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C4I for Wed., March 8, 2017, Vol. #, Issue #.

Army To Bankroll Research Into Battlefield ‘Internet Of Things’

In future wars, the Army expects to fight on complex multi-domain battlefields in which almost every piece of equipment is connected to all others through a battlefield network.Vehicles, weapons, individual soldier gear down to radios and night-vision goggles all are increasingly networked and present innumerable access points for enemies to invade and disrupt the Army’s…

CSIS And Intel Security Report Show Attacker Advantages in Cybercrime, Defender Issues

A new report released March 1 from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Intel Security [INTC] finds attackers have the advantage in cybercrime while defenders are bound by bureaucracy in a set of misalignments.The report, Tilting the Playing Field: How Misaligned Incentives Work Against Cybersecurity, is based on interviews and an international survey…

House Panel Would Give NIST Oversight Role For Federal Cyber Security

Over the objections of most Democrats on the panel, the House Science Committee on March 1 passed a measure that would require a federal standards and measurement agency to lead an effort to assess how well other federal agencies are implementing an existing framework of cyber security best practices and also audit the effectiveness of…

NATO Debuts Cyber Coordination Tool For Alliance And Partner Countries

The NATO-developed Cyber Information and Incident Coordination System (CIICS) is debuting at the alliance’s cyber operations center the week of Feb. 27, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency), said Feb. 27.The CIICS was developed by the NCI Agency as part of the Multi National Cyber Defence Capability Development (MN CD2) project, an effort…

Navy Awards Four Multiple-Award Contracts For Procurement of Information Communication Technology And Equipment

The U.S. Navy awarded four separate indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) firm-fixed multiple-award five year contracts for procurement of information communication technology/equipment (ICT/E), the Defense Department said Feb. 23.The awardees are Cypher Analytics, doing business as Crown Point Systems, for $47.5 million; Cyber Core Technologies LLC for $47.5 million; ALOM Technologies Corp. for $14 million; and World Wide…

European Cyber Center Conducts Exercise With First Cyber-Kinetic Engagement

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) ran the Crossed Swords 2017 technical red teaming exercise earlier in February and included a cyber-kinetic engagement for the first time, the center said Feb. 27.The Crossed Swords exercised focused on developing the tactical execution skills in a responsive cyber defense scenario. The 2017 event featured…

Defense Department Launches Open Source Code.mil Initiative For Software Collaboration

The Department of Defense (DoD) launched Code.mil, an open source initiative allowing software developers to collaborate on unclassified code written in support of DoD projects, the department announced Feb. 23.DoD is working with the open source platform GitHub to experiment with fostering more collaboration between global private sector software developers and federal employees for software…

Cyber Focus For House Panel Is On DHS Organization, Procurement, And Workforce, Aide Says

The House Homeland Security Committee’s focus this year in the area of cyber security will be on organizing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to become more operational around the cyber mission, strengthen its cyber workforce and ensure the department is buying the technology it needs to defend federal networks, a committee aide said on…

DIA Awards GD $155 Million Contract To Manage Enterprise Communications For Combatant Commands

General Dynamics [GD] was awarded a $155 million five-year ordering period task order by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to manage enterprise communications for Defense Department Combatant Commands and subordinate units, the company said Feb. 21.The award was made under the Enterprise Communications Services 2 (ECS2) contract under the DIA’s Enhanced Solutions for the Information…

Palo Alto Networks Acquires Cybersecurity Behavioral Analytics Company LightCyber

Palo Alto Networks [PANW] has acquired LightCyber, a private cybersecurity company that previously developed an automated behavioral analytics technology, for $105 million in cash, Palo Alto Networks said Feb. 28.According to Gartner, a research and advisory firm, LightCyber has led the industry in these automated behavioral analytics capabilities. It uses machine learning to quickly and…

Symantec Forms Symantec Ventures To Accelerate Cyber Startups

Symantec Corp. [SYMC] formed Symantec Ventures to help cybersecurity startups accelerate the delivery of their innovation to the market, the company said March 2.As part of this effort Symantec will both contribute capital and aim to help the startup community reduce expenses and accelerate time to market, acting as an accelerator.The entity intends to provide…