Transition to Practice

Transition to Practice

Transition to Practice (TTP) project image Bridging the gap between research and the marketplace requires a transition process specifically designed to accelerate technology maturity and create partnerships with the private sector and the venture community. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) created the Transition to Practice (TTP) program to address this need. Through TTP, DHS S&T is leading the successful transition of federally funded cybersecurity technologies into broader use through commercialization and adoption by end-users. The TTP program has three main goals.

  • Identify promising technologies that address an existing or imminent cybersecurity need that impacts national security.
  • Increase utilization through partnerships, product development efforts and commercialization.
  • Improve the long-term ability of federal government research organizations to transition technology more efficiently.

Motivation

Technology transition remains a difficult endeavor with many challenges. Only a small fraction of the research performed in federal laboratories reaches the marketplace where it can have an impact. This problem, known as “the Valley of Death,” is often a result of lack of partnerships between the government and the private sector, nonexistent funding and other resources to mature the technology, and inefficient processes for transitioning technology out of the laboratory environment. Successfully transitioning cybersecurity technology from research to operational use is identified as a critical area in the 2016 Federal Cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plan.

Approach

The TTP program conducts technology foraging to find the most promising cybersecurity projects across the federal government that demonstrate potential for commercialization. Selected technologies go through a structured process designed to accelerate the path from lab to market that includes training, market validation, testing and evaluation, pilot deployment, and outreach. TTP technologies are introduced to potential partners, investors and integrators and showcased at a national series of technology demonstration days. TTP supports multiple paths to transition, including licensing, startup creation, open source and government use.

 STARTUPS, COMMERCIAL PRODUCTS, OPEN SOURCE, GOVERNMENT USE”. This text is in block bracketing with the TTP program bridge icon at the top right hand corner.

Performers

The TTP program identifies promising cybersecurity technologies from several sources of federally funded R&D, including:

  • Department of Energy National Labs
  • Department of Defense-Affiliated Labs
  • Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC)
  • University-Affiliated Research Centers (UARC)
  • Universities receiving federal grants

Accomplishments/Impact

Since its inception in 2012, the TTP program has successfully transitioned more than a dozen federally funded cybersecurity technologies and helped create several cybersecurity startups to include the following:

AMICO (University of Georgia, NSF grantee): Available as open source

DigitalAnts (PNNL): Licensed by IP Group; product in development

Flower (PNNL): Licensed to zSofTech Solutions; product is part of cybersecurity offering

Hone (PNNL): Available as open source

Hyperion (ORNL): Licensed to Lenvio Inc; product in use by government and large corporations

Keylime (MIT Lincoln Lab): Available as open source

LOCKMA (MIT Lincoln Lab): Licensed to several companies for use in government solutions

MLSTONES (PNNL): Licensed by IP Group; product in development

NeMS (LLNL): Licensed to Cambridge Global; in development

PACRAT (PNNL): Licensed to Rhino Corp; adding capability to existing product

PathScan (LANL): Licensed by Ernst & Young; product is part of cybersecurity offering

PCapDB (SNL): Available as open source

PEACE (WPI, NSF grantee): Available commercially from ContexSure Networks LLC, a cyber security startup

REnigma (JHU APL): Available commercially from Deterministic Security, a cyber security start up

SCOT (SNL): Available as open source

SerialTap (PNNL): Licensed by IP Group; product in development

Quantum Security (LANL): Licensed to Whitewood Encryption Systems; available commercially

ZeroPoint (University of North Carolina, NSF grantee): Available commercially from ZeroPoint Dynamics, a network security start up

Events

Upcoming Events

    Past Events

    S&T's Transition to Practice Program Showcases at SciTech Northwest Technology Expo- October 23, 2018 - Seattle, Washington: SciTech Northwest ’18 is the region’s only technology expo that features technologies ready or near-ready for commercialization from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington, and Washington State University. This year, the event also includes 11 cybersecurity technologies presented by DHS S&T's TTP program.

    S&T's Transition to Practice Program Showcases at the Resilience Week 2018 - August 21, 2018 - Denver, Colorado: Meet Transition to Practice (TTP) program at the Resilience Week conference, August 21. During the Conference, the TTP program will be presenting and demoing six technologies developed at the Department of Energy and Department of Defense affiliated Laboratories and are now available for piloting by organizations looking to strengthen their cybersecurity posture.

    Being rescheduled due to technical difficulties: Facebook Tech Talk - From Idea to Commercial Product: Accelerating Technology Transition Join DHS S&T April 24 at 11 a.m. ET to learn about the Transition to Practice Program and how it is successfully bridging the Valley of Death by helping transform mature, cutting-edge technologies developed within government labs and universities into commercially available products. S&T Program Manager Nadia Carlsten will also discuss several of the cybersecurity technologies currently in the program that are ready for adoption and answer your questions. We hope to see you there!

    Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day for Silcon Valley  – February 27, 2018– Menlo Park, CA

    2017 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day for the Finance Sector – October 5, 2017– New York, New York

    2017 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration for Washington, D.C. – May 16, 2017– Washington, D.C.

    2017 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day for the Energy Sector – March 21, 2017– Houston, Texas

    2017 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day – January 24, 2017– Washington, DC

    FY16 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day – October 25, 2016– Santa Clara, California

    FY16 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day for the Financial Services Sector June 14, 2016 | New York City, NY

    FY15 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day  June 21, 2016 | Washington, DC

    FY15 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day for the Energy Sector May 18, 2016 | Houston, TX

    FY14 Transition to Practice Technology Demonstration Day for Investors, Integrators, and IT Companies (I3) East January 14, 2016 | McLean, VA

    News

    Press Releases and Media Advisories

    DHS S&T Transitions 20th Cybersecurity Technology through its Transition to Practice Program, May 22, 2018

    DHS S&T Announces Licensing of a Data-Analysis Tool From its Transition to Practice Program, March 22, 2018

    DHS S&T Announces Licensing of Infrastructure Security Technology from Transition to Practice Program, November 28, 2017

    DHS S&T Announces Dual Licensing of Transition to Practice Program Technologies, September 20, 2017

    DHS S&T Announces Commercialization of REnigma Malware Reverse-Engineering Tool, August 2, 2017

    DHS S&T Licenses New Cybersecurity Tech to Atlanta Small Business, July 7, 2017

    DHS S&T transition to practice program announces 2017 cohort, May 11, 2017

    DHS S&T to unveil 8 new cybersecurity technologies for transition to market, May 11, 2017

    DHS S&T Announces Commercialization of Malware Detection Technology, April 28, 2017

    DHS S&T to Demonstrate Cyber Technologies at RSA 2017, February 6, 2017

    Snapshot Articles

    S&T Transition to Practice Program Moved 10 Technologies to Marketplace in FY17, January 4, 2018

    USST Related Blogs

    Cyber Defense Requires Market-ready Tech, January 23, 2017

    Resources

    Transition to Practice Technology Guide

    2017 TTP Cohort Technology Videos

    2017 R&D Showcase: ZeroPoint

    2016 Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (PDF, 52 pages, 950.39 KB)

    TTP Spotlight Video

    TTP Program Video

    TTP Infographic

    Visit the cybersecurity projects, news and resources pages for cyber specific articles and other written products or connect with us at the next S&T cybersecurity event.  

    Archive

    Press Releases and Media Advisories

    DHS S&T Transition to Practice Program Transitions Eighth Cybersecurity Technology for Commercialization, December 13, 2016

    DHS S&T Announces New Cybersecurity Risk Analysis Tool on the Commercial Market, April 13, 2016

    DHS S&T Announces Licensing of Cyber Security Network Anomaly-Detection Technology, August 31, 2015

    DHS S&T Transitions Third Cybersecurity Technology, July 15, 2015

    S&T To Demonstrate Cutting-Edge Cybersecurity Technologies, June 3, 2015

    DHS S&T Announces Cyber Security Technology to be Licensed, February 19, 2015

    S&T Announces First Success of Technology Transition Within the TTP, September 10, 2014

    Homeland Security to Demonstrate New Emerging Cybersecurity Technologies, September 13, 2013

    Snapshot Articles

    Cyber Security Division’s TTP Program Hosts Tech Showcase Series, July 14, 2016

    Cyber Security Division Showcases Transitionable Technologies, January 29, 2016

    S&T to Demonstrate Malware Detection Technologies, June 4, 2015

    S&T Announces First Success of Technology Transition Program, November 13, 2014

    USST Related Blogs

    S&T Showcases Cybersecurity Technologies, April 28, 2015

    Contact

    Program Manager: Dr. Nadia Carlsten

    Email: ST.TTP@hq.dhs.gov

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