GTRA announces SecureGOV Council Meeting Industry Award winners


(PR NewsChannel) / December 11, 2012 / WASHINGTON 

Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA)Today GTRA announced the speaker and technology award winners for the Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA) December 2012 SecureGOV Council Meeting.  Senior executives at the Government Technology Research Alliance’s semi-annual council meetings voted among their peers nominating technology achievements in the areas of cloud, security, privacy, information assurance, and mobility.

Q1 Labs, an IBM Company was voted as “Best Solution/Technology Award.” Q1 Labs held a collaborative roundtable meeting entitled “Transitioning from SIEM to Security Intelligence” where they discussed social networking as a new avenue of threat, and then proposed solutions pertaining to detecting the threat before it happens. “IBM’s Security Systems Division is honored to have our QRadar solution be voted the Best Solution/Technology Award by the GTRA delegates. We’ve listened to our customers and built our QRadar solution to identify current and future threats, both from external adversaries and malicious insiders. And now, with the entire IBM security portfolio, we believe we have the most comprehensive security offering, integrated to reduce the total cost of ownership. It’s gratifying to be validated from the members of GTRA, some of the most strategic and advanced leaders in federal government. We look forward to our continued relationship with GTRA and evolving our security solutions to meet the needs of both the private and public sector, combining the research and development resources of IBM and the feedback of the entire GTRA Council,” said Chris Poulin, IBM’s Advanced Security Strategist and former CSO of Q1Labs.

Redseal won the “Best Live Demo Award” for their collaborative roundtable discussion titled “Continuous Monitoring in a Complex Environment.” In this meeting, industry and federal executives discussed how maintaining continuous monitoring mandates is only possible through automation. “Continuous monitoring is certainly a hot topic inside the beltway and needs to be used as a mission enabler, not a roadblock,” said J. Wayne Lloyd, Lead Federal Systems Engineer at RedSeal Networks.  “Administrators wanted dashboards to showcase the status of specific divisions, they needed analysis done across all data pulled from continuous monitoring solutions and they needed to demonstrate real return on investment.  As attendees shared their challenges, I demonstrated the value of RedSeal Networks and how it resolved each of their pain points.  I addressed real problems with real solutions.  I didn’t realize I was being evaluated and am honored to be recognized by the GTRA and the Council.”

Lumension won the “Best Malware Solution Award” for their collaborative roundtable meeting entitled “Welcome to the Age of Weaponized Malware” where executives discussed how numerous countries have carried out state-sponsored malware attacks, and the implications that those attacks have on federal executives. “Government agencies are dealing with an evolved threat landscape today and they need smart solutions to help navigate the risk. Because there isn’t any one silver bullet to blocking malware, we believe strongly in a layered approach to endpoint security that includes application whitelisting as the first line of defense.  It’s great to see that others agree – we greatly appreciate the Best Malware Solution Award from the GTRA Council meeting for the Lumension Endpoint Management and Security Suite,” said Alan Bentley, SVP Worldwide Sales, Lumension.

For their session titled “Phishing Your Employees: Lessons Learned From Phishing Over 3.5 Million People,” PhishMe won the “Best Intrusion Prevention Solution Award.” In this collaborative roundtable meeting, federal and industry executives discussed how cyber crime and electronic espionage most often occur by an employee clicking a link or opening a file, and the solutions that can help educate and promote better practices. “PhishMe is delighted to receive the award for Best Intrusion Prevention Solution from the December 2012 GTRA Council Meeting. Spear phishing presents a unique challenge for government organizations due to the public nature of their employees, and PhishMe provides an effective method to combat this threat by empowering employees to recognize spear phishing emails,” said Jim Hansen, Executive Vice President, PhishMe. “The fact that government officials voted for this award shows that PhishMe is having a positive impact on their organizations. We are honored to contribute to the security of our government, and hope to continue to have the opportunity to do so in the future.”

“We are thrilled the government technology community recognized the innovative ideas that Q1 Labs, Redseal, Lumension, and PhishMe brought to our December council meeting,” said Kelly Yocum, Founder and Executive Director, GTRA. “We would not be where we are today without the support from innovative companies such as these, and we look forward to our continued work together. Companies such as Q1 Labs, Redseal, Lumension, and PhishMe, which are seeing growing traction in the government space, provide our members with valuable education and resources.”

All of the GTRA SecureGOV Council Meeting Award recipients receive an automatic nomination entry for the GOVTek Government Executive Awards which will be voted on by a panel of judges and the government IT community. The GOVTek Award nominees will be celebrated and Award winners announced at the GOVTek Gala, hosted by GTRA. For more information, please visit

About GTRA: GTRA brings together executive-level government technology Security, Enterprise Architecture, Green IT and Health IT leaders to collaborate, strategize and create innovative solutions.  The semi-annual GTRA Technology Council Meeting address the topics identified through research with the government Council members and industry experts. By sharing best practices and lessons learned, knowledge is exchanged in a peer-to-peer forum, resulting in actionable government-wide strategic plans and cutting-edge solutions.  Through a unique collaborative methodology, GTRA is revolutionizing the way government does business.

Kirby Watkins
Executive Assistant, Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA)
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