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U.S. Army Cyber Defense Presses Iron Bow, AttackIQ Into Action

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Iron Bow Technologies has been granted a three-year Assess Only Authority to Operate (ATO) as the prime contract holder of the U.S. Army’s Defensive Cyber Operations Threat Emulation program for AttackIQ’s Security Optimization Platform, according to a prepared statement.

Iron Bow, a technology solutions provider to government, commercial and healthcare customers, notes that it worked closely with KAIROS, a women-owned provider of cybersecurity analysis and implementation within commercial, federal and Department of Defense (DoD) environments, to launch the process.

Supporting Warfighters Around the Globe

AttackIQ is the first Breach and Attack Simulation platform to receive this ATO designation, Iron Bow said. The U.S. Army will use AttackIQ’s Security Optimization Platform to develop a more strategic and proactive defense posture across their mission-critical assets in support of warfighters around the globe.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Dakota R. Steedsman explained the mission ahead:

“With the Assess Only ATO accreditation, AttackIQ will allow the U.S. Army to deploy a threat emulation capability across various production networks in support of critical mission objectives. The AttackIQ platform’s continuous security control validation gives our security teams real-time, data-driven visibility into whether their controls are working as intended, enabling uninterrupted verification of program health at scale and in an automated fashion.”

Mission Critical Cyber Defense

Iron Bow, which operates an MSP partner program, supports DoD's operational needs and has extensive experience implementing cybersecurity solutions to securely speed decision making and operational effectiveness, the company said. The Herndon, Virginia-based company’s partnership with AttackIQ will enable organizations across DoD and other federal agencies to apply for reciprocity via the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) system. eMass is an internal government system that documents all security checks and authorizations.

Rene LaVigne, Iron Bow president and CEO, believes that collaborating with AttackIQ will ensure a successful U.S. military cyber defense:

“Department of Defense information technology leaders and the warfighters they serve require break-through cybersecurity solutions in an ever-evolving threat landscape. Our ability to deliver agile, flexible, and modular solutions like AttackIQ allows us not just to help DoD leaders meet their objectives but exceed cyber outcomes for the future.”

Jim Masters

Jim Masters is Managing Editor of MSSP Alert, and holds a B.A. degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. His career has spanned governmental and investigative reporting for daily newspapers in the Northwest Indiana Region and 16 years in a global internal communications role for a Fortune 500 professional services company. Additionally, he is co-owner of the Lake County Corn Dogs minor league baseball franchise, located in Crown Point, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music, oil painting, biking, volleyball, golf and cheering on the Corn Dogs.