cybersecurity

Phishing Emails

In a growing hostile world, it is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard your company’s, your customers’ and your own data and resources. The most common vector for data breaches and data exfiltration is through phishing and phishing emails.

Phishing emails are more prevalent now than they have ever been, and are becoming more sophisticated and much harder to identify.

For those who may not know what a “phish” or “phishing email” is:

It is a form of fraud in which an attacker masquerades as a reputable entity or person and distributes malicious attachments or links and/or attempts extraction of credentials or personal information through various means.

Below are two valuable resources that can teach you more about “phishing.” Please copy the link and paste it into your browser.

The first is a phishing email quiz made by Google – it’s very informative and will show you some techniques on how to spot a potential phish.

https://phishingquiz.withgoogle.com/

The second is a short video made by Cisco that shows some ways attackers can use your publicly accessible info to target you with a phish – and show the potentially detrimental consequences of falling for it.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gR562GW7TI

Some Friendly Reminders:

-Do NOT click on any links from senders you do not trust. Even if it looks legitimate, take a second look before you click. (Verify sender’s address, check the link’s URL)

-You can always ask the sender to verify the email is legitimate (attackers can spoof email addresses)

-Report potential phishing attempts to CyberTeam@rpigroupinc.com

Stay diligence and stay safe!

 Matt S.  |  Cybersecurity Analyst, RPI

RPI GROUP INC. NAMED AS 10th Annual SECAF FINALIST

RPI GROUP INC. NAMED AS 10th Annual SECAF FINALIST FOR PRESTIGIOUS SECAF GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR (UNDER $7.5 MILLION IN REVENUE)

RPI Group Inc. Honored for Excellence in the Government Contracting Industry

April 3, 2018, McLean, VA – RPI Group Inc. (RPI) announced that it was selected as a finalist for the 10th Annual Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) Awards.  Winners will be announced at the SECAF Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 10, 2018 at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner.  The event honors small and emerging government contractors and the players in the industry that rely on small business.

2018 finalists are named in the following categories:

  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year (Under $7.5 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year ($7.5 to $15 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Government Contractor of the Year ($15 to $27.5 Million in Revenue)
  • SECAF Award of Excellence
  • SECAF Government Project of the Year
  • SECAF Small Business Mentor/Partner of the Year

RPI Group Inc. is a finalist for SECAF Government Contractor of the Year (Under $7.5 Million in Revenue). “We are pleased to be selected as a SECAF award finalist!” states Robert Pleban, President and CEO of RPI. “This is a highly prestigious award in the Washington DC marketplace for government contractors. RPI is honored to be chosen in this extremely competitive category.”

"For the last decade, the SECAF Awards Gala has spotlighted the tremendous small businesses that are doing outstanding and innovative work in the government contracting community,” said Cameron Hamilton, Senior Managing Director at The McLean Group and one of the 2018 event chairs.  “We are thrilled to recognize RPI Group Inc., as it is a shining example of the tenacity, vision, and commitment that enable the community of small business government contractors to deliver excellence year in and year out.”

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI is a privately-held, CVE verified service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB); Small, Woman and Minority-Owned (SWAM) and Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company, providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DOD and the Commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Industrial Control Systems Operational Technology (ICS OT), Training & Certification Testing, Research & Development, and Security Services. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; King George, VA; Charleston, SC; San Diego, CA and Littleton, CO.

About The 10th Annual SECAF Awards Gala

The 10th Annual SECAF Awards Gala is the premier commemorative event honoring the small and emerging government contractors and the players in the ecosystem that rely on small business. The event, expected to sell out at more than 500 attendees, will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hilton McLean in Tysons Corner. Tickets and tables can be purchased at: www.secaf.org.

About The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum

The Small and Emerging Contractors Advisory Forum (SECAF) enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth rates in a highly competitive marketplace. Providing members with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, and advocacy opportunities and education, SECAF is an important resource for a growing company.  SECAF also serves the medium to large government contractors, providing invaluable introductions to specialized small businesses that enable the overall contracting community to work successfully in tandem. For more information, visit www.secaf.org.

 

RPI Director of Cybersecurity is speaking at ISACA Virginia Chapter Luncheon Meeting

Fredericksburg, Virginia – February 25, 2016- Jeff Watts of RPI Group Inc. is speaking at the ISACA Virginia Chapter Luncheon Meeting at the Place at Innsbrook on Thursday, March 3rd in Glen Allen, Virginia. He will be discussing the challenges of ICS/OT that focuses on older technology, requires local and remote access, and has damaging service interruptions. The presentation will address ways to assess and secure ICS/OT and help identify a path forward for their secure use on individual networks including how to properly accredit them on DoD networks under the Rick Management Framework (RMF).

As an independent, nonprofit, global association, ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. ISACA was incorporated in 1969 by a small group of individuals who recognized a need for a centralized source of information and guidance in the growing field of auditing controls for computer systems. Today, ISACA serves 140,000 professionals in 180 countries.

Jeff Watts is the Director of Cybersecurity for RPI Group Inc. For the last 15+ years, Jeff has worked supporting the DOD in various positions starting at the MCNOSC, administering VPNs, firewalls, routers, and switches in support of the Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN). In 2003, he went to work for the USMC DAA providing support in the areas of IA risk management and vulnerability assessments as well as drafting policies for secure WiFi use, Firewalls, VPNs, and remote access. Jeff has experience in all aspects of the C&A process to include working directly for the CA and DAA, supporting customers going through the validation process as well as conducted many validations as a USMC Validator. Additionally, he conducted IA training for more than 1000 DoD personnel, participated in the development of commercial wireless networking policies for the USMC, DoN, and DoD as well as working with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) on wireless network discovery tools and techniques. Jeff has been selected to present at many conferences including DallasCon, NSA sponsored Joint Wireless Working Group (JWWG), Federal Computing Weekly (FCW) Homeland Security, AFCEA East and West, NSA Red Team/Blue Team Symposium (REBL), USMC IA Conference, and the DOD Cyber Crime Conference. He joined RPI in late 2015.
 

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community and the Defense Department. RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD, Dahlgren, VA, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Denver, CO. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients. 

Additional Links

ISACA:  https://www.isaca.org/Pages/default.aspx

Event Information: http://www.cvent.com/events/assess-and-secure-industrial-control-systems-operational-technologies-ics-ot-/event-summary-6646b0a95c544fd7b24261574966c150.aspx?i=2c62aeeb-cc6b-4313-ac64-7b39c2110913