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DHS tech transfer program accelerates Johns Hopkins technology that analyzes malware from cyberattacks

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 9th, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Transition to Practice (TTP) program is helping to accelerate the commercialization of a Johns Hopkins technology that streamlines the process of detecting and analyzing cyberattacks.

The malware analysis tool REnigma was spun out from Johns Hopkins to form the Oregon-based startup Deterministic Security. Detecting and studying malware used in a cyberattack is a time-consuming and costly process that makes it difficult to recover. REnigma helps analysts “go back in time” by replaying and precisely reviewing the malware code as it was originally executed, which can help quickly defuse as well as prepare for future episodes.

“This latest commercialization is a strong testament to the growing effectiveness of the S&T TTP program,” says William N. Bryan, acting undersecretary for science and technology at DHS. “It is the third transition in four months, a level of success that illustrates TTP is having a significant impact on helping federally funded cybersecurity technologies transition from the lab to the marketplace.”

The TTP program is administered by S&T’s Cyber Security Division, and it complements the Directorate’s process of funding projects from the R&D phase through commercialization, with a focus on promising cybersecurity innovations created at federal labs, federally funded R&D centers and university-affiliated research centers.

“REnigma is an excellent example of how effective TTP is in identifying technologies developed with federal funding that can be applied to critical cybersecurity problems and developed into solutions that will help secure our nation’s public and private networks,” says Nadia Carlsten, program manager at TTP. “We’re helping create new cyber start-ups that have a real chance at getting technologies in the hands of the users who need them.”

There are currently 40 technologies in the TTP portfolio. REnigma’s success marks the program’s transition of 10 technologies through commercialization and five through open source.

Source: newswise

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