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  1. LGS Innovations Develops Free Space Optical Modem for NASA Satellite Communications,

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    HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LGS Innovations, a technology company providing specialized mission-critical communications research and solutions, has been selected to support the NASA Integrated Laser Communication Relay Demonstration (LCRD) Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) User Modem and Amplifier (ILLUMA) project. For this pathfinder program, LGS will develop a free space optical modem that will fly aboard the International Space Station as the first demonstration of a fully operational, end-to-end optical communications system. The ILLUMA modem will leverage LGS Innovations’ rich heritage in free space laser communications and fiber laser technology.
    “The LGS modem will not only provide the space station a next generation optical communications terminal, but will also allow for improved size, weight, and power over previous RF communications systems,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. “By increasing communications efficiency, we will help facilitate a faster exchange of data to the scientific community. We are proud to support NASA’s mission and drive the evolution of photonics technology.”
    The ILLUMA program will use lasers to encode and transmit data at rates 10 to 100 times faster than today’s communications equipment, requiring significantly less mass and power than equivalent RF communications systems. The LGS Innovations optical modem will communicate data from the ISS to ground and back via the NASA LCRD satellite, which will fly in a geosynchronous orbit. This new capability will greatly increase the amount of scientific data transferred from the ISS, while supporting multiple channels of ultra-high-definition video to and from space.
  1. LGS Innovations Discovers Samsung Mobile Product Security Vulnerability,

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    Samsung Notified Immediately for Timely Remediation

    With many organizations instituting BYOD (bring your own device) programs, mobile security is becoming an issue of increasing importance. The impact of a breach in a personal device has the potential to be as devastating as it would be if a network device was compromised.

    LGS Innovations has a long-standing commitment to cybersecurity and a 75-year history of solving the toughest communications and network issues our customers face. Our Cyber Solutions organization is dedicated to researching and developing a security analysis framework that can uncover vulnerabilities in mobile and desktop-based systems. The security framework consists of dynamic and static analysis tools that allow our engineers and scientists to perform assisted and automated analysis of mobile and desktop applications.

    Our cyber-focused research led to a recent software vulnerability discovery, which resulted in the remediation of a potentially damaging zero-day remote access vulnerability in Samsung SDS’s IAM (Identity Access Management) & EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) software. By exploiting vulnerability in the software’s update process, malicious code could have been injected into a Samsung Knox container without the user’s knowledge.

    Knox containers act as a segregated secure data storage and application environment and allow for controlled access to critical information. Once the custom written software was in the container, user data could be modified and exfiltrated off the device. The vulnerability also left open the possibility for the injected software to masquerade as trusted user applications, capturing login credentials and deceiving users into revealing sensitive information that could allow an attacker to gain access to other secure systems.

    “Fighting information security threats requires vigilance on all fronts, at every layer of the system stack,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. “It’s not just about securing the physical device or network access, but also understanding the less defined boundaries where these layers meld together and expose new threats. At LGS Innovations, our engineers take pride in understanding the complex challenges associated with this blurring divide and are constantly researching and developing new techniques to secure our mobile information-centric future.”

    LGS responsibly disclosed the vulnerability to Samsung’s security team in March 2017. Assigned a high security risk rating, the vulnerability was further investigated by Samsung and quickly patched (April 2017) to ensure that mobile devices and the users and organizations they ultimately support were not left open to attack.

    The LGS Innovations Cyber Solutions organization serves as a cybersecurity technology development and test facility for the systems, tools, technologies, and processes that support cyber-related applications. We have a team of highly motivated and creative electrical engineers, physicists, computer scientists, and cyber engineers to help us investigate security-related technologies related to modern communications networks. Our established and extensive track record of successes in advancing the security of our nation’s networks has been focused particularly on network assurance, reverse engineering, machine/deep learning, network reconnaissance, fingerprinting, anonymous network communication, privacy/anonymity algorithms, IoT security, and network architecture, design, and implementation.

    About LGS Innovations

    LGS Innovations is a technology company delivering mission-critical communications products, R&D, and supporting services to U.S. defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies and commercial customers around the world. We create advanced solutions in wireless communications, cybersecurity, signals processing and analysis, optical networking, photonics, routing and switching, and spectrum management. These solutions drive mission success in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyberspace operations, and network assurance. LGS Innovations is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with offices across the U.S. and overseas. We employ over 1,000 associates around the world, including 750 scientists and engineers. LGS Innovations: Listen. Innovate. Deliver. www.lgsinnovations.com.

  1. 2018 Market Outlook: Kevin Kelly of LGS Innovations (via WashingtonExec),

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    WashingtonExec reached out to those most knowledgeable and experienced in the federal contracting space. We asked executives in and around the Beltway for insight on the direction they see the government contracting community heading in 2018. Topics discussed include M&A activity, public/private sector collaboration, cloud computing, the incoming millennial workforce in defense/IT/health care, talent retention and more.​

    Next in the series is Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. Here are his insights:

    We think spectrum management and spectrum sharing will become increasingly important market drivers among our defense and intelligence customers, especially considering the growing prevalence of sensor-driven internet of things technologies and applications. Likewise, as more internet-connected devices are integrated into the daily routines of commercial and private operations, the demand for a better connected civilian government will also increase.

    Our next generation of warfighters will also require secure, on-demand network-enabled services to execute their missions. As demand for continuous rich broadband connectivity increases, however, so will consumption of available wireless spectrum, creating a growing need for dynamic spectrum sharing between government agencies and commercial entities.

    Gone are the days of long-term static radio frequency provisioning, which is rapidly being replaced by a far more sophisticated architecture capable of monitoring all spectrum usage and making real-time allocations of increasingly rare RF spectrum and computational-hungry processes at both the local and global levels. Given the extensive use of mobile communications throughout our government, the need for sophisticated spectrum management, monitoring, and sharing solutions will continue to be an issue throughout government and industry.

    We think government contracting will continue to return to a value-based acquisition model versus that of LPTA, which has lost its luster in the eyes of both the government and the contractor community for most noncommodity programs. Further, as margins tighten in commoditized goods and services, successful providers will have to emphasize their technical differentiation to compete for more value-based work.

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  2. LGS Innovations Develops Free Space Optical Modem for NASA Satellite Communications,

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    HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LGS Innovations, a technology company providing specialized mission-critical communications research and solutions, has been selected to support the NASA Integrated Laser Communication Relay Demonstration (LCRD) Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) User Modem and Amplifier (ILLUMA) project. For this pathfinder program, LGS will develop a free space optical modem that will fly aboard the International Space Station as the first demonstration of a fully operational, end-to-end optical communications system. The ILLUMA modem will leverage LGS Innovations’ rich heritage in free space laser communications and fiber laser technology.
    “The LGS modem will not only provide the space station a next generation optical communications terminal, but will also allow for improved size, weight, and power over previous RF communications systems,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. “By increasing communications efficiency, we will help facilitate a faster exchange of data to the scientific community. We are proud to support NASA’s mission and drive the evolution of photonics technology.”
    The ILLUMA program will use lasers to encode and transmit data at rates 10 to 100 times faster than today’s communications equipment, requiring significantly less mass and power than equivalent RF communications systems. The LGS Innovations optical modem will communicate data from the ISS to ground and back via the NASA LCRD satellite, which will fly in a geosynchronous orbit. This new capability will greatly increase the amount of scientific data transferred from the ISS, while supporting multiple channels of ultra-high-definition video to and from space.
  3. LGS Innovations Discovers Samsung Mobile Product Security Vulnerability,

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    Samsung Notified Immediately for Timely Remediation

    With many organizations instituting BYOD (bring your own device) programs, mobile security is becoming an issue of increasing importance. The impact of a breach in a personal device has the potential to be as devastating as it would be if a network device was compromised.

    LGS Innovations has a long-standing commitment to cybersecurity and a 75-year history of solving the toughest communications and network issues our customers face. Our Cyber Solutions organization is dedicated to researching and developing a security analysis framework that can uncover vulnerabilities in mobile and desktop-based systems. The security framework consists of dynamic and static analysis tools that allow our engineers and scientists to perform assisted and automated analysis of mobile and desktop applications.

    Our cyber-focused research led to a recent software vulnerability discovery, which resulted in the remediation of a potentially damaging zero-day remote access vulnerability in Samsung SDS’s IAM (Identity Access Management) & EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) software. By exploiting vulnerability in the software’s update process, malicious code could have been injected into a Samsung Knox container without the user’s knowledge.

    Knox containers act as a segregated secure data storage and application environment and allow for controlled access to critical information. Once the custom written software was in the container, user data could be modified and exfiltrated off the device. The vulnerability also left open the possibility for the injected software to masquerade as trusted user applications, capturing login credentials and deceiving users into revealing sensitive information that could allow an attacker to gain access to other secure systems.

    “Fighting information security threats requires vigilance on all fronts, at every layer of the system stack,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. “It’s not just about securing the physical device or network access, but also understanding the less defined boundaries where these layers meld together and expose new threats. At LGS Innovations, our engineers take pride in understanding the complex challenges associated with this blurring divide and are constantly researching and developing new techniques to secure our mobile information-centric future.”

    LGS responsibly disclosed the vulnerability to Samsung’s security team in March 2017. Assigned a high security risk rating, the vulnerability was further investigated by Samsung and quickly patched (April 2017) to ensure that mobile devices and the users and organizations they ultimately support were not left open to attack.

    The LGS Innovations Cyber Solutions organization serves as a cybersecurity technology development and test facility for the systems, tools, technologies, and processes that support cyber-related applications. We have a team of highly motivated and creative electrical engineers, physicists, computer scientists, and cyber engineers to help us investigate security-related technologies related to modern communications networks. Our established and extensive track record of successes in advancing the security of our nation’s networks has been focused particularly on network assurance, reverse engineering, machine/deep learning, network reconnaissance, fingerprinting, anonymous network communication, privacy/anonymity algorithms, IoT security, and network architecture, design, and implementation.

    About LGS Innovations

    LGS Innovations is a technology company delivering mission-critical communications products, R&D, and supporting services to U.S. defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies and commercial customers around the world. We create advanced solutions in wireless communications, cybersecurity, signals processing and analysis, optical networking, photonics, routing and switching, and spectrum management. These solutions drive mission success in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyberspace operations, and network assurance. LGS Innovations is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with offices across the U.S. and overseas. We employ over 1,000 associates around the world, including 750 scientists and engineers. LGS Innovations: Listen. Innovate. Deliver. www.lgsinnovations.com.

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