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US Air Force Must Control Data, Security Before Deploying More IoT Sensors

By Matthew Beinart | May 1, 2018

The Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawk UAS has a suite of sensors. It is used by the U.S. Air Force for reconnaissance. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman

With sensors spread out on smart devices across its aircraft, drones and vehicles, Air Force officials are looking to better manage the data collected and ensure mission effectiveness before deploying new sensors.

Frank Konieczny, the Air Force chief technology officer, is making a push to take better stock of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed across the service, which may include running a research program for a gateway capability to merge together sensor data.

The Air Force is looking for improved trend analysis and mission effectiveness before deploying the new sensors it's already developed to ensure IoT devices are secure from malicious cyber attacks.“We have all sorts of old IoT devices out there. You’d be surprised how many ‘dumb sensors’ we have out there,” Konieczny said at a Tuesday AFCEA conference. “We’re trying to figure out other authentication methods. We’re progressing down that path trying to authenticate and push together various ways of looking at all sensors together. We have to figure out a way of fusing all the information together so that it makes sense”

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