DHS forum will bring together cybersecurity products, integrators

DHS S&T System Integrator Forum

The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate is planning to play matchmaker early next year by bringing together systems integrators and government sponsors of information systems projects.

The directorate will hold a System Integrator Forum on Jan. 17, 2007. A number of new cybersecurity solutions will be unveiled at the event, which will be held in Arlington, Va. The directorate funded the solutions to help reduce federal and commercial cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

A DHS announcement states that the goal of the free forum is to introduce high-quality, top-performing research companies to large integrators of technology that serve the federal government and private industry.

DHS said the presenting companies have been selected because of the maturity of their technology products, the products' relevance to government needs and their apparent commercial viability, and the companies’ business performance.

“These technology solutions represent cutting-edge innovations with the potential to improve the security of the nation’s cyber infrastructure, while also reducing the costs required to protect cyber assets from attacks,” the announcement states.

Technology solutions on display will include next-generation intrusion-detection and -prevention systems designed to stop zero-day, targeted and internal network attacks;

source code analysis solutions to eliminate errors in open-source applications; and secure memory monitoring products.

DHS said the forum will be especially relevant to systems integrators, chief technology officers, chief information officers, chief information systems security officers, purchasing officials and government sponsors of system integration programs.

The department said the event would not be useful to researchers or small businesses seeking funding or networking opportunities.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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