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06/30/2001 - SIRTI Supports Security Scions

The Dream House. The Dream Music System. The Dream Home Theater. Rarely, if ever, are all the ‘dream system’ components made by one single vendor. And that idea is the essence of the ‘dream’ Network Security System, as envisioned by TriGeo Network Security (TNS).

The Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, SIRTI, has just awarded grant funding of $100,000 to help TNS move the company’s vision of ideal network security towards marketplace reality. According to Tony Lentz, SIRTI’s Director of Research and Technology, “TNS’s distributive computing model for network security is on the cutting edge of its industry.” In practice, this means that the new system TNS has constructed is a framework that allows specialized, independently selected ‘best of breed’ security components to be joined together. These components communicate much like military soldiers, lieutenants and generals during a battle. The components may include network intrusion detectors, virus detectors, or more exotic components for new forms of network attack such as denial of service (DoS). These components will, like military staff, exchange suspicions, security alerts, alarms and counterattack strategies over the computer network itself.

This mix of advanced, diverse, and complex components with the additional challenge of component communication over a far-flung computer network is, technically, very formidable. Fortunately, TNS has top technology talent to meet this developmental challenge. TNS s technology is derived from research conducted by Dr. Deborah
Frincke at the University of Idaho. Several agencies from the Department of Defense (DOD) and NASA have contributed $3 million to this research. Now Frincke is TNS ‘s Chief Technical Officer and is helping to commercialize this research. To meet the difficulties of component communication over the network, TNS employs Dr David Bakken, a distributed computing specialist who is also a faculty member at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University.

As appropriate to its product and mission, the TNS company itself is geographically spread out and linked by a network. TNS is headquartered in Coeur d ‘Alene, Idaho, with research and development located in Pullman, Washington. TNS currently employs 35 people between the two offices. In addition, there is a great deal of interaction with Spokane --- for such matters as funding, publicity, outreach and marketing. TNS participated, for example, in LaunchPad 1.0, a technology outreach event held in the Terabyte Triangle’s Holley Mason Building. – Billie Moreland

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