MONS Correspondent Marty Kauchak files this end-of-the-day report from the Modern Day Marine Exposition at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
The call of Pentagon leadership remains crystal clear: the US military needs to step up its readiness in the cyber domain. Enter Ridgefield, Connecticut (US)-based Owl Cyber Defense. The company is at MDM to showcase its data diode cross domain solutions for the US Marine Corps, armed forces, and intelligence services. Daniel Crum, Corporate Spokesperson, explained: “These products are used to filter, verify, and transfer data one-way across network domain boundaries, typically from one security level to another, either high to low or low-to-high (e.g. unclassified network to Top Secret network).”
The most popular Owl cross domain solutions include the OCDS-FT15, for file transfer, and OCDS-ST06, for streaming sources, such as meeting the services’ insatiable demand for full-motion video. Crum added: “These solutions are deployed to defend networks and devices across all branches of the US military. This includes ground stations, vehicles, secured enclaves, and military installations.”
The Corporate Sspokesperson noted his company’s portfolio has hit a sweet spot so to speak, as, “the military is increasingly focused on real-time intelligence and data sharing, as well as aspects of electronic warfare,” and continued, “Owl products enable the secure transfer of data across network domain boundaries without the risk of network breach. Hardware-enforced and unhackable, they provide an ideal cyber defence within the electronic warfare theatre.”
Asked about industry partners for its product line, Crum replied: “Owl cross domain products are typically developed in conjunction with our customers in the US government and DoD, rather than partners, and their input to our product line is not available to the public.”
And with regard to other topics of interest to conference delegates, Crum said Owl is focusing efforts on the release of a new tactical cross domain solution, to meet both exceedingly small size/weight/ power requirements, as well as provide the processing power and breadth of capabilities demanded by military and intelligence cross domain applications.