New Army Lab to Support Collaborative Cybersecurity Research

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The U.S. Army has established a cyber defense research laboratory to offer industry and federally-funded partners access to live cybersecurity data.

The Army Cyber-research Analytics Laboratory is built through a partnership between the Army Research Laboratory and the Army Cyber Command, the service branch said Thursday.

Akhilomen Oniha, technical architecture team lead for ACAL, said the facility will support physical or remote access to help researchers evaluate and address emerging cyber threats.

The laboratory includes three distributed computation clusters and the largest system is designed with more than two petabytes of raw storage, 20 terabytes of random-access memory, 1,500 central processing unit cores and 10- to 40- gigabyte networking capacity, the Army noted.

Officials said they believe ACAL will serve as a key research platform that will inform the Army operating concept for future multi-domain battles.

ARL personnel also expect ACAL to deliver analytics support to ARL, Army Cyber Command, Network Enterprise Technology Command and their partners.

The laboratory will also aid personnel training, product integration, systems engineering and integrated tests using real-world data, the Army said.

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