GPS/GNSS Press Releases

09/18/2013 - Spirent Demonstrates Solution that Helps Reduce GNSS Vulnerability


ION GNSS+ 2013 showcase for test bed developed with Qascom for assessing GNSS receiver vulnerability to malicious attacks

Nashville, Tennessee – (Sept 18, 2013) – Spirent Communications, the leader in testing navigation and positioning systems, has teamed up with Qascom, a leading authority in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signal security and authentication, to develop a test tool that reproduces spoofing attacks in a controlled laboratory environment. Spirent and Qascom will preview the solution at booth #F during ION GNSS+ 2013 in Nashville, TN. The collaborative solution will be launched commercially later in 2013.

The test bed will concurrently simulate legitimate GNSS constellations and spoofed or hoax signals. It will enable positioning systems manufacturers to improve their products' resilience to hoax signals.

As GNSS becomes increasingly embedded in modern infrastructure for application timing and device positioning, the impact of spoofing attacks becomes greater. From mobile telephony to internet banking, GNSS timing signals are used in many key systems, and yet there is no requirement on GNSS equipment to demonstrate any degree of robustness to block or even detect malicious attacks that disrupt performance.

"There is growing industry concern about the vulnerability of satellite navigation signals," said John Pottle, Marketing Director of Spirent's Positioning Division. "This will help the industry to create positioning systems that are more resilient to interference."

Hoax or spoofing attacks work by mimicking genuine GNSS signals, which mislead GNSS receivers. Often affected receivers do not recognize when they are receiving fake signals and continue to operate normally, but provide false time or position information. This new test tool helps to develop systems that will detect and counter spoofing attacks by providing a fully controllable laboratory based, non-radiated test solution to evaluate a receiver’s response to a range of spoofing attacks. The test tool controls the emulation of signals representing both the genuine GNSS signals and the false signals. This allows users to simulate a wide range of sophisticated attacks and monitor the response of the receiver under attack to then improve the resilience of the design against such attacks.

For more information on threat detection and mitigation testing visit Spirent booth #F during ION GNSS+, September 15-20 in Nashville, TN or visit, http://www.spirent.com/Positioning-and-Navigation/GPS_Vulnerability_Testing

About Spirent Federal Systems
Spirent Federal Systems was formed in July 2001 by Spirent Communications as a wholly owned subsidiary and United States proxy company. Spirent Federal markets and sells products in North and South America with value-added features and ongoing customer support. Spirent Federal Systems is headquartered in Yorba Linda, California, with support and sales offices throughout the US.

About Spirent's Positioning Technology Division
Spirent is the first choice of major manufacturers, integrators, test facilities and space agencies worldwide for GNSS testing and simulation solutions. Today, Spirent simulation systems are used throughout the world through a broad range of clients in more than 30 countries. Spirent delivers navigation and positioning test equipment and services to all sectors of the navigation and positioning community, from government agencies through to high volume commercial markets.

About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications plc. (LSE: SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations to enable customers to deploy communications networks, services & applications, and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network security, and global navigation satellite systems. With solutions used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, the world’s largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprise and governments rely daily on Spirent to help ensure their success. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,300 employees worldwide.

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