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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:12

Data61, Hensoldt Cyber partner on cyber attack protection systems

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Data61, the CSIRO’s innovation network, has announced a global partnership with German cyber security company Hensoldt Cyber to collaborate on the development of a trustworthy hardware-software stack designed to protect against devastating cyber attacks on defence systems, smart factories, autonomous vehicles and critical infrastructure.

The collaboration comes at a time where threats are on the rise, according to Data61 and Hensoldt, who say the partnership will secure cyber-physical systems through seL4, the world’s most trustworthy operating system, "mathematically proven free of implementation defects".

“Our uncompromising approach to cyber security combines secure processor hardware based on the open RISC-V architecture, secured production, and the mathematical security guarantees of the seL4 operating system,” said Marian Rachow, managing director of Hensoldt Cyber.

Under the partnership, Data61’s Trustworthy Systems group, the original developers of seL4, will adapt it to run efficiently on Hensoldt Cyber processors, and will extend seL4’s existing correctness proofs to apply to that hardware.

“seL4 is provably secure, but its security guarantee relies on the assumption that the underlying hardware is trustworthy,” said Professor Gernot Heiser, chief research scientist for Trustworthy Systems at CSIRO’s Data61.

“We are excited to work withHensoldt Cyber, putting seL4 at the core of a security-focussed integrated hardware-software stack to secure critical infrastructure.”

Munich-basedHensoldt Cyber, founded just over a year ago as a joint venture of German companies Hensoldt and Secure Elements, develops advanced secure IT solutions for cyber-physical systems deployed in industry and defence.

“Collaborating with leading researchers to produce the best technology is core to our approach, and Data61 are world leaders in secure operating systems,” said Rachow.

Hensoldt says securing Industry 4.0 is an early goal of the company, which is currently evaluating prototype solutions for smart production lines.

“Our first secure processor chips, capable of running seL4, will be produced in the first half of 2019,” said Simon Metzner, chief operations officer of Hensoldt Cyber. “The level of interest we see for this technology indicates a great market opportunity for our products.”

Heiser is also chief scientist software at Hensoldt Cyber, Scientia Professor and John Lions Chair at the University of New South Wales.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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