Cybersecurity: Facing a labor shortage or skills shortage?

By Marvin Marin and Loilette Loderick The Apparent Problem: Labor Shortage Recent reports have indicated there is a lack of people in the IT workforce; specifically, cybersecurity professionals. The 2015 Global Cybersecurity Status Report by ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association) reported an alarming 86% of business and IT professionals globally believe there is […]

To Pay or Not to Pay? Recovering from a Crypto-Ransomware Attack

Part 2 of a 2-part series on Crypto-ransomware By Andrew Paulette As discussed in Part I of this series, crypto-ransomware is quickly becoming the extortion tool of choice for cybercriminals. Even when an organization trains its employees to guard against social engineering, disables macros and configures ad-blockers, and takes an array of other steps to […]

Training A&A analysts to act and think like CND professionals – improving assessment and authorization recommendations for Authorizing Officials

By Marcus Norman History For years, Assessment and Authorization (A&A) analysts have held an important job – deciding which applications and systems can connect to a network by assessing the potential risks new systems introduce. A security assessment consists of reviewing a system security plan (SSP), contingency plans, network topologies, vulnerability and compliance scans, manual […]

NetCentrics Implements DoD’s First Risk Management Framework for U.S. Coast Guard

Herndon, Va., June 14, 2016—NetCentrics Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise systems management and cybersecurity for the U.S. government, has led the Department of Defense’s (DoD) first full implementation of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) for the U.S. Coast Guard. The transition to RMF, a risk-based cybersecurity program, was completed February 18, 2016. Developed by […]

NetCentrics Cybersecurity Thought Leader interviewed

Our own Marvin Marin was interviewed for an article in GovTechWorks about cybersecurity. The article focused on balancing security on one hand and user convenience on the other hand when thinking about encryption. Marvin’s quote was used to sum up the piece: Usability is paramount, or users will seek work-arounds and the security will be […]

NetCentrics cybersecurity expert gives advice to next generation

More than 300 high school and college students gathered at the Regional Center for Workforce Education and Training (RCWET) in Woodbridge for a 36 hour hackathon coding challenge on April 8-10, 2016. In addition to the main event – trying to hack code and solve corporate sponsored cyber challenges – leading cyber experts were also […]

Managing cybersecurity risks in the supply chain

By Marvin Marin One of the thorniest aspects of cybersecurity is how it’s impacted by an organization’s supply chain.  A security manager may never know the pedigree of each chip, transistor or diode that is a part of the enterprise, yet those pieces can and do have an effect on the security posture of the […]

Layered Defense – Managing Risk While Extending the Enterprise

By Marvin Marin, NetCentrics Technology Program Manager and Cybersecurity Expert Due to the mobile nature of many workforces, IT support personnel and security managers are required to provide remote access capabilities to their user base. The security manager is put in the difficult position of satisfying user needs, protecting against multiple vectors of attack and […]

NetCentrics Cybersecurity Expert Opines on Value of IT Certification for ISACA

NetCentrics cybersecurity expert Marvin Marin, CISSP-ISSMP, C|CISO, CCSK, eJPT, FQNV, MBCS, was recently featured in ISACA’s newsletter for the Washington, D.C. metro area. Marin wrote about the significant value that certification initiatives have had in his career. “Throughout the years I’ve never wavered in my belief that certifications can open doors and act as a […]

Malvertising: A Practical Guide to Protecting Yourself

By Marvin Marin and Andrew Paulette With the dramatic rise in internet access and use over the past decade, it is easier than ever for companies to reach an audience in the millions with advertisements for their products and services.  To monetize this opportunity and help keep websites “free,” advertising networks offer thousands of ads […]