Maverick joins Army for network security
- By George I. Seffers
- Oct 19, 2000
The Army will use a new product from General Dynamics Electronic Systems
for testing network vulnerabilities and for training soldiers to respond
General Dynamics delivered the product, dubbed Maverick, on Oct. 17. The
company bills Maverick as "the first commercially available Internet security
software to combine Internet reconnaissance and Internet attack capabilities."
The contractor funded development of the product jointly with the Army Communications-Electronics
Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J., under a dual-use science and technology program.
The product is designed to help users identify network security flaws, to
evaluate information system performance while under cyberattacks and to
respond to attacks in a controlled environment.
Maverick hosts network reconnaissance tools used to locate network security
holes in computers, operating systems, applications and security devices.
It also includes a suite of scripted attacks commonly used by cyber intruders,
but users can also add their own attack scripts, according to a General
"If an organization says its networks are as secure as Fort Knox, my question
is, "How do you know?'" said John Stewart the company's president. "General
Dynamics can answer that question by exposing networks to controllable tests
run by professionals with world-class credentials."
The product runs on personal computers or laptops running Microsoft Corp.'s
Windows 2000 and can test any operating system that can communicate over