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Lockheed to secure satellite networks with SpiderOak cybersecurity

SpiderOak will work with Lockheed in adapting its commercial technology to new uses for potential military and intelligence community satellite operators.
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SpiderOak Mission Systems and Lockheed Martin Space’s Mission Solutions business are developing and testing a zero-trust cybersecurity platform to secure data across the space data supply chain.

The two companies have signed an agreement to field key components of the SpiderOak OrbitSecure platform. OrbitSecure allows national security and civil space agencies to harness the commercial ground station networks around the world while providing Type 1 data encryption.

OrbitSecure is SpiderOak’s software-only solution for ground and space platforms to secure all data types over untrusted infrastructure, including both unencrypted networks and commercial operators.

OrbitSecure is built on SpiderOak’s open-source Distributed Ledger Platform (DLP), a blockchain and encryption software development kit that allows space developers to embed zero-trust security at the application layer.

Lockheed Martin will use its experience with end-to-end mission operations for orbital satellite systems to support the full integration of the new OrbitSecure technology into practical satellite management.

SpiderOak will work with Lockheed Martin in adapting SpiderOak’s commercial technology to new uses for potential military and intelligence community satellite operators. The companies said they have a commission vision for satellite operators “in which zero-trust principles and next-level encryption ensure these customers have the greatest and most secure access to satellite data possible.”

Speaking about the deal, Joe Epstein, SBIR portfolio manager for Lockheed Martin Space, said: “Relentless cyber security is critical for our customers and ensures that their national security and intelligence missions are robust and resilient. Lockheed Martin is always looking for innovative companies who can contribute increased capabilities and greater security to these important government missions. This US Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract is a great example of how the government and both large and small companies can work together. We’re excited to work with SpiderOak to explore the additional capabilities OrbitSecure can provide our customers.”

Charles Beames, Chairman of SpiderOak, added: “We are proud to be working with Lockheed Martin, the recognized leader in developing and fielding frontline military systems for the country. Working together, we can better protect the satellite systems that the warfighter depends on from vicious cyber threats and do so while increasing their flexibility to customers.”