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Red Balloon Security Supports Increased Security for High-risk U.S. Research Facilities

Red Balloon Security, a world leader in embedded device security, is under contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to develop new cybersecurity technology that can increase the security of complex building controllers and automation systems against cyberattacks.

Cyber sabotage attacks are a growing risk to facilities which utilize embedded devices to automate key functions such as climate control, security and, in the case of U.S. research facilities, biocontainment and decontamination processes.

In collaboration with the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC), a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility owned and operated by the DHS S&T Office of National Laboratories, Red Balloon Security’s 12-month pilot study specifically examines and addresses the types of cyber risks which could impact the safety and security of building control systems. “Unfortunately, building systems are not usually designed with cybersecurity in mind, so installing a robust host-based defense within these embedded devices is critical to ensuring the integrity of their operations. Our research on behalf of DHS has been able to provide an additional tool to address this problem.” said Ang Cui, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Red Balloon Security.

An additional key component to the relationship between DHS and Red Balloon is highlighted by PIADC’s unique internal infrastructure which provides an environment conducive for testing and developing new technologies. As a result of this research and the generous support of DHS, Red Balloon Security has developed a new implementation of their special firmware defense technology, called “Symbiote Embedded Defense,” which can block any attempt by a hacker or other rogue actor to attack building systems with malware, ransomware or other…

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