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Croom to lead Lockheed cyber strategy

Lockheed Martin announced in October that it established a Center for Cyber Security Innovation (CCSI) to centralize the company’s enterprise cybersecurity practices in a single unit.

Charles Croom, a former Defense Information Systems Agency director and commander of Joint Task Force- Global Network Operations, has taken the helm of Lockheed Martin’s overall cybersecurity strategy, as vice president of cybersecurity solutions.

Leading CCSI will be Lee Holcomb, former chief technology officer at the Homeland Security Department.

As CCSI vice president, Holcomb will manage technology solutions development, ensure process excellence, oversee talent development, and guide strategic cybersecurity research and development, including partnerships with universities and industry to make investments in innovations and recruit new employees.

Microsoft and Motorola announced that Motorola’s Windows Mobile-based Good Mobile Messaging Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions has passed the Army’s Authority to Operate certification process. Good S/MIME provides secure messaging for mobile devices with Common Access Card authentication, e-mail and attachment encryption and signing, and wireless synchronization of all certificates. It is compatible with a variety of the most popular Windows Mobile smart phone devices, including the MOTO Q and Q9 families, which use DOD-certified CAC readers.

The move puts the two companies in competition with Research in Motion’s Blackberry technology. The Army has already started to acquire phones with Good S/MIME through resellers, said Ravi Iyer, group product manager at Motorola’s Good unit. The software integrates with Microsoft’s Exchange mail platform.

Reliable and secure mobile messaging is critical to government organizations that need to access and distribute sensitive information. Good S/MIME authenticates e-mail from senders and receivers before employees can read messages on a smart phone, ensuring workers’ devices are secure at all locations.

CG2, a subsidiary of Quantum3D, announced in October that Phase II of its Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) Database Generation Process project for the Naval Air Systems Command is nearly complete. The effort is part of a Small Business Innovation Research project Phase II awarded in February 2007, and it converts Lidar scans into visual database terrain and models with little or no human interaction. The technology can process natural and man-made features.

One of the primary goals of the project is to reduce the amount of work required to create realistic simulation environments by processing high-resolution Lidar data. Warfighters could merge Lidar and geospatial data into visual models of military operations or assessments of battle damage. The CG2 Lidar Database Generation Process can identify trees, buildings and roads in Lidar data and then convert those features into visual database components. Preliminary tests have focused on collecting and aligning multiple, overlapping data scans from aircraft or unmanned air vehicles.

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