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8 June 2009
Honolulu, Hawaii

Cyber security research conducted by two of Referentia Systems' Science & Technology staff provides novel insight into how past ideas and experiences about bio-threat planning and response can be used to develop proactive methods of cyber defense planning.

Norman Johnson, chief scientist, and Timothy Williams, technical director, have been selected to present their findings at the Second Annual Cyberspace Research Workshop. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the 2009 Air Force Collaboration in Cyberspace Symposium in Shreveport, Louisiana, June 15 - 18, 2009.

Dr. Johnson will deliver their paper in a session on June 15 entitled, Maturing Cyber Security Using BioThreat Experiences and Resources.

The presentation will showcase key findings, including how the current planning and response to cyber threats compare to the development of the nation's mature bio-threats programs, and how the resources of each compare. The findings also point out the similarity between bio and cyber systems, and the opportunities to advance the maturity of cyber research and response through bio analogies for inspiration or the direct transfer of resources. Dr. Johnson will offer an analysis of existing cyber resources and gaps and a comparison to available bio resources with specific examples of the application of bio resources to cyber systems.

"This research leverages a proven framework in a related domain to help accelerate the understanding and analysis of complex and sophisticated cyber defense problems," notes Nelson Kanemoto, CEO of Referentia Systems Incorporated. "It reflects Referentia's proactive strategy to develop relevant and enabling technologies to protect our nation's critical communications infrastructure and provide 'true' situational awareness within the network environment."

The Cyberspace Research Workshop provides a venue to discuss emerging technologies, share ideas and create opportunities for researchers and practitioners in various areas of cyber security. The theme of the workshop is Cyber Security in the 21st Century, and will be hosted by the Center for Secure Cyberspace (CSC), a collaborative effort of Louisiana Tech and Louisiana State Universities. The workshop and conference is especially timely following President Obama's recent announcement of his intent to appoint a new White House cyber security head, and the Pentagon's plan to create a new cyber command to improve protection of military networks and coordinate offensive and defensive cyber missions. "It's now clear that this cyberthreat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation," President Obama said. "It's also clear that we're not as prepared as we should be, as a government, or as a country."

"The greatest lesson that became quickly apparent was that in the current cyber crisis, we've become so reactive that we forget where we need to go next," Dr. Johnson observes. "The biothreat experience provides a mature roadmap that gives us perspective of where we currently are and realistic horizons for where we need to go next, both for our technologies and for national policy."

Referentia Systems Incorporated is a software developer of innovative cyber security and network enterprise solutions for the Department of Defense. Headquartered in Hawaii, Referentia is a provider of command and control applications, advanced technology solutions and information technology services. Referentia has a proven and growing track record of developing relevant innovation in interoperability communications, cross-domain solutions and architectures, and advanced network management systems. For additional information visit

The paper and abstract will be made available through the conference website at

Contact: Nancy Downes
Referentia Systems Incorporated
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