Air Force Awards ObjectSecurity $1.5M AI Contract for AI-driven Supply Chain Risk Analysis Management Solution

San Diego, Calif. – August 26, 2021 – 
ObjectSecurity, The Security Automation Company, today announced that it has been selected for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the US Air Force. As stated in the original solicitation entitled, “Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Pitch Day”, the Phase II SBIR focuses on developing innovative tools, techniques, and methods necessary to “modernize two legs of the U.S. nuclear triad, one of DoD’s top priorities” [1].

The project, carried out by ObjectSecurity LLC, aims for successful technology development and transition that will result in addressing supply chain optimization and risk analysis, including “unique item identifier compatible scanners, predictive analytics for weapons system product support, and data science & management solutions for supply chain risk management (SCRM)” [2].

As stated in the solicitation, AFNWC is “interested in a digital tool to integrate infrastructure data for supply and maintenance solutions (such as supply chain risk management). The proposed software tool must integrate data, enable data visualization, provide data analytic functions, and have the ability to share information between various government organizations, agencies, and contractors. The enterprise-wide solution must allow individual users to access all appropriate and relevant data in order to make data-driven decisions based on their individual role/function.” [2]

“The award of this Phase II SBIR award is an important milestone for ObjectSecurity and underscores the strength of our science innovation that underwent rigorous peer review. This award in particular underscores the relevance and quality of our SCRAMS/easySCRAMS [3] supply chain risk analysis product, which itself was commercialized out of a prior SBIR and an AFWERX Challenge. This award allows us to prioritize research efforts into needed features for the Air Force and others,” said Ulrich Lang, CEO of ObjectSecurity. “SBIR contracts allow us to research and develop advanced concepts that feed into rapid product development, enabling us to commercialize next-generation innovative products that will bring tremendous value to the Air Force, and our customers across all industries. Most of our solutions leverage state-of-the-art approaches such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML). We are committed to leading this initiative with the Air Force to protect the Air Force’s systems from adversaries by delivering advanced next-generation technology solutions.”

The federally-funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has significant potential for commercialization of innovative products, and their eventual transition into Air Force programs. The program’s chief role is to bridge the gap between the performance of basic science and the commercialization of resulting innovations.

About ObjectSecurity

ObjectSecurity LLC is The Security Automation Company. A privately held company based in San Diego, CA, ObjectSecurity’s mission is to reduce cybersecurity effort, complexity, and cost through innovative cybersecurity automation technologies, including security policy automation, supply chain risk analysis automation, and vulnerability assessment automation.

  1. Supply chain risk analysis automation: ObjectSecurity SCRAMS analyzes procurement data and microelectronics for supply chain risks. In 2019, we added analysis support for SAP, and circuit board risk analysis as a finalist at an AFWERX Challenge.
  2. “AI hacker” automation: ObjectSecurity VAPTBOX, an ongoing commercialization of the just-funded SBIR Phase II, is an intelligent automated vulnerability assessor and penetration tester that uses artificial intelligence to adapt. In 2019, we received a multi-million, multi-year government investment to fully develop VAPTBOX.
  3. Security policy automation: ObjectSecurity OpenPMF offers powerful yet manageable technical security policy implementation. In 2019, we improved user and dev experience and increased the reach of our consistent “umbrella” platform – covering people, processes, tech layers, and policies (ABAC & more). ObjectSecurity was selected “Cool Vendor” by Gartner for OpenPMF.
  4. Trusted AI: ObjectSecurity’s tools and technologies help organizations leverage Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) with assurance during development and operation.