Blockchain technology has immense potential across most industries, and recent developments are taking blockchain to a whole different level. The newly created United States Space Force, or USSF, along with the U.S. Air Force Research Lab, has announced its partnership with blockchain company Xage to develop a data security system.
According to reports, Xage security secured a contract to provide end-to-end data protection for the USSF using its blockchain-powered Xage Security Fabric solution for the project.
Xage Security has a single platform that secures an entire eco-system and removes individual points of entry so attackers cannot tamper with or wipe the stored data.
The system will allow USSF to verify and keep a record of who accesses the systems, makes sure satellites continue to work even when the ground equipment goes offline, and secure data until it is fully transferred to operational units.
The USSF was established late last year to defend space and acquire military space systems. Space systems are basically infrastructure and vehicles that operate in harmony to execute tasks in outer space.
These machines mostly rely on communication and geographical positioning, and as a result, require a solid security system to assure that the data being interchanged cannot be compromised.
According to Xage Security CEO Duncan Greatwood, 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.”
This is the second contract for Xage security from the U.S. Air Force, with the last one signed in December 2019.
Meanwhile, the United States Air force (USAF) has been interested in blockchain for a while. Back in July, the USAF announced that it is working with blockchain startup Fluree on a new blockchain product. The company will be providing its services to help the services cyberweapons facility, LevelUP, located in San Antonio, Texas.
In June, the USAF funded SIMBA Chain, a South Bend, Ind., blockchain-as-a-service Company, to develop a blockchain-based platform for supply chain logistics for the air force.