LGS Innovations To Protect Network Components From Hidden Cybersecurity Threats

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise OmniSwitch® first to feature LGS CodeGuardian protection

February 04, 2016 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LGS Innovations (LGS), a provider of network solutions and specialized research and development, announced today the launch of LGS CodeGuardian™, believed to be the world’s first independently developed solution aimed at protecting operating system level software of third party network switches and routers from security threats and vulnerabilities.

The CodeGuardian technology provides a combination of software vulnerability analysis, diversification, and distribution via a protected supply chain. This triple layered approach will harden and further protect network devices at both the software source code and binary executable levels to enhance overall network security.

Government and enterprise networks are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks as modern day routers and switches have become more sophisticated, featuring millions of lines of code created by developers across multiple countries.

According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, cyber incidents on federal agencies have involved “increasingly sophisticated attacks…that take advantage of flaws in software code or use exploits.”

“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,” said Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, LGS Innovations. “With CodeGuardian, we’ve solved this issue without making major changes to the development or manufacturing process, which keeps production costs affordable.”

LGS’ CodeGuardian solution uses proprietary technology and processes to identify and provide for the elimination of vulnerabilities and backdoors in a network component’s source code, create diverse images of the compiled code to further reduce the possibility of a uniformly applied cyberattack to a product line, and securely deliver the software to the end user.

“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,” said Morgan Wright, a cyberterrorism/cybercrime analyst regularly featured on Fox News and SiriusXM and an advisor to LGS.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Technology Partnership

LGS is announcing a technology partnership with ALE, operating under the brand Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, to include CodeGuardian in the ALE OmniSwitch® family of products.

The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise network infrastructure portfolio delivers simplified, resilient and low-latency network architecture with built-in security. The portfolio consists of a full line of wired and wireless LAN switches, access routers, BYOD network services, and network management applications targeted at campus core, access, data centers, and managed services environments. CodeGuardian adds another level of protection against a growing range of vulnerability attacks to the already proven-secure OmniSwitch portfolio.

“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,” said Stephane Robineau, Executive Vice-President, Network Division, ALE. “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.”

“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,” said Kelly.

About LGS Innovations

LGS Innovations delivers next-generation solutions addressing the most complex networking and communications challenges facing the U.S. federal government, state and local governments, critical infrastructure operators, and commercial enterprises worldwide. LGS offers groundbreaking research, development, and solutions in wireless communications, radio frequency (RF) spectrum analysis, cybersecurity, fiber optic and free-space optical communications, and mobile broadband. We integrate our solutions into communications, sensing, and analytical systems that provide our customers with a critical information advantage.

LGS Innovations is a U.S.-owned company headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with offices in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, and overseas locations. Formerly a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, LGS is the exclusive reseller of Alcatel-Lucent products and services to the U.S. federal government, both directly and through any indirect supplier. LGS maintains strong ties to our Bell Labs heritage, leveraging a 75-year legacy of innovation to create best-in-class communications solutions. We employ more than 1,000 associates around the world, including 600 scientists and engineers—over 250 of whom are former Bell Labs employees. To learn more about LGS Innovations, visit www.lgsinnovations.com.

About Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Our company is a leading provider of enterprise communications solutions and services, from the office to the cloud, marketed under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand. Building on our established heritage of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, we operate globally with 2700+ employees in 100+ countries worldwide, with headquarters near Paris, France.

With communications, networking and cloud solutions for business of all sizes, our team of technology experts, service professionals, and 2900+ partners serves more than 830,000 customers worldwide, tailoring and adapting our solutions and services to local requirements. This provides tangible business outcomes through personalized connected experiences for customers and end users.

For more information, visit our web site at: https://enterprise.alcatel-lucent.com.
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Contacts for LGS Innovations
Michael Segner, 703-584-5646
msegner@aboutsage.com

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