National Cybersecurity Center Announces Booz Allen Hamilton as Space ISAC Newest Founding Member
New Information Sharing and Analysis Center adds new Founding Member to Board
LOGAN, UT, August 6, 2019 – The National Cybersecurity Center (NCC), a national non-profit for cybersecurity influencers, and the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) jointly announced the launch of Space ISAC on April 8, 2019, during a classified session at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO. Today, the organizations announced the newest founding member of Space ISAC is Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) and that Chris Bogdan, senior vice president and a leader in Booz Allen’s aerospace business, will join the Space ISAC board.
The Space ISAC is the only space-dedicated ISAC and is made possible through the investment by its board and founding members. Booz Allen Hamilton joins the Space ISAC as an integral player with significant cybersecurity, engineering and analytics expertise.
NCC is recognized as a leader in cybersecurity and brings together leaders from across the globe at its annual Cyber Symposium. Together, NCC and the Space ISAC serve cyber influencers from the commercial sector, academia, government, and military and empower people to secure commercial, international, and military space communications from attacks on our global space assets. They are jointly building a research and development capability, cybersecurity training curriculum, and an analysis portal. With the addition of the Space ISAC, NCC is offering training on secure GPS and will be hosting a dialogue on the importance of international and commercial satellites on military communication at the Cyber Symposium. NCC also offers initial training, information sharing, and analysis portal to founding members.
ISACs are sector-specific, member-driven organizations stood up by the commercial sector with support from the federal government to collect, analyze, and disseminate all-hazards, actionable threat and mitigation information to asset owners, operators, and members.
Need for Space ISAC
The need for a Space ISAC was conceived by the Science & Technology Partnership Forum in 2017 in response to recognized information sharing gaps within the cybersecurity and space community. The Forum’s goal was to enhance the community’s ability to prepare for and respond to vulnerabilities, incidents, and threats; disseminate timely information; and serve as the primary communications channel for the sector with respect to this information. The Forum shared this vision at the 34th Space Symposium in April 2018.
The formation of the Space ISAC supports the White House’s National Cyber Strategy, published September 23, 2018, which states that “the Administration will enhance efforts to protect our space assets and support infrastructure from evolving cyber threats,” while working “with industry and international partners to strengthen the cyber resilience of existing and future space systems.” Locating the Space ISAC at the NCC means Space ISAC members will have access to Colorado’s space and cybersecurity ecosystems within the commercial and defense sectors and to the talents of the premier higher education institutions developing cybersecurity engineers.
To facilitate the Space ISAC’s origination and organization as the founding member, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS) has coordinated the organizational planning and federal government charter, funded the ISAC startup costs, and developed the operational plan for the Space ISAC. Kratos will continue to provide leadership within the Space ISAC and will recruit other industry- focused companies and organizations to build a robust Space ISAC membership.
Erin Miller of the National Cybersecurity Center said, “Our space community needs timely, actionable information to respond to attacks, and we can only do this if we work together in a high-trust information sharing environment.”
The initial founders of the Space ISAC serve as board members. Each board member has a role in fulfilling the mission of the ISAC: the mission to facilitate collaboration across the global space industry to enhance our ability to prepare for and respond to vulnerabilities, incidents, and threats; to disseminate timely and actionable information among member firms; and to serve as the primary communications channel for the sector with respect to this information.
“Booz Allen has a robust and growing space business, and we are pleased to join the Space ISAC and partner with its affiliates to focus on the important objective of protecting critical national space infrastructure,” said Space ISAC board member Chris Bogdan, senior vice president at Booz Allen. “With the increasing dependence on our space-based capabilities and the growing threat of combat in and from space, collaborations like the Space ISAC are essential for enhancing America’s offensive and defensive capabilities in space through the power of information and data.”
The vision for NCC came from the Governor of Colorado’s trip to Israel in 2016, where he assessed that we need to take an assertive role to secure the world. The NCC is a direct result of the Governor of Colorado’s vision to secure the world. NCC is a member driven community of cyber influencers from government, academia, industry and military. The NCC is tasked with offering policy advisement and awareness, blockchain training, and cybersecurity certifications.
NCC’s support to the Space ISAC will create a public-private alliance congruent with the legislation that envisioned it. NCC also has a goal to establish a cybersecurity institute and think tank that influences public policy and channels national resources. NCC leads a collaborative effort to use blockchain technology to develop a secure mobile voting app and offering blockchain training.
National Cybersecurity Center CEO Vance Brown said, “This intersection of space and cybersecurity represents a unique public-private partnership at the tip of the spear and is in perfect alignment with NCC’s vision to secure the world. The greatest threat to our space assets is our cyber interference. The NCC is uniquely qualified to facilitate the mitigation of cyber risks.”
About Booz Allen Hamilton
For more than 100 years, military, government, and business leaders have turned to Booz Allen Hamilton to solve their most complex problems. As a consulting firm with experts in analytics, digital, engineering, and cyber, we help organizations transform. We are a key partner on some of the most innovative programs for governments worldwide and trusted by their most sensitive agencies. We work shoulder to shoulder with clients, using a mission-first approach to choose the right strategy and technology to help them realize their vision. With global headquarters in McLean, Virginia and more than 80 offices worldwide, our firm employs more than 26,100 people and had revenue of $6.7 billion for the 12 months ending March 31, 2019. To learn more, visit BoozAllen.com. (NYSE: BAH)
About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.
Kratos develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms and systems for United States National Security related customers, allies and commercial enterprises. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technology for these industries are rapidly brought to market through proven commercial and venture capital backed approaches, including proactive research and streamlined development processes. Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, and combat systems. For more information go to www.KratosDefense.com.