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Analysing the effect of a cyber-attack on a mission

Case study from Riskaware Ltd who pitched their ideas to industry and investors at the CDE Marketplace on 27 April 2016.

Screenshot of COMMVAT tool. Credit: Riskaware Ltd 2016.

Credit: Riskaware Ltd 2016.

Bristol-based SME Riskaware has successfully demonstrated an approach for analysing the effect of a cyber-attack on a mission. This Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funded project developed a prototype called the Cyber Operational Mission Mapping, Visualisation and Analysis Tool (COMMVAT).

The technology brings together a multi-layered, high-level mission resilience model and a detailed cyber-vulnerability model to provide an integrated approach to analyse and visualise the likely effect of a cyber -attack on a military mission. Results of the analysis are presented in a visual way to allow users to easily interact with and explore the data.

COMMVAT could provide users and organisations with the ability to easily understand the probability and potential impact of a cyber-event so that cyber security measures can be focused.

John Bishop, Managing Director, Riskaware says:

CDE funding has provided us with the ideal platform to focus our diversification efforts beyond our niche defence markets. This has contributed significantly to the company’s growth and stability and is expected to form the catalyst for further diversification and growth in the cyber security marketplace.

Riskaware is an independent SME with 24 employees. The company was founded in 1999 to provide experience and expertise to UK government primarily in the area of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence. Over recent years, Riskaware has combined its knowledge and expertise in CBRN defence to provide software solutions across a range of other industry sectors including cyber, intelligence, armour protection, health and transport.

View the pitch presentation slides.

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Published 19 April 2016