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Dover Microsystems Launches CoreGuard

Applies hardware-based cybersecurity approach to protecting IoT and embedded computing devices against cyber attacks.

WALTHAM, Mass. - Dover Microsystems, a hardware security startup recently spun out of Draper, announces the launch of the CoreGuard security IP solution. CoreGuard is a hardware design that enhances computing processors to safeguard systems from cyber attacks. It integrates processors and enables them to enforce security at the hardware level, while CoreGuard provides IoT and embedded computing devices with protection.

Dover began commercializing the CoreGuard technology in 2015, while the company’s core team was still part of Draper. Draper has maintained a minority equity stake in Dover and has a licensed partnership to serve its traditional government and military customers with the technology developed by the Dover team.

Dover’s technology is geared to the embedded device and industrial computing markets with a special emphasis on the Industrial Internet of Things. Verticals include the semiconductor, medical, energy, transportation, point of sale, and connected home markets.

“Cyber threats continue to increase, both in volume and severity, and the costs of today’s flawed defense mechanisms keep rising,” offered Jothy Rosenberg, Dover Microsystems Co-Founder and CEO, and formerly group leader of Draper’s Inherently Secure Processing Group. “No other security approaches—especially not security software—can provide the level of protection we deliver.

Based on original research conducted as part of the DARPA funded CRASH SAFE program, CoreGuard has demonstrated immunity to entire classes of cyber attack, including buffer overflow, code injection, and privilege escalation attacks. Systems utilizing CoreGuard are protected from name brand attacks like Heartbleed and Wannacry, and can even be protected from zero-day attacks.

By solving security at the hardware level, CoreGuard protects computing systems from vulnerabilities caused by human error during software development. “Even the best hackers have not figured out a way to download changes to your processor," Larry Ellison, the noted Oracle founder, once remarked. "You can't alter the silicon.”

CoreGuard can be implemented with any Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) processor and is currently optimized for the latest generation RISC-V architecture.

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