nCircle Launches ‘Federal Outlook’ Blog

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nCircle director of federal markets and former fed provides guidance to agencies on pressing compliance issues and reducing security risk

I hope to leverage our experiences to better educate and prepare federal executives and security professionals as they move forward with their own initiatives,” explains Cummins.

nCircle, the leader in automated security and compliance auditing, today announced the public launch of a new blog that discusses emerging issues faced by government agencies in their efforts to reduce security risk and to meet the government’s compliance requirements for vulnerability reporting, continuous monitoring and other security standards. The blog’s content will provide practical guidance and quick tips on solutions for addressing these current and future challenges. “Federal Outlook,” authored by Keren W. Cummins, nCircle’s director of federal markets, and Cummins’ biography can be viewed at
nCircle provides automated security solutions to a rapidly growing list of federal clients, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Labor, State and Treasury, as well as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the General Services Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Executive Office of the President.
    This outlet for nCircle’s front-line experience with evolving federal security issues comes at a critical time, as continuous monitoring and vulnerability reporting are gaining visibility with legislators and have become key components in the national cyber strategy and areas of compliance including the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
    “I wanted to focus this blog on the unique security and compliance challenges faced by the federal government and to help share information among agencies about the issues, lessons learned and best practices that are emerging from successful deployments of continuous monitoring and vulnerability reporting solutions,” Cummins explains. “I hope to leverage our experiences to better educate and prepare federal executives and security professionals as they move forward with their own initiatives.”
Cummins actually started posting to her blog last summer. As such, readers can enjoy her comprehensive series on the evolution and implementation of continuous monitoring, which has been running since September. Titles include: “Success or Failure of Continuous Monitoring: Is it the ‘What’ or ‘Who?’”; “Continuous Monitoring Ages like a Fine Wine?!”; and “'Set It and Forget It’—a Continuous Monitoring Infomercial.”
    Other blog post topics include why IPV6 needs to take greater priority within federal agencies; the significance of the FY 2011 CIO FISMA reporting metrics; and why file integrity monitoring has become so critical to federal agencies.
Cummins joins other high-profile nCircle bloggers who are providing frontline advice on a vast array of security issues, including chief technology officer Tim Keanini and Andrew Storms, nCircle’s director of security operations.

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nCircle is the leading provider of automated security and compliance auditing solutions. More than 5,500 enterprises, government agencies and service providers around the world rely on nCircle's proactive solutions to manage and reduce security risk and achieve compliance on their networks. nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. Additional information about nCircle is available at

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