cyber situational awareness

Army seeks new tools to pierce the data fog of war

Just as situational awareness is critical to troops in the field, cyber situational awareness allows a commander to visualize the risks associated with the networks and assets supporting a given mission.

In an effort to boost cyber situational awareness, the Army on Oct. 27 announced  a Cyber Innovation Challenge for software that delivers visualizations of a wide range of mission-specific data.  Those data sources could include network topology, friendly asset and open-source information, key-user and threat activity information and overlays of cyber assets on terrain.  The tool must be able to accommodate them all, while also supporting interoperability with external mission-command systems.

The cyber situational awareness prototype should provide brigade-level customization, and feature time-relevant data for risk-based decision-making. The tool should also be capable of sharing relevant information with the broader stakeholder community, as well as providing modeling and simulation activities and analytics on local data stores, the notice said. 

An industry day to discuss the initiative is planned for mid-November. 

About the Author

Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.

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