Mitch Plonski Head of Operations Shift5

Shift5 Wins CROWS Contract to Advance Warfighter Capabilities; Mitch Plonski Quoted

Shift5 has secured a contract award with the Air Force Cyber Resiliency of Weapon Systems (CROWS) office to deliver innovative solutions that advance capability to the warfighter, the company reported on Friday.  

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“We are extremely honored to start this Phase III project and our partnership with the Air Force will continue to deliver innovation to the mission of securing critical military platforms against cyberattack along with commercializing the micro-form factor technology, Mitch Plonski, Shift5 head of operations, said.  

Under the Phase III award, Shift5 will advance its disruptive cybersecurity technology to support the Air Force. Shift5 will transform its cybersecurity technology to a micro-form factor prototype to enable a wider range of use cases, including those that are extremely size, weight and power-sensitive. 

“This project, and our mission focus in supporting the DoD, is answering the call to better secure our most critical weapon systems that stems from the 2016 NDAA Section 1647 and is discussed in a GAO report in 2018,” added Plonski.

The work begins in Sept. 2020 and will primarily occur in Rosslyn, Virginia. The company’s award is a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III award, and an extension of Shift5’s current SBIR Phase II project through AFWERX

Following their SBIR Phase I award in Dec. 2019, Shift5 completed the contract requirements, enabling any federal agency to issue sole-source Phase III awards to acquire Shift5’s products without competition.

About Shift5

Shift5 is a cybersecurity company based in Arlington, VA. Shift5 products defend operational technology platforms such as planes, trains, and tanks from cyberattacks. Shift5 protects vulnerable embedded serial data buses within operational technology platforms through proprietary defensive hardware and software.

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