The Digital Security by Design (DSbD) Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) challenge aims to radically update the foundation of the UK’s insecure digital computing infrastructure. The challenge will:
- increase cyber security for businesses, government and the wider public and economy
- increase productivity for the UK through reduction of days lost to cyber-attacks
- make the UK a market leader through new capabilities fostering the trust that is necessary for successful adoption of future digital services in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT)
The challenge is being delivered through a £70 million programme funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund that is matched by industry funding of over £117 million.
About DSbD technologies
The Digital Security by Design (DSbD) programme produces technologies that have the potential to create a step-change in addressing security from the central hardware up through the software stack of digital systems.
DSbD technologies enable fine grained memory protection and software compartmentalisation on top of a memory-managed processor. For example, a processor that uses a Memory Management Unit (MMU).
They offer an approach to containerise and protect access of data in digital systems with a potential to greatly increase robustness and resilience against cyber-attacks.
The DSbD Technology Platform Prototype uses an Arm 64-bit processor that incorporates the DSbD technologies and the concepts of the Capability Hardware Enhanced Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) Instructions (CHERI) protection model.
CHERI comprised security features and safeguards that are built into the processor architecture so that the hardware system and associated software become more resilient and therefore more secure, against a range of software vulnerabilities.
The Fixed Virtual Platform (FVP) model takes a software programmer’s view of a computer and runs as an executable in a desktop-based development environment. It enables execution of full software stacks and provides a widely available virtual platform ahead of the delivery of the technology platform prototype hardware.
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