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Leidos and Fortinet Partner to Deliver Managed Security Services

RESTON, Va., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Leidos[1] (LDOS[2]), a global science and technology company, and Fortinet[3] (FTNT[4]) today announced they have signed a partnering agreement for Leidos to act as an expert service provider for the Fortinet Security Fabric portfolio of solutions. The agreement expands Leidos’ depth and breadth of existing managed security services offerings.

Leidos And Fortinet Partner To Deliver Managed Security Services

Leidos And Fortinet Partner To Deliver Managed Security Services

Through the partnership Leidos will be positioned as the largest managed security service provider (MSSP) organization that is authorized to offer FortiSIEM services to date. Ideally suited to serve Fortune 1000 and federal government customers, FortiSIEM services provided by Leidos combine the capabilities of Security Operations Centers and Network Operations Centers into a unified Security Information and Event Monitoring solution to provide actionable analytics and enables information technology to tightly manage network security, performance and compliance across their global infrastructures. The partnership also enables both Leidos and Fortinet to leverage technology and talent to remain agile and adaptable in a constantly changing cyber threat landscape.

“We are very pleased and excited to partner with Fortinet at a time when it is critical to have the right technologies and resources to combat a fluid cyber threat landscape,” said President of Leidos Cyber Inc., Bob Meindl. “Combing the Fortinet suite of technologies with Leidos’ cyber expertise allows us to provide comprehensive cybersecurity services to protect our customers in today’s threat environment.”

“The demands of today’s digital economy are driving increasingly complex networks that require advanced security technologies managed by exceedingly rare talent to defend. Addressing these challenges head-on, Fortinet’s high-performing, 3rd-party evaluated products significantly reduce complexity and increase security by using a Security Fabric that enables security solutions to work as a team, all under a single pane of glass in our Fortinet SIEM. Fortinet delivers broad, high-performance and automated security reinforced by our leading Service Provider enablement programs to ensure that enterprises have the best defenses, operated by the industry’s top security practitioners,” said Phil Quade, chief information Security Officer at Fortinet. “We’re excited to partner with Leidos and work together with their leading security professionals to protect our joint customers against an increasingly hostile threat landscape.”

Leidos and Fortinet are both also part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) program. MTIPS was developed to allow US Federal agencies to physically and logically connect to the public Internet and other external connections in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) Initiative.

About Leidos
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit[5].

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About Fortinet
Fortinet (FTNT[6]) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network – today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud or mobile environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 300,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Learn more at[7], the Fortinet Blog[8], or FortiGuard Labs[9].

Media Contacts:
Jennifer Moffett, Leidos.


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State Department website removes article touting history of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate

The State Department on Monday removed from its website an article about the history and lavish furnishings of President Trump s privately owned Florida resort club Mar-a-Lago, following questions about whether the federal government improperly promoted Trump s moneymaking enterprises. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) pointed to the travelogue-style blog piece[1] Monday, asking in a Twitter message why the State Department would spend taxpayer $$ promoting the president s private country club. The State Department issued a statement Monday apologizing for any misperception.

[Are President Trump s trips to Mar-a-Lago similar to Obama s travels?[2]]

The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the president has been hosting world leaders, the statement said.

It was not clear whether the item had been vetted for legal or ethical concerns. The short item had been posted on a travel promotional website called Share America on April 4, ahead of Trump s meeting at Mar-a-Lago with Chinese President Xi Jinping[3]. A version of the item was recently reposted on the website maintained by the U.S. Embassy in London, where it caught the attention of watchdog groups. The item adopted Trump s term winter White House for the members-only club. It did not expressly encourage foreigners to visit Mar-a-Lago, although other articles on the same website actively promote U.S. tourism. The item did note that the estate is located at the heart of Florida s Palm Beach community.

By visiting this winter White House, Trump is belatedly fulfilling the dream of Mar-a-Lago s original owner and designer, the item read. The ornate Jazz Age house was designed with Old-World Spanish, Venetian and Portuguese influences and filled with original owner Marjorie Merriweather Post s collection of antiques, the article noted.

The item included photographs of the house and sumptuous interiors, and copies of Trump tweets mentioning Mar-a-Lago.

[What restaurant inspectors found wrong in Trump s Mar-a-Lago kitchen[4]]

The article gave a brief summary of the 1927 mansion s history, including Post s desire that it be used by U.S. presidents as a retreat and the subsequent decision by the U.S. government that the property was too expensive to maintain. Trump bought it in 1985.

After refurbishing the house and adding an events space, Trump opened the estate to dues-paying members of the public in 1995 as the Mar-a-Lago Club, the State Department item read. Post s dream of a winter White House came true with Trump s election in 2016. Trump regularly works out of the house he maintains at Mar-a-Lago and uses the club to host foreign dignitaries. One watchdog group, American Oversight, called for an investigation by the State Department inspector general and said it would request public records documenting how the blog post was created. The State Department describes the Share America site as its platform for sharing compelling stories and images that spark discussion and debate on important topics like democracy, freedom of expression, innovation, entrepreneurship, education, and the role of civil society.

The site is produced by the department s Bureau of International Information Programs, which produces material distributed by U.S. embassies.

Read more:

Trump has spent one out of every five minutes of his presidency in Palm Beach[5]

Coast Guard faces growing costs for protecting Trump s Mar-a-Lago[6]

A fake diplomatic cable has the State Department fuming[7]


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Alaskans might need passport for flights, military base access

If state lawmakers don t pass new legislation soon, Alaskans may not be able to use their State of Alaska driver s license to fly or access military bases. That s because of the Real ID Act passed by Congress in 2005, designed to create minimum security standards for all state ID cards nationwide. Now, 12 years later, the Alaska Department of Administration says Alaska is one of five states left that have not implemented the new system. States that have enacted the measure include a yellow star in the corner of the license. The stamp means a person s identity is confirmed through a stricter process.

The only thing that Real ID demands that we do is validate the information that a person gives to us, said Department of Administration Commissioner Sheldon Fisher. So, if they give a birth certificate, we have to validate that that birth certificate is, in fact, valid in another state; if they give us a passport, we have to validate that that passport is valid.

Alaska is one of the few states that doesn t already do this. The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles will have to start issuing real IDs by June or Alaskans could run into trouble.

They will no longer be able to enter a federal installation without Real ID compliant identification, Laurie Hummel, Adjutant General for the Alaska National Guard and Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, told reporters last month. The same soon goes for boarding flights, according to the Department of Homeland Security[1]. Governor Bill Walker has introduced legislation to allow Alaskans to choose whether to get a Real ID or keep their current state driver s license. The Alaska Department of Administration estimates implementing the Real ID Act will cost the state $1.5 million. Walker s House Bill 74[2] proposes a $25 fee for the new license to help cover that cost.

But the measure has received pushback from both sides of the aisle. Representative DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer) sponsored a resolution[3] urging congress to drop the act entirely. She and 37 other House members agree the federal government should not push new costs on to the state.

I m just not quite ready to go there yet and pay for the privilege, Johnson told reporters at a press conference last month. $1.5 million in the time when we re trying to reduce our budget. I mean it s time to just kind of push back on that. Some legislators are also worried about the security of Alaskans data.

In terms of data, we currently store data and we will continue to store data. We don t share that stored data with others and nothing changes, said Fisher of the concern.

The House finance will take public testimony on the HB 74 Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

For a complete list of Real ID compliant documents, click here. [4]


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