DHS moves another security technology to the commercial market

DHS moves another security technology to the commercial market

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has released its fourth technology to the commercial market.

According to DHS, the PathScan technology is an anomaly detection tool developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and has been licensed to Ernst & Young as part of the agency's Transition to Practice program.

“Innovative technology solutions are key to keeping pace with today’s cyber threats,” DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Reginald Brothers said in the announcement. “Our TTP program is bridging the gap between the private sector and national labs to help transition lab technology to the commercial market.”

PathScan uses statistical models to screen network behavior and quickly detects the movement of hackers after they breach a network, allowing operational teams to defend sensitive information.

The Science and Technology Directorate's TTP was established in 2012 to transition federally funded technologies to enterprise consumers. TTP also creates institutional relationships between the cyber research community, investors, end userand information technology companies and has since identified 24 technologies that are ready for commercialization.

“Public and private sector enterprise organizations need technologies that bring innovative approaches to bear so they are able to detect and defend against sophisticated cyberattacks,” TTP Program Manager Mike Pozmantier said. “The PathScan technology is an example of a tool that does this, and if the cybersecurity industry can bring these types of services and tools to market, the playing field will start to level between the offense and defense.”

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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