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Black Sky Aerospace eyes enhanced cyber security for guided weapons push

Black Sky Aerospace eyes enhanced cyber security for guided weapons push

The Queensland-based company has entered into a partnership with a local firm to shore up its cyber security posture.

The Queensland-based company has entered into a partnership with a local firm to shore up its cyber security posture.

Black Sky Aerospace (BSA) has announced a new partnership with digital security provider de.iterate, aimed at strengthening the digital security underpinning its guided weapons program. 

This is expected to involve combining AS9100D (Quality Management Systems – for aviation, space, and defence) and ISO 27001 (international standard for information security).

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This is tipped to protect critical information relating to BSA’s guided weapons program, which seeks to support Australia’s broader sovereign capability objectives and supply chain resilience under the $1 billion Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO) Enterprise.

Black Sky Aerospace CEO Blake Nikolic noted the importance of protecting the company’s intellectual property.

“Black Sky Aerospace is changing the Defence and space capability landscape in Australia and with that comes the responsibility of protecting critical technology”, Nikolic said. 

“Even though we are a small business, cyber security is as important to us as anyone,” Nikolic said.

“The partnership between BSA and de.iterate will help safeguard our innovations from state and criminal actors.” 

de.iterate’s work includes supporting the implementation, maintenance, and compliance with cyber security standards such as ISO 27001, Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) and the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) Essential Eight. 

“Cyber attacks are becoming much more frequent and are having ever-increasing impact,” de.iterate CEO Andrew Lawrence said.

“de.iterate plays a critical role in enabling businesses to gain compliance certification for international standards, such as ISO 27001 to protect sensitive information from disclosure.” 

Nikolic said the partnership would support Australia’s broader efforts to become self-reliant amid growing global disruption.  

“As we advance guided weapon technology, we also need to be armed to defend against modern cyber warfare,” Nikolic said.

BSA plans to continue testing its guided weapons technology ahead of commercial supply from 2023. 

[Related: Black Sky Aerospace unveils locally made missile launch pod]

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