Novell to secure US Navy networks

Chicago (IL) – The US Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) has selected Novell’s Sentinel to help secure various computer networks.

The platform integrates identity data with security event management, which facilitates the efficient monitoring of resources across geographically dispersed networks.

“Our job 24/7 is to secure and defend Navy networks worldwide against a persistent and adaptive threat,” explained Jim Granger, director of Capabilities and Readiness at the NCDOC. “Novell Sentinel helps us accomplish that. The biggest military advantage is the power of information. We rely on the security of our networks to get the right information to the right people quickly.”

The NCDOC is one of several military cyber defense teams operating under the auspices of the Department of Defense (DoD). The entity has been tasked with protecting the Navy’s computer networks by analyzing large volumes of network information gathered from ships, aircraft and shore facilities across the globe.

However, the vast number of cyber security sensors and corresponding alerts have reportedly “placed an inordinate burden on staff responsible for carefully evaluating each incident.”

This promopted the NCDOC to create Prometheus, a suite of tools that monitors, reports and analyzes malicious network activity. The platform operates by accessesing and aggregating data from all network sectors – including system, web, e-mail, router and firewall logs. In parallel, Novell Sentinel alerts and prioritizes all security events in a centralized dashboard for easy access by security operators and command staff.