C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Exostar grows cyber security capability

22 August 2017

A joint venture (JV) founded to manage defence supply chains is increasingly focusing on cyber security, as interactions between major primes and smaller companies open potential vulnerabilities.

Exostar was founded in 2000 by five of the biggest companies in aerospace and defence: Boeing, BAE Systems, Raytheon, Rolls-Royce, and Lockheed Martin. The JV was designed to help them manage their supply chains, which in many cases comprise the same suppliers.

The company’s main focus is a platform that provides access to the online supplier portals of the founding firms, along with other major companies that have signed up over time. The idea is that a smaller supplier would be approved to access the portals of a range of major customers, through a single sign on.

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