Last week, Symantec announced its participation in the Lockheed Martin NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Center. This initiative supports the Symantec’s vision of providing comprehensive and long-term security solutions for the US Government through intimate knowledge of government requirements and challenges, forward-leaning technologies, and working relationships with the public and private organizations that drive governmental standards and vision.
As reported in Government Computer News, the center will "the new NexGen facility will be able to tap into the defense center's data feeds, or simulate government agency computing environments, and test various approaches to mitigate cyberattacks.... The new center also features dedicated distributed cloud computing and virtualization capabilities. Those capabilities would permit an agency to simulate a network under attack and test various responses. For instance, analysts could replicate an operating network and freeze it on a second virtual location, in order to study the nature of the attack, while still supporting the primary network."
Much like Symantec’s support of the Security Automation Conference a few weeks ago, Symantec’s support of the Lockheed Martin NextGen center provides a way to meet the security challenges faced by government.