Jim Rice

Jim Rice is the Director of Federal Sales at Layer 7 Technologies.

March 23rd, 2012

Layer 7 at the 2012 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference

2012 DoDIIS Worldwide ConferenceLayer 7 is proud to be exhibiting at the 2012 Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) Worldwide Conference, which will be taking place in Denver this April 1-4. The show will be focusing on the Defense Intelligence Agency’s goal of unifying defense intelligence infrastructure and information sharing initiatives.

Never before has so much intelligence data been collected and never has the challenge of securely sharing these valuable assets been greater. As new intelligence systems come online, issues inevitably arise around the need to make data and security credentials interoperable between these new systems and existing capabilities.

As the leading provider of secure messaging and security Gateway solutions to the US Federal Intelligence Community, Layer 7 will be at the show, demonstrating its solutions for data and security interoperability within the enterprise and the Cloud. If you’re attending the DoDIIS conference, stop by Booth 917 to see first-hand how you can resolve interoperability and fine-grained access challenges with a Common Criteria EAL 4+ certified solution from Layer 7.

March 19th, 2012

Layer 7 Helps Keep America Safe

Layer 7 Helps Keep America SafeAt Layer 7, we often talk about how we can help enterprises open up net-centric information-sharing APIs. Often overlooked is the vital national security role APIs and net-centric computing perform – they are crucial to connecting applications residing across national agencies and even on mobile devices, vehicles and machines.

For several years, Layer 7 has proudly served national security communities in the US, Canada and Europe, with high-resiliency API security and management technologies for various SOA, mobile and Cloud initiatives. We are proud to include among our clients some of the most demanding organizations on Earth, including the US DoD, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Justice, US Department of Transportation and NATO.

Layer 7 is continuing its efforts to help organizations like these address the challenges and opportunities associated with SOA-based information sharing and interoperability in the context of reduced budgets, increasing cyber threats, Cloud infrastructure and the need to leverage existing systems in a networked environment.

Due to the sensitive nature of the projects, much of our work to make these efforts successful goes unheralded. However, we are thrilled that one of our recent efforts in supporting Northrup Grumman modernize the US Air Force Air & Space Operations Center Weapons System has been publicly announced.

Layer 7 is working with a consortium of vendors under Northrup Grumman to make the Air & Space Operations Center more agile and net-centric via Service-Oriented, API-based approaches to information sharing. Clearly, SOA and net-centric computing are becoming cornerstones of how applications are discovered, connected and protected and how information is shared.

October 12th, 2011

Event Follow-Up: Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS

Amazon Web ServicesLast week, I was involved with a Layer 7 workshop in Tysons Corner, VA, just outside of Washington, DC. This workshop, called Defining, Enforcing & Validating Web Services Policy on AWS was presented in association with our friends at Amazon Web Services. The goal of the session was to teach attendees how build a secure bridge between the enterprise and the public Cloud.

You see, for organizations with variable application loads or the need to scale rapidly, Cloud services like AWS offer a truly elastic way to accommodate changing compute needs. But it’s rare for an enterprise to be able to run a workload in the public Cloud isolated from data or applications residing inside the enterprise. These organizations need ways to bridge the enterprise and the Cloud without compromising security or limiting scale-out.

Layer 7/AWS Event

The Layer 7/AWS workshop demonstrated a solution based on Layer 7′s industry-leading SecureSpan EC2 Appliance, which makes it simple for organizations in this situation to address the challenges of federation, integration and governance they are facing. Specifically, the event began with an overview of AWS before providing practical instructions on how the SecureSpan EC2 Appliance can be used to:

  • Ensure security and federate identities in Cloud/enterprise integrations
  • Implement fine-grained access and data security policies without coding
  • Secure and manage REST APIs for Cloud applications

We certainly got a great response from attendees. Also, during registration, we got quite a few requests for similar events in different cities. If you’d like us to hold a Layer 7/AWS workshop in your city, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1-800-681-9377 or emailing sales@layer7.com. In the meantime, if you want to know more, the slides presented at the workshop are available here. Additionally, here’s a demo of Layer 7 federation features specific to AWS: