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Critical information protection support for DOD


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Alion Science And Technology
: 03 December, 2009  (Application Story)
The US Department of Defence is using Alion Science and Technology to provide support for securing, standardising and automating processes dealing with critical information
Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, has been awarded a $2.8 million task order to enhance and support an Alion-developed secure, automated system that Department of Defence Operations Security (OPSEC) personnel use to collect, analyse and collaborate on critical information, vulnerabilities, and threat.

Awarded as a task order to the Navy Information Operations Command under the Modelling and Simulation Information Analysis Centre (MSIAC) contract vehicle, Alion will address a common challenge facing OPSEC decision-makers across all services and Defence agencies. The challenge is to standardize OPSEC assessments and analysis in order to provide US military forces with accurate data on their vulnerability posture in order to decrease their operational risk associated with information disclosure.

To meet the challenge and improve situational awareness, Alion developed the Operations Security Collaboration ARchitecture (OSCAR). OSCAR is a secure, automated and standardized risk and vulnerability management program that aids OPSEC officers, assessors and analysts in the selection of appropriate countermeasures to meet leadership’s risk-level expectations.

“We believe that through the development and deployment of OSCAR, Alion has helped the OPSEC community take a major step forward. OSCAR enables OPSEC managers to identify critical information, analyse threats, assess vulnerabilities, analyse risks and apply countermeasures,” said RADM Dick Brooks, USN (Ret), Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Distributed Simulation Group. “We are supporting the DoD by providing a framework to track security implementation based on risk reduction.”

OPSEC is a DoD process that denies our adversaries access to our critical information. It determines whether critical or sensitive military information could be accessed and compiled into useful intelligence to benefit adversaries. Based on analysis of OPSEC data, countermeasures can be implemented to eliminate or reduce the risk associated with exploited information.

MSIAC, which is operated by Alion, is a US Department of Defence Information Analysis Centre that supports the modelling and simulation (M&S) community and provides broad support for M&S programs throughout the government. In addition, M&S University, developed by Alion for the MSIAC, provides training on using M&S to make training, acquisition, logistics and experimentation more effective. MSIAC is staffed with subject-matter experts to provide users with focused, expert assistance and unbiased scientific, technical and operational support information.
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