Cybersecurity Teams world-wide
WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE) Elastic N.V. (NYSE: ESTC) (“Elastic”), the company behind Elasticsearch
and the Elastic Stack, announced that the Missouri National Guard
Cybersecurity (MOCYBER)-led RockNSM
project has won the 2018 Public Sector Innovation Award. The award, partof 1105 Media’s Annual
Governmentrecognizes outstanding innovation across
government in six categories including cybersecurity. RockNSM (Response
Operations Collections Network Kit, Network Security Monitoring) is a
network security monitoring program that identifies threat patterns incommunications traffic. It was built using the
Elasticand allows users to securely take data from any source and in
any format, and then search, analyze and visualize it in real time.
The 2018 Government Innovation Awards showcase the best examples of
discovery and innovation in government IT by highlighting the next
generation of transformative technologies that are truly reinventing
government at the federal, state and local levels. That potentially
mission-critical impact can stem from a new technology itself or from
the innovative ways established technology is being used to make
government function better.
Prior to the development of RockNSM, it took the MOCYBER team two full
days to collect the information necessary to respond to security
incidents. A team of weekend Reservists led by Captain Derek Ditch,
developed RockNSM to transform cyber operations from a defensive,
reactive situation to an offensive, predictive situation. It’s improved
their chances of predicting hacks and also dramatically improved
post-event forensics. The program has been so successful that it has
been adopted by military and government agencies and commercial entities
around the world.
“Traditional security approaches that leverage technologies like
firewalls, policies, and signatures by themselves, are no longer
effective against today’s threats. In addition to those tools, we need
to monitor the metadata of all our network traffic,” said Derek Ditch,
founder and core developer for RockNSM. “With RockNSM we can now
identify threats that have no signatures, based upon the behavior of the
actor. This is a total game changer. More importantly, we’re able to
collaborate with others in the open source community to constantly
improve our tactics and platform for detecting the most advanced
“The demands of cybersecurity teams have dramatically changed in the
past decade, and their organizations are faced with volume and speed of
network traffic never experienced before,” said George Young, Area Vice
President, Public Sector at Elastic. “Programs like RockNSM are to be
applauded not only for their effectiveness and ability to operate in
this environment but also for their ability to operate independently on
top of existing networks. This is a great example of the kind of
innovation that is happening across the government, where a group of
people who care about the mission leverage Elastic to do what otherwise
could not be done due to budget or performance limitations of existing
solutions. We applaud this group for their innovation as well as sharing
with the community at large to address the security of our most valued
MOCYBER and other award winners were honored last week at the Government
Innovation Awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.
Elastic is a search company. As the creators of the Elastic Stack
(Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash), Elastic builds
self-managed and SaaS offerings that make data usable in real time and
at scale for search, logging, security, and analytics use cases.
Elastic and associated marks are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Elastic N.V. All other company and product names may be
trademarks of their respective owners.
Do you think you can beat this Sweet post? If so, you may have what it takes to become a Sweetcode contributor...Learn More.