I was interested in this release as the product addresses a lot of the concerns and challenges we are facing in this difficult time. If you have been following the reports coming out of the Paris Airshow, you will have seen many signs of the economic problems facing the commercial airline industry and the hope that the defence industry carries us through to new economic growth.
One of the challenges facing the Aerospace and Defence industry along with many other industries is how to provide increased functionality to its customers, whilst at the same time preserving the safety and security of the system. A good example of this being the EADS Advanced UAV, which has a fully autonomous system for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions).
VxWorks MILS provides our customers with a platform that allows them to isolate and at the same time integrate this capability into a system, and then evaluate the system to the Common Criteria (and DO-178B) to prove its security.
The cost saving is immense when you consider not only the cost of the evaluation itself – the MILS seminar at The Open Group estimated the cost for evaluation of a MILS kernel to be around $5M – but also the cost of re-evaluation to incorporate technology refresh and protection from obsolescence and the impact of cyber security breaches, recently estimated at $1 trillion!
MILS technology provides a basis for layering your assurance capability in a way that allows you to evaluate the assurance of each component, starting with the trusted hardware, moving up through the Separation Kernel, adding the middleware and finally your Operating Systems and applications. This layered approach allows you to divide your high assurance code into manageable blocks which can be evaluated to the highest degree, and allow non-secure component to co-exist on the final system.
Click here to see a demo of our MILS technology in action at MILCOM 2008.