Herndon-based LGS Innovations is seeking to address a cybersecurity problem that is often talked about in the industry but has yet to see a solution: the protection of source code written into data network products.
The government telecom company on Thursday unveiled CodeGuardian, a cybersecurity solution that detects and patches vulnerabilities found in the millions of lines of source code that powers routers and switches. CodeGuardian has already been applied to Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s Omniswitch line of network products.
“CodeGuardian is a technology process — a service that we apply to commercial products,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS. Kelly said over the last four years, the company has invested “several millions of dollars … to convert this concept into a commercially viable solution.”
In deploying CodeGuardian, LGS evaluates the source code, identifies “where the source code may be vulnerable to known attack vectors,” provides recommendations and then diversifies the code to ensure it can’t be later rewritten with new vulnerabilities, Kelly said. LGS plans to broaden its use beyond just OmniSwitch.