Cybersecurity in Digital-Enabled Aerospace Systems

Ensuring secure, safe, & cyber protected intelligent systems from critical infrastructure to mission-critical applications


Join us Virtually on
Tuesday, August 24th
11:00 am ET – 3:15 pm ET

New technologies are now being incorporated into intelligent systems at a rate never seen before. This is a time of opportunity for aerospace and defense leaders as they explore how they will digitally transform their businesses, allowing them to deliver unique value, while still meeting safety, security, and reliability standards required of mission-critical systems.

Technologists, scientists, and innovators gather to discuss real-life examples for meeting cyber requirements in an evolving and vulnerable digital environment. Panelists at this event will share their expertise in creating programs that will drive impact, top-line acceleration, and return on investment in a data-centric world where billions of devices are computing, predicting, sensing, connecting, and running autonomously on the far edge cloud.

What will you experience?

  • Insights and best practices from the world's leading security, governance, and cyber experts on securing mission-critical software, autonomous systems and the next generation of satellites

  • Panel-style presentations with live Q&A, so your questions can be answered immediately

  • Editors from Avionics Today, Via Satellite and Defense Daily publications moderating the discussions and digging into the issues that matter to you

  • Access to resources you can use to create a shared vision for your team as you architect your intelligent systems cyber strategies

Since 1981, Wind River® has been the leader in helping customers with mission-critical needs deliver intelligent devices in industries like aerospace, defense, industrial manufacturing, telecommunications, transportation, and medical technology.



11:00 – 11:15 AM ET

The Cyber-Digital Battlefield: Neutralizing Threats to Critical Infrastructure and Military Systems

11:30 – 12:15 PM ET

Intelligence agencies and the military have a deep understanding of cyberthreats, and they have developed some of the most advanced methods to secure embedded systems. Now, to increase deployment speeds, the military is commissioning and acquiring more off-the-shelf, plug-and-play open architecture systems rather than developing purpose-built equipment. Going forward, the military will be working more and more with commercial software developers, AI vendors, cloud service and network providers — all part of the backbone of the intelligent edge. What are the best technologies to protect intelligent systems? What are the best development practices to build resilience? What specific solutions could prevent access from hackers? Join this panel session for valuable insights into state-of-the-art secure capabilities and DevSecOps best commercial practices.

Networking session / speed networking

12:30 – 1:15 PM ET

Cyber Securing New Unmanned Aircraft Operations in Shared Airspace

1:30 – 2:15 PM ET

Commercial and civilian autonomous aircraft systems are rapidly expanding in shared airspace all over the globe. In the U.S. alone, the FAA's latest reported data accounts for 354,000 registered commercial drones. Government officials, investors, regulators, members of the autonomous systems community, and corporate adopters must understand how the landscape is evolving and begin refining their strategies now if they want to capture additional value from autonomous systems, and this includes mitigating cybersecurity risks. How will the industry address cyber risks presented by the entrance of these new aircraft and operators? What cybersecurity guidelines and best practices have been identified or still need to be developed for this segment of the industry?

LEO/MEO/GEO Era: Keeping Next-Gen Satellites Cyber Secure

2:30 – 3:15 PM ET

The number of annual nano- or microsatellite launches has grown at an average of 40% per year since 2011, with 10% growth projected annually through 2023. We are seeing the start of an era of more software defined satellites as the industry tries to provide increased flexibility going forward, but, not without challenges. How can the industry develop and keep these assets secure and working at the optimum efficiency? How can the industry remain at the cutting edge of these technology trends while maintaining strong security?


  • Scott Shadley, VP Marketing, NGD Systems
  • Irby Thompson, VP, Cybersecurity and Protection Group, Wind River
  • Chief Warrant Officer 5 Danny Burns, Chief Technology Officer, Army G-6
  • Alex Wilson, Director, Aerospace and Defense Solutions, Wind River
  • Robert Haag, EVP, Trenton Systems
  • Vijay Somandepalli, Co-Founder and CTO, American Robotics
  • Dr. Vladimir Alves, CTO, NGD Systems
  • James Hui, Sr. Solutions Architect
  • Jeff Matthews, Specialist Leader, Space Industry, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Muhuji Mshana, Security Architect, Telesat