Archive: IT

DHS S&T Exploring Several Paths To Improving EDS Software

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) branch is working several parallel paths to improving capabilities of next-generation explosives detection systems (EDS) through software enhancements of the image processing, agency officials told sister publication TR2. These efforts to explore the separation of EDS hardware and software development are expected […]

AIA And Internet Security Alliance Launch Cyber Security Information Center

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) have partnered to provide information and tools to help identify threats to a company’s information technology infrastructure. Costs for cyber security are increasing dramatically as the threat landscape grows in volume and complexity. By offering the service, AIA is hoping to provide information regarding […]

Technology Alliance Formed To Promote Wireless Data Standard

By Calvin Biesecker A cross-industry alliance of technology firms has been created to promote a standard for wireless data that is used in technology that tracks shipments by the U.S. military and is increasingly being used by commercial customers, the DASH7 Alliance said yesterday. The wireless data standard, known as 18000-7, is used in active […]

Raytheon Interoperable Communications Technology Gets SAFETY Act Approval

Raytheon [RTN] yesterday said its radio control interconnection technology has received SAFETY Act approval by the Department of Homeland Security, which means the company gets legal liability protections as a supplier of the systems. The company’s audio control unit technology provides public safety agencies a way to interconnect existing radio equipment with other radio systems […]

Navy Using OA Approach For Monitoring Bunker Hill’s Network

By Geoff Fein As part of the Aegis modernization effort on the USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), Lockheed Martin [LMT] is incorporating CA’s [CA] Spectrum Network Fault Manager to monitor the health of the network infrastructure, according to CA. CA helps verify the performance and availability of computing networks with automated service, fault and configuration management. […]

Navy Continues To Expand OA Across Undersea, Surface, Air, Space Programs, Report Says

By Geoff Fein The Navy issued its fifth quarterly open architecture (OA) report to Congress, outlining efforts including the release of an acquisition management plan, a draft architecture description document (ADD), as well as adding or modifying contract language to provide contractors incentives for adhering to open standards. The February 2009 report notes that the […]

ManTech Acquires Cyber Security Firm

ManTech International [MANT] yesterday said it has acquired the small firm DDK Technology Group, Inc., bolstering its capabilities in cyber security and information technology support. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ManTech said that DDK, which is a small veteran owned business, is expected to generate $14 million in sales this year. Maryland-based DDK […]

CSC Establishes Cyber Security Center

Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC] said yesterday it has established a virtual cyber security center that will allow it and its government and commercial customers to simulate current and future cyber environments, threats and security solutions. The new center will be composed of the company’s Maryland-based Innovation Laboratory, and its Virginia-based Infrastructure Laboratory and Service Oriented […]

Navy Needs To Continue Technological Investment In Unmanned Systems, Official Says

By Geoff Fein Unmanned systems are an area the Navy should continue to invest in, from a technological point of view, as the service learns just what those platforms are capable of doing, said the Navy’s top civilian leader. "I think we are just starting to learn with unmanned systems, in a variety of ways," […]

DHS Still Needs To Address Shortfalls In Meeting Cyber Security Responsibilities, GAO Says

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is the lead federal agency for overseeing the cyber defense of the nation’s critical infrastructure, continues to fall short in meeting its roles and responsibilities here, a Government Accountability Official (GAO) said yesterday. Since 2005 the GAO has made 30 recommendations in various reports on […]