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UK unveils £63m cybercrime spend

February 16th, 2011 by David No Comments

The UK government has announced a £63m investment against cyber crime.

The funding will be taken from the £650m allocated to overall cyber security within 2010’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

The SDSR flagged cyber warfare as a significant future risk and allocated resources accordingly, despite cutting defence spending on many other conventional areas.

“At a time of government cutbacks it is significant that there has been an extra £63 million earmarked for the fight against cyber crime. This type of crime is both technically difficult to investigate and very expensive to tackle,” said Neill Blundell, a UK partner and anti-fraud specialist at law firm Eversheds.

“There is also the possibility of cyber terrorism, where terrorists target and try and bring down parts of our infrastructure or seek to obtain classified information on sites of interest like nuclear or military bases,” added Blundell.

General Dynamics wins $9m US Marines IT contract

February 14th, 2011 by David No Comments

The US Marine Corps has handed General Dynamics a $9.3m contract to upgrade IT systems at its bases.

The eight month order will be to perform network systems integration with the US Marines System Command, as part of the US Air Force’s Network-Centric Solutions (Netcents) deal.

As part of the Netcents arrangement, General Dynamics will engineer, design, install and test new dense wavelength division multiplexing transport network for three Marine Corps bases.

The work will be performed at Camp Pendleton, California; Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego; and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

WIKILEAKS PROMPTS ‘NEED TO KNOW’ VS ‘NEED TO SHARE’ SHAKEUP

December 9th, 2010 by admin No Comments

Commanders will continue to see the value in sharing information, despite the legacy of Wikileaks disclosures, but sensitive data will be more tightly controlled in future, according to Robert Butler, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber and space policy.

Cyber-security policy should strike the right balance between instances of ‘need to know’ data and ‘need to share’ information, said Butler, in an interview published by the American Forces Press Service.

The Wikileaks disclosure of military correspondence, and latterly US diplomatic cables, would nevertheless lead to additional controls to protect defense data.

Butler said the leaks had highlighted the tension over sharing intelligence, even between allies.

“Commanders in the field recognize … it’s really about coalition war-fighting, and it’s about sharing information with partners,” he said.

“This is true whether the military is involved in humanitarian operations or war-fighting,” said Butler.

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