The U.S. Air Force has partnered with Engility to conduct a cyber risk audit of the service branch’s over 100 command-and-control systems as well as battle situation awareness platforms, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.
The military branch previously awarded the company a potential $31 million contract as part of the Defense Department’s efforts to build up the systems’ cyber defense capabilities.
Scott Maucione writes the Air Force will work to evaluate the systems and ensure that they comply with the security controls of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
“If we are conducting assessments across three or four enterprise level command and control systems, if we see trends in that particular area then we will work with our customer to help make recommendations so the various program managers can implement the correct security controls,” said Floyd McKinney, director for cyber at Engility.
Maucione reported the company will focus the audits on C2 systems’ software and hardware under the contract with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, which is part of the Defense Technical Information Center.
Air Force program managers will collaborate with Engility in order to get the authority-to-operate certificate that would ensure that cyber risks are mitigated and security controls for the systems are implemented and verified independently, according to the report.