Detecting CYber Attack
We live in a connected world, and each connection creates new risks that impact aviation, automobiles, electrical grids and even the phone in our hands.
Both legacy and new technologies rely on the integration of systems that receive regular software upgrades, opening them up to increased risk of tampering from multiple cyber-attack vectors.
Cyber Attack Alert (CyberA2) is a software-based technology system that assesses critical cyber physical systems, such as Engines and Line Replaceable Units. It confirms no evidence of malicious tampering, non-malicious human error or hardware degradation has occurred to prevent any disruption to operations.
These integrated systems have multiple attack vectors that are vulnerable to exploit. Vulnerabilities are widespread and stretch across the system lifecycle. CyberA2™ is designed with the lifecycle in mind and can further be leveraged to detect cyber-attack of an interconnected supply chain ecosystem. Unlike conventional anti-virus software that only detects known threats in software components of a system, CyberA2™ detects any change, including Zero Day threats, both to the system software and all CPS programmable components.
What We're Doing
Ball Aerospace developed an attestation technology for embedded systems in conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and has enhanced the technology to increase both the security and speed of integration across existing and future systems.
CyberA2™ was developed with four key requirements in mind: quick integration, low-impact recertification, zero impact to the operational behavior of the system and minimal data exchange from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Within these constraints, Ball Aerospace has developed a low-cost, efficient cyber risk reduction capability that meets the need of today’s modernization efforts.
One of the most vulnerable and critical systems on any aircraft are the engines. The Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system is particularly susceptible and can be compromised through several attack vectors, including everyday use maintenance laptops or over-the-air updates.
Ball is constantly evaluating how to leverage and stack current technologies to deliver new, robust capabilities. We believe in a layered approach to cyber security, building up protection with confidence. As such, the Ball Aerospace cyber roadmap includes future innovations in CyberA2™ on Demand and CyberA2™ Dynamic.
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