Digital trust
for defense

What are the top cyber risks for the defense industry?

The battlefield on the ground, in the air, on and under water relies heavily on cyberspace and is increasingly becoming a digital ecosystem. Tamper-resistance is required at the device, inter-device, and networked systems level for mission critical operations. The major risks stem from the complexity of managing the supply chain (defense contractors), the sophisticated tools and methods in the arsenal of nation-state adversaries, and the air-gapped nature of combat systems. The willingness and ability to invest and innovate with new technologies face budgetary constraints and the effort to integrate for timely field deployment.

What is required to implement Digital Trust in the defense industry?

A strong risk mitigation strategy for the defense industry requires the following steps:

  • Using industry standards-based specifications (e.g. NIST, FIPS) vetted for robustness against nation-state attacks
  • Integrating protective countermeasures on devices through the supply chain of equipment manufacturers
  • Managing digital secrets at scale and as a local or remote maintenance activity—as a function of mission control
  • Using X.509 digital certificates for key lifecycle management from a trusted facility
  • Ubiquity across heterogeneous devices and systems for interoperability
  • Tamper-resistant content delivery through the supply chain for traceability
  • Minimizing personnel re-training to operate the hardened devices and systems on the battlefield

What is the workflow for defense industry process automation?

Defense Chart

What are the top defense industry cyberattack targets?

For military missions, risk can be measured in terms of safety and reliability of the systems. While data privacy is important, ensuring physical human safety and success of the mission is absolutely critical.

What cybersecurity standards must be met in the defense industry?

Avionics manufacturers need to more easily meet DO-178 cybersecurity compliance requirements and ensure high reliability and safety. Many avionics controllers, FADECs, flight navigation and storage systems in aircraft are vulnerable to cyber attacks.

How does DigiCert + Mocana bring Digital Trust to
the Defense industry?

Used by more than 200 OEMs to protect more than 100 million devices.

Mocana’s end-to-end security system is an FIPS 140-3 validated embedded cybersecurity software solution that ensures device trustworthiness and secure communications by giving industrial automation manufacturers, OEMs and critical infrastructure operators an easy way to harden electronic control units and controllers with multi-factor authentication and trust chaining, as well as a secure boot to validate the firmware, OS and applications.

Learn more about DigiCert + Mocana solutions


Control center for managing devices in the field


Plug-and-play on-device clients that secure operations


SDK that simplifies business application development

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