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Dave McQueeney on IBM's Cyber Partnership with FAA

Dave McQueeney on IBM's Cyber Partnership with FAA - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Dave McQueeney on IBM's Cyber Partnership with FAA - top government contractors - best government contracting eventIBM has partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct research and development project to help secure the civilian aviation system from cyber threats. IBM will build a prototype security system which is scalable to work on the FAA’s high speed networks.

“The prototype system will go beyond traditional security approaches of encryption, firewalls, intrusion-detection devices and anti-virus software,” according a statement by IBM. “Not only will the flexible model be designed to look retrospectively at event occurrences and system compromises, it will be able to correlate historical traffic patterns with dynamic data from monitors, sensors and other devices capturing information about network traffic and user activity in real time.”

One of the key components of the new system will be streaming analytics which will allow the FAA to continuously analyze the data on its networks in real time. Additionally, the data can be stored for later analysis.

“Instead of detecting the symptoms of the attack, you detect the attack while the attacker is still getting his ducks in a row,” IBM federal CTO Dave McQueeney said.

“Cyber attacks have become a global pandemic and no system is immune,” said Todd Ramsey, general manager, U.S. Federal, IBM.  “Through this collaboration with the FAA, as well as others underway in government and the private sector, we hope to develop comprehensive solutions for protecting the digital and physical infrastructures of critical national networks and enterprise systems.”

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