MODERNIZATION & SUSTAINMENT

Cyber Hardening

We use applied artificial intelligence (Ai), as well as custom-built products, to help clients harden platforms and control systems against cyber threats — even if they’re already deployed — without the need for costly and risky redesigns.

CYBER FROM THE PLATFORM PERSPECTIVE

There is broad activity underway to harden U.S. defense and intelligence systems against cyber attacks. Despite these efforts, there is not yet a holistic approach to platform-level cyber security that also takes machinery and control systems into account. Hackers can infiltrate these “non-critical” systems as a way to access other mission-essential systems and launch a cyber attack.

We are helping the Department of Defense (DoD) address this vulnerability by embedding cyber hardening across a variety of platforms and control systems that others leave unprotected— even if they’re already deployed. We apply artificial intelligence (Ai) and custom-built products to implement, operate, and maintain cyber hardening tools without the need for costly and risky redesigns.

Through our full-lifecycle support, we help protect platform integrity and system uptime with the only complete, compliant cyber hardening suite for military platforms and control systems on the market.

OUR CYBER HARDENING SOLUTIONS

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CYBER THREAT ASSESSMENT

Using scalable, web-based threat assessment tools, we gather and analyze custom client or situational inputs to assess specific security risks and identify means to mitigate them.

MACHINERY & ICS HARDENING

We provide bolt-on cyber hardening solutions for immediate deployment on machinery and industrial control systems as well as security engineering and system modules for lifecycle integration.

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DETECTION & MITIGATION

With threat detection and response, we provide active protection for your equipment and networks, by ensuring attacks are blocked before a targeted system can be compromised or damaged.

FEATURED WORK

SHIPBOARD CYBER REVIEW

We recently performed a top-to-bottom analysis of U.S. Navy shipboard networks, systems, and external interfaces to provide a baseline for lifecycle cyber engineering. This analysis collected data from all available sources on the “as built” configuration of networks and systems— from network topologies to all communication systems.

Based on this first-of-its-kind architecture package, we determined potential vulnerabilities, mitigations, and opportunities for cyber hardening as well as a starting point for lifecycle cyber security management at the platform level.

CYBER HARDENING FOR AIRCRAFT CONTROLS

Our cyber hardening experts are working with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to develop a passive, hardware-based solution that leverages the inherent device physics of the 1553 bus to improve air-frame-level resiliency to cyber attack.

As part of this effort, we developed a number of hardware-based cyber defense techniques to ensure our system’s survivability and reliability in the face of cyber attack, including a System-on-a-Chip-based solution to identify, contain, and recover from attacks on the aircraft 1553 command bus.

MEET OUR BUSINESS LEADERS

Todd Stirtzinger, Senior Vice President

Todd Stirtzinger is the Senior Vice President of Alion’s Advanced Technology Group in Dayton, Ohio. Todd joins Alion with more than 30 years of experience in the Aerospace & Defense industry holding leadership roles for high technology, innovative organizations.  Most recently, Todd spent five years at L3Harris (formerly L3 Technologies) serving as both a Sector and Division President responsible for the business strategy, financial performance, operational execution and growth for a broad portfolio of mission solutions including head-worn visual augmentation systems, weapon-mounted lasers and sighting devices and integrated networked systems.

 

To learn more about Alion's cyber hardening solutions, contact us today.

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