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Can NASA's Gryphon-X Project Save America? (thestack.com) 44

An anonymous reader writes: The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, which advises both government and industry, has released an unusually fervent paper calling for NASA to push harder for funding for a massive cybersecurity project called Gryphon-X, which it claims has been lost in congressional confusion and administrative bureaucracy. Details are scarce as to how Gryphon-X could prevent cyber-incursions such as AnonSec's attempted drone sabotage in February, or even what new technologies might be on the table, but mentions that a significant new site would be built in Silicon Valley, and would include academic facilities. Extending Gryphon-X's scope far beyond NASA's security to a global role, the authors write that it would contain 'the fusion center, virtualization environment, and cyber-physical capabilities needed to analyze, prepare, and prevent threats like these from harming the nation, its organizations, or its people.'
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Can NASA's Gryphon-X Project Save America?

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  • Without knowing anything at all about the project, we can all confidently say the answer is "No".

  • They use virtualization platforms due to lots of paranoia about chinese hackers infiltrating their network supposedly, Particularly for Space-X technology.
  • by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @11:53AM (#51761423) Homepage

    'the fusion center, virtualization environment, and cyber-physical capabilities needed to analyze, prepare, and prevent threats like these from harming the nation, its organizations, or its people.'

    Buzzword bingo, bitches!!

    This just needs a missions statement generator and a set of power point slides, and it'll be ready for vast sums of money to pay for travel junkets and hookers for years.

  • by Chris Mattern ( 191822 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @11:55AM (#51761431)

    Shouldn't it be: "Can NASA's Gryphon-X Projec Have Anything To Do With What NASA is Supposed To Be Doing?"

    • If Gryphon-X is based on research they did after getting hacked on how to secure their systems and networks... isn't part of their mission to advance technology.

      Not that they should be overseeing a project to secure the US's networks but if research they did will help then sure.

  • Details are especially scarce when the first link just points back to this article. Who the hell is The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology? A cursory Google search reveals that they're a (pending) nonprofit with an interest in pushing for greater cybersecurity policies at the federal level. Great. I've never heard of them, so why do I care what they say about Gryphon-X? And what, exactly, is Gryphon-X proposed to do? Without details I'd be inclined to just assume it's some sort of vague

    • Yeah, no shit ... there is no TFA ... there's just "some guys want to do some stuff but due to our own ineptitude we failed to provide any relevant links to anything, so talk among yourselves."

  • by Anonymous Coward

    https://thestack.com/security/2016/03/23/can-nasas-gryphon-x-project-save-america/

  • Well, when the new boss took over, I really thought things would change. He fired the two older idiots that posted crap day in and day out first day on the job. But now, we still get this? "Save America"? For real? Sigh...I had such hopes.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  • I guess these things don't matter much when compared to cyber in regards to threats facing America.
  • This sounds like a big moneypit for Ames. Furthermore, Ames has not been able to retain their government staff, since they are quickly poached to nearby Silicon Valley.

    Most of NASA's critical infrastructure is located on JSC, GSFC, KSC, MSFC and JPL. We'd be much better off utilizing those locations, rather than ARC. Although ARC has proximity to startups, GSFC has proximity to the world's largest concentration of human security talent, along with DISA and NSA being next door. JPL has some great SCADA s

  • I'm not sure how expertise in blowing things up slowly translates into expertise in securing computer systems.

  • Gotta love Slashdot now days, it doesn't matter what the story they can always come up with a way to be negative.

    • OK, I'll be positive... I'm positive that this is a dumb idea. Besides, how can you help but be negative when all the ideas are stupid?

    • @frnic: "Gotta love Slashdot now days, it doesn't matter what the story they can always come up with a way to be negative."

      OK, I'll be positive and propose a practical solution. Don't run your critical infrastructure or security apparatus on Intel hardware running Microsoft Windows and connected to the Internet. The current security infestation is largely self inflicted, mainly due to bad design decisions made decades ago.
  • NASA has lost its way. It no longer has the capability to fly Americans into space, yet it still draws a similar budget to when it was flying Space Shuttles.

    Bureaucracies that eat taxpayer dollars without producing anything useful are the real problem America (and the World) faces.

    Stop giving bureaucracies more and more and more taxpayer money to do less useful things !

  • Design your computers with a built-in READ/WRITE switch, such that it is impossible to overwrite the OS with the switch in the OFF position.
  • Once again, Betteridge's law of headlines is appropriate here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

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