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CYBER WARFARE UPDATE

14 Jan 11. Boeing has formed a new Information Solutions business to more efficiently offer proven, military-grade, software-based solutions for customers including the Department of Defense, the U.S. Intelligence Community, federal and international governments, and Fortune 1000 customers. John Hinshaw, Boeing’s former chief information officer, will lead the new business as its vice president and general manager. Information Solutions, a division of Network & Space Systems, part of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) operating unit, combines teams with similar operating cultures and software-development expertise from across BDS, including:
–The cybersecurity and intelligence capabilities of Network & Space Systems’ Intelligence & Security Systems division
–The logistics command and control (LogC2) business Tapestry Solutions and international LogC2 work, both from Boeing Global Services & Support. (Source: ASD Network)

17 Jan 11. The winners of the QinetiQ Network Defence Competition – one of the competitions launched by Cyber Security Challenge – have been announced following a series of challenges over the weekend where competing teams battled head to head for cyber security glory. Four semi-final teams locked horns with QinetiQ’s own cyber security professionals and defended their self-designed technology networks from increasingly intensive and sophisticated waves of attack from some of the best penetration testers in the country. Team Glitch – a team of upper sixth school pupils featuring Stuart Rennie, Lucy Robson and Yung-Yu Lang won Saturday’s category for small networks. Whilst team PEBKAC, a group of post graduates featuring Richard Hodgson, Alistair Senior and Tony Shannon won the medium networks category on Sunday. Both teams will receive a prize from a pool of career building and education-focused options that include internships with Sophos, experience on the CREST penetration testing rig, and free Sans Institute and 7Safe training places. The members of Team Glitch and Team PEBKAC also win a place in the Challenge final – The Masterclass – hosted in Bristol at HP Labs during March later this year. Here they will compete as individuals alongside winners from the other two Challenge feeder competitions for the chance to be crowned the UK’s Cyber Security Champion. This weekend’s competition is the second of three that make up the 2010 Cyber Security Challenge UK. The third feeder competition, the Sophos and SANS Institute Treasure Hunt, reaches its finale on 29 January at Sophos’s Labs in Abingdon where 25 individuals will compete against each other to also win places at The Masterclass in March. The charge towards the 2011 Cyber Security Challenge UK has already begun. Registrations for the UK Category of the DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge set by the US Department for Defence are already open. Anyone interested in testing their mettle should visit www.dc3.mil/challenge/2011

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