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"To enhance national security through the military application of nuclear energy" and "to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction (WMD)." Those are just two of the national missions specified by Congress when it established the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in 2000. Today, NNSA has eight major facilities nationwide, with countless buildings and structures housing some of our country’s most intricate and important national security work and information assets. These critical assets range from the world’s fastest supercomputers processing sensitive nuclear data that ensure the safety of the nation’s nuclear stockpile, to advanced technologies for detecting WMD proliferation. NNSA’s information systems must be secured against cyberattack and compromise — protection of these information assets is paramount to our nation’s security.

To meet the demands of a dynamic cyberthreat environment, NNSA needed to move from its disparate, site-specific, classified network infrastructure to a secure enterprise solution. As prime contractor and systems integrator, Raytheon worked with NNSA to research, plan, implement, test and accredit the Enterprise Secure Network (ESN). This highly secure network enables NNSA sites and laboratories across the country to better share classified data in a secured enterprise environment.

A Proven Partner for Safeguarding NNSA Systems
For more than nine years, Raytheon has delivered secured, integrated intrusion analysis and computer forensics systems to keep NNSA on the leading edge of cybersecurity. During ESN development and implementation, we provided program and project management, network engineering, system administration and help-desk support — as well as network and security operations facilities management — to prevent and detect threats. Located at the U.S. Department of Energy's Cyber Incident Response Capability, or DOE-CIRC, in Las Vegas, the operations facilities are a Raytheon-developed and managed center for enterprisewide intrusion analysis and cyberforensics services.

Built with commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software and by implementing security best practices, Raytheon’s ESN system solution provides enterprise-level access management in a highly complex, classified environment. After extensive integration, testing and certification, the ESN is now deployed to NNSA laboratories and plants, encompassing all communications and computing systems and services, software applications, system data and security services. Using ESN’s two-factor, federated authentication based on Security Assurance Markup Language (SAML), general users can access Web-based applications at other NNSA sites. The ESN is among the first uses of SAML for federated, cross-site authentication of users and authorization to resources on one major government network. Enhanced security features include need-to-know restrictions and network monitoring.

Meeting Tomorrow’s National Security Needs
The ESN is both critical to the security of the nuclear weapons program and essential to transforming the Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a 21st-century national security enterprise. The network is a crucial component to the NNSA’s Complex Transformation — the agency’s vision for a smaller, safer, more secure and more cost-effective national security enterprise.

As NNSA continues to evolve, the foundation of Raytheon’s ESN solution supports the long-term vision of secure information sharing across a wider set of agencies and boundaries. The next phase of ESN enhancements includes a cross-domain Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, or SIPRNet, Gateway to transmit classified information to the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies. The future also holds a similar installation of security mechanisms and infrastructure in the yellow or sensitive but unclassified environment.

For information contact Debra J Tighe