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InformationWeek names Raytheon to 'Elite 100' list

Raytheon uses its Global Cyber Solutions Center in Dulles, Virginia, to demonstrate computer security products for customers.

Raytheon's computer security experts knew they had built something valuable. Any good cybersecurity tool can find the flaws in a system, but this one did more: it explained those weaknesses in graphics that were concise and clear enough for harried executives, and sophisticated enough to help IT professionals fix the problem.

The technology was ready to serve businesses and agencies around the world. But what its developers needed was a venue to demonstrate its power.

They found it in the Global Cyber Solutions Center, a sleek new lab at Raytheon's campus in Dulles, Virginia. Packed with computing power and lined with an array of screens that lay out data in a handsome, high-resolution display, the center is a showroom for Raytheon's cybersecurity products and a mock battleground for full-on hacking simulations. It is also among the reasons Raytheon was awarded a spot on InformationWeek magazine's Elite 100 list.

This is the 10th year in a row the technology publication has recognized Raytheon, and it is the second that the company has made the Elite 100 list, which honors businesses and government agencies that show “a pattern of technological, procedural, and organizational innovation.”

“This facility provides Raytheon a valuable asset to help drive growth in this important market," said Jim McCoy, chief information officer for Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business, which operates the center.

Raytheon built the Global Cyber Solutions Center as a complement to its Cyber Operations and Development Evaluation (CODE) Center, where experts test networks and systems by exposing them to realistic cyber threats. The Global Cyber Solutions Center is commonly used to demonstrate products for international customers.

“What we’ve done is create an environment where we can show the customers really cool stuff,” said Brooke Griffith, who leads international business development for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services.

In the case of Cyber Situational Awareness, the Global Cyber Solutions Center allows Raytheon to emphasize the system's greatest strength – to communicate confusing and complicated information clearly and quickly, enabling businesses and government agencies to patch security leaks and even anticipate hacking attacks. The system is to the cyber domain what the radar is to the battlefield, said David Petrovich, who helped build it.

"With fighter pilots, you have the OODA loop – orient, observe, decide and act. If you have a smaller loop, you're going to win in a dogfight," Petrovich said. "You need to take that same concept in approaching the cyber domain, because with cyber supremacy, instead of always reacting to your attackers, we need to predict what they're doing and do it faster."

Griffith said the center has proven immensely popular.

“We’ve been trying to schedule the grand opening since February,” he said. “We haven’t been able to do it because there’s been such heavy customer activity.”

Last Updated: 05/27/2015

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