DHS Technology Goes to Market

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 09:02 AM gHale

Technology from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Cyber Security Division Transition to Practice (TTP) program ended up licensed for commercialization.

This is S&T’s second technology to go through the program and reach the commercial market. The technology, Hyperion, developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is a malware forensics detection and software assurance technology licensed to R&K Cyber Solutions LLC, a Manassas, VA-based application development and cyber solution company.

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“The best technology ideas remain just ideas until they can be commercialized and put to use,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers

In 2012, the TTP program identified Hyperion as a candidate to transition to the commercial marketplace. By calculating the behavior of software, the Hyperion technology has the ability to detect malware. Through the TTP program, Hyperion went out to private industry partners, and quickly generated interest from R&K to make the technology commercially available.

Established in 2012 as part of S&T’s Cybersecurity Division in an effort to support the Department’s mission of improving the nation’s cybersecurity capabilities, the TTP program looks to transition federally funded cybersecurity technologies from the laboratory to consumers. The program, led by S&T’s Michael Pozmantier, also seeks to create institutional relationships between the cyber research community, investors, end users, and information technology companies.

Last year, S&T announced the first technology, the Quantum Secured Communication, which transitioned to the commercial market through the TTP program, two years ahead of schedule. The Quantum Secured Communication is an encryption system used to protect the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure.

Each year the TTP program selects a handful of promising cyber technologies to incorporate into its 36-month program. S&T introduces these technologies to end users around the country with the end goal of transitioning them to investors, developers or manufacturers that can advance them and turn them into commercially viable products.

The TTP program currently has 24 technologies (eight from fiscal year 2013, nine from 2014 and seven from 2015) ready for transition to the marketplace.

For more information on the program, click here.

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