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U.S. Army Opens Cybersecurity Center

"A new direction in the way we develop and deploy capabilities to defend Army networks" -

Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command

The U.S Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has announced the creation of the Army Cyber-research Analytics Laboratory (ACAL). The laboratory provides industrial and federally funded partners access to highly sensitive cyber security data.

The new department was created out of a partnership with the Army Cyber Command. It is an extension of ongoing efforts of the Department of Defense's science and tech community.

"ACAL currently houses three distributed computation clusters, the largest of which is configured with more than two petabytes of raw storage, over 20 terabytes of random-access memory, over 1,500 central processing unit cores and 10- to 40-gigabyte networking.

The ACAL relies on technologies most familiar to researchers, analytic developers and data scientists: Hadoop, Elasticsearch, R, Spark, Storm, Accumulo, Kafka and many others. Researchers will be able to access the laboratory physically or remotely to assess emerging cyberthreats, such as hackings and communication jams, and quickly develop and deploy cyber analytic capabilities."

"The degree of high-performance computing and analytic development technology will facilitate the rapid development and deployment of cutting-edge analytic capabilities to meet the warfighter's operational mission needs in the cyber realm" the Army announced in a statement.

This new laboratory not only represents new capabilities, but also a new direction in development and deployment capabilities to defend Army networks.


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