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CYBER WARFARE AND HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE

23 May 12. General Dynamics C4 Systems will integrate its defense-grade cyber and information security technologies into the family of Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE”) smartphones and tablet computers. These SAFE devices will also be upgraded with the new Samsung Secure Android® platform and are designed to deliver a cost-effective commercial solution for customers ranging from the military and government agencies, to law enforcement and public safety, to financial, utility and other industry personnel who need to browse the public Internet as well as access secure networks. The secure technologies that General Dynamics will integrate into the Samsung products are similar to those trusted to protect information classified from the Secret level and below for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, federal agencies and coalition partners. The enhanced Samsung products should be available by mid-2013 and will be sold by General Dynamics and through government contract vehicles such as the General Services Administration (GSA).

21 May 12. A consortium of industry and academia, led by QinetiQ, has demonstrated innovative measures designed to protect the Ministry of Defence (MOD) from cyber attacks. These new methods were selected following a research call by Dstl’s Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE). The consortium, named Enabling Secure Information Infrastructure (ESII) comprises 11 suppliers, including major defence contractors, UK universities and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). ESII was commissioned by Dstl to build a test bed based on restricted ‘cloud’ architecture, a software model from which multiple users can access files, programs, applications and services remotely. The architecture was then used to provide a secure collaboration environment for the test and evaluation of concepts, tools and techniques to improve cyber situational awareness. On behalf of Dstl, the CDE research call for proposals was to address the following areas to investigate new methods of protecting the MODs systems from sophisticated threats:
– Enhanced Situational Awareness (ESA) focusing on the ability of tools and techniques that allow computer network defence operators to dynamically query a distributed information repository and visualize the results in support of agile risk based decision-making.
– Countering Sophisticated Attacks (CSA) focusing on the ability to detect and report previously unreported computer network attacks in real-time.
– Decision Support for Network Defence (DSCD) focusing upon innovative ways of exploring the impact that a computer network attack can have at the business process level.
– Co-operative working for Network Defence (CWCD) focusing upon novel information sharing and interaction paradigms that facilitate agile risk based decision-making.
Nine proposals involving a total of eleven suppliers were successful following the CDE call, and were funded by Dstl for a two phase programme. The first phase encouraged suppliers to formulate the technical aspects of their proposals, leading to the production of a technical design paper which was assessed and agreed with MOD before the phase 2 demonstrations could commence. These suppliers included HW Comms Ltd, Brunel University, Northrop Grumman, University of Oxford, University of Warwick, University of Glamorgan, Cassidian Systems, Montvieux Ltd, Roke Manor Research, Thales R&T Ltd and EADS Innovation Works Ltd. Proposals ranged from solutions that could identify and counter sophisticated network intrusion attacks through to the ability to analysis and visualise information to support and improve the decision making ability of an operator. The ESII constructed test bed was then used at Dstl’s Porton Down site from 21 March – 3 April to successfully demonstrate the utility of the novel solutions which resulted from the CDE call on representative networks and network data to establish their effectiveness.
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