HUBZone SDB Signs CRADA with NSWC PHD, First for Naval Installation

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Award winning, Ventura, CA based Information Technology services provider VSolvit (pronounced “We Solve it”) signed a Navy Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) to accelerate the development of an innovative cyber security concept, a first for NSWC PHD. The agreement, which involves VSolvit’s Cyber Intelligent Assessment Risk Management Systems (Ci-ARMS), was jointly signed by CAPT Eric Ver Hage, NSWC PHD’s commanding officer and Michael Poole, VSolvit’s Director of West Coast Operations December 1, 2014. “The VSolvit team is delighted and looking forward to working with NSWC PHD to further our combined capabilities in Cybersecurity Risk Assessment and support our warfighter. This CRADA represents an important extension of our capabilities beyond the historical excellence in Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and GIS application development. Payal Kamdar, our CEO sends her thanks to NSWC PHD, CAPT Ver Hage and Greg Wakatsuki for bringing this CRADA to fruition.” said Poole.

A CRADA is an agreement between one or more Federal Labs and one or more non-Federal parties to conduct mutually beneficial research and development to create products that benefit the government, in this case the Fleet. Ver Hage shared his enthusiasm about the event, “The signing of this CRADA has the power to transform our organization. I’m confident that the positives that come out of this agreement will benefit the warfighter, NSWC PHD and our sponsors. This CRADA allows us to be innovative and collaborative and offers an opportunity to grow the local economy. With this agreement, we’re not going to our sponsors for funding but rather we’re pursuing a solution that will strengthen our brand.”

“As an outgrowth of our mission to facilitate technology transfers with third parties, the signing of this CRADA with VSolvit is memorable. With a CRADA, we have the unique ability to collaborate with outside companies in the research and development of a product and then we let the Navy test drive the new product to determine whether or not it meets the demanding needs of the Fleet.” said Greg Wakatsuki, NSWC PHD’s Office of Research and Technology Applications.

As a result of its successful history working with NSWC PHD, VSolvit was chosen as a cooperative research partner to assist in developing a cyber intelligence assessment system that would help the Navy assess cyber vulnerabilities aboard ships. With ever increasing cyber security threats to defense systems, the military has taken a proactive approach to tackle these challenges. The purpose of this CRADA reinforces VADM William H. Hilarides, NAVSEA commander’s focus on improving cybersecurity across the Fleet. “Combining the resources of VSolvit and NSWC PHD will allow us to move more quickly into concept development and feasibility to determine if a jointly developed product can determine if a ship has cyber vulnerabilities and how to resolve them,” Wakatsuki said. “This type of collaboration has the ability to provide a dramatically improved level of cyber assessment and risk management.”

The objective of Ci-ARMS is to integrate existing cyber security sensors and related cyber security operational processes into an end-to-end enterprise system.Ci-ARMS provides a holistic view of infrastructures, data centers, networks, and systems (combined assets) by leveraging existing security sensor systems.

About NSWC PD-
NSWC Port Hueneme Division is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems command and provides the United states Navy global fleet with weapon system in-service engineering, logistics,and test and evaluation. NSWC Port Hueneme is located at naval Base ventura county, Calif., where it employs more than 1,900 personnel.

About VSolvit-
VSolvit (pronounced: “”) is an award-winning SBA certified 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business, HUBZone, and 8(m)/Economically Disadvantaged Woman owned, technology services provider that specializes in Cybersecurity, Business Intelligence (BI) systems, Data Warehousing (DW), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Custom Application Development, Health Analytics, Engineering Services and Project/Program Management.

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