Airbus Defence and Space to present Keelback Net cyber sensor at the 20th Infosecurity exhibition in London

Sensor enables early detection and in-depth analysis of weak signals, which are impossible to detect through classical means
Keelback Net is offered as service mode tailored to the customers network

Airbus Defence and Space, a key player in the cyber security market in Europe, will be presenting Keelback Net, a sensor for combating Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), at the 20th Infosecurity exhibition taking place in London from 2 to 4 June 2015. The sensor continuously monitors traffic flows, therefore enabling early detection and investigation of suspect behaviour on company networks, and in particular “weak signals”, which are stealthy and therefore impossible to spot through classical detection means. One of the key advantages of Keelback Net is the combination of multiple analysis methods and capabilities in a single sensor. This innovative approach means that threats can be detected more rapidly and larger amounts of data processed.
Today, organisations are targeted by an increasing number of sophisticated attacks designed to steal sensitive information. Airbus Defence and Space has developed Keelback Net precisely to fight these types of attacks more effectively.
When deployed on the customer’s network environment, Keelback Net constantly monitors data traffic, identifies and detects threats, analyses stealthy characteristic signs of a malware and instantly raises an alarm if an attack is suspected. The alarm is immediately qualified by Airbus Defence and Space experts using a continually updated knowledge database. It is then handled in accordance with notification and response scenarios established in close cooperation with the customer.
Phil Jones, Head of CyberSecurity at Airbus Defence and Space in the UK, said: “Keelback Net combines classic methods like signature tracking and state-of-the-art detection based on behaviour, and a new method of weak signal reconnaissance, that can reveal the activities of attackers. Customers benefit from an identification and characterization of cyber threats through a combination of capabilities working on network level of customers’ IT infrastructure. Moreover, Keelback Net is offered as a service which can be tailored to suit the customers network.”

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.


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CyberSecurity, a unit of Airbus Defence and Space devoted entirely to cyber security, employs over 600 experts in Europe and the Middle East. CyberSecurity offers solutions and high-quality professional services to its customers, who also benefit from the experience the unit has acquired through its Cyber Defence Centre, a comprehensive solution designed to anticipate, detect and combat advanced cyber attacks.

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