E-cast: Secure Operating Systems and Tools for Next-Generation Software Defined Radios



Although the U.S. DoD did more to popularize the term “software defined radio” than any other entity, America’s military is only now starting to deploy SDRs. Instead, the civilian world of cellular base stations and fire/police/federal radios are gaining more momentum in SDRs – but they don’t have to worry about the same challenges as the DoD.

Fully functional SDRs are now being deployed by General Dynamics, Harris, and Thales but some don’t yet follow the “true” specifications set out by the Joint Tactical Radio System’s Joint Program Executive Office (JTRS-JPEO). The reason: functionality exists, but security profiles are still being developed. The concern is not just voice and data encryption, it’s “information assurance”. That is, the confidence that the radio can’t be hacked, and that it behaves in a predictable and repeatable fashion every single time.

In short: the concern in military SDRs has turned to security in operating systems, in application code, and in the tools used to develop these highly complex digital radio systems. In this E-cast, presenters from IBM, LynuxWorks, and Objective Interface Systems will describe the security and information assurance issues facing SDR designers. You’ll find that “mission critical” becomes the common theme – because if these radios fail or are compromised – lives may be lost.

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