Locheed Martin has secured a government contract to train 17,000 remote US Army civilian employees in security preparedness and is looking to expand the offering to private facilities as well.
The defense contractor will supply the Army’s Civilian Career Management Activity with its new Mission Readiness and Reporting (MR2) platform, originally developed for the US military’s Joint Cyber Command and Control ecosystem.
Lockheed Martin describes MR2 as “a simple concept” that works similarly to other cloud-based management applications, displaying data “as a customizable dashboard that monitors the capacity of people, teams, equipment and infrastructure.”
MR2 is also able to synchronize data between the military’s segmented classified and unclassified communications networks and “allows cyber operators to have a complete view of the skills and skill levels of the entire workforce, eliminating the need to deploy multiple systems and networks.” consult,” Lockheed said Martin.
For Army civilian application, MR2 is used to train personnel in best practices “according to an individual’s ability” while continuously monitoring training status and providing predictive analytics for future mission requirements.
Tish Rourke, VP of Cyber and Intelligence at Lockheed Martin, claimed MR2 “brings together cyber training and operational readiness, ensuring the civilian cyber workforce is agile, resilient and ahead of the threat.”
As part of its agreement with the Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin is working with third parties, including IT consulting and training firm Ultimate Knowledge Institute and cybersecurity firm Aries Security, to provide web-based training tools. AWS govCloud will be used to host the entire operation and Lockheed Martin will use MR2 to analyze data from training to address employee skill development.
While it currently only supports the training of up to 17,000 civilian Army employees, Lockheed Martin said the system can scale to track up to 100,000 employees. Rourke said that MR2 does not rely on native systems and that “customers will be able to keep the systems they use while driving digital transformation.”
According to Lockheed Martin, MR2 can be scaled to serve industries such as healthcare, education, and retail, which could be handy given the level of security attacks on those industries.
For example, healthcare organizations saw ransomware attacks double between 2020 and 2021, while the insurance and financial industries also saw an increase in incidents. ®
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