Design An Advanced Cyber Security System For The FAA
Mar 31, 2010 - IBM and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working together on a Research and Development project to protect the nation's civilian aviation system from the ever-growing threat of cyber attacks.
and cyber security experts will design and build a prototype security
system capable of scaling to accommodate the FAA's high-speed networks.
The project will introduce first-of-a-kind security analytics technologies and entirely new approaches to protecting large digital and physical infrastructures from hacking, botnets, malware and other forms of cyber attacks.
The prototype system will go beyond traditional security approaches of
encryption, firewalls, intrusion-detection devices and anti-virus
software. 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.
Streaming analytics will be a key design component of the FAA prototype
system. This advanced technology will enable the FAA to continually
analyze the massive amounts of data flowing through its networks in real
time and get fast and accurate insights about possible threats and
system compromises in time to take action. The FAA will also be able to
store real-time results in a data warehouse for later analysis and
In the design, customized executive-level dashboards will be used to deliver up-to-the-second information on the security posture of the FAA networks. These dashboards will give FAA officials visual representations of network workloads, tickets for found malware, and historical trends to facilitate decision making and early action in the event of network anomalies suggesting a possible attack.
"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."
The pilot project
is part of IBM's First-of-a-Kind (FOAK) program, which engages
scientists from IBM Research with clients to explore and pilot emerging
technologies that address real world problems.
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