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12 June, 2022 - 17:28 By Tony Quested

RealVNC and Chevin Technology evaluate Arm and Cambridge University cybersecurity advance

Ten UK companies will test nextgen cybersecurity technologies from the University of Cambridge and tech giant Arm after joining Digital Catapult’s new Technology Access Programme.

The initiative marks the latest phase in the Government-backed programme to build a safer digital future. It’s estimated that if implemented, the technology could stop around two-thirds of hacks, cyberattacks and data breaches.

Cambridge already has a world lead in fighting cyber security through Darktrace’s AI-driven technology which is being deployed by governments and companies worldwide.

Cambridge companies RealVNC and Chevin Technology are among the 10-strong cohort testing technologies from the University and Arm in the latest initiative.

The companies will also qualify for up to £15,000 to support tech trials.
The original developer and provider of VNC® remote access and control software, RealVNC will be porting its Virtual Networking Computing (VNC) solutions to the Morello board produced from Cambridge.

Chevin Technology, based at The Bradfield Centre on Cambridge Science Park, delivers high performance, configurable Ethernet IP Cores for Xilinx FPGAs. Its goal is to provide reliable, hardware accelerator capabilities for Xilinx FPGAs that are cost effective and straightforward to implement into client’s projects, using a minimum of FPGA resources. 

Chevin will evaluate whether its patent-pending authentication and authorisation technology can run in software without compromising the level of security from running it in a FPGA.

The new Morello board and CHERI architecture have been co-developed by University of Cambridge researchers (with colleagues at SRI International) in collaboration with Arm.

The Cambridge-SRI research team has redesigned the architecture of a computer’s central processing unit – its brain – to make it less vulnerable to security breaches. This new architecture is called CHERI.

Arm has been collaborating with the Cambridge researchers to integrate CHERI into the Arm® architecture since 2014 and has this year launched a prototype system on chip and demonstrator board, containing the prototype architecture, known as Morello. These Morello boards are now being made available to industry for testing.

The initiative is being supported by a consortium of world-leading technology industry partners, academics and research institutions, including Arm, University of Cambridge, Google, Thales, University of Edinburgh, Hewlett Packard, University of Oxford, Innovate UK, Microsoft, University of Manchester, Linaro, King’s College London and the National Cyber Security Centre.

For six months participating companies will have access to the CHERI-enabled Morello prototype board, technical guides and support. The chosen UK-based companies can test and evaluate these technologies within their own businesses and provide findings back to the programme that could influence the design of future, more secure computer systems.

Professor John Goodacre, Challenge Director, Digital Security by Design, UK Research and Innovation, said: “Digital Security by Design will radically update the foundation of the insecure digital computing infrastructure by creating a new, more secure hardware and software ecosystem. 

“The breadth of companies taking part in this technology access programme is a key step in building a security-first mindset amongst industry.”

Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult, added: “Digital Catapult’s unique combination of technology, industry, and innovation expertise puts us in an excellent position to help tackle new market challenges associated with advanced technology adoption.

“Our Technology Access Programme’s first cohort will see 10 businesses get hands on with groundbreaking cybersecurity tools from industry leaders – allowing them to build their organisational resilience and provide invaluable feedback to shape the security landscape of the future.”

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