General Dynamics and Solana Networks to Develop Automated Computer Network Defence System for Canadian National Defence Department

Ottawa, ON – 
Mar 4, 2014

Prime Contractor General Dynamics Canada (GD) and sub-contractor Solana Networks have partnered together to win a Canadian Department of Defence (DND) contract to develop an automated computer network defence system (ARMOUR).

This multi-year project will be carried out under the auspices of the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Group in Ottawa. The project will produce an integrated cyber security tool which includes proactive and reactive computer network defence.

The integrated tool will take input from network discovery tools such as Solana's SmartHawk product, intrusion detection systems, vulnerability scanners, host software analyzers, firewall analyzers and other tools, and automatically advise IT administrators on risks faced in the network along with courses of action to be taken which mitigate security threats and risk. The tool will also include the capability of automatically taking steps to secure the network in response to the identified courses of action.

The project team will also conduct research into cyber security areas relevant to the integrated tool. This includes areas such as attack graphs, security risk analysis and security incident analysis.

Subsequent to the project, this state-of-the-art tool is intended to be operationally deployed in the Canadian Defence Network.