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Military orders Industrial control cyber-security system

An advanced network intrusion detection system is being provided to NORAD-U.S. North American Command by Imprimis Inc and root9B Technologies.

By Richard Tomkins
NORAD's Command Center.U.S. Air Force photo.
NORAD's Command Center.U.S. Air Force photo.

NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) -- An industrial control cyber-security system, or ICS, is being provided to the U.S. military by technology companies Imprimis Inc and root9B Technologies.

The advanced network intrusion detection system focuses on automated analysis, detection and response to national-level threats and is being modified to achieve advanced baselining and packet inspection and will integrate Imprimis' Cyber Threat Activity Matrix database for tailored threat intelligence information.

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"The IDS will provide network intrusion detection utilizing advanced packet analysis to baseline ICS network traffic and immediately identify anomalies," Imprimis said.

"The system will provide real-time response to anomalies on ICS that represent cyber threats. The objective of this project is to develop a tool that applies an innovative methodology to map ICS-specific threats and their tactics, techniques and procedures to observable network behavior and design."

The contract award under the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund Program is worth $1.7 million and was sponsored by NORAD-NORTHCOM, or U.S. North American Command.

"The goal of this project is to provide immediate identification of both anticipated and unique threats," said root9B Chief Executive Officer Eric Hipkins. "root9B will develop a network analysis platform unique in its ability to monitor traffic and identify threats based on advanced algorithms and smart packet inspection."

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