Raytheon [RTN] on Wednesday said it has opened a new cyber security center in Northern Virginia for testing and demonstrating solutions for its customers.
The Global Cyber Solutions Center (GCSC), located at the headquarters of the Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services segment, will allow the company to demonstrate, test and assess new cyber security products and services for how they can best integrate into a company’s cyber security operations center, Raytheon said.
“The GCSC creates a unique environment for our customers to understand and experience comprehensive cyber security solutions that address the increased threats associated with the Internet of Things, the rapidly rising use of mobile devices, and ever more reliance on cloud computing,” Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon IIS, said in a statement. “This new center is an important part of the company’s strategy to support our customers and expand our global cyber security business.”
The GCSC is located in the same facility as Raytheon’s Cyber Operations, Development and Evaluation (CODE) Center, a cyber range that evaluates systems and hardware and can mirror any size and type of networked environment, including for critical infrastructure and security operations centers. The CODE center is in a secure facility and is off-limits to foreign nationals and some commercial customers.
Raytheon earlier this year opened a Cyber Innovation Centre in the United Kingdom for research, development and testing, and working with its growing base of international government and commercial customers.
The new GCSC is open to international customers.
“Today’s organizations must defend their operations from ever-evolving cyber threats that can come from anywhere in the world,” Wajsgras said. “Raytheon’s global cyber network gives organizations access to the latest cyber technology, world-renowned experts and innovative solutions so the can more effectively identify and address risks, including the use of actionable intelligence and training.”
Raytheon last week completed a nearly $2 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Websense, which has a heavy focus on the commercial cyber security market. The company sees the deal in part as an opportunity to bring its defense-grade cyber capabilities to the commercial market.
Raytheon owns an 80 percent share in Raytheon/Websense and the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, which was the previous owner, retains a 20 percent stake.