Solana works with General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada on Automated Cyber Defence

Ottawa, Canada – 
Dec 15, 2015

For the last year, Solana Networks has been working with prime contractor, General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada to develop the ARMOUR (Automated Computer Network Defence System) system for the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND).

Carried out for Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), ARMOUR is a visionary project that produces an integrated cyber security tool with proactive and reactive computer defence capabilities.

The integrated tool takes 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 advises 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 has also conducted research in related cyber security issues. This includes areas such as attack graphs, security risk analysis and security incident analysis.

The project team has developed the initial version of the tool and deployed it in a lab environment which includes real routers, switches and end systems. Solana has played a key role in developing and integrating various cyber security sensors and data sources into the tool. In addition, Solana played a key role in developing the cyber security tool GUI (Graphical User Interface) and integrating intelligent tools such as attack graph analyzers and reachability analyzers.

Solana and General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada expect to deliver a fully operational demonstration within the next 12 months. 

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is the national leader in defence and security science and technology. As an agency of Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND), DRDC provides DND, the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments as well as the public safety and national security communities, the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad.