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CSIT supports cyber company, Surevine, to improve security in critical infrastructure supply-chains

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast, has provided extensive engineering support to innovative cyber security company, Surevine, which will support better in critical infrastructure supply-chains.

Surevine LORCA

Surevine builds secure, scalable collaboration solutions for the most security conscious organisations. They connect people and enable collaboration on their most highly sensitive information. Threatvine, is a next generation cyber-security information sharing platform developed by Surevine to enable secure cross-organisational collaboration and collaborative intelligence analysis. 

Surevine was selected to take part in The London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement’s (LORCA) first cohort. LORCA is a new cyber innovation programme that’s funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and delivered by Plexal (an innovation centre and coworking space) in partnership with Deloitte’s cyber team and CSIT.

LORCA’s core aim is to develop and scale promising solutions that keep industry and customers safe online. Helping innovators understand what the needs of industry are – and how their solutions align to those needs – is an important component of achieving this aim.

The engineering support provided by CSIT is a key component in the growth and scale up of UK cyber companies and helps them to compete and grow globally.

Through LORCA, Surevine and CSIT worked together to develop an adapter between Threatvine and a platform called MISP that enables the transfer of cyber security information between the two products in a form that it is readable for the users of the respective products. It also enables cyber security information added to Threatvine by a user to be automatically searched for on MISP showing potential relations to other documented cyber security.

Stuart Murdoch, Founder and CEO, Surevine, commented: We're delighted, as part of our participation in the DCMS-backed LORCA programme, to have been able to engage CSIT, Queen's University Belfast on an R&D project which has resulted in a two-way integration between Threatvine and MISP, a popular free and open source threat intelligence platform, focussed on Indicators of Compromise.

We are particularly pleased to have been able to work with MISP because:

  • Being free and open source means it is often the first option for teams to get up to speed quickly with threat intelligence
  • Support of the MISP project from the EU has encouraged its adoption by members states
  • It's adherence to the STIX open standard for Indicators of Compromise, makes interoperability easier
  • It is extensively used by Deloitte, and for their customers, and we have been able to strengthen our partnership with Deloitte as a result of this project, delivering a value-add for MISP users”

 

Louise Cushnahan, Head of Innovation at CSIT, added: “It is great to see that the engineering support provided by CSIT as part of the LORCA Programme is truly helping to solve the greatest cyber challenges faced by industry today. We have really enjoyed working alongside Surevine to strengthen their Threatvine product and ensure any cyber security information is picked up as quickly and efficiently as possible.”