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Stopping hackers, protecting businesses

Cybersecurity company whose technology protects against malware provides website security for business owners and protects consumers

AI and machine learning technology helps protect businesses and customers.


AI and machine learning technology helps protect businesses and customers.
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May 9, 2018

An NSF-funded researcher who received more than a decade of support for research on web-based malware developed new tools to identify and counteract malware. The researcher helped launch a company, StopTheHacker, whose artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology provided website security for numerous entities including multinational companies and small businesses.

When business websites are infected by malware, the result can lead to service disruptions, loss of productivity and damage to the brand and reputation of a business. StopTheHacker, which received support through NSF's SBIR program, provided software to businesses that used AI to identify and remove malware on their websites, protecting them and their customers.

In 2014, CloudFlare, a web performance and security company valued at $1 billion, bought StopTheHacker.

NSF Directorate(s):
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering
Directorate for Engineering

Locations
California
New Mexico

Related Awards
#1315083 SBIR Phase I: Stopping Cybercrime in Social Networks
#0839491 SBIR Phase I: Stopping URL-Fraud One Website at a Time
#0956747 SBIR Phase II: Making the Internet Safer One Website at a Time
#0208950 Collaborative Research: NetMine: Finding Patterns in Network Data
#0832069 NECO: A Graph-Based Approach to Traffic Monitoring and Application Classification
#1316446 NECO: A Graph-Based Approach to Traffic Monitoring and Application Classification
#0721889 Collaborative Research: NETS-NBD: RIDR: Towards Robust Inter-Domain Routing: Measurements, Models, and Deployable Tools
#1314935 TWC: Medium: Collaborative: Know Thy Enemy: Data Mining Meets Networks for Understanding Web-Based Malware Dissemination

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