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CHIPS Articles: SSC Atlantic Cuts Ribbon on Computer Network Defense Development Lab

SSC Atlantic Cuts Ribbon on Computer Network Defense Development Lab
By Maison Piedfort, SSC Atlantic Public Affairs - January-March 2019
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic celebrated the opening of the Computer Network Defense (CND) Development Lab with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina, Nov. 8.

Capt. Wesley Sanders, SSC Atlantic commanding officer, thanked several SSC Atlantic team members for readying the new lab and designing it to be on the cutting-edge of cybersecurity innovation.

“Many people played key roles in bringing us to this moment, allowing us to leverage our technical expertise and capabilities in the area of cybersecurity,” said Sanders.

Planning for the new CND Development Lab began four years ago when SSC Atlantic outgrew its previous lab due to the increased demand for network security work for its cybersecurity team and was built by refurbishing existing space formerly used by a recently completed project.

The CND Development Lab is larger, has more effective cooling and power systems and will enable the team to work more closely and frequently with product vendors. Close vendor relationships enable the Navy to use commercial off-the-shelf products and equipment to fulfill their work requirements more efficiently.

“Wesley Hilderbrand, our network security lead, and his team are immensely invested in the work that will take place in this lab and the unique operational cyber capabilities SSC Atlantic is fulfilling for our Navy and our nation,” Sanders said.

The CND Development Lab also facilitates vendor partnerships, which allows for a full breadth of system testing and easier collaboration. Additionally, the lab’s seating area was designed with the goal of increased collaboration. Its accessibility and network configuration enable efficient and timely evaluation and implementation of more advanced cyber COTS products targeted to mitigate threats.

“This lab represents a down payment on our highest priority technical growth area. We all know too well that the threat is real,” said Sanders. “The urgency to answer these threats is real. I’m excited and proud that we have been able to apply the intellect, energy and ideas found here at SSC Atlantic in new and exciting ways to respond to these ever-evolving threats.”

SSC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities. For more information about Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, please visit: https://www.public.navy.mil/SPAWAR/Atlantic/pages/Home.aspx .

From left to right: SSC Atlantic Commanding Officer Captain Wesley Sanders, Samir Othman,
Rob Diaz and SSC Atlantic Executive Director Chris Miller cut the ribbon for the grand
opening of the CND Development Lab.  US Navy Photo by Joe Bullinger
From left to right: SSC Atlantic Commanding Officer Captain Wesley Sanders, Samir Othman, Rob Diaz and SSC Atlantic Executive Director Chris Miller cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the CND Development Lab. US Navy Photo by Joe Bullinger
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