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11 Mar 14. The Dutch Ministry of Defense has signed an order with IT and secure communications company Sectra for the encrypted mobile phone Sectra Tiger 7401. The device is used to protect voice and data communication from eavesdropping, also by other countries’ Security Agencies. The Ministry and Sectra have also extended their existing framework agreement for secure communication solutions for another two years. The order value is estimated to EUR 580,000. The extended framework agreement with Sectra encompasses service and maintenance for the secure communication systems already in use at the Ministry. It also includes an option for Sectra Panthon, which is a smartphone app for secure voice and data communication and text messaging. Since Sectra Panthon and Sectra Tiger 7401 have been approved for different security classification levels, the individual security needs of the Ministry’s users will be easier to match.
06 Mar 14. Navy Hacking Blamed on Iran Tied to H-P Contract. A major infiltration of a military network blamed on Iran was facilitated by a poorly written contract with computer-services provider Hewlett-Packard Co., said people familiar with the matter. H-P’s contract with the military didn’t require it to provide specific security for a set of Navy Department databases, and as a result, no one regularly maintained security for them. That eased access for hackers, who used the opening to penetrate deep into the Navy Marine Corps Intranet network, said people familiar with the matter. The findings of the Navy’s investigation are being closely watched by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who next week are set to evaluate the nomination of Vice Adm. Michael Rogers as National Security Agency director. Adm. Rogers was the Navy cyber chief who oversaw the response. (Source: glstrade.com/WSJ)
12 Mar 14. Lockheed Martin has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Defender, a leading provider of cyber security solutions for control systems in the oil and gas, utility and chemical industries. Subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close within 30 days. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed and are not material to Lockheed Martin operations. Industrial Defender is a privately held company headquartered in Foxborough, Mass., with more than 130 employees in three facilities. The company’s solutions, including Industrial Defender Automation Systems ManagerTM, help protect and manage critical infrastructure by reducing cyber risks, easing regulatory compliance and enhancing the efficiency of customers’ control environments. Industrial Defender’s suite of integrated products and services is dedicated to assuring the availability, reliability and security of critical infrastructure, such as electric power grids, chemical facilities, and oil and gas pipelines. More than 400 companies in 25 countries rely on Industrial Defender’s solutions to monitor, manage and protect their operations.
Cassidian, the security and defence arm of EADS, is a worldwide leader in security and defence solutions. The company delivers advanced defence systems along the whole action chain from sensors through command & control systems to combat aircraft and unmanned air systems. In the area of security, Cassidian provides customers worldwide with border surveillance systems, cyber security solutions and secure communications and in 2012, Cassidian – with around 23,000 employees worldwide; achieved revenues of € 5.7 billion. With headquarters in South Wales, the Cassidian UK business specialises in secure infrastructure and services and benefits from access to the wider Cassidian portfolio. Cassidian is a trusted partner to Governments and one of the first four organis