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Northern Arizona U signs research and licensing deal with Castle Shield for cybersecurity tech


By David Schwartz
Published: May 10th, 2022

Northern Arizona University and Castle Shield, a cybersecurity technology provider, announced a research collaboration that seeks to develop new approaches to identifying, authenticating and protecting devices for enterprises and consumers.

As part of the partnership, Castle Shield and NAU executed a license agreement that covers commercialization of licensed products and grants exclusive patent rights to products created under a sponsored research agreement that utilizes 12 existing patents and eight pending patents.

The research collaboration will be led by Bertrand Cambou, of NAU’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, and the school’s cybersecurity research team, which has been recognized for its track record in innovation.

The School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems engages in a broad range of collaborative research projects with industry and government partners.

The Castle Shield collaboration will focus on: 

  • Securing encryption keys and devices using a tamper-resistant token 
  • Adding biometrics to the tamper-resistant token in subsequent project phases 
  • Applying the secure encryption key and device protection to other devices using nanotechnology, such as memristors and ReRAM 
  • Adding quantum key distribution (QKD) support to existing Castle Shield’s encryption portfolio 

The first deliverables under the SRA are an end-to-end solution that provides a tamper resistance key recovery protocol integrated into a SRAM-based USB token, and the other provides the identical solution integrated into the Castle Shield’s end-customer motherboards or added to customers’ hardware as a daughterboard. 

“Castle Shield’s proactive approach to cybersecurity coupled with their strategic drive to integrate innovative advances in encryption into commercial products such as Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) provides my team and I a commercialization pathway for our innovations,” said Cambou, a professor of nanotechnology and cybersecurity. “Castle Shield is at the forefront of finding and implementing solutions to protect the customer’s information for today and minimize attacks tomorrow. Our research [has] a similar objective, and together with Castle Shield we will form a powerful partnership to help companies and individuals proactively increase their cybersecurity posture. At NAU, the cybersecurity team has generated 65 invention disclosures and filed 60 patent application, 35 of which have been granted.” 

Added Milton Mattox, Castle Shield’s chief technology officer, “our collaboration with Northern Arizona University continues our aggressive goal in advancing research innovation with one of the nation’s most prolific inventors in the field of nanoelectronics and cybersecurity.” 

Source: The NAU Review

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