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15 Oct 13. Cassidian has been awarded a contract from the Beijing Just Top Network Communications Company Ltd. to update the Beijing Government Shared TETRA Network to the latest release standard and expand it to accommodate up to 110,000 users. TETRA stands for terrestrial trunked radio and is a standard for digital trunked radio. As part of the Phase-5 project for the network, Cassidian will provide two DXT3 TETRA switches and more than one hundred TB3 and TB3p (its smaller version) TETRA base stations. The customer will therefore be able to increase network capacity by 15,000 subscribers and serve up to 110,000 users after expansion. Provided by Cassidian, the Beijing Government Shared Radio Network, also called the “Beijing Just Top TETRA Network”, is the largest digital trunked network in Asia and the biggest city-wide TETRA network in the world. It covers the Beijing city area, all venues, metro lines and counties, the main highways and important buildings. Users of the shared network come from different government agencies, including municipal committees and government, public security bureaus such as police, fire and ambulance services, communication and water conservancy departments, and urban management organisations.
10 Oct 13. L-3 TRL Technology announced a collaboration with UK cybersecurity company Deep-Secure Ltd to pursue business opportunities and provide solutions for the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) cybersecurity market. As a leading provider of encryption products to the UK and international markets, L-3 TRL has been helping military and government customers defend against cyber threats for over a decade. This new collaboration allows L-3 TRL to move into the adjacent market of CNI cybersecurity, protecting the facilities, systems, sites and networks that are fundamental to the fabric of an organisation. The two companies are currently working on a joint development effort for the energy industry. L-3 TRL is designing and developing the necessary hardware, and Deep-Secure is providing an existing software architecture for the new embedded processing platform.
“The collaboration with Deep-Secure allows us to combine our capabilities to produce a wide range of solutions delivering the next generation of cyber protection for many of the country’s critical, trusted industrial process control systems,” said Adrian Cunningham, vice president of L-3 TRL’s National Security division.
From oil and gas to water and nuclear energy, industrial process control systems help to power the world. Historically, the organisations responsible for these systems have relied on air gaps to protect them from threats because traditional IT-focused security solutions are unsuitable to protect the operational requirements of SCADA and process control systems. The first cybersecurity products to be developed under this collaboration will be a series of guards for the end-to-end protection of SCADA industrial control systems. These guards will use an accreditable solution for transferring data securely from one level to another, minimising the attack surface risks. The guards will protect boundaries between corporate and plant IT networks, ensure cross-boundary security and combat threats.
11 Oct 13. Army launches cyber research alliance. The U.S. Army is launching a cybersecurity alliance that will fund research academic and industry research to “explore the basic foundations of cyber space issues in the context of Army networks.” The Army’s Research Laboratory said Oct. 10 it will fund a “collaborative research alliance” for at least five years at between $3.3 million and $5.2m annually. An agreement was reached in September with a consortium led by Penn State University that also includes Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University and the University of California campuses at Davis a