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CYBER WARFARE, CLOUD COMPUTING AND HOMELAND SECURITY UPDATE

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15 Nov 13. BAE Systems Detica certified by GCHQ and CPNI as part of select group of quality-assured cyber incident response providers. BAE Systems Detica has been named by GCHQ’s Information Assurance arm CESG and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) as one of a select group of companies on a newly launched Government scheme that will provide organisations with access to expertise on how to respond effectively to sophisticated, targeted cyber attacks. The Cyber Incident Response scheme follows on from the successful pilot conducted by CESG and CPNI which began in November 2012. BAE Systems Detica was one of only four companies certified to participate in the pilot, which was designed to set the future standards for cyber response services. Detica’s successful transition from pilot member to full scheme member reflects its knowledge and experience in providing cyber response services. The company has a forty year heritage working in UK national security and helps organisations manage all aspects of cyber risk from start to finish, so that key decision makers can prepare for, protect against, monitor for and respond effectively to serious cyber security incidents. Detica’s dedicated incident response team uses specialist tools and knowledge of attackers’ methods to uncover and investigate advanced attacks, providing a unique blend of business and forensic skills and a response in hours. Organisations’ most valuable data is secured and the removal of both attacker and threat ensured.

20 Nov 13. Injazat Systems and Thales are collaborating on an advanced and innovative Cybersecurity offering for UAE companies. Injazat and Thales are working together to address the key cyber risks to companies’ businesses and strengthen companies’ cybersecurity operations through a fully managed cybersecurity service. The 24/7 cybersecurity service will be delivered from Injazat’s Tiers IV1 ISO 27001 certified data centre in Abu Dhabi. It will provide situational awareness and incident response continuous monitoring services that will be fully compliant with international information assurance frameworks. Furthermore, the two recognised information technology experts Injazat and Thales will be extending this offer so as to provide critical infrastructures of the UAE with a complete cybersecurity protection scope, relying on Thales’s solutions and Injazat delivery capabilities.

20 Nov 13. Lockheed Martin and Khalifa University have signed a formal research partnership agreement aimed towards improving Lockheed Martin’s LM Wisdom® tool, a customizable Web and social media analytics tool. Representatives from the university and Lockheed Martin met at the Abu Dhabi Campus of Khalifa University for a signing ceremony on Wednesday, in addition to meeting with the involved faculty and students. The LM Wisdom® tool monitors and analyzes rapidly changing open source data, such as newspaper feeds and social media content, in near-real time, and distinguishes noise from high value information. It captures cultural context, trends, sentiment and influence, providing deeper situational awareness to customers. The tool is especially beneficial to first responders, security and law enforcement agencies. The agreement will provide Khalifa University with funding over a period of two years, during which time faculty and students will use computer engineering and other relevant techniques to perform comprehensive studies and analysis of the Arabic language and dialects. These analyses will help to build a detailed lexicon from which Lockheed Martin can build a Linguistic Feature Filter for LM Wisdom®.

19 Nov 13. Pentagon ramps up cybersecurity measures for defense industry. The U.S. Defense Department is ramping up its efforts to protect sensitive and classified details of its next-generation weapons

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