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QED Secure Solutions of Coppell, Texas, earned a $200,000 grant to field test a secure trust anchor for the Internet of Things (IoT).

This is the final phase of the project that was awarded under the Securing the Internet of Things Other Transaction Solicitation seeking innovative solutions from startups to enhance anti-forgery and counterfeiting capabilities for digital documentation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) as part of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

IoT is a convergence of mobile devices, information technology networks, connected sensors and devices. QED’s Framework for Analysis and Coordinated Trust (FACT) validates system upgrades for IoT devices.

One form of attack against an IoT device is to insert malware into an IoT network through a system update. Currently, there is no independent product to address this threat. QED has proposed FACT as a universal solution for safeguarding against counterfeit firmware.

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“QED’s award comes after three program phases of proving, prototyping and testing,” said SVIP Managing Director Melissa Oh. “Their solution could enhance the standard of IoT device security, which is vital to the safety of both commercial user devices and critical infrastructure. Securing IoT networks is essential to the homeland security mission.”

In addition to verifying updates, FACT will provide feedback and statistics to system update vendors to help them understand current threats and develop counter-threat solutions.

QED has established a new company, aDolus, to facilitate the commercialization of FACT. Upon the completion of the SVIP fourth phase, FACT will transition to aDolus for market entry.

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