Anti-Tamper Technology: Safeguarding Today’s COTS Platforms

Secure embedded computer and communications systems are critical for mission success in today’s environment of escalating cyber threats. Data integrity must be protected as it is processed, stored, and transmitted. The strategic risk management of these systems is known as Information Assurance (IA), which entails a combination of physical, technical, and administrative controls. At the core of an assured system is an authentic, trusted foundation based on Anti-Tamper (AT) safeguards using layered security features at the hardware, firmware, and software level. Abaco Systems is responding to the need for assured systems by incorporating product features that enable anti-tamper safeguards. This paper focuses on the use of COTS anti-tamper frameworks to support secure platforms and provide information assurance.