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Raytheon BBN Technologies and GrammaTech collaborate to help U.S. government prevent malware in IT devices

 Raytheon BBN Technologies and GrammaTech collaborate to help U.S. government
                        prevent malware in IT devices

PR Newswire

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 9, 2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon BBN Technologies and
GrammaTech, Inc. are collaborating on a $4.8 million contract award under the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's VET program. Raytheon BBN
Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).

The VET (Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware) program seeks to help
U.S. government agencies address the threat of malicious code and hidden
"backdoor" access in commodity IT devices. Mobile phones, network routers,
computer workstations and other networked devices can be secretly modified to
function in unintended ways or spy on users. The funding was awarded Sept. 26,
2013.

Under the program, GrammaTech and Raytheon BBN intend to develop tools and
techniques to enable organizations to inspect the software and firmware that
exist inside such network-enabled devices and protect them from attack.
Raytheon BBN Technologies plans to develop techniques that enable analysts to
prioritize elements of software and firmware to examine for hidden malicious
functionality.

GrammaTech plans to develop the tools that actually examine the software and
firmware to allow analysts to demonstrate that they do not have exploitable
security vulnerabilities.

"Our scientists are developing new technology that aims to advance the
state-of-the-art for analyzing machine code," said Tim Teitelbaum, Ph.D.,
GrammaTech chief executive officer. "We are leveraging these advances to
create a tool that could confirm the absence of broad classes of
vulnerabilities."

"The U.S. Department of Defense relies on equipment with components
manufactured all over the world," said Jack Marin, Ph.D., vice president for
Cyber Security at Raytheon BBN Technologies. "Any backdoors, malicious code or
other vulnerabilities hidden in those components could enable an adversary to
do serious damage, including the exfiltration of sensitive data and the
sabotage of critical operations. The VET program seeks to enable DoD analysts
to vigorously vet software and firmware devices before they are connected to
our critical networks."

About GrammaTech
GrammaTech is the leading developer of software-assurance tools and advanced
cyber-security solutions. Originally founded at Cornell University,
GrammaTech's software analysis solutions are used by software developers
worldwide, spanning a myriad of industries including avionics, medical,
industrial control, and other applications where reliability and security are
paramount. With both static and dynamic analysis techniques that analyze
source code as well as binary executables, GrammaTech provides superior static
analysis for better software. For more about GrammaTech, visit us at
www.grammatech.com.

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission
systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects;
and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a
broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham,
Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on
Twitter @Raytheon.

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Raytheon Company
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Media Contacts
Joyce Kuzmin
+1.617.873.8120

Mark Gauthier
+1.617.873.8130

GrammaTech, Inc.
531 Esty Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Media Contact
Jim Shissler
+1.415.341.5674
jshissler@grammatech.com

SOURCE Raytheon Company

Website: http://www.raytheon.com
 
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