Abaco Systems has released 1553Guard, a new security technology for MIL-STD-1553-based systems which provides an additional layer of protection against cyber-attacks. 1553Guard is an integrated solution that is directly built into the 1553 interface. Other technologies need costly hardware and significant software modification but cannot include threat mitigation. The company's 'plug-and-play' device identifies and mitigates threats in real-time from a single device through constant monitoring and protection for the complete bus, shielding equipment from damage and stopping attacks that could otherwise compromise platform integrity or mission security.
The solution protects the complete bus through a single device, decreasing integration time and effort by circumventing the expensive and complex process of hardware and software redesign and requalification of existing LRUs and modules. When added to the bus, it is completely passive and does not interfere with normal bus communication. When improper messages are identified, those messages can be individually disabled with no interruption to normal bus traffic. It can be readily integrated onto any existing bus using one of the company's existing XMC, USB or mPCIE products or using a stand-alone device connected to the bus.
Pete Thompson, vice president of product management for Abaco Systems, said, “Abaco continues to invest in new technologies like this to deliver solutions which will help secure systems and equipment. It is more cost-effective and easier to integrate than other technologies, which may protect only a single point or device. We are determined to deliver a product focused on ensuring our customers have the right tools to succeed. The 1553Guard does just that – by providing an innovative cyber resiliency solution to protect mission ready systems from attack.”