From connected cars to oil pipelines: engineers innovate to protect ‘Internet of Things’

Ryan Irene Cella and Paul Tumarkin, Tech Launch Arizona.


BG Networks team from left to right: Colin Duggan, Jerzy Rozenblit, Gary Gill, Roman Lysecky and Sam Winchenbach.
Paul Tumarkin / Tech Launch Arizona

Countries around the world are attacking cybercrime. Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Engineering has invented new strategies to mitigate future cyber attacks by making the Internet of Things cybersecurity more accessible to businesses and organizations of all sizes. Based on the technology, they started startup, BG networksto introduce their technology from UArizona to the public.

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is made up of interconnected sensors and devices that are connected to computers. While personal items such as smart watches, smart doorbells, and smart speakers are part of this network, so are many of the technologies used to manage utilities and pipelines. And if these technologies are phased out, they could have a major impact on the economy and society, making them the main targets of cyber attacks.

The reality of such attacks was experienced by U.S. citizens in 2021. The attackers targeted the systems of JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, as well as the computerized equipment that operates the Colonial Pipeline, a 5,500-mile pipeline system that transports 3 million. fuel between Texas and New York every day. JBS paid $ 11 million. The Colonial Pipeline Company paid $ 4 million to regain control of its systems. USD redemption to restore operations. Any system connected to the network is vulnerable to such attacks, including industrial control systems, autonomous vehicles and the electricity grid.

UArizona researchers have developed a two-part technology consisting of a security automation tool and an embedded security software architecture that allows engineers without knowledge of cyber security to implement sophisticated security protocols to prevent such attacks. The team has developed security automation tools that work with open source software to enable engineers to quickly and efficiently add IoT cyber security features to their systems, such as encryption, authentication, and secure software updates.

“Hundreds of thousands of bad figures are at work, and the United States has already seen its share of the spectacular attacks,” the report said. Roman LyseckisUArizona professor electrical and computer engineering and Founder of BG Networks.

Lysecky developed the technology together with the founder of BG Networks and a deserving professor of electrical and computer engineering. Jerzy Rozenblitgraduate researcher Aakarsh Raoformer postgraduate researcher Nadir Carreon, and professor Johannes Sametinger Joannes Kepler of the University of Linz in Austria.

“Implementing cyber security has always been a daunting feat,” Lysecky said. “We’ve created tools that make it much easier and faster for engineers to integrate cyber security into their applications.

The team worked with Technology Launch in ArizonaThe UArizona office, which commercializes inventions created from university research and innovation to protect innovation and develop strategies and skills to make a startup a success.

“I was very impressed with this concept and this team,” said the vice president of Tech Launch Arizona. Doug Hockstadwho has software knowledge. “The impact that such innovations can have on society to protect the people and systems on which we depend is in line with the University of Arizona’s research goals of creating impact and improving lives.

“Our vision is to enable Internet of Things security everywhere,” said BG Networks Co-Founder and CEO Colin Dugganwith 29 years of international leadership, marketing and management experience in the automotive, consumer, industrial and defense markets. “We aim to remove barriers that prevent embedded engineers from incorporating cyber security into their applications.

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