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Italy’s Finmeccanica has beefed up its presence in the growing cybersecurity business by opening a cyber attack monitoring and prevention center in central Italy, using a super computer with the power of 30,000 desktop PCs.
Selex ES, a unit of Finmeccanica, unveiled the center on June 4, with managers predicting 12-13 percent annual growth in the firm’s cyber revenue, which currently stands at €100 million (US $136.1 million).
According to Defense News the move coincides with Italy’s effort to set up a government center in Rome to pull together parallel initiatives in the field to provide a unified response to cyber attacks against national targets.
While the Selex center is a commercial activity with private and government customers, it hopes to have a role in planned government cyber activities, such as establishment of a Computer Emergency Response Team.
Selex’s center at Chieti, in the mountainous Abruzzo region, will augment the cybersecurity services the firm already provides state and private customers thanks to a super computer with a capacity of 310 Teraflops, able to carry out 310,000 billion operations per second using 30,000 CPUs, making it one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, the firm said.