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02 Mar 17. Esri Signs Enterprise Agreement with Harris Corporation to Modernize Data Production from New Image Sources. Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, announced today that it has signed an enterprise agreement with Harris Corporation. Also, Harris Corporation has become an Esri Platinum Tier partner. The agreement and partnership afford the corporation access to all Esri software and top-level benefits of the Esri Partner Network throughout the Harris space and intelligence systems segment. This commitment to collaboration will help programs across multiple security domains meet the expected surge of commercial imagery from small satellites, unmanned aerial system platforms, and open data sources.
“We are looking forward to continuing this partnership, especially now that we have the opportunity to further align our geospatial technology with Esri’s GIS platform capabilities,” said Stuart Blundell, director of strategy, Harris Geospatial Solutions. “The five-year enterprise agreement and Platinum partnership with Esri will be a boon to our ongoing mission of modernizing geospatial data production services for federal agencies.”
Esri and Harris Corporation are embarking on a broad strategic relationship to develop geospatial intelligence data production apps and tools for federal agencies. The partnership will significantly advance operational efficiency by automating the analysis of data and imagery for organizations that are increasingly relying on data integration in maps and imagery analytics.
“Harris Corporation is a key solution provider for Esri in the federal services space,” said Lawrie Jordan, Esri director of imagery enterprise solutions. “We are confident that its leadership in geospatial data processing and analytics, including lidar, will continue to drive success in our partnership.” (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
02 Mar 17. SHAPE’s cyber defence unit now trialling three-nation cyber incident system. NATO’s cyber security unit within Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), known as the NATO Computer Incident Response Capability (NCIRC), is now trialling a new three-nation cyber threat exchange system for a year to test the feasibility of its use during coalition operations. In addition, the system is set to expand, with three more countries joining its federated structure later this year, NATO announced on 28 February. “The nations are screaming for this kind of information exchange tool because we don’t have any equivalent like it in NATO,” said Frederic Jordan, head of the cyber security capability development branch at the NATO Communications and Information Agency in The Hague, which serves the NCIRC. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
01 Mar 17. DNI nominee puts cyberwarfare at top of threat list. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the nation’s top spy chief, former GOP Sen. Dan Coats, said cyberwar will be one of the top threats facing the U.S. in the years to come, along with terrorism.
During a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Feb. 28, Coats said he’s strong enough to stand up to any political interference from those seeking intelligence to back national security policy decisions, as well as a president who won’t always want to hear what his intelligence officials have to say.
“Given the situation that we are facing worldwide … we don’t have time just to be the nice guy,” Coats said.
Coats said the most challenging issues facing the U.S. include the rise in cyberwarfare and the threat from Islamic extremists from across the world. He said the intelligence community needs to be “laser-focused” on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, China’s pursuit of greater territory in the East and South China seas and Russian aggression that the U.S. needs to view with a “healthy degree of skepticism.”
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