Fortress Information Security, the leader in supply chain cybersecurity for critical industries, will showcase the Green Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) cybersecurity program at the Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL Conference next week. Fortress, the official compliance partner for AUVSI's Trusted Cyber Program, has initiated an industry-wide collaboration program focused on developing and deploying a suite of voluntary standards to address cyber risks specific to uncrewed systems and robotics.
Green UAS, the first product of the Trusted Cyber Program, provides a standardized means of evaluating cybersecurity for commercial off-the-shelf drones, which are utilized by nearly every industry, including federal government agencies, local law enforcement, first responders, state departments of transportation, and industrial enterprise users such as energy and utilities, telecoms, manufacturing, food and agriculture, and logistics and mapping/surveying companies.
"Supply chain security is the foundation for UAS Systems to reach their potential as vital components of U.S. national security, lifesaving products for first responders, and exploratory tools for the energy industry," said Tobias Whitney, vice president of strategy and policy for Fortress. "We look forward to educating XPONENTIAL attendees and the greater uncrewed community about making cybersecurity a critical component in the procurement process."
In addition to presentations at the Fortress booth (#3114), the company will also host several workshops outlining the Trusted Cyber and Green UAS Programs:
- May 9 (11am – 12:30pm)
- May 10 (11am – 12:30pm)
Green UAS-certified products will meet the highest levels of cybersecurity and National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) supply chain requirements. Green UAS mirrors the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) 's Blue UAS certification program but is designed for customers who do not immediately require Department of Defense (DoD) authority to operate.
"It is critical that government customers are confident that data gathered by UAS is securely held domestically," said Brian Harrell, former Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "Commercial UAS holds great promise for defense and homeland security applications. Trusted cyber certification programs will reduce risks, increase resiliency and foster successful missions."
Green UAS also offers a more streamlined pathway to the Blue UAS 2.0 cleared list. The assessed elements include product and device security, corporate cyber hygiene for UxS Systems seeking to go from Green to Blue, remote operations, and connectivity.
About Fortress Information Security
Fortress secures North America's power and defense supply chains from cyberattacks on operational and critical enterprise technologies. Fortress' proprietary technology platform orchestrates North America's most advanced cyber supply chain risk management and vulnerability management programs. Fortress operates the Asset to Vendor Network and the North American Energy Software Assurance Database, which give critical operators confidence that the products, services, and software they obtain from others are cyber-safe. Fortress is a Goldman Sachs portfolio company..