Army hires Stat Scanner

Army hires Stat Scanner

The Army this week awarded Harris Corp. a multimillion-dollar contract to protect its global networks from cyberthreats. The Melbourne, Fla., company will install its Stat Scanner vulnerability assessment software on more than 1.5 million Army systems and will provide maintenance for three years.

Stat Scanner will search for vulnerabilities in strategic and tactical networks and the Army Tactical Internet at both active and reserve units. The software shows systems administrators a comprehensive analysis of vulnerabilities and risk levels.

Lt. Col. John Quigg, chief of the Army Network Security Improvement Program, said Stat Scanner would work in concert with the Army's information assurance vulnerability alerts. IAVAs are 'a kind of Top 10 hit parade for computer vulnerabilities,' Quigg said.

Until now, the Army's sysadmins have been posting the vulnerabilities they discover on the Army's intranet for all sysadmins to see, with hopes that someone can repair them before viruses, worms or hackers exploit them. Harris' scanner software runs on Microsoft Windows NT, Win 2000, XP, Linux and Sun Solaris platforms and can repair some of the vulnerabilities it finds.

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