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SATCOM Experts Outline Contracting, Security Challenges

SATCOM Experts Outline Contracting, Security Challenges - top government contractors - best government contracting eventIndustry officials told a conference panel Monday satellite communications are facing challenges ranging from contracting processes to post-launch security, Defense Systems reports. 

Panel members at the Satellite 2012 conference discussed the issues facing private companies’ ability to provide continuous satellite operation services to the U.S. government and other users, the report said.

Tim Shroyer, General Dynamics’ chief SATCOM technology officer, said security is a multi-faceted effort with numerous levels of both threats and solutions available to protect the links.

Andy Beegan, CTO at Inmarsat’s U.S. government unit, said some contractors have yet to adjust to the demands of modern-day operations.

Beegan said that the security requirements for most satellite contracts change from time to time, which causes problems when contractors have a fixed-price contract. 

Reginald Lewis, director of Defense Department services at SecureInfo, said management is another problem the SATCOM community has to face as the number of security threats to satellite operations increase. 

Determining the vulnerabilities of high-risk projects instead of spending money on low-risk projects should be a priority for organizations, according to Lewis.  

Lewis also said that companies must establish a system for assessing risks and impacts of security threats.

According to Lewis, the National Institute for Standards and Technology's 800-37 can provide a basic framework for risk management.

Lewis stressed that information security is critical and should be proactively manage because there is a different vulnerability every week. 

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