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CYBER WARFARE, CLOUD COMPUTING AND HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE

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22 Oct 13. IBM announced on October 22 its inauguration of a Federal Cloud Innovation Center dedicated to helping federal agencies and other public sector organizations advance the adoption of Cloud computing across the government. The new IBM Federal Cloud Innovation Center in Washington, DC, will bring IBM’s Cloud computing research efforts closer to federal agencies to develop specialized technologies and methods for building mission-ready clouds. The IBM center will draw on the Cloud computing expertise of more than 500 IBM professionals aligned to the center and IBM’s global network of more than 37,000 Cloud industry experts. These experts include IBM researchers, IT infrastructure architects, software developers and consultants with deep industry knowledge in managing major transformation projects across the federal government, as well as implementing Cloud solutions. (Source: OSIR)

25 Oct 13. Saab and Cybercom sign a framework agreement for consulting services in product development. The agreement relates to all of
Saab’s operations and is open-ended. Cybercom is now a preferred supplier. Cybercom has been a supplier to Saab for over 15 years and was already a preferred supplier for Saab’s Aeronautics business unit in Linköping. “Our business with Saab has developed very well in recent years. This agreement further strengthens our relationship and we envisage greater collaboration with Saab going forward,” says Jörgen Kleist, Key Account Manager, Cybercom.

23 Oct 13. The software search engine that facilitates intelligence interoperability throughout the Department of Defense has been contributed to the open source community by Lockheed Martin. The Corporation has donated all copyright for the Distributed Data Framework (DDF) source code to the Codice Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to support government-based open source projects. Previously obtainable by only the defense community, the DDF is the core component of the software infrastructure that enables users of the DoD’s Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) to share time-sensitive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data. Developed by a Lockheed Martin internal research and development team and matured under contract with the DCGS Multi-Service Execution Team Office (DMO), the DDF provides U.S. partners and other users with improved access to DCGS data without having to purchase commercial software licenses

21 Oct 13. Cyber attacks on companies double. The number of companies suffering external cyber attacks designed to steal commercial secrets doubled in 2012-13 compared with the previous financial year, according to statistics that underscore the growing cyber threat to companies. The figures were published amid warnings from cyber experts that companies were not doing enough to defend themselves against hackers despite the numbers of attacks. Of the companies that reported information theft over the period, 35 per cent said they were victims of external hackers, compared with 18 per cent during the previous year, according to annual fraud statistics compiled by Kroll, the investigations agency. Information theft is the second-most common form of fraud suffered by companies after the physical theft of assets, with more than one in five respondents globally claiming that they were victims of the crime. (Source: FT.com)
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