Kaprica Security has secured a contract to strengthen US military vehicle and related connected car security systems.
Awarded by Department of Defense (DOD), the $270,000 contract requires the company to develop technology for the construction of high-security software systems over the next year.
The contract forms part of US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) high-assurance cyber military systems (HACMS) programme, which will be executed in collaboration with Galois.
Advanced Mobility Academic Research Center president Daniel Mintz said: "Kaprica’s partnership with DARPA is an important step in understanding and helping to meet software-related security threats not only to government vehicles, but for a variety of consumer products including cars and light trucks.
"DARPA’s investment in the field of vehicle security underlines the growing reliance throughout government and private industry on internet-based systems.
"Kaprica’s understanding of cyber-attack techniques has allowed them to take a leadership position in developing systems to meet ever-increasing internet security threats."
Kaprica CEO Douglas Britton said: "Government and industry are both faced with major issues related to privacy, safety and security.
"We believe our work with DARPA eventually will lead to improvements in the security and reliability of tomorrow’s cars and trucks.
"Vehicle control systems need state of the art defensive technologies such as Runtime Application Self Protection (RASP).
"Kaprica’s RunSafe, a RASP programme, keeps cyber attackers from capitalising on system vulnerabilities without the need for lengthy code rewrites."
HACMS programme aims to create technology for the construction of high-assurance cyber-physical systems, which are found in vehicles and other modern technology systems. This ranges from traditional data centres and networks to smartphones, tablets and other aspects included in the internet of things.
The technology would be applicable to both defense and commercial communities, enabling high-assurance military systems ranging from unmanned vehicles to weapons systems, satellites, and command and control devices for the military.