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Embedded real-time operating system software secures military mission-critical data from growing threats

From:  Military & AeroSpace

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March 30, 2012

Posted by Courtney Howard
TECHNOLOGY FOCUS, 30 March 2012. The adoption of secure real-time operating system (RTOS) software and related embedded computing security software tools for military embedded systems continues to grow, driven by increased security threats and concerns, real and perceived.
Many pundits agree that the need for information security, especially for critical and classified data, as well as the computing and data storage systems on which it resides, has never been greater. Industry has responded with myriad innovations designed to deliver security and protection at not only the system level, but also at the embedded, component level.
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“There is no single architecture, product, or capability that can protect against a continuously evolving threat landscape,” cautions Chip Downing, senior director of Aerospace & Defense at Wind River in Alameda, Calif. “Today’s connected systems need to integrate a wide range of capabilities to achieve continuous security in hostile network environments. Layered, proven security components, along with capabilities to update these system components, need to be integrated to enable continuous application and service availability, while maintaining the required security capability.”
A layered security approach to critical systems and components is just one of Downing’s recommendations to aerospace and defense enterprises and end users. The most important considerations in the selection of an RTOS for aerospace and defense applications, he says, are support for open standards, safety certification, security features, and virtualization support. If a system needs to meet high levels of safety and security assurance, systems designers must have a strategy to achieve these requirements, he says.
“Due to higher system complexity and compressed system budgets, an RTOS with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) certification evidence is the wisest choice," Downing says. "COTS certification evidence removes significant certification risk whilst lowering program costs."
Aerospace and avionics
“Avionics and aerospace systems have requirements for safety-critical software, and now are requiring security to help prevent malicious fault conditions,” says Robert Day, vice president of LynuxWorks in San Jose, Calif. “DOD [U.S. Department of Defense] environments require security, especially when connected to other systems or networks, which is becoming the norm even in tactical deployments.”  MORE

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