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13 May 22. Elettronica Group expands its horizons with a new company called EltHub. The result of a partnership with G&A Engineering, the new company aims to increase its presence in the defence, security and civil sectors. Elettronica SpA has acquired 70 percent of EltHub, a new company created with G&A Engineering Srl following the transfer of the latter’s strategic assets. The new concern aims to enhance its presence in the defence, security and civil sectors. Already strongly oriented towards research and development, EltHub is looking forward to facing new challenges and new markets.
EltHub will have a new corporate structure with Eng. Marco Giordano as General Director, Amaury Choppin as chairman, and Lorenzo Benigni and Giorgia Pontetti as members of the board of directors.
“For Electronica, a company with 70 years’ experience in the electromagnetic spectrum domain and with a consolidated heritage in the cyber and homeland security fields, EltHub forms part of our Tenet 2030 strategic plan. This will see us engaged over the next ten years meeting the company’s strategic objectives which focus on the further innovation of our products and services, including the integration of the electronic warfare with the cyber and space domains. It will also see our expansion towards new regions and the entry of the company into new competitive markets, like medical and critical infrastructures. In this sense, the acquisition also strengthens the sustainability of our corporate value proposition” said Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chief executive officer and president.
G&A Engineering’s contribution to EltHub focuses on expertise and products supporting the electronics, space, defence, automotive, industrial and electromedical sectors, together with specific expertise in applied research in microelectronics for space and military applications. The company also has expertise in fields such as hydroponic greenhouses, 3D food printers, and cyber resilience systems.
EltHub enjoys total production independence possessing a mechanical workshop, a production line for the construction and testing of electronic boards and a certified high performance clean room that meets class 10 (ISO 4) standards. All these features give EltHub unique capabilities helping it become the point of reference within the Elettronica Group.
11 May 22. The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced a new email security check service to help organisations identify vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to spoof emails or lead to email privacy breaches.
The new email security tool has been launched in the UK to help organisations check their defences, according to a report by Bleeping Computer.
As a government agency, NCSC leads the UK’s cyber security mission. It states the Email Security Check tool requires no sign-ups or personal details, with the free email security check service, organisations can identify vulnerabilities.
This service was developed and is now provided online for free as a direct response to some UK sectors having a superficial adoption of recommended email security controls (as low as just 7 per cent in some cases), as highlighted in NCSC’s guidance on email security and anti-spoofing.
Using Email Security Check allows defenders to look up publicly available information about email domains and check for anti-spoofing and email privacy risks.
It works by checking publicly available internet DNS records to verify if anti-spoofing controls (notably the DMARC Policy) are correctly configured and the TLS configuration by initiating a server “handshake”.
“It checks that anti-spoofing standards, such as DMARC, are configured correctly to help organisations prevent cyber criminals from abusing their domain and sending out malicious emails pretending to be them,” according to the NCSC.
“It also looks up whether privacy protocols, such as TLS, are in place to ensure that emails are encrypted when in transit so they cannot be accessed and remain confidential between mail servers.”
While the Email Security Check service will only be able to identify vulnerabilities that cyber criminals can discover, its goal is to help organisations identify them before they’re exploited, and the email domain targeted in attacks.
Eligible organisations can also gain access to more “in-depth guidance” on securing their email by signing up for the NCSC’s free Mail Check service.
However, Mail Check is not currently available for the private sector, but only to organisations from central government, local authorities, devolved administrations, emergency services, NHS organisations, academia and charities.
According to Paul Maddinson, NCSC director for national resilience and strategy, the new Email Security Check tool is designed to help users identify where they can do more to prevent spoofing and protect privacy and offers practical advice on how to stay secure.
“By following the recommended actions, organisations can help bolster their defences, demonstrate they [have] taken security seriously, and make life harder for cyber criminals,” Maddinson said.
Although the tool can check the security of email domains, it cannot check if individual emails or email domains are malicious.
11 May 22. Local cyber company Penten has been tapped by the global defence prime to deliver advanced cyber security capabilities in support of its joint “system of systems” offering for the RAAF.
Lockheed Martin Australia (LMA) has onboarded the support of Penten for the delivery of advanced cyber security capabilities as part of Competitive Evaluation Process Stage 2 of its bid for the Royal Australian Air Force’s Joint Air Battle Management Systems Project (AIR6500-1).
The project involves delivering a joint BMS designed to enable the ADF’s future integrated air and missile defence capability, providing greater situational awareness and defence against current and emerging air and missile threats.
In partnering with LMA, Penten has agreed to support the investigation and design of a cyber security framework, capable of supporting risk reduction ahead of the transition into the AIR6500-1 acquisition.
The cyber security technologies will be designed to focus on sovereign secure mobility, tactical communications security, cyber deception, cryptography and applied artificial intelligence and machine learning.
These capabilities are expected to help detect, track and mitigate cyber threats, while also reinforcing the security of Lockheed Martin Australia’s open systems architecture program solution to meet emerging and future operational needs of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Penten’s general manager – applied AI, Ben Whitham, welcomed the opportunity to support LMA’s proposal to develop an advanced “system of systems” for the RAAF.
“Penten is dedicated to delivering world-leading security technologies that enable the modern warfighter with information to deliver an edge and win the fight,” he said.
“We solve the most complex cyber challenges of tomorrow and are proud to design an agile cyber security framework together with Lockheed Martin Australia that will protect our nation’s sovereignty.”
Steve Froelich, Lockheed Martin Australia AIR6500 program executive, said the partnership reflects the company’s commitment to designing a sovereign full-spectrum capability solution to safeguard the ADF’s air battle management capability, data and information.
“Our track record in delivering complex joint all domain platforms fortified with cyber-resilient tools matched with Penten’s groundbreaking expertise in defence technologies means we are the right partner to deliver the best Joint Air Battle Management System that will provide the ADF with persistent defence against future air and missile threats,” Froelich said.
Penten is the latest of a number of companies to join the LMA-led push to secure the AIR6500 Phase 1 contract.
LMA is competing against Northrop Grumman Australia, with a government decision expected in 2023. (Source: https://www.cybersecurityconnect.com.au/)
09 May 22. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) was used to assess a universal messaging standard for Joint-All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) communications during the “Purple Guardian” joint field demonstration at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona. FAAD C2 used the Universal Command and Control (UC2) interface to successfully demonstrate joint interoperability using UC2 in a counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) context.
“FAAD C2 is a battle-proven, fielded and trusted system, constantly evolving to meet the warfighter’s needs,” said Christine Harbison, vice president and general manager, combat systems and mission readiness, Northrop Grumman. “The system’s open, multi-domain architecture allows for easy and rapid integration of sensors and effectors from across the joint force, which made it the ideal choice for this JADC2 demonstration.”
UC2 is part of a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) initiative to create a universal language to be used across the services. During Purple Guardian, assets from multiple services implemented UC2 messaging for C-UAS missions. FAAD C2 performed all battle manager roles for all services during the live-fire events. FAAD C2 correlated tracks of incoming threats using multiple service sensors to create a single integrated air picture, send engagement orders, and provide joint situational awareness and command and control.
The DOD selected FAAD C2 as the C2 system for counter-small unmanned aerial system procurements. FAAD C2 is deployed in several theaters of operation for short range air defense, C-UAS and counter-rocket, artillery and mortar missions.
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