No matter how much we think technological solutions will be the panacea for all our information assurance concerns, there's still the human factor to consider, writes Linton Wells II in this month's Incoming column, "Uneasy Sleep in a Golden Age":
In the end, it all comes down to people. When Lou Gerstner was chief executive officer of IBM, he asked how he would know if his organization had a good information assurance program. The answer was: "Walk down the hall. Find a random employee. Ask them three questions: 'Would you know if your computer was being interfered with?' If yes, 'Would you know whom to call to get support?' If yes, 'Would you care enough to call?'" Unless you can answer "yes" to all three of these questions for each of your employees, you can spend all you want on technology and still fail on the people side.
As the gap between functionality and security continues to grow, how can organizations develop security policies that people will understand and follow?
As part of the U.S. Army's push to encourage the next generation of engineers and designers through STEM programs, a group of local teachers got to see first hand through the eyes of a soldier using night-vision goggles.
AeroVironment Incorporated recently announced that it has received a contract delivery order valued at $35 million for digital Puma All Environment unmanned aircraft systems spares and training services. The equipment and services were procured under the existing U.S. Special Operations Command All Environment Capable Variant contract. Capable of performing multiple surveillance and reconnaissance missions over water or land, Puma systems will be used by soldiers to protect troops and vehicles in combat areas.
Tybrin Corporation, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has been awarded more than $38 million contract modification for software engineering support of guided weapons evaluations, simulations, and other services supporting research and development for the principals and customers of the U.S. Air Armament Center. Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
Trident Systems Incorporated, Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a more than $48 million contract for the procurement of technology solutions for persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on small unmanned aerial vehicle platforms. The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, is being awarded a $5 million contract modification for the Spin-Torque Transfer Random Access Memory program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $9 million delivery order against a previously issued basic order agreement to provide integrated logistics services in support of four low-rate initial production E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft, to include provisioning technical data for aircraft and engines, as well as support equipment. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
FLIR Systems Incorporated, Wilsonville, Oregon, is being awarded a $27 million contract for procurement of electro-optics sensors and required training, provision item order, non-warranty repairs, non-warranty repairs over and above, and data for the Shipboard Protection System Program. The electro-optics sensors systems are Forward Looking Infrared Laser Detecting-Ranging-Tracking Systems. They are rugged and ship-mountable systems that provide surface ships with a day and night, high-resolution, infrared and visible band imaging capability, as well as range finding capability. The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity.
Honeywell Technology Solutions of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $219 million contract modification to provide systems and maintenance engineering, network support integration, on-site and off-site depot level maintenance and software maintenance of the U.S. Air Force Satellite Control Network. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.