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A new cyber-security system recently developed is based on behavior patterns. Lenvio Inc., a recent cyber security spin-off of R&K Cyber Solutions, has exclusively licensed a cyber security technology from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a government organization. The system, Hyperion, rapidly detects malicious behavior in software that has previously gone unnoticed. It uses sophisticated algorithms to monitor both legitimate and malicious software behavior and identify malware to reduce the risk of cyber attacks.
“Behavioral computation is brand-new to the commercial market,” said B.K. Gogia, Lenvio CEO. “We are excited to be the ones offering it.”
According to a knoxnews.com report, ORNL cyber security researchers have been developing the platform for 10 years, to explore the emerging software behavior computation science field.
Stacy Prowell, ORNL’s chief cyber security research scientist, explained that behavior computation outperforms traditional signature detection. The new software automatically checks and uncovers vulnerabilities and malicious content before they become a problem. ORNL calls Hyperion a “new weapon” for organizations in cyber security and defense.
“For us, software with unknown behavior has unknown security, which is problematic for global cyber security,” Gogia said. “Hackers exploit to evade or overwhelm current methods of malware detection. With Hyperion, we’re offering a new class of cyber protection.”
R&K Cyber Solutions, the company Lenvio branched off from, licensed Hyperion in 2015 from ORNL through the Department of Homeland Security’s “transition to practice” program, which helps move national laboratory technologies to the commercial market. Teams of scientists develop technologies that solve problems of interest to science and technology companies. Companies can purchase licenses for completed products and develop them for commercial use. The research team that makes the product gets a portion of the license fees. Successful companies pay annual fees for their products that are put back into the lab to fund the research and maturing of more new technology.
Lenvio got the exclusive license for Hyperion by mutual agreement with R&K last April. Most of the licensing companies are small businesses, and ORNL researchers may take entrepreneurial leave to continue developing their inventions with the companies. One of the ORNL Hyperion team members, Rick Linger, is now Lenvio’s CTO.
Gogia said the company intends to build the next generation of Hyperion and will continue to work with ORNL to research and publish papers on behavioral computation as they develop the product.