Armscor planning to arm itself against cyber-attacks


Armscor, now terming itself “the acquisition agency and technology partner of the Department of Defence”, plans to protect itself and all the intellectual property residing within the agency from cyber-attacks via an information security department.

This, Armscor said in a tender announcement, will support its work “within the defence environment”.

The announcement is in the form of a Request for Information (RfI) seeking assistance for its in-house information security department – “an ever increasing priority for Armscor”.
“It has become important to not only prevent cyber-attacks, but also detect, contain and eradicate cyber threats to the Armscor network.
“Armscor has a requirement to build a Security Operations Centre (SOC) equipped with a set of security tools such as Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), Vulnerability Management and Incidents Management. The objectives of the SOC are to protect, detect, respond and recover from information security threats to Armscor information systems,” according to the announcement.

As an example of one of the projects Armscor needs to be kept secure would be the cockpit modifications under investigation by Armscor acquisitions for the SA Air Force (SAAF). The procurement project is for what has been described by Armscor as “a mass aircrew expansion” that will see extensive modifications to the cockpits of three aircraft types in service with the airborne service of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).

The project has its origins in concerns raised regarding the “unfair exclusion of smaller built females” to pilot the Pilatus PC-7, Hawk Mk120 and JAS39 Gripen.

Any communication and enquiries regarding the Security Operations Centre should be directed to [email protected] The closing date for submissions is December 12.