Bit9 takes part in Strong Angel III demonstration of effects of cyber-attacks on information sharing

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 1 September 2006. Bit9 Inc., is participating in Strong Angel III, a collaborative demonstration of civil and military cooperation and communication capabilities put together by a partnership of private companies, government agencies, humanitarian and relief agencies, and universities. Strong Angel III will field test effective means of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief and rapidly deployable communications systems in the wake of major disasters.

Sep 1st, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., 1 September 2006. Bit9 Inc., is participating in Strong Angel III, a collaborative demonstration of civil and military cooperation and communication capabilities put together by a partnership of private companies, government agencies, humanitarian and relief agencies, and universities. Hosted by San Diego State University and taking place in San Diego between August 21 and 26, Strong Angel III will field test effective means of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief and rapidly deployable communications systems in the wake of major disasters.

The Strong Angel III demonstration simulates the impact on information sharing in a real-world disaster. The demonstration will assume the context of a worldwide pandemic caused by a highly contagious virus, which is further complicated by a wave of cyber-attacks inflicted by terrorists that cripple critical local infrastructure and systems.

Strong Angel III team members will conduct field trials and demonstrations of solutions that address 49 specific humanitarian relief challenges -- both technical and social -- that have not yet been adequately overcome in real disaster relief efforts.

A solution to detect, identify, and approve or ban applications, Bit9 Parity will be used to protect desktops and laptops, without relying on malware signatures or behavioral patterns.

During Strong Angel III, Bit9 Parity application control software will demonstrate zero-day cyber-attack protection from sources including: email attachments, file shares, active web content, and instant messaging. Bit9 Parity will monitor participants' computers for potentially malicious software and provide policy-based protection. Some computers will run a lockdown policy that stops all new software from executing, ensuring maximum protection; other computers will have a policy that warns when new software is found and allows users to decide whether the software can execute, providing protection and flexibility.

"Strong Angel III provides an opportunity to understand how the Parity system will perform in 'hostile' conditions where power, networks, and IT support are intermittent," says John Hanratty, vice president of Products and Services at Bit9.

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