Navy Partners with Industry on Blockchain to Secure Software Development

The Naval Air Warfare Center’s Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Lakehurst, New Jersey, has introduced a new technology called "PARANOID" (Powerful Authentication Regime Applicable to Naval Operational Flight Program Integrated Development). This innovative method leverages blockchain to secure software development environments and verify finished software, ensuring integrity throughout the software lifecycle. The inventors of PARANOID detailed its capabilities in a study published by the Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics, highlighting blockchain’s viability for exhaustive traceability and strong provability of development system integrity in mission-critical software. Each critical development action is recorded as a transaction on a blockchain, making any malicious modifications or cyberattacks instantly detectable.

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"Blockchain methods are shown to be a viable approach for supporting exhaustive traceability and strong provability of development system integrity for mission-critical software,” stated the inventors. Initially developed to secure avionics software for Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE) aircraft programs, PARANOID's applications extend to any organization needing traceability and provability in software development to prevent cyberattacks. Through the Navy’s Technology Transfer Program, TechLink senior technology manager Nida Shaikh helps qualified companies evaluate research and patent licensing. This collaboration between the Navy and private industry aims to enhance cybersecurity in software development through advanced blockchain technology.

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