Gideon Technologies’ SecureFusion Selected for Government-Wide Acquisition of IT Security Solutions via GSA SmartBUY Program Award

SecureFusion, NIST SCAP Validated, Chosen for Situational Awareness and Incident Response Contract Award

Atlanta, GA — June 15, 2009 — Gideon Technologies, the leading provider of information security solutions that help prioritize and measure IT risk against policy and compliance objectives, announces that its flagship product, SecureFusion™, has been selected as one of the preferred information security solutions for the General Services Administration (GSA) SmartBUY initiative in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS managed the Information Systems Security (ISS) LOB (Line of Business) Interagency Working Group, which developed the underlying requirements for the security tools/products for Situational Awareness and Incident Response (SAIR).

Gideon Technologies’ SecureFusion has been selected for all three available functional categories under SAIR, namely Baseline Configuration Management, Network Mapping/Discovery, and Vulnerability Scanning and Assessment.

“SecureFusion cost-effectively and efficiently helps government agencies automate and meet cyber-security and IT compliance mandates that protect the government’s information against an ever-increasing amount of security breaches and threats,” said Ken Halley, CEO of Gideon Technologies. “Our proven track record of providing vulnerability assessments, security policy management, and configuration management has been demonstrated by our ongoing work with numerous government agencies, including recent deployments at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Treasury, and other public sector enterprises. SecureFusion offers unparalleled discovery, continuous monitoring, assessment of all IT assets for ensuring compliance, improving situational awareness, and demonstrating best security practices.”

“Security professionals in the federal and public sector markets must have a holistic view of their IT assets and understand the importance of each IT resource, and its security posture in real-time so they can fully assess the threats they face and the impact a security event would have,” said Kevin Lancaster, Managing Partner, The Winvale Group. “SecureFusion exceeds at these requirements, plus it has been validated through NIST’s VNVLAP Validation program as Secure Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Validated for numerous capabilities, which is a major benefit for helping government entities automate and achieve compliance with the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) OMB mandate.”

SecureFusion provides a platform for network & host discovery, host and network configuration auditing and continuous monitoring, as well as vulnerability scanning. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SCAP validated, SecureFusion discovers every asset connected to the network, scans systems for compliance with baseline configuration standards and vulnerabilities, and provides a centralized portal for continuous measurement and reporting. SecureFusion will be made available to all U.S. Executive Agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD), authorized state and local government entities, and authorized contractors under a 5-year SmartBUY Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) made with The Winvale Group.

The Winvale Group, a leading government consultancy based in Washington, DC, will expedite the purchase, acquisition, and implementation of SecureFusion throughout government entities utilizing the SmartBUY agreement. SecureFusion performs configuration checks on the system required to implement the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) and/or NIST SP 800-53 standards for the desktop, servers, and other network components as mandated by the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB). SecureFusion uses the Secure Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) to enable automated network/asset discovery and inventory, configuration management, vulnerability management, and policy compliance evaluation in accordance with these standards, streamlining security operations and protecting investments. This SmartBUY award for SCAP-validated tools supports OMB’s policy memoranda M-07-18 Ensuring New Acquisitions Include Common Security Configurations, M-08-05 Implementation of Trusted Internet Connections (TIC), and M-08-22 Guidance on FDCC.

About Gideon Technologies

Gideon Technologies develops network security and compliance solutions that give a clear view into IT assets and risk. SecureFusion™ provides real-time visualization of every network-attached asset along with risk profile, enabling metrics and prioritization for remediation or mitigation. The solution provides private and public sector organizations with actionable data to compare against corporate and government standards or guidelines. SecureFusion has been validated by leading standards bodies, such as NIST, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, which establishes guidelines and checklists for the security configuration of operating systems and applications, such as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC). SecureFusion has been validated for FDCC scanning and additional Secure Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) capabilities, establishing SecureFusion™ as the leading standards-based platform for supporting enterprise IT Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) initiatives.

The SecureFusion suite is comprised of integrated modules for Asset Discovery, Configuration Management, Policy Management, and Vulnerability Management that feed data into the SecureFusion Portal, a service-oriented architecture (SOA) interface to identify, manage, and measure information security (infosec) risks. Gideon Technologies also offers External Perimeter Monitoring Service for continuous security monitoring of an organization's Internet points-of-presence and Internet-accessible systems. For more information, please find us on the Web at http://www.GideonTechnologies.com, by telephone at (678) 317-4300, or via email: fedsales@gideontechnologies.com. “Know your assets. Know your risk.”

About The Winvale Group

The Winvale Group partners with technology manufacturers in effort to bring its public sector clients best-in-class technology solutions. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington DC, The Winvale Group is one of the nation’s fastest growing information technology solution providers in the United States. Supporting this assertion is Winvale’s recent recognition as one of the “Top 100 Companies in Washington DC” by Inc. Magazine and its selection as one of the “Five on Fire” by SmartCEO Magazine for both 2008 and 2009. The Winvale Group's value-added reseller services are designed to help you reach government customers quickly by allowing you to place your products and services on our existing procurement vehicles. In most cases we can have you up and running on our procurement vehicles in a matter of weeks. Winvale currently holds the following GSA Schedule Contracts: Schedule 70- Information Technology, Schedule 84- Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Schedule 58I- Professional Audio & Visual. For more information, please visit us on the web at winvale.com, by telephone at (202) 296-5505, or via email: sales@winvale.com. 

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