New York, March 2, 2015– NORAD-USNORTHCOM is the sponsoring defense agency for a $1.7M award through the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund Program for an industrial control cyber security system to Imprimis, Inc. and root9B, a root9B Technologies Company (OTCQB: RTNB).
Imprimis, Inc. (i2) has partnered with root9B to develop an advanced network Intrusion Detection System (IDS) designed to optimize Industrial Control System (ICS) network defense with a focus on automated analysis, detection, and response to national-level threats. The system is composed of both root9B’s IDS capabilities which will be modified to achieve advanced baselining and packet inspection and Imprimis’ Cyber Threat Activity Matrix (CTAM) database. The CTAM is a database designed to provide tailored threat intelligence information. The system is designed for broad use throughout the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, as well as the commercial sector for use in energy and utilities, oil and gas, and many others. The IDS will provide network intrusion detection utilizing advanced packet analysis to baseline ICS network traffic and immediately identify anomalies. 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 (TTP) to observable network behavior and design.
Michael Semmens, Imprimis’ President stated, “The CTAM IDS will advance cyber protection by combining baselining, smart packet inspection, real-time intelligence, and network behavioral monitoring into a single state-of-the-art system, yielding a new and strong cyber defense capability to better protect critical infrastructure.”
“The goal of this project is to provide immediate identification of both anticipated and unique threats,” said root9B’s 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.”
About Imprimis, Inc.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, Imprimis (i2) was founded in October 2004 with the mission to support government and private organizations in achieving operational excellence with the effective use of technology…’turning technology into capability.’ I2 supports a number of commercial and government clients with advanced technology design and development in both space and cyber domains, advanced training, and cybersecurity and network services including COOP (Continuity of Operations), cybersecurity standards assessment and compliance, and remediation. For more information visit: imprimis-inc.com.
I2 is also a founding member of the Western Cyber Exchange. The WCX is a member non-profit organization established for the purpose of sharing cyber threat information, education and training for workforce development, research, development, and test. Imprimis currently operates the cyber analysis center for the WCX using tools developed by MITRE Corporation and the Department of Homeland Security. For more information visit www.wcyberx.org
Based in Colorado Springs, CO, root9B is a leading provider of advanced cybersecurity services and training for commercial and government clients. Combining cutting-edge technology, tactics development, specialty tools, and deep mission experience, root9B personnel leverage their extensive backgrounds in the U.S. Intelligence Community to conduct advanced vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, digital forensics, incident response, industrial control system (ICS) security, and active adversary pursuit (HUNT) engagements on networks worldwide. For more information, visit www.root9B.com.