FoxGuard Solutions was awarded a grant from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a Cybersecurity Platform for Energy Management and Control Systems. The programme (ESTCP) is through the Secretary of Defense's Office and is targeted at protecting military installations across the world of cyber-attacks. ESTCP's goal is to identify and demonstrate the most promising innovative and cost-effective technologies and methods that address DoD’s high-priority cyber security requirements.

The DoD operates over 500,000 buildings and structures with diverse inventory encompassing barracks, commissaries, data centers, office buildings, laboratories and aircraft maintenance depots. A majority of these bases are largely dependent on a commercial power grid that is vulnerable to disruption from cyber-attacks, aging infrastructure, weather-related events and direct attack. In an effort to reduce energy costs, increase security and improve energy resiliency, DoD has adopted a cyber security strategy for fixed installations.

FoxGuard Solutions was tasked with researching, developing, and demonstrating technology and techniques to identify and monitor BacNet field controllers for vulnerabilities, continuous monitoring of security controls, identify patches for Building Automation Systems software, hardware and firmware, while also facilitating the deployment of those patches.

Key elements include Building Automation System Asset Discovery, BacNet Vulnerability Scanning, Patching Building Automation Systems and Continuous Monitoring of Cyber Security Controls. The programme is based around the Risk Management Framework (RMF) to help DoD control system owners continuously monitor Building Automation Systems for vulnerabilities.



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