DHS Commercializes Malware Detection Technology

April 28, 2017

Hyperion detects malware by calculating the behavior of software.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the transition of Hyperion, a malware detection technology, to the commercial marketplace.

Hyperion, initially developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is described in a written S&T announcement as a “malware forensics, detection and software assurance technology that can quickly detect malicious behavior in software not previously identified as a threat.” Hyperion calculates the behavior of software to detect the presence of malware. Lenvio, a cybersecurity firm based in Manassas, Virginia, has licensed the technology.

The transition occurred as a result of the technology’s inclusion in the S&T’s Transition to Practice (TTP) program. In 2012, the TTP program selected Hyperion to be involved in the inaugural TTP class for further development and validation and to accelerate transition of the technology.

It was licensed nonexclusively by R&K Cyber Solutions in 2015. R&K spun off its Hyperion business to form Lenvio in 2016 to focus on further development and commercialization. Through this exclusive license, Lenvio will now be able to position the Hyperion platform as a competitive product and keep growing the company, the S&T announcement explained.

The TTP program has a total of 40 technologies in its program portfolio. Eight TTP technologies—Quantum Secured Communications, Hyperion (previously a nonexclusive license), Hone, NeMS, PathScan, PACRAT, LOCKMA, ZeroPoint—have successfully transitioned to the marketplace.

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