DoD Picks New York Startup to Research Cyber Physical Systems

The Department of Defense has enlisted the help of Rome-based Mentis Technologies to develop cybersecurity solutions around Internet of Things-adjacent technology for the U.S. Air Force.

by Samantha Madison, Observer-Dispatch / February 15, 2019
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(TNS) — Mentis Technologies has been selected as a recipient of a small business innovation research contract.

This is the Rome-based cybersecurity startup's second time being awarded the contract to develop innovative cybersecurity solutions for the Air Force, according to a news release from the Griffiss Institute.

This phase of the award includes conducting a feasibility study to determine the effectiveness of potential or existing commercial or defense solutions to protect Cyber Physical Systems, the release said.

Sometimes called Internet of Things, CPS' are found in businesses such as manufacturing, in homes with smart sensors and appliances, and even in DoD weapon systems.

Mentis has developed a prototype of an innovative technology utilizing an open source intrusion detection and prevention application, machine learning, and proprietary methods to monitor layers of the Open Index Protocol stack, the release said.

The award is facilitated as a partnership between the Air Force and MD5, which is an innovation and entrepreneurship program run out of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy.

"The goal is to make the product compatible with current CPS' to provide security of legacy systems and to build this technology into future systems," said CEO Brian Abbe, in the release.

Mentis is a member of the Griffiss Institute Business Incubator in Rome and a virtual member of The Tech Garden in Syracuse.

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