Military Embedded Systems

Lockheed Martin selects Guartime Federal to provide cyber technology


May 01, 2017

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

FORT WORTH, Texas. Guardtime Federal will continue its role as a key supplier for Lockheed Martin to integrate a variety of cyber-related elements into systems engineering processes, supply chain risk management, and software development efforts.

Lockheed Martin and Guardtime Federal have conducted demonstrations since 2015 of data integrity technologies to address the threat of manipulation in networked and weapon system embedded cyber physical systems. The two companies have been engaged in on-going assessments to address the continued evolution of cyber-focused threats across the entire development and fielding lifecycle.

With this effort, Lockheed Martin becomes the first U.S. defense contractor to incorporate blockchain technology into its developmental processes. Using Guardtime Federal's Black Lantern appliances and the nationally distributed Guardtime Federal Core blockchain infrastructure, Lockheed Martin plans to realize more efficient and secure software development and supply chain risk management.

To realize the next leap forward, Guardtime Federal crafted a consortium of some of the most advanced cyber-centric small businesses in the field: Galois, ForAllSecure, and Trail of Bits. Collectively this consortium offers a wealth of experience in formal methods, vulnerability analysis, and automated vulnerability discovery and patching. All consortium participants are performers on the most advanced DARPA cyber-focused developments. ForAllSecure was the first place winner of the recent DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge.

Lockheed Martin and Guardtime Federal are maturing a concept referred to as Cyber Aware Systems Engineering. Lockheed Martin is exploring new, non-traditional approaches, technologies, and processes to design cybersecurity into its business.

"These new cyber security approaches will enhance data integrity, speed problem discovery and mitigation, and reduce the volume of regression testing, which results in reduced schedule risk," says Ron Bessire, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Engineering and Technology vice president.

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