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31 Jul 14. Building on the success of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster (www.malvern-cybersecurity.com), Emma Philpott has started a UK-wide informal network of micro/small cyber security companies called the UK Cyber Security Forum (www.ukcybersecurityforum.com). The forum helps volunteers across the UK set up Clusters in their region and organise monthly network meetings. These have proved popular and there are already Clusters in Lancaster and Cardiff with Clusters in Cambridge and London starting in September. The idea is that the Forum (or a legal entity associated with the Forum) will bid into larger contracts using the skills from the pool of small companies in the Forum. The Forum has more than 130 companies and sole traders in the Forum and this number is growing rapidly. Andrew if you wanted to discuss this aspect I would be pleased to.
23 Jul 14. Ukrainian requests for EW equipment go unanswered. Ukrainian requests for more sophisticated electronic warfare (EW) equipment have gone unanswered despite its air losses rising, with the downing of two more Sukhoi Su-25s on 23 July, to 11 fixed-wing aircraft and eight helicopters since April, when these shootdowns began. “It is clear that Russia continues to move more sophisticated weapons across the border and that the level of training and support from the Russian armed forces given to the rebels in eastern Ukraine that are backed by Moscow is increasing,” said a NATO intelligence source.US news outlets have reported that Ukraine made special requests to the United States and NATO in June for EW equipment and jammers to counter the growing number of surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems being supplied to the Russian-backed rebels. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
29 Jul 14. BAE Systems is enhancing its highly sophisticated data collaboration and dissemination tool, SIBA™, through the interoperability of Mach 1 Development’s DocuTRACER® document watermarking solution. By combining SIBA with DocuTRACER, SIBA will now have the added capability of tracking who accesses each file shared and what changes were made, while also tracing where each document is distributed. “SIBA is enhancing information sharing, protecting the integrity of data, and defending customers against leaks of highly sensitive information,” said Douglas Steil, general manager of Cybersecurity Products at BAE Systems. “With the integration of DocuTRACER, we can now offer an even more secure data management tool to government and commercial customers.” Using SIBA, analysts can tag, or portion mark, specific characters, words, paragraphs, and images within documents to define access to portions of the data. The documents can then be uploaded to shared repositories where they can be securely accessed by outside agencies or commercial partners. The version of the document the outside partner reads varies, depending on their security clearance or the security of the network they are using to access the repository. SIBA works seamlessly with customers’ Microsoft Office® and SharePoint® software, without requiring any modifications, making it a cost-efficient security solution for government agencies, oil and gas industry, critical infrastructure, banks, law firms, and users of electronic medical records. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
30 Jul 14. Exelis has successfully delivered to the U.S. Navy the first nine full rate production, next-generation electronic self-protection systems for F/A-18 fighter aircraft. The ALQ-214(V)4/5 is the latest variant of the onboard jammer subsystem in the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) suite. Through a series of enhancements, including miniaturization and improved electronics packaging, the ALQ-214(V)4/5 can be installed on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as well as – for the first time – on F/A-18C/D Hornets. This wi