Lockheed Martin [LMT] is partnering with SpiderOak Mission Systems
to develop and test a zero-trust cybersecurity platform for the space data supply chain. The companies announced an agreement on Tuesday to field key components of the SpiderOak OrbitSecure platform. OrbitSecure is a software solution for ground and space platforms to secure all data types over untrusted infrastructure, including both unencrypted networks and commercial operators.
Lockheed Martin’s Space Mission Solutions business plans to support integrating OrbitSecure technology into practical satellite management. In turn, SpiderOak will work to adapt the 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.”
This follows after SpiderOak received a U.S. Air Force small business contract to adapt its OrbitSecure protocol to military use last year. SpiderOak said in a March 4 announcement that the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract will provide initial funding for research to integrate OrbitSecure into Air Force and U.S. Space Force systems, and to subject the system to a rigorous assessment.
“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 U.S. 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,” said Joe Epstein, SBIR portfolio manager for Lockheed Martin Space.