A new malware analysis tool that is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transition to Practice (TTP) program is now the centerpiece of a new startup technology company.
The technology, REnigma, is a spinoff from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to create startup Deterministic Security, LLC.
The Oregon-based company ended up started up to further mature the technology into a commercially available product and work with early adopters, focusing on incident response for government organizations and large enterprises.
The analysis of malware used in a cyberattack is a highly manual, time-consuming, low-throughput and costly process, requiring days to weeks to determine the answers needed to understand and recover from an attack.
REnigma helps analysts regain the upper hand against advanced malware by transparently and precisely recording the execution of malware. Using the tool, analysts can “go back in time” by replaying and reviewing the malware code in detail exactly as it was originally executed. It also solves a key problem in malware reverse engineering: Repeatable analysis.
“This latest commercialization is a strong testament to the growing effectiveness of the TTP program. 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,” said DHS Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology William N. Bryan.
REnigma was selected for inclusion in TTP’s 2016 cohort for further development and validation to accelerate its commercial transition.
The TTP program, which is administered by Cyber Security Division (CSD), part of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency. Each fiscal year, the TTP program identifies the most promising cybersecurity technologies developed at federal laboratories, federally funded research and development centers and university affiliated research centers for selection into the transition-to-market program.