U.S. government awards RTI contract to bridge DoD cybersecurity technology and standardization gap

SUNNYVALE, Calif. Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity company, today announced that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II contract to advance a large Department of Defense (DoD) system within the U.S. Navy.

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In order to meet advanced cybersecurity requirements, the U.S. Navy was looking for more effective mechanisms to upgrade their cyber tools suite. System complexity and the proprietary nature of how these systems communicate has impacted their upgrade cycles.

With this contract, RTI will reduce the cyber tool upgrade cycle by providing the ability to rapidly install, test, and deploy new tools, configuration files, and settings within the Navy’s Aegis combat systems. RTI will deliver common, open cyber tool data models and application control interfaces that will enable plug-and-play cyber tool interoperability.

The solution will be built upon a foundation of open standards leveraging proven Technology Readiness Level 9 technology, and RTI will work with the Navy and other industry stakeholders to pursue standardization of the cyber data models and interfaces by international standards bodies to encourage widespread adoption.

The federally-funded SBIR program facilitates the financing of small-business research and development activities. According to the company, its chief role will be to bridge the gap between the performance of basic science and the commercialization of resulting innovations.