Cybersecurity

DHS licenses malware forensics

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The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has licensed a malware forensics detection and software assurance package, the second technology to emerge from the Cyber Security Division Transition to Practice program.

R&K Cyber Solutions LLC, a Manassas, Va.-based application development and cyber solution company licensed Hyperion, which was originally developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Transition to Practice program identified Hyperion in 2012 as a promising candidate for further development and private-sector use. Hyperion calculates software behavior and can sniff out malware that behaves badly, according to S&T.

The three-year-old TTP program supports DHS's mission of improving cybersecurity capabilities by transitioning federally funded technologies from federal laboratories to consumers.

S&T announced its first commercialization in 2014 when Quantum Secured Communication technology, which protects cyber infrastructure, transitioned to the commercial market through the TTP program.

S&T said the program has 24 technologies -- eight from fiscal year 2013, nine from 2014 and seven from 2015 -- that are ready for transition to the private sector.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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