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NSWC Panama City Division Hosts Aerostat Demonstration


PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) scientists and engineers successfully demonstrated the ability to maintain high-bandwidth and continuous communication to offshore vehicles April 23-27 in Panama City, Fla., Jacqui L. Barker, a spokeswoman for NSWC PCD, said in a May 1 release. The NSWC PCD Rapidly Elevated Aerostat Platform (REAP) XL B System test was conducted to demonstrate a command and control(C2) capability to reach unmanned vehicles within the NSWC PCD operations area from the Littoral Warfare Systems Facility (LWSF) Mission Package Integration Laboratory (MPIL).... (more)

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DOE Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) Bechtel Idaho

ISL was contracted to assist in development and implementation of the AMWTP Program Cyber Security Plan (PCSP) to comply with the DOE PCSP, and prepare for DOE FISMA and Security (HSS) audits. The work included development of policies, procedures, and processes; as well as Identifying the critical assets, implementing security measures, performing risk and vulnerability assessments, penetration tests, and system hardening. ISL performed cyber security audit preparation and implemented two factor authentication which was integrated with the enterprise infrastructure. ISL also developed and integrated security baselines for servers, network, applications and databases in accordance with FIPS Pub 200. Data encryption utilized AlertSec.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Technical Assistance on Digital Process Systems in Nuclear Power Plant

A task order associated with this contract focused on the review and assessment of Critical Digital Assets (Critical Infrastructures, Instrumentation and Controls), for nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel cycle facilities. ISL reviewed and assessed the digital control systems and their associated critical infrastructure to assure their cyber security programs meets the NRC requirement Regulatory Guide 5.71 "CYBER SECURITY PROGRAMS FOR NUCLEAR FACILITIES". ISL provided to the NRC recommendations on the review of the vendor topical reports and licensing activities. ISL performed the cyber security assessment for a new system that the licensees (Nuclear utilities and nuclear manufacturing facilities), provided to the NRC for review in order to comply with Critical Digital Assets and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), programs.

DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Cyber Security Plan Compliance

ISL was contracted to assist with DOE Program Cyber Security Plan (PCSP) compliance, and prepare for DOE Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and Security audits. This work primarily involved implementation of a Patch and Vulnerability Management program, in accordance with NIST 800-40, to ensure all vulnerabilities were recorded and tracked to a final resolution. The purpose of this was to help INL organizations identify and mitigate security issues before they could be exploited by attackers. Additional tasks included joining non-Windows systems to the Active Directory, encryption of laptop computers, and user awareness training. All work was performed in accordance with the DOE's Program Cyber Security Plan (PCSP) and the associated requirements and guidelines in Information Security guidelines specified in Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publications 199 and 200, and NIST Special Publication 800-53. Focus areas included design of security architecture to meet FISMA requirements, implementation of security plans and evaluation and implementation of Vintela Authentication Services for joining Non-Windows systems to Active Directory.

Great Plains Energy (Formerly Kansas City Power and Light), Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security Compliance Program

ISL developed a web-based Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security Portal for Great Plains Energy (formerly Kansas City Power and Light) to aggregate critical cyber assets, information security policies, procedures, training materials, and security plans in a central repository. The system also provided near real-time notification of security threats and vulnerabilities via implementation of Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds.

United Arab Emirate FANR, Development of Cyber Security Regulatory Plan AND COMPLIANCE Program

ISL developed an information and cyber security plan and compliance plan for United Arab Emirate FANR. This program latter became a regulatory guide that needed to be complied with by all the nuclear power plants in that country. ISL provided all the steps in developing a program, inspection and compliance standards as part of this project. This program followed the framework stated in the ISO 17799 and FISMA as well as Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Guide 5.71

Enstor Gas Company, Performed IV&V and Security Assessment of Several Gas Sites

ISL performed an independent V∓V of information security and also assessed the security posture of the Enstor gas company. ISL also performed a vulnerability scanning of the network environment and provided the results of the security gap analysis to the clients. Part of the project required ISL to develop several security procedures and standards so Enstor could comply with the Department of Homeland Security Information and cyber security requirements as well and Critical Infrastructure Protection mandates.

Tennessee Valley Authorities, Enterprise IT Security Professional Services

ISL was awarded a $25 Million IDIQ contract from Tennessee Valley Authorities (TVA), to provide a wide variety of projects in the areas of IT security. ISL would utilize FISMA framework to perform an end to end security assessment and evaluation to identify security gaps. Based on the results of the assessment then develop remediation plan and finally execute the plan.

ISL Independent Cyber Security Evaluations

May 2011

ISL's Cyber Security Professionals give you the attention you need to impartially and thoroughly assess your company's infrastructure. We have experience in assessing current-state computing environments against National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST SP 800-53 baseline controls. Whether your business is in the private sector, or your business supports a Government Agency, understanding these controls is critical to your overall security and operating efficiencies. Learn More

ISL Announces RELAP5/MOD3.3 User Workshop

April 2011

ISL's RELAP5/MOD3.3 User Workshop was held June 7 - 9, 2011 in Columbia, Maryland. The 3-Day RELAP5 Workshop is designed for beginners to intermediate users and includes both lectures and hands-on exercises to instruct the user on the application of RELAP5 for their analysis needs. RELAP5/MOD3.3 is a thermal-hydraulic systems analysis code developed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for nuclear reactor safety analysis applications and used extensively in the power generation community. The workshop will be held in a Class A training center. Worktables and comfortable seating for students will be in "classroom style" environment with computer workstations for each student. Light continental breakfast, refreshments, afternoon snacks and catered lunches will be provided. The course will be taught by ISL's Mark Bolander and Robert Beaton who combined have over 40 years of experience applying the RELAP5 code. The cost of the workshop is $2,300.

ISL Awarded E-Field Underwater Sensor Contracts by NAVAIR

October 2010

ISL's Sensor Technology Operation (STO) was awarded two SBIR contracts by NAVAIR this year to develop E-field sensor technology for underwater sensing applications. ISL won Phase II awards for topic N091-019 (E-field and Acoustic Data Fusion) and topic N091-027 (Vertical E-field Sensing). Under these efforts, ISL will develop concepts and signal processing algorithms for a prototype 'A-size' buoy that collects both three axis E-field and acoustic sensor data. ISL plans to build and test prototype sensors as part of follow-on Phase II work. The additional sensor information provided by E-field sensors complements acoustic sensors and provides a way for false arm reduction and increased surveillance capability under adverse acoustic conditions in littoral waters. Jeff Ridgway, ISL program manager for the SBIRs, said "We have come along way from where we started to make these sensors small and compact. This technology provides the Navy with another means to detect quiet submarines in littoral waters."


ISL Conducts First Pilot Application of Accident Precursor Analysis for the International Space Station Program

April 2010

ISL Technology Risk Management Operations conducted a three-day working session at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX from March 30 thru April 1 executing the first pilot application of Accident Precursor Analysis for the International Space Station. In partnership with ISS risk management, the working sessions evaluated Electrical Power Systems (EPS) onboard the orbiting outpost in an effort to further improve ISS safety by analyzing occurrences of anomalies. The exercise involved the participation of the ISS Risk Office, Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) experts, ISS Flight Safety Office, ISS Electrical Power Systems Engineers, and the ISS Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA).

Georegistered Full Motion Video SBIR Award

March 2010

The Surveillance and Communications Research Operation of ISL has been awarded a continued development SBIR Phase II.5 contract, jointly funded by the US Navy and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to enhance the current ISL SBIR Precision Georegistration and Targeting Application (PGTA) development to automatically produce georegistered full motion video (FMV) in real-time. A wide variety of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) carrying various sensors are increasingly deployed on today’s battlefield for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. These UAV platforms provide a wealth of ISR data mainly captured with video sensors. These video sensors provide considerable amounts of data for exploitation, suitable for various types of assisted and autonomous processing including target recognition, tracking, contextual scene analysis, aimpoint generation, forensic analysis, and behavioral characterization. Generally the smaller UAVs do not have existing sensor models and sensor pointing direction may not be well known. These limitations make associating accurate position information with the FMV difficult using current techniques.

The ISL PGTA addresses the issues by providing computationally efficient and accurate georegistration of the FMV without the requirement for an associated sensor model. Georegistered FMV will have a three-dimensional geoposition coordinate (latitude, longitude, and elevation) associated with every pixel of the video as well as an estimate of the circular error (CE) and linear error (LE). The georegistered FMV application will provide for timely exploitation of the surveillance data for tactical strike planning and intelligence applications.


ISL Trains NASA Space Shuttle Personnel in the Application of Accident Precursor Analysis

February 2010


ISL conducted a two-day tutorial in Houston, TX on Feb 17 & 18 to train safety and mission assurance (S&MA) personnel in the application of accident precursor analysis (APA) in a bid to further improve Space Shuttle safety by garnering better insights from anomalies that occur during flight missions. The tutorial was attended by around 15 NASA civil servants and support contractors and included discussion of the fundamental methodologies, examples from pilot studies, team exercises that allowed participants to apply what they learned, and hands-on training using ISL's DAnGERS tool.


Quality Management System Registered to ISO 9001:2008

January 2010

On January 25, 2010, the Manufacturing Solutions Operation (MSO) and the System Engineering and Integration Operation (SEIO) of ISL were assessed by two Intertek ISO auditors to the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 9001:2008. The audit was very successful and no issues were noted. The ISO auditors found that the current Quality "management system is in conformity with the audit criteria." As such, the the MSO and SEIO Operations will be given a new ISO Certificate of Registration stating that both operations have a "quality management system that is registered as conforming to the requirements of ISO 9001:2008."


ISL Provides Support to the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLLV) Trade Study at NASA

January 2010

ISL provided safety and reliability analysis service in support of an agency-wide Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle (HLLV) Trade Study following the recent recommendations made by the "Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee" that NASA should focus its efforts on development of a heavy lift launch vehicle to facilitate future deep-space missions. ISL personnel analyzed several Space Shuttle-based Heavy Lift crew and cargo launch options as well as other design configurations rooted in heritage technologies from current U.S. launch systems. The findings provided insights into the viability of the different vehicle options, as well as general understanding about configurational differences that affect reliability and safety.


ISL Awarded $1.3M Electronic Component Manufacturing Contracts

January 2010

ISL's Manufacturing Solutions Operation has been awarded two contracts totaling $1.3 million from L-3 Communications to provide defense related mission critical electronic components for a military end user application.