DUBAI AIR SHOW NEWS: Raytheon Works to Bolster Cybersecurity in the Middle East

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DUBAI AIR SHOW NEWS: Raytheon Works to Bolster Cybersecurity in the Middle East

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Raytheon is work­ing to improve cyber­se­cu­ri­ty in the Middle East as coun­tries in the region pur­sue advanced tech­nolo­gies.

Tom Goodman, direc­tor of glob­al cyber solu­tions, said in an inter­view Nov. 17 that the Middle East can be espe­cial­ly vul­ner­a­ble to cyber attacks due to its unique posi­tion.

“Where the Middle East sits right now, geo­graph­i­cal­ly and polit­i­cal­ly, they tend to be tar­get­ed more aggres­sive­ly than oth­er parts of the world,” Goodman said at the Dubai Air Show. “They’re posi­tioned in such a way that they can be tar­get­ed fair­ly eas­i­ly by a num­ber of dif­fer­ent region­al and glob­al threat actors.”

Countries in the region are also putting a focus on advanced tech­nolo­gies by invest­ing in areas such as smart cities and avi­a­tion sys­tems, which are often tar­get­ed by cyber threat actors. One of the most preva­lent prob­lems in the region includes data theft, Goodman said.

“There’s a lot of attempts to exploit trust between orga­ni­za­tions, trust between net­works,” he not­ed. “There’s cap­tur­ing of cre­den­tials [and] things like that.”

To counter these threats, Raytheon has focused on estab­lish­ing local cyber­se­cu­ri­ty capa­bil­i­ties, he said, not­ing that many stu­dents in the region have a “sig­nif­i­cant inter­est” in the field.

“Human cap­i­tal is real­ly one of the big chal­lenges in this field,” Goodman said. There’s nev­er enough peo­ple for the amount of jobs that are avail­able right now.”

To help build this work­force, the com­pa­ny has a cloud-based cyber acad­e­my that has 100, 200, 300 and 400 series class­es sim­i­lar to that of a tra­di­tion­al uni­ver­si­ty.

“They get access to some of the most cur­rent com­mer­cial tools,” he said. “We train them on being able to use these and we give them very spe­cif­ic use case sce­nar­ios that help them under­stand how do they triage a prob­lem and work through to a solu­tion.”

The com­pa­ny has a new ini­tia­tive through the acad­e­my focused on reverse engi­neer­ing mal­ware, a process that involves break­ing down a soft­ware pro­gram to see if there are secu­ri­ty flaws.

“There’s so many things that change about mal­ware on an almost hourly basis,” he said.

Raytheon hopes to have stu­dents that are able to tran­si­tion from learn­ing fun­da­men­tal cyber­se­cu­ri­ty skills to fol­low­ing a more spe­cif­ic career path such as a secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions cen­ter oper­a­tor, he not­ed.

“Students can then move into a much more focused track,” he said. “That way when they fin­ish the train­ing they are com­ing out of it, not with just a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, but actu­al hands-on expe­ri­ence and skills that they can apply imme­di­ate­ly.”

The com­pa­ny also has train­ing avail­able to com­pa­ny exec­u­tives who may not be famil­iar with the more tech­ni­cal aspects of the tech­nol­o­gy, he not­ed.

Topics: Global Defense Market, International, Cyber, Cybersecurity

Source: NDIA

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