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2017-01-30


Mercury Systems Launches CANGuard to Strengthen Automotive Data Security


Ground-breaking security software solution designed to protect vehicle data networks

CHELMSFORD, Mass. - Jan 30, 2017 - Addressing the need for tighter in-vehicle security, Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), today announced the CANGuard security suite, a unique software solution designed to protect automotive vehicle data networks. The Company also announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with a leading automotive electronics manufacturer to enable the integration of CANGuard software into existing vehicle control units as well as future units.

Security breaches of in-vehicle onboard computers and networks are becoming more prevalent. Recent demonstrations range from remotely shutting down an engine to causing vehicle brakes to malfunction. Such attacks are enabled by the lack of built-in security for the vehicle’s controller area network (CAN) bus—the technology linking most onboard computers. CAN has been a reliable workhorse for the automotive industry for decades, yet it was developed before the Internet, so its inventors never considered malicious remote actors having access to the bus. By compromising a network-enabled onboard computer, a sophisticated hacker can gain access to other critical vehicle systems via CAN, leading to the dangerous security breaches recently reported in the media.

“Security is paramount to the safe operation of an automotive vehicle, and there is no safety without security,” said Scott Orton, Mercury’s Vice President of Secure Processing Solutions. “Mercury’s unique security intellectual property applied to automotive infrastructure denies malicious intrusion attempts from propagating to safety-critical vehicle functions.”

At its core, the CANGuard suite is a security layer installed within an automotive computer (an ‘ECU’) attached to a vehicle’s CAN bus. This security layer defends against nefarious actions by blocking malicious data traffic before it can have an impact on the target vehicle - and does so in a manner transparent to the ECU control programs. Unlike alternative solutions, such as bus monitoring or gateway firewalls, CANGuard software requires no architectural changes to the vehicle, nor additional hardware. The CANGuard solution can be applied on a per-ECU basis, retaining complete interoperability with non-CANGuard-aware ECUs. This enables the software to be retrofitted into various existing vehicles in addition to new designs.

For more information visit www.mrcy.com/CANGuard.

Mercury Systems – Innovation That Matters 

Mercury Systems (NASDAQ:MRCY) is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and mission processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury’s solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry’s current and emerging technology needs. To learn more, visit www.mrcy.com.

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Contact:
Robert McGrail, Director of Corporate Communications
Mercury Systems, Inc.
+1 978-967-1366 / rmcgrail@mrcy.com

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