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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate has awarded $200,000 to CryptoMove, Inc., to continue to enhance its dynamic defence data protection system for US Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) security, the Department announced on 27 September. This is the final phase of a project that was awarded under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Small Unmanned Aircraft Capabilities Solicitation.

CryptoMove, a start-up based in San Mateo, CA, is developing capabilities to protect CBP sUAS platforms from malicious actors. Its dynamic defence system and data fragmentation approach for sUAS platforms that are embedded in all levels of the architecture enable automated system resilience for connected devices.

Because CBP is exploring the use of sUAS for security operations, it is essential to protect these platforms from interference and interruption of their vital mission,” commented SVIP Managing Director Melissa Oh. “This partnership will develop and test an innovative security solution that enables CBP to focus on mission-critical activities.”

The final phase of the project will focus on applying finishing touches to enhance the user experience, increase functionality and complete final testing of an implemented sUAS platform defence system.

SVIP is one of S&T’s programmes to fund innovation and work with private sector partners to advance homeland security solutions. Companies participating in SVIP are eligible for up to $800,000 of non-dilutive funding to develop and adapt commercial technologies for homeland security use cases.

Small UAS such as this quadcopter equipped with Shield AI technology (another SVIP programme participant) will be among those systems benefiting from CryptoMove’s dynamic defence solutions. (Photo: US Customs & Border Patrol)

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