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CSC Closes the Gap Between Security and IT Operations with …

TYSONS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

CSC[1] (CSC[2]), a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions, today announced an offering that integrates its security operations, threat intelligence, incident and vulnerability services with ServiceNow Security Operations on a single platform.

CSC s Integrated Security Operations (ISecOps[3]) offering helps clients deliver efficient security incident management, streamline remediation and clearly visualize their security state by extending the cloud-based IT service management capabilities of ServiceNow to security teams. The ISecOps platform combines CSC s cybersecurity operational processes, specialized consulting and advanced workflows with ServiceNow to automate manual processes and prioritize threats, incidents and vulnerabilities based on their potential business impact.

Incorporating ServiceNow Security Operations will bring enhanced integration, orchestration and automation to CSC s Managed Security Services platform, said Christina Richmond[4], IDC, program director, Worldwide Security Services. This offering will create smoother coordination between a company s SOC analysts, threat research teams and incident responders, and may shorten time to detection helping to break the kill chain earlier.

This offering will also help the managed security service provider (MSSP) to collect and correlate more forms of data and to identify threat patterns more rapidly. In today s complex environment, it is critical to provide the level-one triage team both at the client and within the service provider a playbook of step-by-step activities to guide them in combatting each event and incident in order to thwart a costly breach. Automation and orchestration is a key element in today s more mature MSSP, which, according to IDC s evaluation, CSC certainly is.

In the battle for cyber security, companies have a new weapon — a structured response engine, said Sean Convery, general manager of Security, ServiceNow. By replacing the manual work patterns of the past with intelligent workflows of the future, CSC and ServiceNow are helping customers resolve threats based on the impact they pose to the organization.

IDC believes the security as-a-service (SaaS) model is going to be an increasingly critical option for enterprises to source their security needs, according to the IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment[5]. The report named CSC as a MSS leader for the second time.

Cybersecurity challenges extend beyond the traditional techniques of protecting the perimeter, patching end-points and monitoring for event based alerts across the enterprise, Dan Hushon[6], CTO, vice president & general manager, Cybersecurity, CSC. Today s information security programs must evolve to become integrated across the IT landscape, intelligence-driven by analytics, context aware and automated.

CSC s internal IT department is driven by the same security challenges and threat landscape as its clients. ISecOps enables CSC s incident response team to create visualizations of incident data, indicators of compromise and threat intelligence to better detect security breaches and manage incidents and vulnerabilities.

Clients in a wide range of sectors from financial services to insurance, healthcare and manufacturing can benefit from closing the remediation gap between security and IT operations in resolving critical threats with ISecOps:

  • Reduce risk exposure, increase efficiency and enhance visibility;
  • Identify risks faster and accelerate incident management;
  • Streamline security and IT processes and improve collaboration cross the enterprise;
  • View security posture with an integrated dashboard; and
  • Leverage CSC Security Operations with global 24×7 support.

By combining CSC s Managed Security Services[7] and Fruition Partners[8] ServiceNow implementation expertise and ServiceNow technology, CSC is uniquely positioned to provide clients with a complete security operations portfolio addressing their consulting, integration and managed services needs delivered through ISecOps.

CSC will showcase ISecOps at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Booth 2773.

IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc# AP40939616, October 2016).

About CSC

CSC (CSC[9]) leads clients on their digital transformation journeys. The company provides innovative next-generation technology services and solutions that leverage deep industry expertise, global scale, technology independence and an extensive partner community. CSC serves leading commercial and international public sector organizations throughout the world. CSC is a Fortune 500 company and ranked among the best corporate citizens. For more information, visit the company s website[10] to learn more about how Integrated Digital Service Management (IDSM[11]) and the modern agile hybrid cloud platform[12] empowers IT departments in today s digital enterprise.

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  5. ^ Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2016 Vendor Assessment (cts.businesswire.com)
  6. ^ Hushon (cts.businesswire.com)
  7. ^ Managed Security Services (cts.businesswire.com)
  8. ^ Fruition Partners (cts.businesswire.com)
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Defence expansion would break the budget if Australia ditches US alliance: Angus Houston

Scrapping the US alliance would force Australia to meet its own defence costs, hammering the federal budget, former chief of defence Angus Houston has warned, while also counselling the Turnbull government against over-reacting to China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea. He said Australia should not contemplate naval exercises close to the recently constructed islands, and should instead focus on diplomatic representations designed to halt further militarisation.

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At his confirmation hearing, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson says Russia “poses a danger” and that China should be denied access to islands it has built in the South China Sea. Sir Angus, arguably Australia’s pre-eminent defence elder, said the US-Australia and New Zealand defence pact known as ANZUS, had been the institutional key to Australia’s national security since the blackest days of World War II.

“It has been the cornerstone of our defence policy ever since,” he said during an address to the National Press Club on the topic of Australia’s US alliance.

Picking up the tab for defences provided as an alliance obligation by Washington, would see pressure put on already stretched health and education commitments. He estimated the replacement cost of the US alliance would cause a virtual doubling of the current spending on defence to as high as 4 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product.

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In 2016-17, Australia will spend $33.931 billion on defence, which constitutes 1.94 per cent of GDP. If Australia were to increase to 4 per cent, its projected defence spend in 2017-18 would go from just over $35 billion to more than $72 billion – a jump of $37.3 billion. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is currently in Washington to strengthen the relationship with Trump administration officials, and is expected to discuss a possible request for an increased Australian contribution in Iraq in the fight against IS, and the refugee resettlement agreement.

Defence Expansion Would Break The Budget If Australia Ditches US Alliance: Angus Houston Sir Angus Houston addresses the National Press Club in Canberra. Photo: Andrew Meares

Australian concerns over the reliability of the alliance have increased in recent months, fuelled by the volatility of policy emanating from President Donald Trump, who has railed against alliance partner countries that duck the full costs of their own protection. Speaking in Munich on Monday, US Vice-President Mike Pence, pointedly stopped short of withdrawing his boss’s warning that the failure of NATO member states to meet their obligations could see the US refuse to to come to their aid under the terms on that agreement.

Defence Expansion Would Break The Budget If Australia Ditches US Alliance: Angus Houston Illustration: Ron Tandberg.

“We vowed in that treaty to contribute our fair share to our common defence,” Mr Pence said.

“The promise to share the burden of our defence has gone unfulfilled for too many for too long and it erodes the very foundation of our alliance. When even one ally fails to do their part, it undermines all of our ability to come to each other’s aid.”

Asked about China’s creation of artificial islands, Mr Houston said a diplomatic course was required, warning that engaging in direct freedom of navigation voyages within the 12-mile zone would be counter-productive.

“Frankly, I don’t see a need to put a ship in close proximity to an artificial island claimed by China, I thinks that’s something that may result in consequences that we’d rather avoid,” he said. Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating has proposed a more independent stance for Australia, arguing our security should be more rooted within the region than it has been in the past.

“Our future is basically in the region around us in South-East Asia,” he told the ABC’s 7.30.

“It’s time to cut the tag. It’s time to get out of it.”

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Canada-US border the final frontier for refugee-seekers

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, QUE. Security officials scrambled on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border Monday morning when two men, a young woman and an infant made their way to the busiest hole in the frontier.

On the American side, the group was flagged to the U.S. Border Patrol. Agents intervened and brought them in for questioning and verifications to ensure that they were legally in the country, said Norman Lague, an officer with the agency.

When they passed the inspection, the group loaded their three backpacks, the baby s diaper bag, a stroller and car seat into a silver taxi van and continued along Roxham Road, a dusty dead-end street, on their way to Canada.

It is a version of the scenario that happens now several times a day every day here near the Quebec town of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle a taxi arrives, a family emerges, luggage is hauled across a border that is nothing more than a ditch, the RCMP arrests the asylum seekers, and takes them to be processed into an already overloaded system.

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How Canada should react to Trump and refugee crisis: Opinion[3]

But despite the heartwarming photos of police officers helping with young children, or offering an arm to negotiate the slippery snowbanks, it appears that the status quo is starting to stress Canada s border protection and refugee-intake system.

From corporals to a staff sergeant to an inspector, the Mounties who spoke to reporters during a media tour Monday were too stoic to admit such a thing. But Brad Cutris, an acting division chief with the U.S. Border Patrol said it loud and clear from the American side of the border in response to questions lobbed at him a few feet away in Canada.

A solution would be great, he said.

Like what? a Radio-Canada journalist asked, while teetering on the snowy bank of a creek running between the two countries.

I wish I knew, ma am. I m not a policy-maker.

Monday s group of stunned and likely frightened border crossers was greeted in Canada by many of the nation s media outlets, plus a few American journalists who were visiting to better understand that the U.S. is not alone in having people streaming across its borders.

The tour for reporters began at the RCMP s emergency operations centre in downtown Montreal, where the force showed off its remote surveillance capabilities, including high-resolution cameras and regular helicopter patrols.

Cpl. Fran ois Gagnon, a media spokesperson with the force, told reporters that the increase in illegal border crossings into Canada has been the greatest in Quebec. It has meant more work for patrol officers but not more than the force can handle, he emphasized.

But when the tour moved on to Roxham Road a once-unknown country street that has become Canada s version of Ellis Island for some migrants Gagnon was among the dozen RCMP officers thrust into action when unexpected border-crossers arrived.

The 13 dramatic minutes from the time that the migrants taxi pulled up to the border in the U.S. to the time they were driven away in Canada was captured by frenzied photographers and television cameras.

Unlike other asylum seekers who obtain tourist visas to travel to the U.S. and make their way directly to Canada upon arrival, this group appears to have been living south of the border for some time.

One of the men who had pulled his black toque down to hide his face told Cpl. Gagnon that he was from Eritrea and had been living in the U.S. since 2013. Another RCMP officer who seized the border-crossers passports held a Minnesota drivers licence and what appeared to be a Sudanese passport in his hands.

At Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec s largest border crossing, Canada s newest refugee claimants would have been taken to the basement of a decommissioned building that has been set up with couches, offices, computers and vending machines to process the elevated number of refugee claimants.

Normally, the Canada Border Services Agency sees between 10 and 20 claims per day, said Dominique Fillion, an enforcement officer with the agency. Last month there were 452 asylum seekers who made claims at that particular border crossing. The agency will not say how many of those people crossed into Canada illegally.

Fillion said the CBSA has been redeploying agents from others posts and duties to help fingerprint, photograph and process the increased number of refugee claimants.

Every day we get more officers coming in, she said.

Like the RCMP, Fillion would not, or could not say if the agency is looking at any long-term solutions to ease the demands on the system.

Refugee advocates in Canada and the U.S. have urged the federal government to suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement, which forces refugees to make their claim in whichever country they first reach. That would remove the need for asylum seekers to sneak into Canada in order to exploit a loophole in the deal.

Ottawa has so far rejected such calls, but there is increasing pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau s Liberals to develop a plan that will reduce the illegal and sometimes dangerous crossings.

Illegal crossings are unsafe and a burden on local communities, MP Tony Clement, the Conservative party s public safety critic, wrote on Twitter over the weekend. Our laws should be enforced.

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  1. ^ Montreal becomes third Canadian sanctuary city for non-status refugees (www.thestar.com)
  2. ^ Toronto not truly a Sanctuary City, report says (www.thestar.com)
  3. ^ How Canada should react to Trump and refugee crisis: Opinion (www.thestar.com)