Military Embedded Systems

ViaSat to provide cybersecurity software to keep mobile devices secure


August 29, 2017

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

CARLSBAD, Calif. ViaSat Inc. officials announced it was awarded a production contract to provide ViaSat Mobile Dynamic Defense (MDD) cybersecurity software to protect and secure Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) Field Computing Device - Wearable (FCD-W) platforms.

ViaSat and iGov are working together on this contract, along with the U.S. Government to enable future platform and mission capabilities for the TACLAN FCD-W program, which is designed for the dismounted soldier and incorporates a suite of Situational Awareness and Digitally Aided Close Air Support applications, including ATAK, mobileJECL and ATRAX supporting VMF, Link 16, SADL, and ANW2.

Under contract, engineers will use the information assurance (IA) 'Defense in Depth' model where multiple layers of security controls and countermeasures are woven together.

The MDD software addresses mobile device management IA security requirements for tactical deployment. What makes it useful at the tactical edge is its ability to provide the necessary policy enforcement and in-mission configuration flexibility without a connection to a remote management system. This level of security is achieved through self-attestation, event logging and automated threat response. These security features enable the end user device to obtain Authority to Operate (ATO) on a U.S. Government network, even when disconnected from the operations center.

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