Another Great Design Win for VxWorks MILS!

By Alex Wilson

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Having been at Wind River for 15 years, it is always a pleasure to see products coming to market that are based on our technology, and at MILCOM 2011 we are proud to be announcing the use of Wind River’s VxWorks MILS Platform in Rockwell Collins' SecureOne Processor and SecureOne Guard, components of a family of high assurance technologies for military tactical systems.

Part of my job at Wind River is evangelizing new products and attending conferences, such as MILCOM. Over the past few years one of the main topics of conversation is around cyber-security and how we can address the needs of connected systems in the security world. New issues around cyber-security threats meet us every day, another example being the recent vulnerability discussed by Joe Wlad in his blog post.

MILS is a concept that defines how you can build open architecture solutions that not only meet your security requirements, but allow you to reduce size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements of a system by hosting multiple applications in different security domains on the same computer. A good description of building high assurance systems based on MILS technology was written by Paul Parkinson and Arlen Baker, and can be found on our website at: http://www.windriver.com/whitepapers/whitepaper.php?f=WP_high_assurance_systems_development_MILS_1110.pdf

Rockwell Collins  proved that high assurance open architecture  solutions can be achieved through their SecureOne Cross Domain Technologies.  SecureOne uses Wind River’s VxWorks MILS technology to produce a system for aircraft that achieves the following optimized system goals:

  • Securely connecting different classified networks through the SecureOne Guard, thus allowing the operator(s) to view data from several sources (assuming they have the correct security clearance!)
  • Reducing workload
  • Reducing the number of systems required to access the data

All of these capabilities tied together through VxWorks MILS give Rockwell Collins a product that provides increased situational awareness for their customers, whilst offering the benefit of reduced workload and savings on SWaP – all huge benefits in the current economic climate in order to protect our national assets from the threat of cyber warfare without breaking the budget.

For those of you at MILCOM 2011, visit Wind River's booth #721 to see a demonstration by Rockwell Collins running VxWorks MILS to power its SecureOne Guard.

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