By Josh Rogin
Sept. 11, 2006
The Air Force Research Laboratorys Information Directorate has awarded a
$9.5 million contract to Lockheed Martin for research in enhanced
computer network security.
Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide software, testing and
evaluation reports and demonstrations related to implementing the World
Infrastructure Security Environment (WISE) concept, said Frances Rose,
program manager for the labs Information Grid Division, in a statement.
The WISE program contemplates providing near-term technology solutions
to the improvements of information assurance efforts, as well as
researching long-term, innovative solutions to information security
concerns, she said.
WISE intends to develop capabilities to monitor host activity in real
time, alert analysts of information attacks and recommend
information-based countermeasures, according to analyst reports. The Air
Force plans to incorporate WISE into its Cyber Security Management
System, the reports state.
Orincon Information Assurance of San Diego won the initial contract to
develop WISE in April 2003. In late 2003, Lockheed Martin acquired
Omicron and its 250 employees.
Orincon received funding for WISE under the congressionally mandated
Small Business Innovative Research Program. The program is aimed at
fostering small businesses technology innovation, said Christine
Anderson, director of requirements at the lab. The lab is the executive
agent for the program in the Air Force.
The technology developed under WISE was originally intended for Air
Force and DOD use, but will likely be applied to various commercial
uses, said Rose. The current contract has a term of three years.
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