The TEMPEST standard enables First of Type Platform tests to be carried out at HORIBA MIRA for military manufacturers looking to understand the susceptibility of computer and telecommunications devices in their vehicles to hacking. These devices include computers, cables, telephones, radio signals and operating systems, which all emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR) that can be used by dishonest interceptors to reconstruct intelligible data.
The SST CPTAS TEMPEST accreditation will establish MIRA as the first accredited large vehicle testing chamber in the UK, with the ability to accommodate vehicles weighing up to 90 tonnes. The standard is overseen by government agency, CESG/GCHQ.
HORIBA MIRA will work in partnership with SST, part of the larger US-based API Group – which designs, manufactures, tests and provides certified TEMPEST, rugged, military EMC, encryption and communications security equipment for military and government organisations throughout NATO and Europe.
Together, MIRA and SST will perform full vehicle platform TEMPEST testing at HORIBA MIRA’s site in Nuneaton, Midlands, to the standard SDIP 27/1 chapter 11 – CPTAS, in order to analyse how vulnerable equipment in military vehicles are to hacking. The vulnerability to hacking in defence and security vehicles is high if they have not met TEMPEST requirements.