TSA Trials aXite Security Tools’ OT Cyber Security Solution to Protect Legacy Security Screening Equipment

Oct. 5, 2022

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected aXite Security Tools (aXite) to trial its artificial intelligence (AI) driven Operational Technology (OT) cyber security solution to guard fielded TSA’s transportation security technology (TSE).

The TSA’s Innovation Task Force (ITF) issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for transportation security solutions in December 2021 to identify innovative solutions to increase security effectiveness and operational efficiency in US transportation systems. aXite will deploy its AX-BOX Gatekeeper at the TSA’s Transportation System Integration Facility (TSIF), the Agency’s dedicated laboratory to test new and emerging technologies, to secure TSA’s legacy screening equipment.

“We are proud to have been selected by TSA to trial our AX-BOX Gatekeeper and assess its capability to actively protect TSA’s legacy equipment from cyber security threats”, said Bert Willemsen, aXite’s Executive Vice President. “OT systems are at the heart of critical systems that operate, automate and manage industrial machines and equipment. Our solution has been purpose-developed to actively protect the world’s most critical infrastructure and complex operational environments against OT cyber threats.”

TSA is the first in the US to trial aXite’s solution, and aXite’s solutions are deployed and in use in airports and installations in Europe. aXite team has established a US office in Washington DC to support US operations and deployments.

“Addressing operational technology security of legacy system is one of the most important tasks for organizations today and TSA is taking a leading role to identify and implement potential end-point detection and defense solutions for sensitive Industrial Control System (ICS) environments”, said Menno Cadee, aXite’s Technical Director. “Recent high-profile attacks have highlighted the vulnerability of systems presented by converged IT and OT networks.”