The US military uses countless commodity IT products, such as printers, PCs, and mobile phones. These devices’ components are often built overseas and delivered to the military with little oversight, creating a significant risk of exploitable vulnerabilities. Under DARPA’s VET program, we developed the HAMLET tool to address this risk. The HAMLET tool analyzes potential vulnerabilities in firmware and other low-level software in IT products to objectively quantify the risks. HAMLET then uses this quantification to create highly optimized test plans to rule out risk as efficiently as possible. Cyber analysts can use HAMLET’s objective risk assessments to prioritize their analysis, or to guide tabletop exercises.
"Military IT products are vulnerable to adversary cyber attacks; it’s a known industry problem with no easy answer," said Dr. Terry Patten, Principal Investigator on HAMLET. "However, our HAMLET tool helps quantify risks objectively. Our current research into security assessments will be invaluable for the military."
Learn more in our HAMLET case study.
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About Charles River Analytics: Since 1983, Charles River Analytics has been delivering intelligent systems that transform our customers' data into mission-relevant tools and solutions to support critical assessment and decision-making. Charles River continues to grow its technology, customer base, and strategic alliances through research and development programs for the DoD, DHS, NASA, and the Intelligence Community. We address a broad spectrum of mission areas and functional domains, including sensor and image processing, situation assessment and decision aiding, human systems integration, cyber security, human-robot interaction, and robot localization and automation. These efforts have resulted in a series of successful products that support continued growth in our core R&D contracting business, as well as the commercial sector. Charles River became an employee-owned company in 2012, to set the stage for the next-generation of innovation, service, and growth.