CyberSwarm: Infusing Security at the Hardware Level

CIO VendorMihai Raneti, CEO
Cybersecurity is one of the most dynamic and fast-changing fields in technology today, with solution providers and perpetrators alike, constantly reinventing their methods. Software-based honeypots may have baited hackers in the past, but today, the predators are getting better and more resilient at systematically exploiting the chinks in every software-based armor. Perhaps, the most elegant solution to this exponential game of cat and mouse is to change the game altogether by going to the bare bones of every security infrastructure, i.e., the hardware. “By building a security pre-integrated CPU upon which the OS and its applications are overlaid, the entire ecosystem can be secured from the ground up; this is the vision of CyberSwarm: to empower every device to defend itself against cyberattacks right from its hardware level,” states Mihai Raneti, the CEO at CyberSwarm.

CyberSwarm had started with software honeypot implementations, which revealed some major vulnerability among existing cybersecurity systems. These vulnerabilities could never quite be addressed within just the software as the solution needed access to certain key components which could only be found at the hardware level. Roughly two years ago, the CyberSwarm team realized that they had to redesign the security infrastructure from scratch— the hardware level. Additionally, the advent of IoT and connected devices meant that software-based solutions were simply not effective enough or obsolete. This from a technical point of view as well was quite expensive and not quite feasible. By building a CPU and the entire ecosystem around it like a PCB, communication channels were secured like never before. This provides the cybersecurity coverage at the hardware level—digital processing and signal processing at the hardware level imperviously secure at the moment. Users would now be able to focus on other critical areas of security, such as software, social engineering, etc.

By building a security pre-integrated CPU upon which the OS and its applications are overlaid, the entire ecosystem can be secured from the ground up

The company aims to target three major verticals, namely the automotive, industrial robots, and enterprise application. The CPU can be integrated easily into an existing infrastructure, without the need to build additional software instead, providing differently tweaked CPUs with different sets of instructions to the different verticals, to make systems more secure for the end user. One of the top five tech corporations in Japan was planning to integrate all its machinery and industrial robots into an IBM-Watson like platform, with security levels achieved using VPNs, which are not always reliable. By deploying their CPU-based communication channel and hardware honeypot, CyberSwarm helped the corporation achieve the required level of communication security at the hardware level without the need for additional software. The corporation subsequently wrote off VPNs replacing them with hardware-based communication channels, and the hardware honeypot, ensuring that their robots or machinery will not be hacked. CyberSwarm credits this capability to their patented communication channel design backed by their workforce that consists of experts in electronics and computer science and material scientists with PhDs in physical chemistry. Every single individual on CyberSwarm’s innovation team has at least one patent to their name, being also involved with different R&D projects over the course of their careers.

The fact that machine learning is becoming more and more important in the near future implies that centralized systems are going to be just as important in the future as well. In the light of artificial intelligence and IoT gaining mainstream attraction, cybersecurity is not attainable using software alone, which is where CyberSwarm sees a lot of potential. With a strong R&D backing, the company has started experimenting with graphene as well and has plans to transform into a company that keeps pushing the envelope of innovation, looking for the next big thing.