1553 Bus Defender™ selected for demonstration in Cyber Cyclone 2021

Perspecta Labs[1] will be demonstrating its 1553 Bus Defender at Cyber Cyclone 2021, a cyber exercise for the U.S. Army’s Project Convergence 21, taking place in Yuma, Arizona September 13-17, 2021. Bus Defender has been matured, integrated and evaluated with support by U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) Ground Systems Cyber Engineering (GSCE) in support of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) Cross Functional Team (CFT). The purpose of Cyber Cyclone is to demonstrate cyber resiliency by detecting, logging, mitigating, and defending against remotely triggered cyber threats to an Army platform’s MIL-STD-1553 vehicle data bus, while simultaneously collecting data for further analysis.

For this important cyber exercise, Bus Defender has been successfully integrated into a fully operational ground combat system and we have been working closely with both GVSC GSCE and U.S. Army Threat Systems Management Office (TSMO) to prepare for the exercise. The demonstration will not only show Bus Defender’s ability to detect, prevent, and mitigate operational impacts of cyber attacks launched over the 1553 data bus, but also that mission objectives can be carried out seamlessly on the ground combat system with Bus Defender installed.

“We are honored to participate in Cyber Cyclone 2021 and contribute to the Project Convergence mission to deliver rapid improvements with significant advantage for joint mission needs,” says Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president, Peraton Labs.

“We are looking forward to this operational demonstration of Bus Defender’s on-platform cyber defense capabilities, as well as future opportunities to validate and deploy Bus Defender and related products to protect critical weapons system and ensure mission success.”

Fielded warfighting systems utilizing MIL-STD-1553 buses are vulnerable to cyberattacks from multiple entry points on aircraft, vehicles, ships and space platforms. 1553-based cyberattacks can propagate over the data bus resulting in mission failure. The 1553 Bus Defender product line addresses this demonstrable lack of security, delivering proven cyber resilience.

1553 Bus Defender™Bus Defender is a novel intrusion detection/prevention solution, which defends platforms and defeats attacks launched or spread over the MIL-STD-1553 data bus. It has been tested, under contract, on six different weapon systems platforms or System Integration Labs and four simulators and surrogates from all three services as well as major system integrators.  Bus Defender has delivered successful defense against cyber attacks from government red teams in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army.

In addition to Bus Defender, we offer two other products in the Bus Defender Product Line.  Bus Offender can quickly and easily create novel 1553-based cyberattacks, including sophisticated and platform-tailored attacks, and is used to identify previously unknown vulnerabilities. Maintenance Defender provides off-platform defense and protection against attacks launched or propagated over the 1553 data bus and is used to secure the supply chain during maintenance, test and software loading.

1 Effective May 6, 2021, Peraton completed its previously announced acquisition of Perspecta, including Perspecta Labs Inc. Perspecta Labs has filed to change its legal name to Peraton Labs Inc. and the name change is anticipated to be approved shortly.

This effort is sponsored by the U.S. Government under Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) number W56HZV-16-9-0001, between the Defense Automotive Technologies Consortium and the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal.  The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Government purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.

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