- Press Release
- Dec 1, 2022
SpiderOak Announces Contract with U.S. Defense Innovation Unit to Demonstrate OrbitSecure Zero-Trust Protocol On-Orbit
SpiderOak, the leader in complete cybersecurity solutions for next generation space systems, today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to deliver the company’s OrbitSecure zero-trust protocol on-orbit.
The project will demonstrate end-to-end cybersecurity for the Department of Defense’s future Hybrid Space Architecture, an initiative the U.S. Congress has begun referring to as the “Outernet” through legislation.
As commercial space companies continue delivering increasingly innovative capabilities at an unprecedented rate, the Pentagon grows more eager to incorporate these technologies while securing and defending these hybrid (mixed commercial and government) networks across multiple domains. With escalating threats from China and Russia, it is more critical than ever to ensure secure global, ubiquitous, and hybrid connectivity throughout the space domain for commercial, civil, and military users, including international allies and partners.
SpiderOak will demonstrate its OrbitSecure zero-trust software suite on-orbit to support DIU’s development of a scalable architecture capable of communicating across government and commercial networks, while also remaining trusted and relevant in a dynamic threat environment. SpiderOak’s contract with DIU is in collaboration with the United States Space Force Space Warfighting Analysis Center (SWAC).
SpiderOak’s zero-trust OrbitSecure software was developed for 21st century space needs and is also backward compatible to the Space Force’s existing on-orbit constellations. OrbitSecure will demonstrate an enhanced space-domain cyber resilience even when network hardware or application software has been compromised.
“Warfighters have identified cyber-attacks as the ‘soft underbelly’ of the satellites on which we depend for our defense and modern life,” said John Moberly, Senior Vice President for Space, SpiderOak. “We are thrilled to be selected by DIU and SWAC and partnered with York Space Systems to secure this mission and we are very much looking forward to working with the other companies selected to support the entire Hybrid Space Architecture into the future. Jointly we are enabling a foundational layer of commercial industry and allied capabilities to ensure our national security is protected from the ground and from space.”
Designed to take zero-trust security to zero-gravity environments, OrbitSecure leverages a unique combination of no-knowledge encryption and distributed-ledger technology to meet the unique demands of cybersecurity in space. OrbitSecure utilizes a new fully decentralized key management system allowing for full availability and continued operations in space despite disconnected or highly contested networks. This new capability provides enhanced decentralized space resiliency to multi-vendor, multi-network, mesh proliferated low-Earth orbit networks by significantly reducing the attack surface and the ability of adversaries to jam, disrupt, modify, or contest space communications and satellite services.
SpiderOak is a U.S.-owned and operated software company that delivers end-to-end cybersecurity solutions for civil, military, and commercial space operations. Our commercially available products are built upon a foundation of zero-trust encryption and distributed ledger, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your most sensitive data in the space domain.
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