New data security solution aims to enhance the cybersecurity of additive manufacturing

Mission-critical projects in government and defense often require the highest level of confidentiality for the sake of safety. This stake is often of paramount importance in manufacturing operations that involve AM as the technology still raises several questions regarding IP and cybersecurity.

For this reason, Stratasys has recently introduced a new data security solution. Named ProtectAM™, the new solution uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux, an enterprise Linux platform.

According to the provider of polymer 3D printing solutions, this platform helps deliver continuous information processing security in accordance with requirements contained in the applicable Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) issued by the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Compatibility has been made for a beginning for the manufacturer’s FDM® 3D printers – widely used by government customers. The solution is already available for Fortus® 450mc™ printers and will progressively be made available for F900® 3D printers as well as F370™ and F770™ 3D printers.

Software security is a front-and-center challenge for nearly every government agency, and a need that Red Hat helps to address through our extensive work in certifying the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform to meet stringent public security requirements,” said David Egts, Chief Technologist, North America Public Sector, Red Hat. “Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides a platform that assists users in meeting the rigorous software security needs for sensitive computing without sacrificing flexibility, scalability or innovation. We’re pleased to be able to provide this as a foundation for Stratasys as they work to innovate industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing in the public sector.

Stratasys explains in a press release that ProtectAM™ will enable to achieve applications beyond R&D settings. For example, adherence to STIG security controls enables the U.S. military to more readily deliver a geographically distributed enterprise network of 3D printers across and even beyond U.S. military bases. Furthermore, Stratasys’ technology is built on the FIPS and Common Criteria government-certified foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so mission-critical digital files can be sent wherever they are needed faster and parts can be quickly 3D printed locally.


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