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US Air Force Awards $4.2 Million XR Contract

“Ingalls is a proud supporter of the US Air Force’s effort to innovate at the speed of relevance.”

Ingalls Information Security has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to support the US Air Force as they aim to onboard innovative XR (Mixed Reality) technologies as well as manage the ATO (Authorization To Operate) requirements necessary.

The multi-year, Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) Phase III contract is being awarded for the enhancing and maintaining of a Cybersecurity Assurance Readiness (CSAR) tool created by Ingalls.

Founder and CEO of Ingalls, Jason Ingalls said, “We are thrilled to receive this contract award to continue support of CSAR for the next three years. Ingalls is a proud supporter of the US Air Force’s effort to innovate at the speed of relevance.”

CSAR will also support the DoD’s mission to field systems at the “speed of innovation” and ensure cybersecurity requirements are met. CSAR is improving the ATO process by:

  • Transforming AF Mandatory forms into easy, manageable sections presented in a logical and sequential format enabling speedy determination of categorisation, baseline controls and assessment path – answering once to eliminate duplication of questions
  • Identifying baseline security controls (technical, operational, and management), building threat matrices, and informing risk while the application is being developed – building in security, not bolting it on
  • Reducing lead time for compliance by assessing applications with an agile, DevSecOps approach
  • Providing a dashboard view for visibility of key cybersecurity controls assessed in the software factory pipeline combined with operational and management controls for supply chain risk management
  • Offering a technology-enabled solution with expert ‘Human-in-the-Loop’ support at key Checkpoints

Ms Brandi Pickett, director of government programs said, “CSAR will change the ‘snapshot in time’ and paper drill compliance approach to a culture where automation and real-time continuous risk monitoring is tightly coupled with supply chain risk management and integrated software factories – which is what the DoD has been striving for.”

The Cybersecurity service provider is also working with Dynepic’s MOTAR Team, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Simulations Division Innovation Cell, and stakeholders participating in the Lightweight Simulator Ecosystem (LSE). The partnership is fostering a built-in, not bolted-on, cybersecurity attitude.

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