Viasat Awarded Department of Defense Contract to Perform Vulnerability Assessment Tests in New Cybersecurity Pilot Program
Ministry of Defense program to automate security assessments based on missions and threats
Posted: October 20, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. EDT|Updated: 19 hours ago
CARLSBAD, CA.,, October 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide vulnerability assessment testing and response support as part of a new pilot program aimed at improving cybersecurity and the resilience of DoD weapon systems. Viasat will be the first external cybersecurity team to carry out these assessments through the pilot project, which aims to increase the efficiency of automating large-scale security assessments based on missions and threats, using analysis and proven intelligence-gathering methodology, threat modeling, vulnerability analysis and exploitation.
As part of the pilot project, Viasat will analyze key components in an extremely complex, interconnected architecture of the DoD weapon system, which can be vulnerable to attack. The analysis will also include cyber and software-defined assessments of radio threats to address networks, the Internet of Things, and radio frequency interfaces to the weapon system.
“The DoD leadership’s focus on the cyber resilience of the weapons system is essential. Recent cyberattacks against the US government provide a clear reminder that we need to minimize vulnerabilities through active information and strengthen core networks,” he said. Craig Miller, President, Viasat Government Systems. “As the battlefield is rapidly modernized and the use of commercial technologies and systems is rapidly implemented in the DoD infrastructure, conducting robust vulnerability tests is crucial to identify and address potential technology gaps and to determine whether platforms are potentially vulnerable to attack. “
Miller continued: “Viasat takes a holistic approach to cybersecurity and we are excited to partner with the Department of Defense to provide a comprehensive, scalable ability to assess vulnerability, using the power of automation based on analysis to create efficiency and deliver possibility for fast and continuous evaluations. This will help keep pace with the development of commercial technology and will pave the way for cybersecurity assessments based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) threats. “
Viasat was chosen based on its extensive experience and rewarding experience in the field of DoD cybersecurity, as well as its unique understanding of the threat landscape in global government and commercial services and a personalized approach to information security.
For 35 years, Viasat has been a provider of cybersecurity and information security systems to protect the US government, critical infrastructure and retail networks. As a global provider of satellite Internet services, Viasat protects its networks and prevents billions of cyberattacks every day. Its history and experience, combined with expert data analysis across its network, provide a diverse view of the global cyber threat landscape that allows the creation and delivery of security solutions at the expert level.
Learn more about the industry’s leading portfolio of Viasat cybersecurity services and solutions here.
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