Ernst & Young, Los Almos lab teaming up to develop cybersecurity tools

Ernst and Young (EY) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) said Aug. 25 that they have agreed to form a partnership to develop behavioral cybersecurity measures.

The partnership comes at a time where instances of attacks on computer systems and networks are becoming more sophisticated and causing harm economically, politically and socially.

“Cybersecurity attacks are ever more frequent and more sophisticated, and they destroy the trust needed to conduct business,” LANL Chief Technology Officer Duncan McBranch said. “Every organization must improve its ability to detect and stop attacks as they occur, and before secure data is compromised. This unique relationship with EY will improve our ability to develop and test adaptive cybersecurity technologies across both industry and government networks. Defensive cybersecurity is an area that requires strong public-private partnerships to shift the balance.”

Under this partnership, PathScan will be the first product to be introduced. It focuses on the communication patterns of users of a specific computer system and detects unusual or differentiating behavior that would be indicative of an outside, potentially intruding force. The lab states that most companies are focusing on the prevention programs rather than detection tools.

“Organizations must accept that no defense will keep out a determined hacker," EY Principal of Cybersecurity, Siobhan MacDermott said. This shift in understanding – that a cyberattack is not a matter of if, but when – means companies must detect threats as soon as their perimeter has been breached and take appropriate action."

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