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Defense Giants Step Up IT Security Controls

Todd Neff | July 3, 2007

The U.S. Army describes its Future Combat Systems program as a “cohesive system-of-systems” comprised of software, networks, and hardware (as in next-generation tanks) that will allow the future soldier “to see first, understand first, act first, and finish decisively.”

Not long after Boeing was named a lead system integrator on the program in 2004, the company joined something called the Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program, or the TSCP. And so it entered a whole new realm of IT control.

Boeing’s work on the Future Combat Systems, like many of its projects, requires tight collaboration with trusted partners. Beyond standard IT security considerations and layers of compliance concerns (Sarbanes-Oxley and Gramm-Leach-Bliley among them), Future Combat Systems work had stark national-security and export control issues to contend with.

Boeing had to know precisely who was accessing what system when, and across company...

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