Wind River acquires Star Lab

January 15, 2020 //By Ally Winning
Wind River has purchased Washington DC-based Star Lab, a company focussed on cybersecurity for embedded systems.
Wind River has purchased Washington DC-based Star Lab, a company focussed on cybersecurity for embedded systems.

The acquisition gives Wind River ownership of a system protection and anti-tamper toolset for Linux, a secure open source-based hypervisor, and a secure boot solution. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Star Lab’s offerings target embedded security for mission-critical systems, infrastructure, and equipment. The company’s background in aerospace and defence allow its solutions to tackle the hardest security challenges, including proactive protection of systems, even during sophisticated and targeted attacks.

"The Star Lab offering is a perfect complement and extension to the Wind River portfolio, and addresses a growing trend where Linux cybersecurity and anti-tamper capabilities are becoming a requirement across industries such as aerospace, automotive, defence, and industrial," said Jim Douglas, president and CEO of Wind River. "Our customers want to create security-based differentiation in their product lines using a multi-layer security approach; by combining the security-and Linux-related strengths of both companies, we believe we will be able to deliver immediate increased value and a competitive advantage."

Star Lab uses a secure-by-design engineering philosophy to create design patterns that reduce attack surface, isolate critical functionality and contain or mitigate even successful attacks. Its products conform to NIST 800-53 technical controls for federal information systems and pass independent verification/validation testing. They include:

- Security Suite for robust Linux cybersecurity and anti-tamper capabilities for operationally-deployed Linux systems and distributions.

- Embedded Hypervisor is designed specifically for use in open, hostile computing environments, the Xen-based hypervisor offers a secure open-source virtualization solution for embedded mission systems.

- Secure Boot is a measured-boot solution ensures that a device’s firmware and boot code is legitimate and has not been maliciously modified or manipulated.

More information

www.windriver.com

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