KBR’s new Australian-developed cyber terrain mapping tool, Achilles, has been rolled out to support the Navy cyber-worthiness or cyber maturity and system integrity.
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Achilles enables KBR to model the cyber environment and map system components along with significant characteristics including computer networks, software, and servers. KBR uses Achilles to produce 3D visualisations of the cyber system and its interfaces.
The tool, developed in Australia earlier this year, supports cyber-worthiness and enables Defence platforms, systems, and networks to continue operating effectively in contested cyber environments.
Daniel Pilipczyk, KBR delivery manager said, “This allows us to support Navy against contemporary threats and recommend improvements to the existing cyber-worthiness policy setting.”
To test the Achilles tool in a real-world environment during its development, KBR’s team spent several days on board HMAS Adelaide conducting software audits and producing cyber terrain maps aligned to international cyber security standards and frameworks.
“Just like a map helps navigation in the physical world, cyber terrain maps assist in understanding and safeguarding against cyber threats to prevent impairment of critical systems and capabilities. The insights from this data allows Navy to anticipate and mitigate cyber threats and make informed decisions that maximise a ship’s availability,” Pilipczyk added.
KBR worked alongside RAN personnel to record data and map a visual hierarchy of potential vulnerabilities in a contested environment, boosting the resilience of deployed Navy assets.
“In turn, this can optimise maintenance periods for a ship’s systems and minimise downtime, allowing Navy to increase the time its vessels can be at sea. The repercussions of cyber threats can be severe and far-reaching – we are proud that KBR’s work is assisting the Navy with strengthening its systems and helping to safeguard Australia,” Pilipczyk said.