AeroDefense Participates in NYC Drone Detection Evaluation

AeroDefense says it participated last fall in a drone detection system experiment hosted by the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command and the New York City Police Department in a dense urban environment. New Jersey-based AeroDefense says its radio frequency-based AirWarden system, which gen operate in portable and vehicle-based modes while in motion, was tested against several different size drones in the evaluation. The company says that dense urban environments are difficult for drone detection systems due to heavy RF traffic and large obstructions. AirWarden has been deployed in a high RF stadium environment since 2018 and has been used in Times Square, AeroDefense says.

CISA Introduces Vulnerability Disclosure Platform

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has introduced a new platform that allows federal civilian agencies to enable security researchers to legally probe select information systems and websites and report on vulnerabilities they discover. The platform follows the release in September 2020 by CISA of a Binding Operational Directive to the federal civilian executive branch requiring most agencies to create a vulnerability disclosure policy (VDP), which establishes mechanisms and methods for people that “find flaws in an agency’s digital infrastructure” where to report and the types of testing allowed for which systems. The new “VDP Platform provides a single, centrally managed website that agencies can leverage as the primary point of entry for intaking, triaging, and routing vulnerabilities disclosed by researchers,” Eric Goldstein, CISA’s executive assistant director for cybersecurity, wrote July 29 on the agency’s blog. “It enables researchers and members of the general public to find vulnerabilities in agency websites and submit reports for analysis.” The VDP Platform was created by Bugcrowd Inc. and EnDyna for CISA.

Telos Acquires Assets of Diamond Fortress Technologies

Telos Corp. [TLS] has acquired the assets of Diamond Fortress Technologies (DFT), giving it the ONYX touchless fingerprinting software that will now be integrated with Telos’ ID Trust360 platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ONYX is used to turn a mobile device’s camera into a fingerprint capture device, enabling fast and easy collection of fingerprint biometrics. Telos has brought on seven DFT employees, including key patent holders, critical to the growth of the technology. “Enhancing IDTrust360 with ONYX will provide a game-changing licensed technology stack for organizations that are interested in mobile-enabled biometric capture and authentication services,” says John Wood, chairman and CEO of Telos. “We believe the acquisition of this patented touchless fingerprinting technology will allow us to eliminate much of the friction involved in biometric data gathering for identity and access management to better serve our growing customer base at both the enterprise and consumer levels.”