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DigitalGlobe Releases California Wildfire Imagery

To support wildfire relief efforts in California, DigitalGlobe has released satellite imagery of Ventura and surrounding communities via its Open Data Program. This data includes fire perimeters established by first responders and allows users to inspect fire zones and assess damage at particular addresses. The imagery includes JPEGs taken with a Shortwave Infrared Sensor, which cuts through smoke to show where fires are active on the ground. DigitalGlobe has also partnered with Mapbox to update Mapbox’s fire tracking map with the newest available imagery.

SpaceX Completes First Mission With Reusable Rocket

SpaceX launched its first reusable rocket Friday for its 13th NASA supply run to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch was supplemented with a Falcon 9 first stage booster and a reused Dragon cargo capsule from an April 15 mission to the ISS. The rocket arrived at the station Sunday, delivering a 4,800-pound payload supporting onboard research.

Earth-i Chooses Spacemetric for Satellite Image Processing

British satellite firm Earth-i announced it will use Swedish photogrammetry software Spacemetric to process still imagery and video from a new prototype satellite scheduled for launch in January 2018. Spacemetric will geometrically pinpoint each pixel in every image frame and will correct for distortions due to Earth’s terrain or satellite movement. Once operational, the satellite prototype will help bring high-definition color video and agile revisit rates to Earth-i’s growing constellation.

USGS and NASA Select New Landsat Science Team

USGS and NASA revealed their selections for the new Landsat Science Team, which conducts Landsat-based research related to data acquisition, formats, datasets, and more in partnership with the Intelligence Community. Members will spend their five-year terms preparing for and managing the launch of Landsat 9 in 2020 and developing applications for new Landsat data.

Airbus Cybersecurity Releases Predictions for 2018

Airbus’ external cybersecurity business unit released its top tech predictions for 2018 based on this year’s operations trends. Among them are: weak social media security policies will hurt enterprises; attacks on wireless networks will rise; and encryption will continue to be a challenge for local law enforcement. According to Airbus, if companies do not treat data privacy as a necessity cyber threats will dominate in 2018.

Vencore Awarded Multiple Contracts

Vencore announced it was awarded multiple systems engineering and integration contracts for a number of U.S. government customers across the defense and intelligence communities. The contracts are collectively valued at more than $375 million for seven years of work.

Photo Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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Weekly GEOINT Community News http://trajectorymagazine.com/weekly-geoint-community-news-30/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:15:34 +0000 http://trajectorymagazine.com/?p=35378 Boundless Moves Headquarters to St. Louis; DigitalGlobe and Orbital Insight Expand Partnership; Planet Doubles Capacity to Capture Sub-One Meter Imagery

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Boundless Moves Headquarters to St. Louis

GIS company Boundless announced it will move its headquarters from New York City to St. Louis. The location change is a response to the explosion of the geospatial market in St. Louis (including its significant NGA presence) and a move to bolster the company’s recruiting efforts. Boundless plans to expand from approximately 100 employees to 150 in the next two years by leveraging the talent emerging from St. Louis area universities. Additionally, St. Louis has been recognized as a top startup city in America.

DigitalGlobe and Orbital Insight Expand Partnership

DigitalGlobe and analytics firm Orbital Insight expanded their existing data partnership in pursuit of global-scale analytic solutions to help businesses make better-informed decisions. Orbital Insight will become a partner on DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data (GBDX) platform to improve the resolution and spatial coverage of the data interpreted by the system. DigitalGlobe will grant Orbital Insight access to its time-lapse image library, which Orbital will use to refine its own consumer data analysis offering.

Planet Doubles Capacity to Capture Sub-One Meter Imagery

Planet made its twentieth satellite launch last week, sending six SkySats and four Doves aboard an Orbital-ATK rocket destined for a sun synchronous 500km orbit. The new SkySat constellation will double Planet’s capacity to capture sub-one meter imagery. The fleet was sent to an afternoon crossing time (as opposed to the typical morning crossing time) to capture new and diverse datasets.

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The MITRE Corporation appointed Samuel S. Visner the new leader of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (NCF). Visner joins MITRE from ICF International, where he served as senior vice president for cybersecurity and resilience. He’ll continue NCF’s recent efforts to streamline operations and expand academic and cybersecurity partnerships.

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Weekly GEOINT Community News http://trajectorymagazine.com/weekly-geoint-community-news-21/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:13:49 +0000 http://trajectorymagazine.com/?p=34826 GEOINT Community Maps Hurricane Harvey Devastation; BlackSky to Develop GEOINT Brokering Platform for U.S. Air Force; Airbus and CSO Alliance Partner for Maritime Crime Reporting Platform; exactEarth Brings More Satellites Into Service; More

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GEOINT Community Maps Hurricane Harvey Devastation

Members of the GEOINT Community are providing satellite imagery, launching crowdsourced mapping efforts, and more to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

On Friday evening, DigitalGlobe released more before-and-after satellite imagery from the region, and also announced the public can assist with relief efforts via the company’s Tomnod crowdsourcing platform.

Over the weekend, OGSystems announced it has teamed with its Geospark Analytics spin off and Planet to launch a crowdsourced effort to map flooded areas, road closures, and other devastation. The platform includes access to Planet imagery, Twitter feeds, live webcams, news streams, and more.

BlackSky to Develop GEOINT Brokering Platform for U.S. Air Force

The Air Force Research Lab awarded BlackSky a two-year, $16.4 million contract to develop and deliver a cloud-based geospatial intelligence brokering platform. The platform will provide on-demand analytics, collection, and information services from global data sources.

Airbus and CSO Alliance Partner for Maritime Crime Reporting Platform

Airbus Defense and Space partnered with CSO Alliance to build a custom online reporting platform to help counter maritime crime on a global scale. According to the Airbus press release, the platform will provide maritime Company Security Officers with a worldwide, voluntary, and anonymous incident reporting portal for assessing physical and cyber threat activities. The platform is expected to launch in early October.

exactEarth Brings More Satellites into Service

In partnership with Harris Corp., exactEarth is bringing five more satellites from its real-time constellation into service, raising the total to nine. Combined with exactEarth’s first-generation satellites, the company is operating the largest satellite AIS constellation in the world. Eight more real-time satellites are set to launch with Iridium NEXT in October.

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Vricon appointed Eric von Eckartsberg senior vice president of government and chief revenue officer. Von Eckartsberg will drive growth across the company’s U.S. government, international, and commercial sectors.

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Live Cyber-Location Intelligence http://trajectorymagazine.com/live-cyber-location-intelligence/ Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:25:42 +0000 http://trajectorymagazine.com/?p=34696 Mapping global cyber attacks in real time

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The Norse Corporation’s live attack map shows global cyber attacks as they occur.

By 2020 the worldwide number of wirelessly interconnected devices (such as smart home appliances, connected cars, and wearables) is predicted to reach 5.4 billion. While the Internet of Things (IoT) brings unprecedented information into our homes and hands, it also creates a plethora of poorly guarded targets for nefarious actors. The type and scope of modern cyber attacks is wide, and vigilance is necessary to limit damage and to discourage criminal web behavior.

San Francisco-based intelligence firm the Norse Corporation delivers live attack intelligence that helps its customers block attacks, uncover hidden breaches, and track threats emerging around the globe. Norse offers visibility into today’s digital strikes with its live attack map, which features real-time cyber tracking as invasive signals hit Norse’s infrastructure all over the world. The map is an explosive representation of the vulnerability of cyberspace and the prevalence of attacks.

A toolbar at the bottom of the map shows measurable information about live attacks, including attacker and target geo-locations, timestamps, attack types, and attacker identity and IP addresses.

Norse operates by attracting attacks—from both humans and viral malware bots—to its eight million sensors in 50 countries, identifying malicious source IP addresses, and alerting its customers to block those sources. Newsweek reports Norse’s map shows less than one percent of the data Norse receives at any given time.

Cybersecurity and defending against these shadowy attacks was a major discussion point at last week’s Department of Defense Intelligence Information System Worldwide Conference (DoDIIS), where the Norse map was displayed to reaffirm that cyber is among the most significant threats to U.S. infrastructure.

Photo Credit: Norse

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Analyzing Cyber Threat http://trajectorymagazine.com/analyzing-cyber-threat/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:25:34 +0000 http://trajectorymagazine.com/?p=34036 Tom Sawyer Software demonstrates new products alongside Oracle

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Tom Sawyer Software (Booth 1526) provides organizations with sophisticated graph and data visualization for geospatial intelligence analysis. The company works with defense systems integrators and U.S. federal customers on mission-critical projects.

“Our company name, Tom Sawyer Software, says a lot about our philosophy and what it means to try to build a great company—it’s a long journey down a winding river,” said CEO Brendan Madden. “Great things don’t come easily, we believe in building something that lasts.”

The company’s flagship product is Tom Sawyer Perspectives, which helps clients analyze cyber threats and criminal activity on a global scale. U.S. federal customers have used the technology for several years to filter, visualize, and analyze more than one trillion entities—people, events, places, and activities—from foreign and domestic sources.

At its GEOINT 2017 booth, Tom Sawyer Software highlights how to visualize, navigate, and analyze GEOINT data in desktop and web-enabled applications. Additionally, Oracle (Booth 1939) and Tom Sawyer Software are both showcasing a cyber threat analysis solution jointly developed by the two companies.

Tom Sawyer Software is also highlighting its new Tom Sawyer Maps functionality that combines the power of the company’s existing rule-based drawing views and the OpenLayers map library.

Image courtesy of Tom Sawyer Software.

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Discovering GEOINT Across the DHS Enterprise http://trajectorymagazine.com/discovering-geoint-across-dhs-enterprise/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:30:48 +0000 http://trajectorymagazine.com/?p=34004 A framework for knowledge sharing helps DHS make more, better use of GEOINT

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Next to warfighting and intelligence gathering abroad, it’s hard to imagine a more apt use for geospatial intelligence than crime fighting here at home. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is therefore a voracious user of GEOINT, according to David Lilley Jr., acting GIO and acting director of the DHS Geospatial Management Office.

There’s just one problem: Not all employees across the DHS enterprise realize what GEOINT services exist, how to access them, or in what ways to leverage and share them.

During a presentation Monday on the Government Pavilion Stage at GEOINT 2017, Lilley explained how his office is solving that problem by evangelizing, activating, and otherwise enabling GEOINT throughout DHS, which comprises more than one million people across a range of mission sets, including asset management, special events security, border patrol screening and vetting, law enforcement, and cybersecurity.

“We’ve got the opportunity to identify a lot of different organizations, data sets, capabilities and available tradecraft,” Lilley said, “And what we’ve tried to do is use an adaptive approach to making sure the community can reuse those capabilities.”

To that end, DHS has compiled a geospatial body of knowledge known as the Homeland Security Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS), a tour of which Lilley offered during his presentation.

We’ve got the opportunity to identify a lot of different organizations, data sets, capabilities and available tradecraft.” —David Lilley Jr., Acting GIO and Acting Director of the DHS Geospatial Management Office

“This concept of operations is helping us leverage existing capabilities and deliver those capabilities to mission owners,” explained Lilley, adding GeoCONOPS documents who at the federal, state, and local level is using GEOINT, as well as what data and training resources are available to help users deploy GEOINT more effectively.

“We’ve bundled all that into [GeoCONOPS] to help the community identify, reuse, and repurpose what’s available, and focus limited resources on true gaps that we have instead of repeating [efforts].”

The end goal for all stakeholders: increased security and savings.

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Playing Offense and Defense http://trajectorymagazine.com/playing-offense-defense/ Wed, 03 May 2017 14:06:46 +0000 http://trajectorymagazine.com/?p=32796 Q&A with National Counterintelligence Executive Bill Evanina

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William “Bill” Evanina serves as the National Counterintelligence Executive (NCIX) and director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Prior to being appointed by the DNI, Evanina held positions as chief of the CIA’s Counterespionage Group and as assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, where he led both the counterintelligence and counterterrorism divisions.

How would you describe your role as NCIX? What is your day-to-day like?

My role is triple-hatted. NCIX is a legislative position to lead and coordinate counterintelligence (CI) issues throughout the government and provide CI outreach to the private sector. As NCSC director I oversee CI for consulates and embassies around the world. Also, under the ODNI auspices, I am the National Manager for CI, developing policy strategy for top-level CI for the U.S.

My job is eclectic and different every single day. We facilitate operations and analytics throughout the Intelligence Community (IC) with respect to CI—not just against the big ones like Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, but also outside America and with our NATO and Five Eyes partners. Moving into the security realm, for example, today I’m going to the White House to deal with background investigation issues and reform efforts. In the past few months, with Russia [in the news], something new comes up all the time. We’re often defending against threats, but the good thing I get to see is the offensive excellence we have in the U.S. government—and that rarely gets reported.

What first drew you to work in CI?

Some of it was interest, and some of it was happenstance. In 2005 we had an insider threat at the FBI in New Jersey who we believed was spying and I got to head up that investigation. His name was Leandro Aragoncillo and he had previously worked at the White House. We investigated and charged him and he pleaded guilty to spying for the Philippines. After that I was sort of obsessed with spying and espionage. Coming from the terrorism side I wasn’t always aware of the insider threat. When I got promoted to the FBI in Washington, D.C., we were about a year away from taking down the Russian spy ring in 2010. It was just fascinating. It doesn’t get much luckier than to be a part of that—the investigation, the arrest, working with the CIA and the spy swap that occurred.

When I became chief of the CIA Counterespionage Group I had opportunities to brief DNI [James] Clapper and the directors of the CIA and FBI. When the NCIX job became available I had the opportunity and was appointed here. I’m a big believer in the slow bleeds that can be caused by nation state threats.

What role does geospatial intelligence play in NCSC’s mission?

GEOINT is probably the least appreciated INT in national security. It’s the fastest growing and most complex for multiple reasons. The globalization, privatization, and the capabilities being developed in the private sector have significant use and implications for the IC. But it’s a double-edged sword for the CI community. We look at GEOINT as an amazing tool that we’re able to exploit, ultimately to track the adversary and identify what they’re doing and how. But we also have to keep in mind our adversaries are doing the same thing. We are always in that pinball space, back and forth, of not only trying to find new, creative ways to utilize GEOINT, but also to ensure our offensive people are continuously educating our defensive people about its use.

With GEOINT, every month some new technology comes out and as it proliferates in the private sector the government has trouble keeping up with the capabilities out there. My goal as we move forward and use these tools every day is that we continue to understand they can also hurt us. And they do hurt us and our adversaries do use GEOINT against us. Looking at the horizon, what happens when you combine GEOINT with biometrics? What does that mean for our clandestine operators around the world and our ability to track our adversaries’ clandestine operators? GEOINT is a great case study for the IC to have offense and defense consistently aware not only of capabilities but of liabilities.

How does CI help prevent theft of technology and mitigate supply chain risks?

We’re in an aggressive campaign to educate the community about supply chain risks, starting with overhead platforms and the GEOINT Community. Our vector here in the next 10 to 20 years as we move to space is to provide uncompromised capabilities and analytics. Our adversaries are trying to compromise those things. If you look at it from a procurement/acquisition perspective on the supply chain side we need to add that layer of CI to ensure systems, rocketry, communications, and even widgets and micro-tech from the ground to the satellite aren’t compromised.

Say, for example, a general contractor has dozens of subcontractors. Every subcontractor is vulnerable to a foreign threat actor to penetrate the system and make it not work. It’s a big problem with multifaceted solutions. It all starts with awareness. Does the company know where it procures its material? Or who is doing IT security? Awareness is trying to get the C-suite companies all the way down to the startups to understand the significance of the supply chain.

As the IC, and in particular the GEOINT Community, begins to welcome more unclassified, open-source intelligence and consider the use of wireless devices, how does that change and heighten your mission?

It makes it very difficult. I’m a big proponent and understand the globalization and speed of technology. My office worked with the DNI to put out an interim policy on wireless devices in the IC, and it ruffled some feathers. It said not only are they a threat but we need to understand the risks. At home, people who work in the IC have the Internet of Things in everything—they come to work and expect a little bit of the same.

We have to work to improve efficiency in the workplace, but are unclassified and wireless really more efficient? I’m not totally against either. I don’t want to restrict progress but I want to continue to put a risk structure in place. But I can tell you if our adversary started to put wireless in their spaces we’d have to create multiple jobs because there would be so much work to do. To go wireless we must have the mitigations in place to maximize the protective capabilities we have to push back our foreign enemies who would try to compromise that. Again, it’s a catch 22.

How is artificial intelligence (AI) changing the CI mission and insider threat detection?

We use AI very effectively in the IC, and it’s even more effective in the private sector. But once again our adversaries are doing the same thing. As we proliferate progress we also have to be aware of the vulnerabilities. How do we get to a place were we can utilize AI in its purest form—add AI and machine learning with biometrics and you’re almost undefeatable in terms of what you could identify and analyze. AI is here to stay and it’s going to get bigger, faster, and more efficient.

In my world it is an enduring effort to educate those who use these capabilities but also those who could have it used against them. AI has great potential for showing us what we don’t know. One of the best insider threat programs we have uses AI.

What other thoughts would you like to share with the GEOINT Community?  

The race to use space as an intelligence gathering apparatus is on and in full swing with the U.S. and our adversaries (as well as friendly nations and frenemies) all in. And that race has to be won on our part, but it also has to be won in a careful manner because we don’t want to race to space and then have our stuff not work. Getting there uncompromised or minimally compromised is one thing we’re pushing in Congress. Let’s be patient and make sure we understand the threats.

In concert all things we do matter, from the private to the critical infrastructure and financial sectors. Take the theft of personally identifiable information—from Target and Sony to OPM and the last 6 months with the election. Ninety percent of that occurred from one thing—successful spearfishing, not sophisticated foreign government’s clandestine operations. No, just sending out emails with links and we’re clicking on them, then they’re having immediate access to our systems. The paradigm has to shift that as a country we’re all in this together. There has to be a holistic effort to protect America and that’s something we are trying to message. That this is a whole of government, whole of country effort.

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IARPA Launches CREATE Program

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) announced a multi-year research effort to develop and test large-scale, structured collaboration methods to improve reasoning. Named the Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking, and Evaluation (CREATE) program, it will improve analysts’ and decision-makers’ understanding of the evidence and assumptions that support or conflict with their conclusions. These tools will improve their ability to provide accurate, timely, and well-supported analyses of the complex problems facing the Intelligence Community. IARPA awarded CREATE research contracts to teams led by George Mason University, Syracuse University, Monash University, and the University of Melbourne.

DigitalGlobe Adds New GBDX Partners

DigitalGlobe announced growth of its ecosystem of content producers and consumers who leverage the company’s Geospatial Big Data analytics platform, GBDX. GBDX helps organizations extract actionable insight using geospatial data from various sources. Currently, SpaceKnow, CrowdAI, Facebook, PSMA, Lockheed Martin, Video Inform, and Precision Hawk have joined the GBDX ecosystem.

MITRE & Singapore University Establish Research Partnership

MITRE and the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore entered a joint research partnership to develop innovative technologies to support Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions and improve safety in workplaces, as well as to improve productivity and processes for Singapore courts. New technologies MITRE and the university plan to explore include artificial intelligence and machine learning, court analytics, decision support systems, and cybersecurity.

Air Force Academy Opens Cyber Center

The U.S. Air Force recently announced the Cyberworx Center at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., is now operational. According to The Gazette, the center has already completed three projects for the Air Force to help the service monitor its computer networks and better detect hacking threats

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The Library of Congress (LOC) appointed Paulette Marie Hasier chief of its geography and map division. Hasier most recently served as branch chief of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Research Center and Pentagon Map Library. She is the ninth person and first woman to be named chief of the LOC geography and map division.

Lyft hired Luc Vincent as vice president of engineering. Previously, Vincent founded and led Google’s Street View team. At Lyft, Vincent’s role will be focused on improving the company’s real-time navigation capabilities.

Photo Credit: DigitalGlobe

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At approximately 7:10 a.m. EST on Oct. 21, 2016, unidentified hackers executed a large-scale cyberattack against Dyn, a New Hampshire-based company that monitors and routes internet traffic. The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack—the largest ever of its kind—blocked access to websites such as Twitter, Tumblr, Netflix, Reddit, and Airbnb for internet users on the East Coast. Although no significant damage occurred, the attack was alarming because of the hackers’ modus operandi: They discreetly infected hundreds of thousands of “smart home” devices like internet-connected cameras, baby monitors, and thermostats with malware that hijacked the devices and used them to flood websites with so much junk traffic the sites could no longer accommodate legitimate visitors.

In a world abuzz with excitement about the Internet of Things (IoT), the attack was a blunt reminder that technology poses as many risks as benefits.

“It re-energized the conversation in this country about security,” said Rob Mott, vice president of military and intelligence solutions at Intergraph Government Solutions (now Hexagon US Federal). “People are beginning to understand: The more we rely on the internet, the more power we have—but also the more risk there might be.”

Indeed, the IoT comes bundled with threats as well as opportunities, according to Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google. Along with DDoS attacks, Cerf worries about specters like privacy breaches and data theft.

“Let’s suppose you have temperature sensors in a house and an unauthorized person is collecting data from them every five minutes. After six months, that person will have a pretty good idea of how many people live in the house and when they come and go, all of which might be very useful if they were planning to break into your house,” Cerf said.

It’s not just information that’s vulnerable. It’s the devices themselves, which could be hijacked by criminals or terrorists, according to Argonne National Laboratory Senior Scientist Pete Beckman.

“Suppose someone can turn off a hall light in your home. That’s annoying. But if someone can turn off all the lights in a hospital, that’s more than annoying,” he said, suggesting hackers could just as easily hijack connected thermostats to deny Americans heat in their homes, or turn all traffic lights in a city green or red to wreak havoc. “Those are the kinds of quick attacks that could have a really big impact.”

Policymakers have a responsibility to ensure public safety by passing IoT rules and regulations. Security must start, however, with the technology itself, according to Beckman, who said engineers and developers must design IoT products with security in mind. In particular, he advocates using distributed networks to make the IoT more resilient. “We have to build in distributed decision-making and distributed response so a single attack can’t disable an entire network,” he said.

Hardware and software likewise need to be reengineered with less vulnerability, which is a focus at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), according to Deputy Director for IT Mark Munsell. “[NGA is] looking at new methods of securing our network,” Munsell said. “A lot of our old systems have thousands if not millions of doors into our network. By moving to the cloud, we’re … building a house that only has one door, which we keep a real close eye on.”

NGA is well positioned to protect not only its own network, but also the networks of the nation at large. “Just like we have a role in securing the nation from physical threats, NGA has been asked to help secure the nation from cyber threats,” Munsell continued. “We’ll do this by using our expertise in mapping … to understand the physicality of the world’s networks, then take that up a notch through spatial analysis of devices and actors and activities.”

But the best line of defense in the IoT era might be citizens and consumers.

“All the people who were involved in [the DDoS attack against Dyn] had no idea their baby monitors had been hacked. But then again, they probably didn’t read the instructions to change their default passwords, either,” Barlow said. “As we move forward, there needs to be a cyber-education campaign to inform the public about the risks from technology and how to protect themselves.”

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DHS S&T Awards Small Businesses for Cybersecurity Research and Development

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $1.3 million to 13 small businesses for the development of new cybersecurity technology. Each business was awarded approximately $100,000 in preliminary funding through the DHS S&T Small Business Innovation Research program. Released in December 2015, the SBIR proposal solicitation included four topics to address the research and development needs of DHS components and the homeland security enterprise. See the full list of small businesses and what technologies they will develop.

AirMap Collaborates with The Weather Company

AirMap will work with IBM’s The Weather Company to deliver real-time, hyperlocal weather data directly to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators. AirMap is a provider of low-altitude airspace management services for unmanned aircraft. UAV operators will be able to access The Weather Company data via AirMap’s app for real-time information such as current and forecasted conditions including temperature, precipitation, pressure, cloud cover, and more.

AGI Establishes SKYVUE Business Unit

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) created a SKYVUE business unit to deliver unmanned air vehicle (UAV) Traffic Management software services for the needs of UAV operators. SKYVUE will leverage AGI’s situational awareness technology to provide air navigation services including airspace management, real-time flight monitoring, and deconfliction. The SKYVUE unit will be based in Exton, Pa., with a supporting office in Washington, D.C.

AECOM and the University of Salford Form Research Partnership

AECOM and the University of Salford in the United Kingdom formed a new research partnership with the goal of improving the understanding of how major infrastructure programs interact with the natural environment. AECOM and the university will jointly fund environmental research on topics directly applicable to major infrastructure projects.

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Cubic Global Defense appointed retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry senior vice president, business development of ground strategy. Terry will focus on expanding business opportunities for Cubic’s ground training systems and services for the Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations, and the Middle East region.

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