This Week in Cyber: May 23rd – May 27th

Join the Technology Access Programme!

Digital Security by Design is looking for tech companies of all sizes to trial and experiment with Arm’s Morello SoC and demonstrator board based on CHERI, a new instruction set architecture developed by the University of Cambridge.

For six months participating companies will have access to an Arm Morello Board, with its cutting-edge CPU architecture, technical guides, and support, to trial these new technologies within their systems.

Through the Digital Security by Design Technology Access Programme, UK-based companies can use these technologies to uncover security vulnerabilities in their own systems before they become a problem and provide findings that could influence the design of future computer systems.

These technologies, which can eliminate most memory safety issues in C and C++, include CHERI, a new architecture developed by the University of Cambridge along with the Morello Board, a real-world test platform developed by Arm for the Morello prototype architecture based on the CHERI protection model.

CHERI technology can be applied to legacy C or C++ with minimal changes to an existing code base.

The Technology Access Programme will give qualifying companies access to Arm’s Morello technology free of charge as well as £15,000 in funding.

If you would like to apply, please click here.

This Week’s Biggest Cyber Story

The big news in the cybersecurity world this week was an exclusive report from Reuters, stating that a new website that published leaked emails from several leading proponents of Britain’s exit from the European Union is tied to Russian hackers, according to a Google cybersecurity official and the former head of UK foreign intelligence.

The website – titled “Very English Coop d’Etat” – says it has published private emails from former British spymaster Richard Dearlove, leading Brexit campaigner Gisela Stuart, pro-Brexit historian Robert Toombs, and other supporters of Britain’s divorce from the EU, which was finalized in January 2020.

The site contends that they are part of a group of hardline pro-Brexit figures secretly calling the shots in the United Kingdom.

Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the emails, but two victims of the leak on Wednesday confirmed that they had been targeted by hackers and blamed the Russian government.

See Digital Security by Design at Infosecurity Europe 2022!

It is almost time for this year’s Infosecurity Europe, which is taking place at Excel between 21st and 23rd June. We are looking forward to exhibiting and sharing our vision, research and activity with the world’s most celebrated cybersecurity experts and sharing how DSbD technology is paving the way to a fundamental step change in digital technology. Find out more by visiting us at our booth, V56!

In the News

The UK government-backed Digital Security by Design (DSbD) initiative aims to secure underlying computer hardware, preventing most vulnerabilities from ever occurring. James Coker from Infosecurity Magazine spoke to John Goodacre, DSbD challenge director and Professor of Computer Architectures at The University of Manchester, Andrew Elliot, deputy director, cyber security innovation and skills at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Richard Grisenthwaite, SVP chief architect and fellow at Arm, to investigate how this ambitious plan works and whether it can have the desired impact. You can read the full feature here.


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