Unmanned Tactical Autonomous Control and Collaboration threat and vulnerability assessment
Batson, Louis T., V
Wimmer, Donald R., Jr.
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Information systems designed and developed without considering security and potential threats create avoidable risks to the United States and the Department of Defense (DOD). Unmanned Tactical Autonomous Control and Collaboration (UTACC) is a ground-breaking and original approach to using systems autonomy to augment and improve the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance process. However, UTACC will fail to accomplish that task if the system is not built with security in mind from the outset. To improve the security of UTACC, this thesis conducts an analysis to identify threats and vulnerabilities in the system’s concept. The goal of this analysis was to mitigate threats and enable mission success to UTACC-supported missions. During the initial research, a framework for threat and vulnerability analysis was developed based on The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF) and DOD’s Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). This framework was used to create a threat template to analyze each threat facing UTACC and UTACC’s inherent vulnerabilities. The templates also include technical and non-technical security control strategies to mitigate each of the vulnerabilities within UTACC.
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