It was announced on February 4th by Herndon, Va.-based, network solutions and specialized research and development provider LGS Innovations that it has created LGS CodeGuardian. The CodeGuardian technology was developed to protect operating system level software of third party network switches and routers from security threats and vulnerabilities.
Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive Officer at LGS Innovations stated, “For years the ‘elephant in the room’ for the data networking industry has been that malicious code, unintentional vulnerabilities, and backdoor threats can be hidden deep within the source code at any point along the global supply chain without the manufacturer or end user’s knowledge. With CodeGuardian, we’ve solved this issue without making major changes to the development or manufacturing process, which keeps production costs affordable.”
CodeGuardian utilizes a three layered approach to protect network devices which includes; software vulnerability analysis, diversification, and distribution via a protect supply chain.
Morgan Wright, a cyberterrorism/cybercrime analyst and advisor to LGS said, “This is a giant leap forward in the independent verification and validation process. It’s more than just the typical approach. LGS has broken new ground by being granted access to the original development team and source code, something manufacturers have closely guarded until now. This is a reflection of the immense trust LGS has developed with its partners, and a reflection of the solid results they have delivered.”
LGS has formed a partnership with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) which will operate under the brand ALE and will contain CodeGuardian in the ALE OmniSwitch family of products. CodeGuardian will add another degree of protection against a range of vulnerability attacks.
Stephane Robineau, Executive Vice-President at ALE said, “Our OmniSwitch product lines have been deployed worldwide to hundreds of thousands of customers, particularly in government agencies, information technology organizations, military operations, academic institutions, and healthcare organizations which require higher levels of security. We take pride in the continued evolution of our portfolio to address our customers’ security concerns, and are excited to work with LGS Innovations to bring the added assurance of CodeGuardian to our offering.
Kevin Kelly also added, “LGS has been securing networks for government customers – whose operations are mission critical and in which information security is paramount – for over 75 years. It’s with this experience and reputation that we are confident the OmniSwitch with CodeGuardian will be the most secure switch available.”