Machine-to-Machine Intelligence Corp.Â has been awarded $75,000 in funds byÂ theÂ Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorateÂ to create a deployable cryptographic protocol forÂ anÂ Internet of Things security initiative.
DHS said Thursday thatÂ M2Mi will work toÂ develop anÂ open-source version of the lightweight block cipherÂ SPECK that users can run onÂ connected devices.
The effort is part ofÂ the department’sÂ Homeland Security Innovation ProgramÂ for nontraditional technology contractors.
Reginald Brothers, DHS undersecretary forÂ science andÂ technology, said the department seeks toÂ encourage nontraditional entities to develop toolsÂ forÂ securingÂ IoTÂ platforms.
DHS and M2Mi aim to help software developers to encrypt IoT systems with an open-sourceÂ SPECK cipher, the department noted.