Connected naval gun tests successfully for protection from cybersabotage

ROME. Defense and security company Leonardo announced that its OTO 76/62 Super Rapid (SR) naval gun has been successfully run through an extensive vulnerability assessment campaign, thereby ensuring that the gun will be resilient to cyberattacks in the future.

Continuous upgrades to the OTO 76/62 SR weapon system have made it increasingly dependent on technology that, say Leonardo officials, although it optimizes the gun's performance, has at the same time increased the system's potential for exposure to cyberattacks.

According to a statement from Leonardo, the key component of the OTO 76/62 SR is its gun console, which manages all other parts of the weapon system; depending on which configuration the gun uses, the technology could run the STRALES capability, which is a targeting system for the DART highly maneuverable projectile; the VULCANO ammunition capability; and the MultiFeeding device for automatic handling of the munitions. The recent assessments have allowed Leonardo to define potential weaknesses and implement all security measures that mitigate the risk associated with the identified vulnerabilities, say company officials.

In addition to satisfying Leonardo’s strict security policies against cyberthreats, the OTO 76/62 SR assessment also demonstrated that the weapon system meets a number of security requirements promulgated by expert bodies including NIST SP800-53, ISO 15408, and ISO 27002 standards.

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