NOAA licenses network vulnerability scanner

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has signed an enterprise license to use the Security Threat Avoidance Technology Scanner from Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla.

The STAT scanner automatically checks networks for security vulnerabilities in computers. Once problems have been identified, administrators can prioritize and schedule patches, workarounds and other fixes. STAT checks against a continuously updated library of known vulnerabilities when scanning systems.

NOAA will use the STAT Scanner, Scanner Console and Analyzer to do vulnerability assessments and security audits on approximately 340 major network systems.

The Army also has expanded a contract with Harris to use the scanner to search for vulnerabilities on 1.5 million end-user systems and servers.

The two contracts jointly are worth up to $2 million initially, with the potential for another $3 million if all options are exercised through 2009.

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