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Researchers Help Ensure Security of Military Logistics

By ­niversity of Texas at Dallas

October 22, 2009

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University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) professor Bhavani Thuraisingham, director of UTD's CyberSecurity Research Center, believes it is possible to establish data security for large military logistics systems even if the system's component parts come for multiple companies that are not secure. "The challenge for security researchers is to develop appropriate security architectures to ensure that the system operates securely even if individual components fail," Thuraisingham says. She spoke at a recent panel discussion that included U.S. Department of Homeland Security inspector general Richard Skinner, the deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics vice admiral Michael Loose, and the U.S. Department of Defense's U.S. Transportation Command deputy commander vice admiral Mark Harnitchek.

Thuraisingham also says that data-mining techniques can be used to detect viruses and malicious software that may have been introduced into the supply chain process. Thuraisingham's team is developing architectural solutions for secure systems, conducting risk analysis and risk modeling, and using data-mining techniques in security.

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