Lockheed Martin Takes Step to Enhance Aircraft Cybersecurity with New Contract

The contract with Guardtime Federal will enable the partners to work on reducing the cyber threat to the Lockheed Martin aircraft supply chain.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin, one of North Texas’ largest defense businesses, announced that it is expanding its contract with Guardtime Federal to evaluate systems that would enhance cyber-related supply chain security for its aircraft.

Lockheed Martin said the new contract builds on specialized mission-support testing in 2015, and a 2017 contract for integration systems and support related to supply chain risk and software development management.

“Our goal is to provide every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine the confidence that they can rely on the information they see and the equipment they operate without fear that it has been manipulated by an outside force.”

David Hamilton

Lockheed headquarters two of its business units in North Texas — Fort Worth-based Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Grand Prairie-based Missiles and Fire Control. Guardtime Federal is a cybersecurity company that contracts on government projects.

“We continue to integrate new cybersecurity approaches across our portfolio of aeronautics programs,” Ron Bessire, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Engineering and Technology vice president, said in a release. “Our collaboration with Guardtime Federal continues to yield fresh new approaches to solve the lingering challenges that more traditional technical solutions have not solved.”

In 2015, Lockheed and Guardtime Federal began working together with demonstrations, and are moving into more operationally-oriented pilot programs that integrate data integrity technologies addressing the threat of data manipulation in networked and weapon system-embedded cyber systems, according to Lockheed.

The company said the new contract centers on further reducing the attack potential for the information supply chain that forwards information to and from operational aircraft systems.


Besthesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin said it was the first U.S. defense contractor to incorporate blockchain technology into its cyber safe strategy for developmental processes, providing its customers with more efficient and assured offerings. The new efforts with Alexandria, Virginia-based Guardtime Federal will hasten the roll-out of new capabilities for mission survivability in a global environment that is fraught with cyber threats.

Guardtime Federal is working on new generations of tools and techniques that surpass conventional firewall protections and focus on the integrity and origin of any digital element. Once integrated, Guardtime said the new capabilities will provide linked digital data attribution that revolutionize all aspects of mission critical information flowing into operational systems.

“Our goal is to provide every soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine the confidence that they can rely on the information they see and the equipment they operate without fear that it has been manipulated by an outside force,” Guardtime Federal President David Hamilton said in the release. “There is no overnight solution, but this is the objective of our work with Lockheed who shares our ‘Cyber Integrity First’ core value.”


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