Galois Awarded DARPA Subcontract to Strengthen Supply Chain Protection of Electronic Components

Portland, OR – December 16, 2015 – Galois has been awarded a sub-contract by SRI International under a DARPA program to protect against counterfeit electronic components and associated security concerns by introducing low-cost secure authentication components in the hardware supply chain.

The contract was awarded as part of DARPA’s Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense (SHIELD) program. Building upon Galois’ 15-year history developing defensive cybersecurity technologies, Galois’ effort will focus on cryptography, secure network protocols, and authentication.

“Low-cost authentication for hardware is critical for both supply-chain integrity and smart devices such as the Internet of Things,” said Isaac Potoczny-Jones, Galois’ mobile security and identity research lead and the Principal Investigator on the project. “Verifying these devices is the foundation of security throughout the ecosystem.”

In the SHIELD program, Galois is part of a team led by SRI International that also includes Tyfone Inc. and Kyocera America Inc.

About DARPA’s SHIELD Program

SHIELD focuses on supply chain protection of electronic components by investigating innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. The goal of the program is to eliminate counterfeit integrated circuits from the electronics supply chain by making counterfeiting too complex to be cost effective.

About SRI International

SRI International creates world-changing solutions to make people safer, healthier, and more productive. SRI, a research center headquartered in Menlo Park, California, works primarily in advanced technology and systems, biosciences, computing, and education. SRI brings its innovations to the marketplace through technology licensing, spin-off ventures and new product solutions.

About Galois

Galois specializes in the research and development of innovative technologies that protect critical networks, systems, devices and vehicles by solving the most difficult problems in computer science. Our team obsesses over applied research that ensures the security, reliability, and privacy for trusted systems where failure is unacceptable.