DARPA selects Rockwell Collins to apply cybersecurity technology to new platforms


DARPA selects Rockwell Collins to apply cybersecurity technology to new platforms Click to enlarge

  • Technology successfully demonstrated in Sterling, Virginia
  • Contract to run through March 2018
  • Capability protects land, air and sea platforms from cyberattacks

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Apr. 24, 2017) - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Rockwell Collins to use mathematics-based development methods to secure platforms against cyber attack. These techniques, developed by Rockwell Collins and its partners in DARPA’s High Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program, ensure cyber resilience by eliminating important classes of system vulnerabilities.

“In today’s highly connected world, land, air and sea platforms can fall victim to cyber attack,” said John Borghese, vice president of the Advanced Technology Center for Rockwell Collins. “HACMS provides peace of mind and high assurance that these systems are resistant to a cyber attack.”

The Rockwell Collins HACMS team, including Boeing, Galois, Data 61, HRL, and the University of Minnesota, developed technologies to achieve this high level of cyber-resilience. These include architectural modeling and analysis, a secure microkernel, and automatic generation of the application code. Each uses mathematical reasoning to ensure the absence of vulnerabilities that can be exploited in a cyber attack, improving the safety and security of critical electronic systems in military and commercial platforms.

These technologies were highlighted in a HACMS program demonstration this month in Sterling, Virginia. Cyber secure platforms on display included an unmanned helicopter, a small unmanned air vehicle, and an enhanced soldier vision helmet.

An initial application under the newly-awarded DARPA contract will apply HACMS technologies in support of U.S. Navy programs.

About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world. Every day we help pilots safely and reliably navigate to the far corners of the earth; keep warfighters aware and informed in battle; deliver millions of messages for airlines and airports; and help passengers stay connected and comfortable throughout their journey. As experts in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, cabin interiors, information management, mission communications, and simulation and training, we offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and services that can transform our customers’ futures. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.


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