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Solid-state drive with embedded artificial intelligence (AI) for real-time protection against cyber-attacks

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Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Computer Hardware
Computer Technology/Graphics, Meta Computing
Data Protection, Storage, Cryptography, Security
Other memory devices (excluding semiconductors)
Data storage
Artificial intelligence related software
Other information technology and computer service activities
Data processing, hosting and related activities


The growing acceleration in the volume and sophistication of cybercrime means the conventional software approach to cybersecurity is inadequate. A Singapore SME has developed a solid-state drive (SSD) with an embedded security system and hardware telemetry, which covers the shortcomings of the potentially vulnerable software defense at the system level. The solution suits computers, servers and other systems. The SME seeks licensing or commercial agreements with technical assistance.



The accelerated growth in cyber threats is likely to see the cost of cybercrimes increase exponentially from US$3 trillion in 2015 to US$6 trillion by 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. The current software approach is insufficient as a response to these threats. For example, when a new type of ransomware emerges, it takes hours or days for the security software to update and synchronise their library with the cloud, but the system and data would have been compromised in just minutes.

The technology that the Singapore SME has developed equips the SSD with a powerful microprocessor and hardware sensors to run sophisticated AI algorithms. The AI technology performs real-time monitoring to detect all the anomalies in data access patterns or any signs of compromise based on behaviour, while carrying out other tasks in parallel. As the patented machine-learning AI learns the user's activities and behaviours and performs CPU threat detection based on its definitive patterns, it allows the real-time detection of unknown threats like new ransomware, instead of relying on frequent software updates, which create opportunities for new ransomware to break in.

Also, the in-built security mechanism in the firmware runs under software security offload memory consumption to provide accelerated detection and prevention of cyber threats.

The built-in hardware sensors such as a thermal sensor, an accelerometer and an ambient light sensor allow the SSD to offer protection against large arrays of alternative threats on a hardware level, even through physical attacks.

The main features of this solution include:
• Guard Threat Lock: Provides data protection against ransomware, malware, viruses, and unknown threats
• Stream Protection: Used for signal communication security against threats like side-channel attacks
• Factor Encryption Lock: Enables authentication and security key protection
• Secure firmware update: Disables firmware update attacks by requiring unique single-use encryption and decryption keys to be securely signed before a firmware update is allowed to proceed
• Site Secure: First and last level of defense against physical attacks on data by monitoring the power, temperature & physical movement of the devices and responding when threats are detected
• File Forensic Agent: Keeps track of audit trails in data security

All computers, laptops, servers, equipment, and devices that use SSD as a data storage device can use this cybersecurity SSD solution as the last line of defense to protect its data against the evolving cyber threats. Even systems that already have security software running at the system level can use this SSD to add a deeper security layer that reduces the dependence on potentially vulnerable security software at the system level. System-level security software cannot offer the level of protection at the closest-proximity to the data with real-time security that this solution can.

The technology provider is interested in licensing or commercial partnerships with technical assistance with MNEs/SMEs of all sizes.

Advantages & innovations

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The advantages and innovations of this technology include: • Real-time security monitoring: Detects all anomalies in data access patterns or any signs of compromise based on behavioral detections while carrying out other tasks in parallel • Detects unknown threats: Patented AI detection methodology can detect threats such as new strains of ransomware in real-time • Real time and zero latency detection and prevention of cyber threats: This is due to the in-built security mechanism in the firmware that runs independently from any run time application (i.e. software) • Protects against large arrays of alternative threats on a hardware level, including physical attacks: This is due to the built-in hardware sensors such as a thermal sensor and an ambient light sensor • Suitable for a wide range of uses: The solution works for computers, servers, and other systems This solution offers benefits to the following groups: • Manufacturers for PC/laptop/server: This technology can differentiate their products from the competition • Equipment manufacturers serving different markets like industrial, medical, and automotive: This technology can help strengthen the equipment's security level to meet market expectations and prevent enormous loss due to cyber-attacks. • Enterprise customers, especially from logistics, healthcare, and financial services industries that are often targeted by cyber-attackers: This technology can protect against cyber-attacks, which typically cost companies millions of dollars or more.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Project already started

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The Singapore SME is interested in licensing or commercial agreements with technical assistance with the following types of partners that can be MNEs or SMEs of all sizes: i) Licensing agreement: The partner could license the technology for further development and introduce it to its customers. ii) Commercial agreement with technical assistance: The partner could utilise the technology with technical support from the Singapore SME.

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SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500