Airbus Group Innovations awarded £1.4 million cyber protection study by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)


Mar 23rd, 2015

Airbus Group Innovations UK has been awarded the contract as part of Dstl’s Cyber Situational Awareness research project intended to develop and mature a Virtual Cyber Centre of Operations.

The contract will see Airbus Group Innovations, the corporate research and technology network of Airbus Group, develop a 3-D virtual world to enable collaboration and shared situational awareness. The Virtual Cyber Centre of Operations project will demonstrate how virtual collaboration might give commanders a better understanding of how they are being targeted by cyber enemies on the battlefield. The VCCO concept aims to provide decision makers and SMEs with an overview of the shared cyber environment, so they can understand where the threats might lie, and how they might collaborate securely to defeat those threats

Dstl’s Ben Parish (Cyber Situational Awareness Capability Adviser) says: ”We are pleased to be able to continue delivering excellent research on behalf of MOD through our industry partners. Cyber technologies are constantly evolving and it’s crucial for the UK’s Armed Forces to keep abreast of these developments. The research into the VCCO concept contributes to MOD’s understanding of how to be resilient to cyber-attacks and be better able to protect our interests in cyberspace”.

The challenge is that, as the threat and sophistication of cyber-attacks rises, there is an increasing threat to military capability. This contract will help study how British forces can stay ahead of the curve.

This research will help in the design and development of a new generation of Security Operations Centres (SOC), which give forces the ability to counter cyber threats when they are deployed.

The contract, awarded until March 2016 and funded by Dstl has an initial worth of £1.4m, and welcomes two SME subcontractors to the programme; MooD International and Xuvasi, who will provide visual analytics and event correlation data respectively. The collaboration between Airbus Group Innovations, MooD International and Xuvasi follows initial research by each supplier, previously funded through cyber themed competitions run via Dstl’s Centre for Defence Enterprise

Dr Kevin Jones, Research Team Leader – Cyber Operations, Airbus Group Innovations, Newport, said “This contract award follows 4 years of work with Dstl, and the collaboration and co-operation of multiple stakeholders. As cyber threats continue to develop both in complexity and technological advancement we are proud to be part of the MoD’s next step into modern cyber defence and understanding”.


About Airbus Group
Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2014, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 60.7 billion and employed a workforce of around 138,600.

About DSTL
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) maximises the impact of science and technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK, supplying sensitive and specialist S&T services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government.
Dstl is a trading fund of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with three main sites at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks.
Dstl works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas. Around 60% of MOD’s Science and Technology Programme is delivered by these external partners and suppliers.

About CDE
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), part of Dstl, funds research into novel, high-risk, high-potential benefit innovations.
It offers two routes to funding – the enduring challenge competition and a series of themed competitions for proposals that address particular defence and security challenges.

Working with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, and often providing an entry point into MOD for those new to defence, CDE aims to remove barriers for SMEs to enter the defence supply chain, providing a vital mechanism for defence to access their fresh thinking and capabilities.

Airbus Group Innovations awarded £1.4 million cyber protection study by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
• 16 month study leading towards a deployed Technology Demonstrator
• Will help the MOD judge if an attack is a single event or part of a more sophisticated multiple threat, able to impact an entire operation or network
• Virtual Cyber Centre of Operations (VCCO) brings together the right people, with the right information and right capabilities, at the right time.

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