In less than 30 days, the Defense Department will dish out 11 prizes for innovative solutions to real-world challenges facing digital forensics examiners. And it's not too late to join the fight against cyber crime. Submissions for the 2010 Defense Department Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Digital Forensics Challenge will be accepted until November 2.
This month, Linton Wells II drew his inspiration for Mission Assurance Moves to the Fore in Cyberspace from Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III's recently published article, Defending a New Domain: The Pentagon's Cyberstrategy. Wells summarizes Lynn's strategy points, noting that taken on a whole they have a broader implication than just cyberdefense. It has more to do with mission assurance, he says. But he has a number of concerns, among them: how will the new cyberstrategy be implemented? And how can the private sector do a better job of meeting its requirements?
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a potential $2.63 billion task order by the U.S. General Services Administration to install a campus-wide information technology infrastructure for secure communications and operations at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) St. Elizabeths headquarters in Washington, D.C. Northrop Grumman will design, install, test, operate and maintain a seamless, integrated and secure information technology solution throughout the DHS consolidated headquarters campus.
BAE Systems National Security Solutions, BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies, Burlington, Massachusetts, was recently awarded a $21 million contract to design a new computer system that is highly resistant to cyber attack, is resilient in that it continues to render useful services in the face of attacks and faults, and can repair itself. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Adventium Enterprise Limited Liability Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was awarded a nearly $24 million contract to develop a trusted virtual cyber defender that meets the technical, logistic, and economic constraints presented by the U.S. Air Force computing infrastructure. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.
SRC Incorporated recently received a contract from the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE) agency with a potential value of nearly $42 million to establish and maintain a Security Operations Center to help protect critical information technology infrastructure. This contract will enable ICE to monitor its information technology assets 24 hours a day and evaluate and respond to cyber security threats. SRC will lead a team to provide innovative cybersecurity solutions, process improvement strategies and best-of-breed technologies for ICE.
SRC Incorporated, formerly Syracuse Research Corporation, announced it has been awarded a contract from the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigative agency with a potential value of nearly $42 million to establish and maintain a Security Operations Center to help protect critical information technology infrastructure. SRC will lead a team to provide innovative cybersecurity solutions, process improvement strategies and best-of-breed technologies.
ManTech International Corporation announced today that it received a new contract to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Chief Information Officer, Agriculture Security Operations Center. ManTech will provide continous incident handling and strategic support to help detect and report malicious cyber activities on the agency's enterprise information infrastructure. The contract is estimated to be worth nearly $11 million.
A different cybersecurity culture needs to be diffused throughout the Defense Department. It will have to view cyberdefenses not as a bandage to be selectively applied to a patchwork of applications. The new cybersecurity must become an inseparable feature of every computer technology that enables our operations.
Defense Department leadership appears to be viewing cyberdefense issues primarily as a matter of policy and strategy that can be fixed incrementally. That is not possible. Cyberdefense deficiencies have became deeply rooted as result of the defective ways in which the Defense Department acquired IT over the past decades. Cyberdefense flaws are inherently enterprise-wide and are mostly not application specific.
Scalable Network Technologies Incorporated was recently awarded a project from the U.S. Defense Department's Test & Evaluation/Science & Technology Program for project StealthNet, which will provide a real-time, hardware-in-the-loop capability for simulation of cyber threats to the entire net-centric infrastructure.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., has announced new contract awards for its flagship network management and situational awareness products, NeuralStar and dopplerVUE, from two unnamed U.S. national security and defense-focused agencies. NeuralStar is an enterprise-class information management solution that integrates data across distributed networks, and dopplerVUE is a network monitoring and management tool that brings enterprise-grade features to field and tactical networks of any size.
It's rare that an audience of industry and service members at all ranks get the chance to hear first hand from the first of a kind.