C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

DARPA seeks to prevent cyber attacks via COTS components

30 January 2018

Key Points

  • ConSec will curtail configuration setting vulnerabilities
  • One challenge will be to reduce the scale of the issue

Advances in technology and the advent of the Internet of Things have led to a growth in the size and complexity of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and subsystems. These advances have also made subsystems vulnerable to cyber attacks.

To defend systems from adversaries who might gain entry to systems and platforms through configuration settings, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to reduce the human-in-the loop time to configure COTS components and optimise the functionality of the components to reduce the attack surface.

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