Thanks to an innovative solution for protecting data networks, Rheinmetall was able to beat 37 projects and win first prize. Moving Target Defense in Micro-Segmented Zero Trust Networks? is the award-winning project of the team of experts in the cybersecurity division of Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH in Bremen. From a technical point of view, the winning entry is based on the Rheinmetall Security Appliance (RhSA) application, which the company developed to protect highly developed IT infrastructures (information technology) from cyber attacks.
A central feature of the Rheinmetall security device is the “Mobile Target Defense” function, which can significantly improve the security of networks. Essentially, Moving Target Defense replaces real IP addresses with virtual ones, preventing attackers from discovering individual endpoints for their attacks, creating practically insurmountable barriers.
This highly topical topic caught the attention of the jury, which was made up of representatives from various Bundeswehr institutions (geographic information center). the German Ministry of Defense (Department of Cyber / Information Technology); the CODE Research Institute; and the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Service Support for the Bundeswehr based in Koblenz or BAAINBw.
After carefully examining all submitted projects, Lieutenant General Michael Vetter, Head of the Information Technology / Cyber Department at the German Ministry of Defense, declared the Rheinmetall team the winner of this year’s competition.
Although it was endowed with prize money of 15,000 euros, the actual prize was the opportunity to take part in in-depth discussions with experts from the German Armed Forces, for whom protection against cyberattacks has top priority. In 2017 the Bundeswehr founded an independent military organization to take on this mission: cyber and information space. It is important for the federal government that this project is carried out in Germany.
Matthias Lindenberg, Head of the Cyber Solutions division at Rheinmetall, says: “Obviously, the award is a great success for our team, which drives us to achieve bigger and better things. We are very pleased that our innovative “Mobile Target Defense” approach has received the award. We are convinced that we can be a strong and reliable partner of the Bundeswehr in the field of cyber defense and especially in the cyber and information space command of the Bundeswehr. But we also offer attractive solutions for the civil sector to protect highly complex networks.
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