Chantilly, Va.— November 15, 2018— Perspecta Inc., announced today that its innovative research arm, Perspecta Labs, has entered into a partnership with Abaco Systems, Inc. (Abaco), to bring its 1553 Bus Defender™ product to market.
Warfighting systems are built for longevity and require a sophisticated means of communication, but with that comes advanced vulnerabilities. The 1553 Bus Defender solution from Perspecta Labs, developed on a Department of Defense (DoD) research program, protects weapons systems from both known and future cyber-attacks
Specifically, the MIL-STD-1553 (1553) data bus, designed long before the days of widespread computer network hacking, and the line-replaceable units (LRUs) on it are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Depending on the scope and nature of the compromise, adversaries can cause denial of service (DoS), exfiltration of critical data, neutralization or destruction of the warfighting system, loss of life, and mission failure. 1553 Bus Defender provides protection without requiring any modifications to LRUs – a key advantage over software-based approaches.
“At Perspecta Labs, we pride ourselves on our ability to invent answers to our customers’ hardest problems,” said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Perspecta Labs. “We have built a strong reputation of putting our proven innovations to work in the real-world, and we look forward to the opportunity to do that with a strong partner like Abaco by our side.”
“In our discussions with the DoD, the DoD has made it clear to us that it sees our primary role as being to deliver advanced technologies – especially in the area of cyber-security – into the hands of our warfighters as quickly as possible,” said Rich Sorelle, CEO, Abaco Systems. “That’s what makes this partnership with Perspecta so exciting. 1553 Bus Defender is precisely the kind of solution our armed forces need, and it’s a privilege to be working on it.”
Prototype 1553 Bus Defender devices have been successfully tested in DoD system integration labs. Perspecta Labs and Abaco are now working together to transition the technology for widespread use. Abaco’s expertise in the design and production of rugged embedded computing hardware across a variety of form factors will ensure that the 1553 Bus Defender devices meet all critical size, weight, power, security and cost requirements.
Prototypes are currently available for demonstration and the two companies are actively reviewing and identifying opportunities for field testing of the 1553 Bus Defender capability.
About Perspecta Inc.
At Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP), we question, we seek and we solve. Perspecta brings a diverse set of capabilities to our U.S. government customers in defense, intelligence, civilian, health care and state and local markets. Our 260+ issued, licensed and pending patents are more than just pieces of paper, they tell the story of our innovation. With offerings in mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations, our team of 14,000 engineers, analysts, investigators and architects work tirelessly to not only execute the mission, but build and support the backbone that enables it. Perspecta was formed to take on big challenges. We are an engine for growth and success and we enable our customers to build a better nation. For more information about Perspecta, visit perspecta.com.
About Abaco Systems
With more than 30 years’ experience, Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. We create innovative, modular solutions based on open standards that are characterized by outstanding price/performance, ultimate rugged reliability and minimal SWaP. Our goal is to be a significant contributor to our customers’ success, partnering with them to reduce cost, time-to-deployment and risk and supporting them over the long term. With an active presence in hundreds of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air, Abaco Systems is trusted where it matters most. www.abaco.com