US Space Force taps blockchain firm Xage Security for data protection

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The recently created United States Space Force, or USSF, and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab has chosen blockchain firm Xage Security to develop data security systems.

In a statement, Xage Security said it was awarded a contract to provide end-to-end data protection for the USSF. The company will employ its blockchain-based Xage Security Fabric solution for the project.

The company said Xage Security Fabric has a unified platform that can secure all systems and removes single points of entry so hackers can’t wipe information. It will allow the USSF to verify who accesses systems, ensure satellites continue to function securely even if ground equipment goes offline, and protect data until fully transferred to operational units.

This is the second contract Xage Security won from the U.S. Air Force, following the first one signed in December 2019.

The USSF was established in December last year to defend space and acquire military space systems. According to the University of Illinois, space systems are infrastructure and vehicles that work together to perform outer space tasks. These can be satellites or even spaceships. Since many space systems heavily rely on communication and geographical positioning, it’s crucial that data being sent through cannot be compromised.

Xage Security CEO Duncan Greatwood said blockchain meets many of the complex needs of the USSF:

“The USSF requires decentralized enforcement of security to establish space domain resilience and objective situational awareness––across every asset and data element. We built the Xage solution to serve the needs of complex critical infrastructure systems, and are excited to bring the Xage solution to the Space Force in the form of a blockchain-protected space system security.”

The U.S. Department of Defense, which oversees all military arms including the Airforce and the USSF, has been interested in blockchain for a while. It awarded Indiana-based blockchain firm Simba Chain a contract to provide security for sensitive research and development data in March this year. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has also been involved in blockchain since 2019.