Mountain View, Calif.-based Securify will help secure U.S. Navy legacy networks during the Department of the Navy’s transition to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI). Terms of the contract were not disclosed by EDS, the prime contractor on the NMCI.
Under terms of the new contract, EDS will deploy the full suite of Securify’s SecurVantage security management products to automatically verify the ongoing policy compliance of the networks and provide the information and quantitative metrics required to manage the overall security posture of the NMCI and Navy legacy networks.
According to Securify, SecurVantage is installed at the boundary between NMCI and Navy legacy networks, and is able to identify inappropriate network activity from either side of the boundary, as well as monitor expected but untrustworthy traffic, and provide the information necessary to combat security breaches.
SecurVantage continuously monitors, measures and analyzes network traffic to ensure it is in compliance with the established network security practices, providing NMCI security personnel and the DON with real-time information on the overall effectiveness of Navy legacy network, including firewalls, virus protection software, VPNs, routers, authentication and authorization solutions and a broad variety of hosts.
The NMCI is an enterprise-wide network that will make the full range of network-based information services available to sailors and Marines for day-to-day activities and in war. When fully deployed, NMCI will provide the Navy and Marine Corps secure, universal access to integrated voice, video and data communications, afford pier-side connectivity to Navy vessels in port, and will link more than 360,000 desktops across the U.S. and several overseas sites.
In July and August 2001, two network operations centers and help desks were opened in Norfolk, Va., and San Diego. A third center was opened in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 2002. These centers form the main connection hubs for the Navy and Marine Corps’ Intranet.
The new system reached another milestone last week with the successful installation of the NMCI for the Acting Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Hansford T. Johnson and his staff. Although several commands have already switched over to NMCI, and many are currently in the process, the transition by the SECNAV’s office is a key step in the program.
According to an NMCI press release, the Intranet’s geographic scope includes the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guantanamo Bay (Cuba), Puerto Rico, and Okinawa, Japan. Those sites with top priority are presently undergoing deployment, system testing and certification activities.
“NMCI is transformational in its scope. The establishment of a common IT system throughout the naval services is an important part of our effort to improve the business process and make the organization more efficient and effective,” said Johnson.