F-35 Program Seeks Innovation to Improve RTOS Cyber Event Detection and Response

The F-35 Joint Program Office is looking at industry ideas to improve the cybersecurity of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter and related ground systems as part of the new JPO Cybersecurity and Cyber ​​Defense Challenge.

JPO’s Cyber ​​Team is looking for innovative solutions to inform and integrate cyber-event detection and response capabilities for real-time operating systems (RTOS) and information technology platform (PIT) systems, including, but not limited to, communication buses such as 1394 , 1553, TCP / IP, ”the February 9 business statement reads. “Minimum requirements for size, weight and power will be critical to potential technologies.”

Such F-35 resistance to cyberattacks will mean that pilots are less likely to receive false navigation and targeting data from enemy hackers. The cybersecurity concerns of the F-35 fighter and the program are not new.

In 2015, a German magazine The mirror has released papers submitted by Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton, claiming that China was able to get plans for an F-35 from hacking a subcontractor program in 2007 – an effort that helped China build its J-31 fighter. Since then, the Pentagon has established a Cybersecurity Model Certification Program (CMMC) to help prevent such violations.

“The cybersecurity, resilience and resilience of the F-35 air system are critical to national security and are essential to maintaining air dominance in any future conflict,” a February 9 business statement said. “This call release is the first step in a multi-stage selection process to enhance existing security by developing and integrating advanced technologies into the F-35 aircraft and supporting ground-based systems. The proposed technologies should extend traditional approaches to cybersecurity to meet the unique needs of the air system, such as automated flight detection and response, to enhance its cyber resilience and survivability. ”

JPO said it is looking for partners from industry, science and government to “develop and integrate technology to become part of the real-time aviation capability to increase resilience by automatically detecting, responding and / or recovering from a range of cyber events (based on IP and without IP) to mitigate existing and emerging threats ”.

“The proposals should support an increase in the ability to anticipate a threat, counter a threat and / or provide core mission functions, thus increasing the stability and survivability of the aircraft,” the JPO said. “Solutions may also include pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight warning techniques, as well as isolating or preventing various attempted attacks in a way that does not affect / interfere with flight safety, both during and after isolating an anomaly / event (e.g. failure). ) ».

The JPO said that the ultimate goal of this problem is to “integrate new advances in cyber defense into the F-35 architecture to enhance mission assurance.”

“The best solution is to use the principles of open system design and cyber resilience to facilitate the integration of components (hardware / software / software) from a variety of sources and to continuously update and introduce technologies to respond to emerging cybersecurity threats,” the program said.

This article was first published by Defense Daily, a related publication of Avionics International, it was edited. To view the original version, click here.

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