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CYBER WARFARE AND HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE

12 Mar 12. QinetiQ North America has developed a System Development Concept of Operations for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program, the company announced. This Concept of Operations was created for the TEMP Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) mission, and defines a concept for TEMP operations that aligns with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)’s Plan, Prepare, Respond, Recover methodology for HA/DR missions while simultaneously proposing novel solutions for how the DoD can do more with less. Together with its partners Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. and Maersk Line, Limited, QinetiQ North America has been focused on defining the most effective role for the TEMP concept within the HA/DR mission set by applying systems engineering processes to identify stakeholder needs and develop the necessary system requirements. Throughout this process, the company has been engaged with operational stakeholders to identify HA/DR requirements and objectives and generate preliminary system requirements for the TEMP HA/DR concept.

12 Mar 12. ST Electronics, one of four principal subsidiaries of Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering Ltd., is expanding into the cyber defense market. The new product line is designed as part of ST Electronics’ comprehensive cyber defense framework, which is built on protection, detection, response and recovery. ST Electronics took the knowledge and experience it garnered from providing encryption solutions to the Singapore government, military and security industries to create a wide range of new products and solutions now available for the international market.ST Electronics created a new subsidiary, ST Electronics Info-Security Pte. Ltd. (STEE-InfoSec), to provide hardware products to defend against cyber attacks and protect networks under the DigiSAFE name brand. STEE-InfoSec, previously known as DigiSAFE Pte. Ltd., specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of information assurance products for the protection of data in motion, data at rest and digital authentication. (Source: Defense News)

14 Mar 12. Coinciding with a visit by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron March 14, the White House released a document outlining areas for continued cooperation between the U.S. and U.K. in the ongoing effort to improve cybersecurity and thwart cyber crime. The document, described as a joint fact sheet, listed six points of emphasis agreed to by U.S. President Barack Obama and Cameron. Although most of the points suggested the need for further dialogue without specifics, the document did refer to the ongoing debate in Congress about cyber threat information sharing in the U.S., pointing to the success of a similar U.K. program.
“In the U.K., a new project is underway that enables companies in key sectors of the economy to exchange and act on cyber threat information, and to work with each other and government to develop long-term cybersecurity solutions. In the U.S., Federal agencies are building trusted relationships with critical sectors for sharing cyber threat information founded upon sound information handling policies and oversight,” the document said. “In addition, the Obama Administration has proposed a new statutory framework to further facilitate the exchange of cyber threat information between the public and private sectors, with strong protections for privacy and civil liberties. The Administration is committed to working with Congress to see such legislation enacted.” The Obama administration is supporting a bill by Sens. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, among others, that would create an information-sharing office under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. The bill also would encourage a variety of other information-sharing initiatives, as well as create cybersecurity requirements for some private critical infrastructure companies. The bill is facing oppositio

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