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Iranian commander calls for strategy against cyberattacks

October 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A senior Iranian military commander said Monday that Iran needs a new strategy to protect its infrastructure from computer attacks, state-affiliated Fars News Agency reports. "Cyber threats against Iran's national security infrastructure have found a special place and share in enemies' hostile strategy,” said Deputy Chief of Staff of the ...

CIA seeks to expand drone fleet

October 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The CIA is asking the White House to approve an expansion of armed drones to address al-Qaeda threats in North Africa and sustain strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, the Washington Post reports. The CIA’s proposal would be evaluated by a group led by President Obama’s counter­terrorism adviser, John Brennan. If ...

Israeli police react to cyberattack tip

October 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Israeli police officials on Thursday ordered officers to disconnect computers from the Internet to prevent the spread of a possible computer-based attack, Haaretz reports. The police received a tip that a virus would be planted in a central computer system with a USB flash drive or compact disc, according to ...

Pentagon cyber-threat sharing program lost participants

October 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Pentagon effort designed to share information on computer threats with defense contractors has lost members, InsideDefense reports. Five of the initial 17 members have pulled out of the Defense Industrial Base Enhanced Cybersecurity Services group, a component of the department's cybersecurity information assurance program, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed to ...

DARPA to fund development of laser systems

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The military’s venture capital arm is looking to back research and development of advanced laser radar systems, contract databases indicate. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is planning a $12 million funding drive called Laser Radar Technology to bolster laser detection technology that can be deployed by the Pentagon. DARPA ...

Huawei offers Australian government 'unrestricted' access to gear, software code

October 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Huawei, the Chinese telcom gear provider banned from being a supplier for the Australian national broadband network, has called for a government-run body tasked with checking equipment for security backdoors, The Australian Financial Review reports. The proposal is the firm’s attempt to quell fears that it is a national security ...

Software company BMC attracts buyout interest

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BMC Software Inc., which develops software for managing computer networks in virtual and cloud environments, has attracted buyout interest from KKR & Co. and TPG Capital, Bloomberg reports. Bain Capital also is considering bidding. BMC’s government customers have included the Army, Pentagon and Coast Guard, according to the company’s website. ...

Raytheon acquires Teligy in bid to expand security offerings

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Raytheon has acquired technology development company Teligy for an undisclosed price, the defense contractor announced. The acquisition, Raytheon's 11th cyber-related one since 2007, signals the company seeks to boost its security offerings in wireless communications, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering, custom kernel software and device driver development. Greer, S.C.-based Teligy creates ...

France to send drones for Mali crisis

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow France is gearing up to divert surveillance drones to west Africa, Reuters reports. French officials are seeking to direct international military action to help Mali's government win back the northern part of the country from rebels affiliated with al-Qaeda. U.S. and French military leaders and diplomats, as well as U.S. ...

Pentagon to fund new ways to detect explosives

October 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The defense venture wing wants to put money into developing contactless technology that detects explosives embedded in opaque, water-heavy objects such as “mud, meat [and] animal carcasses,” contract databases show. The slated funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could seed devices to speed up detection and disposal of ...