Regulus Cyber Aims to Secure Cars, Robots With $6.3 Million Funding
Regulus Cyber emerged from stealth mode this week with £6.3 million in funding and a solution designed to protect sensors, communications and data in autonomous cars and trucks, robots and drones. Israel-based Regulus raised £1.2 million in seed funding and £5.1 million in Series A funding from Sierra Ventures, Canaan Partners Israel, Technion and F2 Capital. The company, led by CEO Yonatan Zur and CTO Yoav Zangvil, offers a solution, named Pyramid, that aims to provide security and mission reliability for the various sensors used by autonomous vehicles, drones and robots, including GPS, cameras, lidar and radar.
Malicious or accidental interference with these sensors can have serious consequences - in the case of drones, for instance, hackers can make them fly off course and obtain the potentially sensitive data they collect. Regulus' solutions include both software and hardware designed to protect these sensors. The hardware provided by the firm typically weighs less than 2 ounces (50 grams).
For example, Pyramid CSM is a hardware module that can be connected to flight and robot controllers in order to protect command and control communications and mission data. The Pyramid GPS SP device is designed to protect ships, cars and drones against GPS spoofing attacks. Another module of the Pyramid suite is Pyramid RFM, which allows drones and robots to map radio frequencies (RF) in a certain area, helping their operators get a better understanding of their ability to operate in that location.
Finally, the Pyramid SVS (Sensor Validation System) should help protect the sensors in cars, robots and drones against smart physical hacks, which can be conducted more easily compared to remote attacks. Pyramid SVS combines external, independent sensors in an effort to identify and mitigate threats. Pyramid SVS is expected to become available only next year, but the other modules should be released sometime in 2018, Regulus says on its website.
The company says it has already partnered with OEMs, tier 1 vendors, high-tech companies and government agencies in the automotive, aviation and telecoms sectors. Related: Railway Cybersecurity Firm Cylus Emerges From Stealth Related: Karamba Security Emerges From Stealth to Protect Cars From Hackers