[ISN] FAA Teams With IBM On Cybersecurity

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:00:53 -0600 (CST)

By J. Nicholas Hoover
March 30, 2010

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun a research and development 
pilot aimed at helping the agency detect and react to hackers before 
they have a chance to attack FAA systems, IBM and the FAA announced 

The pilot makes use of recently released IBM software called InfoSphere 
Streams, which was developed in conjunction with the Department of 
Defense and can perform realtime analytics on heavy throughput data 
streams of up to millions of events or messages per second. 

FAA security analysts are swamped on a daily basis with a massive volume 
of security information coming from the FAA's firewalls, intrusion 
detection systems, and wireless detection systems as well as data feeds 
from other agencies and commercial security services such as Verisign's 

"We're faced with information overload," Mike Brown, the FAA's director 
of information systems security, said in an interview. "The challenge 
for me is how to meld all that stuff together so that my analysts get 
the most comprehensive and up-to-date information in order to help them 
make decisions." 


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