Kirkwall is aptly named after the largest town in the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, an area with a rich history of transport, trade, and wartime history. Similarly, Kirkwall’s organizational mission is to serve and protect the many developing and expanding industries at home in the United States.
In recent years, America has seen rapid expansion across numerous industries including agriculture, energy, telecommunications, health care, and space operations. Many of those industries rely on autonomous systems - systems which have fundamentally changed the industries themselves.
Inevitably, malicious actors will attempt to take advantage of industry proliferation especially at the rapid scale autonomous systems are being deployed. Autonomous systems thrive from their ability to connect and communicate to everything around them, but that ability also leaves them vulnerable to hacking and misappropriation.
Until now, there were zero public or private entities tackling this issue, despite the serious industry need.
Kirkwall fills that gap by advancing a greater cybersecurity presence in the autonomy sector; Kirkwall is able to scale industry-wide across both commercial and defense partners by bringing together subject matter experts - whose backgrounds range from federal intelligence operations to cryptography, cybersecurity/hacking, and UAV/aerospace engineering - to develop both the hardware and software required to ensure modern cybersecurity protections in autonomous systems throughout the United States.