Engineering Departments

L-3 and Virginia Tech Announce Partnership in Cybersecurity Research and Development


Blacksburg, VA , October 18, 2011
Virginia Tech College of Engineering

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced that it has formed a cooperative partnership in cybersecurity research and development with Virginia Tech’s Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology (Hume Center). A key element of this relationship will be the establishment of L-3’s Cybersecurity Solutions Center, which will be located in the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington, where the Hume Center has its cybersecurity innovations lab.  L-3’s STRATIS division, an industry leader in cyber, intelligence and IT service, and solutions, will lead this effort.

This new partnership will enhance L-3’s ability to deliver innovative national security solutions. L-3 will offer, in collaboration with Virginia Tech and additional emerging technology and government partners, customized cyber solutions that enhance customers’ ability to secure critical networks against exploitation and attack. L-3 is focusing its efforts on the most pressing cybersecurity disciplines, including advanced analytics; cloud, virtualization, communications and mobile security; and cybersecurity training and education.

“This new relationship with Virginia Tech is an important centerpiece in our ongoing cybersecurity solutions development, as it provides us with access to proprietary academic and scientific research and development,” said Les Rose, president of L-3 STRATIS. “We firmly believe that combining Virginia Tech’s and L-3’s expertise in cybersecurity research and development, technology and services will lead to the development of advanced solutions that enhance security for our nation’s cyber capabilities across the Federal Government, Defense, Intelligence and critical infrastructure communities. Our goal is to not only develop advanced cyber solutions, but also speed the transfer of these solutions to our customers.”

"The Governor and I are proud to welcome L3 Communication's Cybersecurity Solutions Center to Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington Va. With over 300 cyber focused companies, the highest concentration of technology workers in the U.S., and numerous federal, private, and university based R & D facilities, Virginia is truly a center of cyber security. However, achieving Virginia's true potential requires more than what we can do alone, it requires partnerships, such as this one, between industry and academia to create a truly innovative marketplace. We have no doubt that L3 Communications and Virginia Tech will break numerous boundaries at this lab," said Jim Duffey, Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia..

“We are very pleased and excited to have L-3 Communications as a partner in the important fields of cyber and national security, and especially to have them decide to locate in the new Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington,” said Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger.

“L-3 is a recognized leader in developing information security products for our nation's security. Virginia Tech offers multidisciplinary opportunities in cybersecurity research and education. This co-location of L-3 Communications with our Hume Center represents a truly comprehensive industry partnership that builds bridges from research to solutions addressing our vital interests,” Steger added. “We very much look forward to this public-private partnership.”

The Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technologyis a unique organization at Virginia Tech focusing on developing future leaders for the US Federal Government, and is part of the College of Engineering and is supported by the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.With an emphasis on intelligence and defense sectors, the Hume Center promotes educational and research programs geared toward this mission.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications employs approximately 61,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2010 sales of $15.7 billion.

To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com. L-3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding L-3 is routinely posted on the company’s website and is readily accessible.

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