Aerospace and Defense

  • Prevents nation state cyber attacks
  • Secures communications across all air, ground, sea, and undersea assets
  • Secures the supply chain
  • Prevents malware infiltration

Secure communications between ground systems, aircraft and undersea vehicles

Aerospace CybersecurityAs the Aerospace and Defense market as a whole continues to take advantage of increases in computing power and connectivity to automate and become more efficient, the attack surface for potential bad actors also continues to expand.  With that expansion, the possibility to do harm grows exponentially by either taking control of systems or stealing information, or possibly both.  Government agencies and established commercial companies alike are struggling to address their vulnerabilities with any solutions available to them on the market, proven or not.  In the mean time, the hackers will be persistent in their attacks and continue to succeed.

Even with some of the cybersecurity solutions available, most only help detect and remediate the breach once it has occurred.  These solutions do not prevent the attack in the first place which is really the problem.

Prevent Nation State cyber attacks

Applications such as existing command, control, and intelligence systems, as well as both ground-based, airborne, and even underwater systems suffer from vulnerabilities.  The attack surface is enormous.  From the airborne domain perspective, at least from a perception standpoint, the avionics suite in an aircraft is an obvious target for hackers.  If anyone can get into the avionics, they can, in theory, take over the flight controls of the aircraft.  Hackers infiltrating the infotainment system in the aircraft and working their way through the computing systems to the flight controls paints the worst of pictures.  In reality, this is not likely but certainly the aerospace and defense market is a ripe target.  These attacks must be prevented.

Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) and Drones

Secure the onboard and ground-based systems

Unfortunately, unmanned aircraft have proven to be both an attractive and easier target to penetrate with a potentially larger and more connected attack surface.  A very public alleged successful cyber attack is exhibited in Iran’s claim that cyber warfare enabled Iranian forces to take over control of a U.S. RQ-170 UAV and safely land and capture the system.  The Iranian forces claim they were able to control the aircraft and land it safely via wireless spoofing.  Successful truth or not, the fact that nation states are employing directed cyber attacks on such critical military systems highlights the importance of securing these military assets.

Ground-based Systems

Eliminate risk of malware infiltration

Ground-based civilian systems like air traffic control (ATC), baggage handling systems, passport and security control systems, airline payment processing, and reservation systems are all ripe targets for hackers as these systems become increasingly connected and automated to make our lives as consumers and travelers easier, more efficient, and hopefully safe.  For these systems, being able to penetrate the system with ransomware or denial of service attacks can have huge ramifications, such as stealing money or massively disrupting travel.  We must protect these critical infrastructures from attack.

Manufacturing

Secure the supply chain

In the design and manufacturing areas, there are many layers of collaboration that enable efficient and cost-effective production of the aircraft and systems we rely on in the aerospace market.  For these systems to be secure, all players at each layer of the collaboration MUST account for the cybersecurity concerns of the whole supply chain.  The supply chain is only as secure as its weakest link.  A successful attack at the leaves of the supplier network can quickly spread throughout the chain, affecting all the stakeholders participating in the design and manufacturing of the asset.  To address this issue, the airframers are moving to blockchain to ensure that all communications with their suppliers are completely locked down and there is a digital recording of all transactions throughout the chain.

There is a better way

For all these challenges in the aerospace market, there is a better way.  By using StealthShield™ and StealthChain™ technology in the connected devices and systems that fly our planes and UAVs, participate in our reservation systems, handle our luggage, and enable the seamless and efficient communication between aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers, you can assure that these systems will continue to operate safely and securely. StealthShield ensures only StealthPath Trusted™ parties with authenticated messages and StealthPath Trusted data will be able to share information. StealthShield provides the Pathway to Impenetrable Cybersecurity™.

StealthShield and StealthChain:

  • Operate autonomously
  • Requires no human intervention
  • Are simple to install
  • Are not detectable by cyber attackers

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