C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

ARL research addresses bandwidth challenges for battlefield cyber defence

15 July 2019

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is seeking to address bandwidth restrictions in its tactical networks, work that could have several cybersecurity advantages on the battlefield, the organisation told Jane’s.

The work was initiated to solve problems that ARL and its Cyber Security Service Providers (CSSPs) were facing in ‘sustaining base’ networks (networks for sustainment rather than combat deployment), although ARL “always hoped that our research would benefit the warfighter by allowing traditional network intrusion techniques to be useful on the battlefield”, said Sidney C Smith, a computer scientist at ARL who led the project.

In the commercial world, cybersecurity systems use distributed network intrusion techniques that enable a small number of trained analysts to monitor multiple networks at the same time, according to ARL.

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