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Thousands of apps and driver updates are released each year, which makes verifying that devices are secure a daunting challenge. More than 12,000 new common vulnerabilities were identified in 2019 alone.

A new technology called Trusted Mobile System (TrustMS) developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is designed to secure apps from cyber attackers.

TrustMS, developed by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Intelligent Automation, is designed to protect operating systems and apps on embedded platforms against most cyberattacks. It provides protections against exploits such as stack manipulation, buffer overflows, execution of unintended code, etc.

The technology monitors a software’s execution as the program runs and detects attack scenarios. When a vulnerability is exploited, the system can detect the manipulation and prevent attackers from taking advantage of them, inoculating a device against most cyberattacks.

According to, TrustMS could be employed in many different sectors and industries, including power and gas utilities, national defense entities, or state, local, tribal, and government agencies.

Vincent Sritapan, S&T Mobile Security R&D program manager, said. “It will give mobile and embedded device owners and users peace of mind that their devices are safeguarded against zero-day attacks. It also will significantly strengthen the entire mobile ecosystem..”