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Plurilock wins Homeland Security contract to improve IoT security with behavioral biometrics


Plurilock Security Solutions has won a contract for $200,000 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to develop an identity management platform for IoT devices such as smart devices and sensors.

S&T is looking for a way to authenticate automated digital entities that can take action in cyberspace, or Non-Person Entities (NPEs), to prevent malicious actors from spoofing them to launch attacks, steal information, or spread malware. Plurilock’s BioTracker identity management platform can authenticate the identity of an NPE with behavioral and contextual data from users, according to the announcement, to protect them from botnets, exploit kits and DDoS attacks designed to target IoT networks.

“With the rapid growth of NPEs, innovative approaches to identify them with a high degree of assurance is paramount,” said Anil John, S&T Identity Management R&D Program Manager. “Plurilock’s approach to support both local cryptographic identifiers and a stand-off identification solution for legacy environments could provide DHS with disruptive, state-of-the-art capabilities to protect critical network resources.”

Victoria, Canada-based Plurilock is the second company to be awarded a contract from the S&T Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). Plurilock also formed a cooperative agreement with the U.S Department of Defense to test BioTracker for combat support last year.

Plurilock recently added Carahsoft Technology as a distributor to make its technology available to U.S. federal agencies.

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