup showcase and networking event, on Wednesday, May 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will be held at MITRE's Massachusetts headquarters, 202 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA. "Mass Innovation Nights 98 will be our third event with MITRE, and we appreciate their commitment to supporting the local innovation community," said Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Innovation Nights, and Innovation Women. "MITRE continues to demonstrate this commitment to innovation in the Boston region." "We continue to see value in supporting local entrepreneurship events," said Pete Sherlock, MITRE senior vice president and chief operating officer. "Engaging with the innovation community is essential to our public interest mission. We're addressing complex challenges of national and global significance and access to local startups is a key part of that. Our role for our government sponsors is to be a bridge for innovation." Mass Innovation Nights #98 features experts, networking, tabletop presentations with new local products and presentations from the winners of online voting. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Two student-founded startups from Bentley University, Sales Sparks and Sooshay, will also present. Guests are encouraged to use hashtag #MIN98 and @MassInno to share their photos and commentary. Companies showcasing new products at #MIN98 include: There will also be experts from: Mass Innovation Nights gatherings typically generate hundreds of Tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, and videos, and are key visibility drivers for the launching companies. To attend, please RSVP by May 2, 2017. About Mass Innovation Nights Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) offers an opportunity for people interested in innovative new products to connect live and online. Each month, different companies launch new products with Innovation Nights and the social media community helps spread the word. The popular product launch party and networking event draws attendees from the entire region. Over the past 8 years, it has launched almost 1000 new products which have collectively received more than $1.3 billion in funding. Follow MIN on Twitter or visit the website at mass.innovationnights.com/. About MITRE MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. Learn more.
News Article | April 20, 2017
MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwired - April 20, 2017) - The MITRE Corporation has named Dr. William LaPlante as Senior Vice President and General Manager of MITRE's Center for National Security (CNS). CNS includes two of MITRE's federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) -- the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC) and the National Cybersecurity FFRDC. In his new role, Dr. LaPlante will be accountable for increasing MITRE's strategic value across the company's U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), intelligence, and cybersecurity portfolios. "Bill's demonstrated leadership ability, integrity, and drive for excellence provide huge value to MITRE and our government sponsors," said Dr. Jason Providakes, MITRE president and chief executive officer. "With his extensive experience in the private and public sectors combined with his expertise in national defense engineering systems, I am confident he will make an immediate and significant impact in his new role." Dr. LaPlante previously led the company's intelligence portfolio within NSEC, the FFRDC that MITRE operates on behalf of the DoD. Prior to rejoining MITRE in 2015, he served as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, a position confirmed by the U.S. Senate, where he was responsible for all Air Force research, development and acquisition activities and oversaw a program portfolio of more than $32 billion annually. He was also responsible for development and execution of policies and procedures in support of the operation and improvement of the Air Force's acquisition system and was recognized in 2015 by the Air Force Association with the W. Stuart Symington Award for the most significant contribution by a civilian in the field of national defense. Before entering public service in 2013, LaPlante was the portfolio director for MITRE's Missile Defense Agency work program, where he led a technical team providing analytic and systems engineering expertise for ballistic missile defense systems. He currently serves on the Defense Science Board (DSB) and is a Commissioner on the Section 809 Panel established by Congress to streamline acquisition. Over his career, he has 30 years of experience in defense technology and served as a member of the U.S. Strategic Command Senior Advisory Group and the Naval Research Advisory Committee. LaPlante holds a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois, a master's degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from The Catholic University of America. The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government.
News Article | May 4, 2017
BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwired - May 04, 2017) - The MITRE Corporation has named Peter Sherlock as its Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Sherlock will shape MITRE's operations for increased speed, agility, decisiveness and accountability, to better position the company for the scale and complexity of challenges it addresses on behalf of its federal sponsors. He is responsible for MITRE's operations, including finance, human resources, information technology, security, strategy and business analytics. MITRE operates several research and development centers for federal agencies, providing innovative, practical solutions for some of our nation's most critical challenges in defense and intelligence, aviation, civil systems, homeland security, the judiciary, healthcare, and cybersecurity. Sherlock, who is based at MITRE's Bedford, Massachusetts headquarters near Boston, will continue to represent MITRE within the Massachusetts technology and healthcare communities, engaging with local universities, businesses, and government officials on topics such as cybersecurity and digital healthcare. He will continue to develop partnerships with key organizations in the local innovation ecosystem to seek new ideas from the area to address national challenges, and to share with other innovation centers across the country. Dr. Jason Providakes, MITRE President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "As we take on greater challenges as a company -- on a national and global level -- our ability to move quickly and decisively is critical. Pete's experience in a variety of roles inside MITRE, and elsewhere in industry, make him the right leader for this role. And he has found many ways to make MITRE a key contributor to the Boston innovation community." Sherlock originally joined MITRE in 1986 and most recently served as MITRE's Senior Vice President for the Center for National Security Programs & Technology and Director of MITRE's Bedford operations. His responsibilities included the workforce technical work program for MITRE's national security work. Sherlock's previous roles within MITRE included Vice President of the Command and Control Center within the National Security Engineering Center, Executive Director for Integration in the Defense Department's FFRDC, and Executive Director of U.S. Army programs. From 1997 to 2002, Sherlock held executive positions with General Instrument (purchased by Motorola), including Vice President and General Manager of the Cable Network Router business unit. Prior to rejoining MITRE in 2003, he co-founded an early-stage startup developing a distributed Web content access system. Sherlock holds a Bachelor's degree (1982) and a Master's degree (1986) in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Rutgers University (1995). The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers sponsored by the federal government. Learn more about MITRE.
News Article | April 17, 2017
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) will host the third annual NVTC CXO Auction on April 20, 2017. During the event, regional and industry C-level executives will be auctioned off to raise money for NVTC's Veterans Employment Initiative, which provides tools and resources to match Veterans with employment opportunities in Virginia's technology community. At the live auction event, attendees will bid electronically to win one-on-one meetings with C-level leaders. Participating CXOs are looking to meet qualified vendors for future projects. Winning bidders are guaranteed a meeting with their auctioned executive within 12 months, during which they can gain insight, pitch future plans or receive advice. Some auction packages go beyond a meeting to include a lunch, dinner, wine tastings and rounds of golf. Brad Antle, CEO, and Tom Ferrando, President, SalientCRGT Kenneth Asbury, President and CEO, CACI International John Backus, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, NAV.VC Mike Baird, CEO, Avizia Rodney Blevins, Senior Vice President and CIO, Dominion Resources, Inc Teresa Carlson, Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services Kelly Clark, CIO, MAXIMUS Marilyn Crouther, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Mac Curtis, President and CEO, Vencore Karen Dahut, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton Ted Davies, President and CEO, Altamira Technologies Corporation Nelson Ford, President and CEO, LMI Mark Frantz, Co-Founder, Blue Delta Capital Partners Kim Hayes, CEO and Co-Founder, The Ambit Group Timothy Hurlebaus, President, CGI Federal Sudhakar Kesavan, Chairman and CEO, ICF Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, Microsoft Paul Leslie, CEO, Dovel Technologies Joe Martore, President and CEO, CALIBRE Systems Terri McClements, Market Managing Partner, and Mohamed Kande, Vice Chairman and U.S. Advisory Leader, PwC Rich Montoni, CEO, MAXIMUS Tony Moraco, CEO, SAIC Dan O'Neill, President and CEO, SunTrust, Inc. Carolyn Parent, President and CEO, LiveSafe Shailesh Prakash, Chief Product and Technology Officer, The Washington Post Larry Prior, President and CEO, CSRA Dr. Jason Providakes, President and CEO, MITRE Brian Roach, Executive Vice President and Managing Director Regulated Industries, SAP North America James Schenck, President and CEO, PenFed Credit Union Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, and Karen Chupka, Senior Vice President CES and Corporate Business Strategy, CTA Todd Stottlemyer, CEO, Inova Center for Personalized Health Matthew Strottman, COO, In-Q-Tel John Wood, Chairman and CEO, Telos Corporation Auction packages include meetings and excursions such as an Italian dinner with SAIC CEO Tony Moraco; a VIP CES 2018 ticket package and a meal with CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro and CTA Senior Vice President CES and Corporate Business Strategy Karen Chupka; a Topgolf outing with Altamira Technologies Corporation President and CEO Ted Davies and Altamira principals; a dinner and wine tasting with CACI President and CEO Kenneth Asbury and select CACI leaders, as well as many more opportunities! In a new bonus auction, NVTC will also be auctioning off four tickets to see Hamilton during its 2018 run at the Kennedy Center. REGISTRATION: To register as a member of the press, please contact Alexa Magdalenski at 703-904-7878, ext. 207 or email amagdalenski(at)nvtc(dot)org. The event is free for press, but advanced registration is required. Press credentials are required for entry. The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; and the NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and other priorities within Virginia's technology community. Visit NVTC at http://www.nvtc.org.