Raytheon, Virsec form alliance to market critical infrastructure cybersecurity

WASHINGTON ― Raytheon and Virsec announced an alliance Monday to sell Virsec’s commercial cybersecurity products to government and critical infrastructure customers.

Raytheon will push Virsec’s Trusted Execution technology, which detects deviations in application software caused by cyber intrusions, specifically in the critical infrastructure sector.

“Critical infrastructure ― from the electrical grid to transportation ― is under assault, and hackers are evading conventional security defenses,” said John DeSimone, vice president of cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon’s intelligence, information and services unit. “Commercial tools from companies like Virsec can help bridge the gap for our global government and commercial customers and provide effective protection against the growing cyber threat.”

By detecting software intrusions at the application level, Trusted Execution is able to block attacks in milliseconds, according to a Raytheon news release.

Tom Goodman, Raytheon’s director of international cyber business, told Defense News that his company “recognizes the fact that cybersecurity isn’t an IT problem, but an operational problem.”

When looking for companies to partner with to address these large scale threats, Raytheon was attracted to Virsec because “their capability not only looks at some of the most advanced types of threat vectors coming from different bad actors, but they also have an eye to address them from an operational perspective,” Goodman said.

So to whom is Raytheon looking to sell Virsec’s software?

Goodman declined to go into specifics, but did note Raytheon was scheduling to meet with a “national-level energy company” in the Middle East, several regional telecommunication companies in the Middle East and Europe, and one particular ministry of defense in the Asia-Pacific region concerned with China’s growing cyberthreat.

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