The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) on May 23rd awarded$200,000 to Whitescope LLC, a California-based security solutions company, to advance Internet of Things (IoT) security.
Awarded under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) launched earlier this year, Whitescope will build a secure wireless communications gateway for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The OTS aims to encourage non-traditional government contractors to offer products and services that could help meet DHS’ mission requirements.
“The unprecedented number of connected devices is changing the way we live, but unfortunately we cannot assume all IoT devices are inherently secure,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers. “DHS is proud to lead this fundamental effort in IoT security.”
Whitescope’s GatewayX will provide a central portal for identifying, characterizing, and securing access to IoT devices. By residing within the wireless gateway itself, GatewayX will be able to provide both passive and active detection for all connected IoT devices.
GatewayX is compliant with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 standard, which governs wireless networking transmission methods. IEEE is a leading developer of international standards that underpin many of today’s telecommunications, information technology and power generation products and services.
“It’s important for DHS to collaborate with the innovation community to help us find fresh solutions,” said Melissa Ho, Managing Director, and S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program. “And so far the start-up community has responded positively. They are hungry to help solve our hard problems.”