February 27, 2024

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Improving Cloud Security and Video Analysis in the U.S.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory software technologies have aided in improving cloud computing security and speeding up video surveillance analysis. Keylime has improved the security and privacy of data and services in the cloud by utilising a trusted platform module for ongoing verification checks in cloud machines (TPM).

Forensic Video Exploitation and Analysis (FOVEA) employs video analytics to identify critical moments. Both inventions have recently been recognised with Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Northeast regional honours for the 2023 Excellence in Technology Transfer and R&D 100 Awards.

Cloud computing services enable businesses to rent computer resources from a cloud provider, who manages and secures the rented workstations. But customers need help verifying the security of cloud machines. As a result, companies with sensitive data, such as US government agencies and financial institutions, are hesitant to reap the benefits of commercial cloud providers’ flexibility and low cost.

“We are honoured that the Keylime team, our partners, and open-source developers have been recognised with this national FLC award for their hard work and commitment. We look forward to sustaining and expanding valuable collaborations and assisting the Keylime open-source community in its further growth,” Munson, one of the Lincoln Laboratory’s Keylime developers, explained.

TPM as Keylime’s critical point

Keylime is an open-source software developed by MIT that allows customers with sensitive data to continuously evaluate the security of cloud machines, edge devices, and internet-of-things (IoT) devices. The software performs constant security checks by utilising a piece of hardware known as a trusted platform module (TPM).

When data is tampered with, the TPM generates a hash (a string of characters representing data) that changes considerably. Keylime was created to make TPMs compatible with cloud technologies, and it reacts in seconds to a TPM hash change to shut down a compromised machine. Keylime also allows customers to securely bootstrap secrets (upload cryptographic keys, passwords, and certificates onto rented computers) without disclosing them to the cloud provider.

Lincoln Laboratory made Keylime available to the public through an open-source licence and distribution plan that included several partnerships. More than 50 open-source developers worldwide are already contributing to Keylime, and huge IT companies are implementing the technology on their cloud machines.

Video footage smart analysis

While significant investments have improved camera coverage and video quality, the pressure on video operators to analyse and extract relevant insights from surveillance material — which is still primarily manual — has increased significantly. Large-scale closed-circuit television systems that patrol public and commercial locations can have hundreds or thousands of cameras, making everyday investigation jobs difficult.

FOVEA significantly shortens the time required for forensic video analysis. Security staff can use FOVEA to evaluate hours of footage in minutes and conduct complicated investigations in hours rather than days, resulting in shorter response times to ongoing incidents and a more robust overall security posture.

“It’s amazing to see the software team’s efforts recognised with this prize,” said DeAngelus, the inventor of the FOVEA technology. “I am grateful to the many helpful people at Lincoln Laboratory and MIT who helped make this move possible, particularly the licencing, contracts, and communications offices.”

There is no need for pre-analysis video curation or proprietary server infrastructure; the on-demand suite of video analytic capabilities may be used for any video stream and assist daily investigations and unforeseen or catastrophic events such as terrorist threats.

This suite includes capabilities for the jump back, video summarisation, multicamera navigation and path reconstruction and on-demand person search. Jump back will automatically rewind the video to critical times and detects general scene changes. Video summarisation condenses all motion activity from long raw video into a short visual summary. Multicamera navigation and path reconstruction allows users to track activity over place and time and camera to camera in chronological order. Users can scan neighbouring cameras for persons of similar appearance for on-demand person search.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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