Date
29 March 2017
A file picture shows an engineer in a flight simulator at a Lockheed Martin facility in Orlando, Florida. A Pentagon report has pointed to cybersecurity deficiencies in a database related to the F-35 jet. Photo: Bloomberg
A file picture shows an engineer in a flight simulator at a Lockheed Martin facility in Orlando, Florida. A Pentagon report has pointed to cybersecurity deficiencies in a database related to the F-35 jet. Photo: Bloomberg

Pentagon report points to cybersecurity gaps in relation to F-35

The US Defense Department hasn’t had updated information on maintenance of the F-35 jet since May because a Lockheed Martin database didn’t meet new government cybersecurity requirements, Bloomberg News reported.

“Because of this non-compliance government personnel have not been able to access the database via government networks,” the Pentagon’s testing chief Michael Gilmore was quoted as saying in an assessment of the F-35, the costliest US weapons program.

That has prevented a Pentagon-Lockheed team from holding planned reviews of maintenance records, the official said.

The shortfall in Lockheed’s database under security requirements imposed in August by US Cyber Command is among computer security deficiencies outlined in an annual report on major weapons systems released Monday.

The Pentagon office in charge of the program “is investigating workarounds” to allow for reviews and access to the maintenance records until Lockheed can bring the database into compliance, according to the report.

In addition to the cybersecurity issue, Gilmore said tests of how the F-35 will perform in combat won’t begin until at least August 2018, a year later than planned.

It means that more than 500 of the jets may be built before the assessment is complete, Bloomberg noted.

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