IoT Security Firm Awarded $200K from DHS Program
Friday, October 04, 2019 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $199,680 to Bastille Networks to deliver its internet of things (IoT) security solution offering real-time situational awareness of threats on connected devices. This is a phase four award under S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program’s (SVIP’s) “Security for the Internet of Things” solicitation, which calls for novel ideas and technologies to improve situational awareness and security to detect, authenticate and update IoT components and systems.

As the number of connected devices grows, threats to IoT are increasing as bad actors find new ways to access valuable data. Bastille’s sensors collect RF emission data from devices and send it to Bastille for machine-learning processing, enrichment and assessment, including recognizing and localizing cyber threats, which enable security teams to neutralize threats before harm is done.

“We are excited to see the final development of Bastille’s technology to provide security by monitoring the RF and cellular spectrum and identifying potential IoT-related threats,” said Anil John, SVIP technical director.

In previous phases, Bastille surveyed wireless protocols used in critical infrastructure applications, such as power plants and water treatment facilities, to identify existing and missing protocols. In its fourth and final SVIP phase, Bastille will focus on implementing product features and enhancements to ready its solution for deployment to a DHS candidate site, improve functional usability for commercialization and identify future use cases for IoT monitoring.

“These new capabilities give DHS better insight and awareness into detecting devices on wireless networks,” said SVIP Managing Director Melissa Oh. “This project demonstrates how the nation’s innovators are well positioned to solve national security challenges that impact our daily lives.”

SVIP is one of the programs and tools available for S&T to fund innovation and engage with private sector partners to advance homeland security solutions. Companies participating in SVIP are eligible for up to $800,000 of non-dilutive funding during four phases to develop and adapt commercial technologies for homeland security use cases.

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