San Diego, Calif. – March 20, 2024 – ObjectSecurity, a leader in solving complex, evolving defense and industrial cybersecurity and supply chain risk challenges, today announced that it has been selected for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the US Army.

Based on the original solicitation entitled, “Vehicle Cybersecurity, Hacking, and Electronic Control Unit (ECU) Simulator” [1], the Phase II SBIR focuses on developing innovative tools, techniques and methods necessary to support conducting ECU cybersecurity assessments and vulnerability research on simulated ECUs.

In the “Multilayer Modeling and Simulation (M2SIM)” project, ObjectSecurity LLC aims for successful technology development, Army/DoD fielding and commercialization that will result in addressing cybersecurity assessments and vulnerability research for ECUs, especially for use cases where high-fidelity simulation needs to be utilized because the complete ECU device is unavailable.

As stated in the solicitation – “a solution that develops vehicle cybersecurity simulation technologies will reduce many of the hardware dependencies seen in evaluating a vehicle system during all phases of its lifecycle. Advanced cybersecurity simulators will also have the added benefit of reducing barriers to entry such as high starting costs and the degree of expertise needed for conducting evaluations.” [1]

ObjectSecurity LLC will research and develop a number of innovative approaches to simulating ECUs to support high-fidelity security analysis, at numerous levels of fidelity, including microexecution, rehosting, dynamic analysis, FPGA-based rehosting, and more.

“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. It allows us to prioritize research efforts into needed features for the Army 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 Army, and our customers across all industries.

Our ObjectSecurity OT.AI Platform is a binary vulnerability analysis product for embedded systems, which includes ECUs. Most of our solutions leverage state-of-the art approaches such as dynamic analysis, microexecution, rehosting, simulation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) and more. We are committed to leading this initiative with the Army to protect the Army’s vehicular systems from adversaries by delivering advanced next-generation security technology solutions.” [3]

“The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.” [2]

About ObjectSecurity

ObjectSecurity LLC is a leader in solving complex, evolving defense and industrial cybersecurity and supply chain risk challenges that threaten national security and production downtime. Our novel research and development are applied to commercial solutions proactively addressing the core source of cyber vulnerabilities and risk – software code and data. Our holistic, proactive approach prevents cyber attacks and disruptive production downtime across industries that support global citizen communities, including military defense, municipal smart cities, public and private transportation, energy, wastewater treatment, power utilities, manufacturing, and the life sciences. For more than 20 years, ObjectSecurity has been delivering cybersecurity and supply chain risk management solutions, including to U.S. defense and federal government agencies. These advanced technologies are now commercially available for government and private sector use. ObjectSecurity is privately-held with headquarters in San Diego, CA, with global representation. [4]

More Information

  1. SBIR Solicitation A21-115:
  2. The SBIR and STR Programs:
  3. ObjectSecurity OT.AI Platform
  4. ObjectSecurity

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