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17 Feb 14. Airbus Defence and Space launches Ectocryp Yellow, the latest addition to the Encryption Portfolio. Airbus Defence and Space announces the launch of their latest high grade encryption device. Ectocryp Yellow is Airbus Defence and Space’s next stage in sovereign UK cryptographic development and utilises CESG’s preferred solution for network layer cryptography (PRIME Suite A). The Airbus Defence and Space family of Ectocryp cryptographic devices now includes this small form factor, portable device. Ectocryp Yellow is a desktop, interoperable basis for highly secure strategic and tactical networks. The software can be fully updated in the field and upgrades can be performed remotely for deployed units. With insignificant latency, Ectocryp Yellow eliminates the overhead of crypto on a network and provides transparent operation to users. Ectocryp Yellow has received full certification under the CAPS1 (CESG Assisted Products Service) from the UK National Authority. Airbus Defence and Space cryptography solutions facilitate the protection of sensitive data for all organisations. The core product in the Ectocryp family is Blue, which is Europe’s only HAIPE-certified* remotely operated cryptographic device. The Ectocryp Blue solution can transfer information classified up to Top Secret across public networks allowing organisations to minimise the risk of cyber attack. The Ectocryp family includes versions that are being exported to countries from the USA to the Middle East.
* HAIPE = High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor.
1 CAPS service evaluates encryption devices against UK Government cryptographic standards for use by UK Government and other appropriate organizations for data classified up to UK Top Secret.

14 Feb 14. ISACA’s COBIT 5 is included as an informative reference in the core of the US Cybersecurity Framework, which launched this week and is aimed at helping improve cybersecurity at critical infrastructure operators and other businesses.
“Leaders from around the world collaborated to ensure COBIT 5 is timely, relevant, and practical for today’s enterprises, and NIST’s inclusion of it further demonstrates that COBIT can truly transform an enterprise’s cybersecurity initiatives.”
ISACA, a global association of 110,000 cybersecurity, governance and assurance professionals, assisted the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the development of the framework, which maps to COBIT due to its global relevance and proven industry use. The US cybersecurity framework began with presidential executive order EO 13636 to improve the security and resilience of critical infrastructure in light of escalating cyberthreats. The executive order tasked NIST with developing a cybersecurity framework that included a set of standards, methodologies, procedures and processes that align policy, business and technological approaches to address cyber risks. In developing the framework, NIST conducted a series of workshops in which ISACA was an active participant along with Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council; Sector Coordinating Councils; critical infrastructure owners and operators; independent regulatory agencies; state, local, territorial and tribal governments; sector-specific federal agencies; the US Department of Homeland Security; universities; and outside experts. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

14 Feb 14. Cyber Squared recently unveiled a partnership program for its ThreatConnect intelligence platform designed to help organizations identify and eliminate cybersecurity threats. The new partnership program will support key integrations with other systems for vulnerability management, breach detection, Intrusion Prevention Systems/Intrusion Detection Systems (IPS/IDS), and incident response. Arlington, VA-based Cyber Squared’s ThreatConnect platform i

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