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Cybersecurity Measures Adjust to Emerging Capabilities

January 31, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The task of protecting U.S. military cyber assets is increasing in complexity as new capabilities come to dominate communications and networking. Planners must implement security measures that do not hinder the new technologies introduced to the force.

That challenge was in a cyber fireside chat that opened the final day of AFCEA/USNI West 2013 in San Diego. Robert J. Carey, deputy chief information officer for the U.S. Defense Department, noted that one key tasking is to protect the mobile devices that now are proliferating in the force.

One approach is to tie identity credentials to these devices, especially for them to access the cloud. “If we can’t do that, then we’ve created more of a problem than an answer,” he stated.

The Joint Information Environment (JIE) will help in overall network security, he continued. The department is aiming for “an exact fit” between how warfighters use the JIE and how the U.S. Cyber Command provides security for it.

One activity that will help is the consolidation of data centers. Reducing the number of these data centers by 90 percent will allow security personnel to single out anomalous behavior and to identify attacks more effectively with identification tied to data, Carey pointed out.

U.S. Cyber Force to Grow to 14,000 People

January 31, 2013
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Cyber Command force is likely to increase to 14,000 people over the next few years as the command trains experts and disperses them where they will be needed, according to its deputy commander. Lt. Gen. Jon M. Davis, USMC, told the audience at a morning fireside chat beginning the last day of AFCEA/USNI West 2013 that the command already has an assigned force of 6,000 as it ramps up to carry out its dynamic mission.

Most of these Cyber Command personnel are being trained to serve in the field—in this case, various military settings. The command is building teams for combatant commanders who will have operational control over these cyber experts.

The Cyber Command’s cyber protection platoons are a standardized cyber protection element, the general continued. And, national mission teams help defend the nation against cyber attack.

While these forces are undergoing detailed training, Gen. Davis lamented the lack of cyber schools that teach at the classified level. He emphasized that the command needs teaching at the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) level to build good cyber professionals.

SIX3 Awarded Cyber Fast Track Funding

January 24, 2013
George I. Seffers

SIX3 Advanced Systems Inc., Dulles, Va., is being awarded a $7,035,000 contract modification for establishment of program requirements and milestones for Cyber Fast Track Commercial Agreements. The location of the performance is Dulles, Va. Work is expected to be completed by Jan. 18, 2014. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.

DHS Awards 34 Cyber Research and Development Contracts

October 29, 2012
George I. Seffers

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has awarded 34 contracts to 29 academic and research organizations for research and development of solutions to cyber security challenges. The contracts were awarded by the DHS S&T Cyber Security Division (CSD) under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 11-02 which solicited proposals in 14 technical topic areas aimed at improving security in federal networks and across the Internet while developing new and enhanced technologies for detecting, preventing and responding to cyber attacks on the nation’s critical information infrastructure. Four of these contracts include co-funding from international partners ­ two from the United Kingdom and two from Australia. Negotiations are currently underway for additional international co-funding from partner agencies in Canada, Sweden and The Netherlands.

BAH Supports Cyber Readiness

September 24, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a not to exceed $9,917,282 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for continuation of technical and analytical support services for the Operational Designated Approval Authority (ODAA) and the Office of Compliance and Assessment (OCA). Support shall include assisting the ODAA in certification and accreditation and related activities for systems, sites, networks, and applications and assisting the OCA with conducting command cyber readiness inspections and cyber security inspections. The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity. 

Air Force Seeks Sharpest Needles in Data Haystack

June 26, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

The U.S. Air Force is polishing its magnifying glass to find usable information in amongst overwhelming stacks of data.

Lockheed Martin Awarded Potential $454 Million Cyber Contract

May 4, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin has announced that the company has been selected to deliver a full range of technical, functional, and managerial support to the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) to help thwart cyber criminals. DC3 assists in the investigation of criminal, counterintelligence and counterterrorism matters, as well as cyber security support to Defense Industrial Base partners. The work will be conducted through a task order awarded by the General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center under the General Services Administration Alliant Contract. The task order has a ceiling value of $454 million if all options are exercised. Lockheed Martin's scope of work will include digital and multimedia forensics examination, analysis, research, development, test and evaluation, information technology and cyber analytical services.

 

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Achieved Goal

March 29, 2012
By George Seffers

When the hacker activist group Anonymous broke into Booz Allen Hamilton's networks and stole thousands of email addresses, the company was embarrassed, and that's exactly what Anonymous wanted, said Joseph Mahaffee, the company's chief information officer.

NATO Awards Record Cyber Defense Contract

March 8, 2012
By George Seffers

The NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency announced today the award of the agency's largest cyber defense contract to date. The approximate 58 million Euro NATO Computer Incident Response Capability, Full Operational Capability contract was awarded to a Finmeccanica, Rome, Italy, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, Falls Church, Virginia. The contractor team will provide security on NATO's networks and protect over 22,000 NATO military and civilians employees enhancing NATO's cyber defense infrastructure and its ability to support member states. In addition to protecting its own networks, the contract will strengthen NATO's ability to support allies in case of cyber attacks, when requested, with improved information sharing and strengthened rapid reaction teams. The contractor will not only design, test, and install the cyber defense capabilities, but also provide the subsequent maintenance and support over a five year period. The project scope includes the implementation of a robust infrastructure of improved cyber defense sensors and management tools, cyber defence decision support capabilities and mobile kits for Cyber Rapid Reaction Teams.

Cybersecurity Tactics Must be Overhauled

February 29, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

Amazing anecdotes kept the audience entertained during the lunch session at the AFCEA International Homeland Security Conference. The experts were speaking about a serious subject: cyberwar. But the stories about their hands-on experience in learning how to fight cyberwars, how they've fought cyberthreats and what they believe is needed to prepare future cyberwarriors kept conference attendees enthralled.

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