Northrop Grumman and NEC cooperate in cyber security collaboration

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Northrop Grumman and NEC have collaborated to deliver the Japan-Cyber Operations Research, Training and Experimentation (J-Cortex) system.

The J-Cortex is a private, cloud-based cyber security range that quickly and effectively emulates customers’ environments for the purpose of testing and training.

The collaboration between the US global aerospace and defence technology company and the Japanese information technology company comes at a time when there has been a rapid rise in the demand for security and data access management from many Japanese government and military agencies given the proliferation of new platforms and business applications.

J-Cortex can meet these security and data access management demands as it has the capabilities to conduct realistic cyber security testing, training and exercises that prepare cyber professionals to detect and prevent cyber-attacks in a real world setting.

The J-Cortex cyber range provides rapid implementation of complex and competitive cyber exercises for training customer network defense personnel in a safe, simulated environment.

The system builds an isolated testing environment closely emulating a client’s unique computer and network enterprise so exercises can safely include both attack and defense factors as well as system security tests.

J-Cortex can create multiple testing environments with hundreds or thousands of machines in just hours, where before each used to take days or weeks to build.

J-Cortex also serves as an educational and research environment to develop and master the latest tools, defences and other techniques to protect systems and networks from cyber attackers.

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Through the implementation and use of J-Cortex, companies such as Northrop Grumman, NEC and Mitsubishi Corporation will ensure a broader range of cyber security professionals have access to the most current cyber defensive methods and resources to ensure that government networks are well protected against modern adversaries such as cyber terrorists and hackers.

Northrop Grumman Japan chief executive Jack Dorsett was pleased with the opportunity to work with NEC and Mitsubishi Corporation to collaborate on improving cyber security.

“Northrop Grumman is committed to building trusted partnerships with the Japanese government,” he said.

“Cyber represents one of our core capabilities and we are delighted to work with NEC and Mitsubishi Corporation to deploy a leading-edge solution for cyber operations research, training and experimentation.”

General manager of NEC Corporation’s National Security Solutions Division, Kazuhiko Shiraishi, was also pleased with the cyber security collaboration.

“We are grateful to collaborate with Northrop Grumman, who has rich experience in cyber security globally,” he said.

“Through this collaboration, NEC will enhance our ability to provide cyber training and help ensure the security of customers in Japan.”

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