Archive: IT

GoAhead Software Moving Its SAFfire Software From Proprietary To Open

By Geoff Fein GoAhead Software, a player in the Navy’s Common Processing System (CPS), is taking what might be seen as an unusual step in making its SAFfire software completely open, according to a company official. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company will be focusing its attentions away from doing things in a proprietary fashion to doing […]

Navy’s Eighth OA Report Highlights New Guidebooks, Continued Progress

By Geoff Fein The Navy’s eighth quarterly report to Congress on open architecture (OA) outlines a number of efforts the service plans for 2010 including publishing a guidebook for requirements officers and providing rules to incorporate OA into the enterprise architecture. This report also marks the end of the first year of the Navy providing […]

DHS, Southern Miss Developing Simulation Software For Stadium Evacuations

By Calvin Biesecker Researchers at the Univ. of Southern Mississippi are developing advanced simulation software that uses avatars to simulate how to quickly evacuate a packed stadium in the event of an attack or threat. The effort is being funded in part by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. SportEvac […]

Pentagon Establishes Minimum Standards For DoD Physical Access Control

By Calvin Biesecker The Defense Department late last year established minimum security standards for physical access control into its facilities and installations, a key step toward improving the ability to authenticate and authorize personnel accessing U.S. military bases. The new standards provide common "guidance to installation commanders on how they can handle physical access control," […]

IronKey Looks To Deter Cyber Thieves With New Product For Banks

By Geoff Fein With the ever increasing cyber threat to banking and financial information, one California company is developing a solution to protect data and ensure safe online transactions. Los Altos, Calif.-based IronKey is developing a new product for the commercial banking industry called Trusted Access for Banking, Frank Hecker, federal sales engineer for IronKey, […]

House Panel Authorizes $1.1 Billion For DHS S&T; Would Boost Cyber

By Calvin Biesecker A House panel on Tuesday approved an authorization bill for the Science and Technology (S&T) branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would boost the agency’s funding by $103 million over the Obama administration’s budget request in FY ’11, including doubling funding for research and development related to cyber security. […]

Nation Needs To Get Down To Business In Defending Cyber Space, Official Says

By Geoff Fein The nation needs a new cyber security strategy with a clear statement on the use of key elements of governmental authority, according to a Microsoft [MSFT] official. The country needs to improve the authority to prosecute individuals who are not deterred by political means, Cheri McGuire, director critical infrastructure and cyber security, […]

Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Win Navy’s CANES Award

By Geoff Fein The Navy yesterday awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] $14.9 million and Northrop Grumman [NOC] $17.4 million contracts for the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) system, a directed approach to reduce infrastructure and increase capability across surface ship networks. The two companies beat out separate entries from BAE Systems and Boeing [BA] […]

Lockheed Martin Introduces Platform For Smart Grid Assets

By Calvin Biesecker Lockheed Martin [LMT] yesterday introduced a new suite of software management tools it is offering to utilities, system operators and defense customers to give them more insight into their enterprise operations and to provide command and control of their smart grid assets. The Smart Energy Enterprise Suite (SEEsuite) consists of three products, […]

Five Companies Receive SPAWAR C2 IDIQ Award

CACI [CACI], Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC], G2 Software Systems Inc., Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Science Applications International Corp. [SAI] were each awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) award from the Navy to provide command and control (C2) software development as well as modification and enhancement of existing C2 and tactical data link systems. The contracts were awarded […]