Published: December 25, 2014 | Reston, VA
Kaprica Security has been awarded a Department of Defense (DOD) contract to strengthen U.S. military-vehicle and related connected-car security systems.
Kaprica will work with DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under a one-year, $270,000 contract to develop technology for the construction of high-security software systems under the agency’s High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program with Galois, Inc.
“DARPA’s investment in the field of vehicle security underlines the growing reliance throughout government and private industry on Internet-based systems. Kaprica’s partnership with DARPA is an important step in understanding and helping to meet software-related security threats not only to government vehicles, but for a variety of consumer products including cars and light trucks”
Daniel Mintz, President of the Advanced Mobility Academic Research Center | U.S. Department of Transportation.
DARPA is responsible for the development of breakthrough technologies for national security. The goal of the agency’s HACMS program is to create technology for the construction of high-assurance cyber-physical systems. Such embedded and networked systems are found not just in vehicles but are everywhere in modern technology, from traditional data centers and networks, to smartphones, tablets, wearables, medical, industrial equipment and other things that fall under the “Internet of Things” or IoT.
“Car-to-car and car-to-device communications have grown dramatically with the development of driver-assistance, infotainment and autonomous driving systems,” notes Kaprica CEO Douglas Britton. “Government and industry are both faced with major issues related to privacy, safety and security.
“We believe our work with DARPA eventually will lead to improvements in the security and reliability of tomorrow’s cars and trucks. Vehicle control systems need state of the art defensive technologies such as Run-time Application Self Protection (RASP). Kaprica’s RunSafe™, a RASP program, keeps cyber attackers from capitalizing on system vulnerabilities without the need for lengthy code rewrites.”
Gartner researcher Joe Feiman describes RASP as a “must have, emerging security technology.” Gartner estimates that by 2020 the IoT will include 26 billion devices and IoT product and service suppliers will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, mostly in services.