Military Embedded Systems

SiCore Technologies and Charles River partner to protect against avionics malware


February 08, 2017

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. SiCore Technologies and Charles River Analytics Inc. are partnering to protect against avionics malware in a program for the U.S. Air Force Avionics Vulnerability Assessment, Mitigations, and Protections (AVAMP) program.

As part of the SiCore team, Charles River will develop technologies to detect, analyze, and mitigate vulnerabilities and attacks on airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The AVAMP program aims to understand and improve the cybersecurity of its platforms and weapons systems.

“We are excited to be working with SiCore Technologies to develop new technologies that will protect ISR missions from cyberattacks,” says Dr. Terry Patten, Principal Scientist at Charles River Analytics. “We are addressing several important challenges under the AVAMP program, such as assessing the vulnerability of ISR systems, detecting malicious software and firmware, and automatically mitigating the effects of any attacks.”

In this partnership, Charles River engineers are also building on previous cyberdefense efforts with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that focused on vulnerability analysis and automated attack analysis.

“We are also providing mitigation and protection through our Secure Resilient Operating System, a hypervisor-level OS that uses multi-kernel virtualization to provide isolation, redundancy and resilience,” adds Patten. “If one hypervisor fails or is compromised, the other running hypervisors can provide low-overhead fault recovery.”

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