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February 05, 2023 | Tom Ballard

ORNL licenses Situ and Heartbeat cybersecurity technologies

Licensee is U2opia, a woman-, minority- and disabled veteran-led company based near New Orleans. It has a long history of working with a variety of federal agencies.

U2opia Technology, a consortium of technology and administrative executives with extensive experience in both industry and defense, has exclusively licensed two technologies from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that offer a new method for advanced cybersecurity monitoring in real time.

The licensing package pairs two technologies developed in ORNL’s Cyber Resilience and Intelligence Division: (1) Situ, a system for identifying and visualizing suspicious behavior from real-time cybersecurity data; and (2) Heartbeat, a system that collects and statistically analyzes power measurements directly from hardware to detect the telltale, unconcealable signatures of malware.

“Identifying and quickly responding to attempted cybersecurity attacks is an urgent need across government and industry,” said Susan Hubbard, ORNL’s Deputy Director for Science and Technology. “ORNL’s leadership in cyber resilience has led to the development of two powerful tools that will enable a more secure cyber environment.”

U2opia, a woman-, minority- and disabled veteran-led company, is directed by Maurice Singleton III, Chief Executive Officer, and chaired by Joaneane Smith. Over the last 23 years, Smith’s information technology solutions company, GCS, based near New Orleans in Harvey, LA, has successfully executed multiple assignments on behalf of the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force; Department of Agriculture (USDA); Department of Homeland Security; and NASA. These assignments have earned the company multiple awards, including the USDA Office of Procurement and Property Management HUBZone — Historically Underutilized Business Zone — Contractor of the Year.

Click here to read ORNL’s news release.


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