US Army Seeks Leap-Ahead Cyber Defense Tech
he US Army is seeking to equip its cyber warriors with cutting-edge networking hardware, and it is going outside the traditional acquisitions system to do it.

The easily transportable "fly-away" kit of hardware and software would travel with the Army's cyber protection teams, whose job involves hunting inside the military's networks for intrusions and fighting off cyber attacks.

The Army issued a presolicitation notice June 19 for the equipment, called a deployable defensive cyberspace operations infrastructure capability, which would provide commanders with tools for "quick reaction, cyber defense reinforcement, and security enhancement capabilities," the notice said.

The kits would interface with Army networks to let the teams, "conduct countermeasures in real-time enabling commanders to take immediate action in the execution of network defense," according to an Army news release.

The cyber protection teams work for the military's geographic commands the world over, and are organized to perform one of five key cyber defensive mission functions: mission protection, discovery and counter infiltration, cyber threat emulation, inspection, and cyber support.