Oculis Labs, a developer of data privacy software that protects mobile and desktop computers from visual eavesdroppers, announced Nov. 29 its acceptance into the Northrop Grumman Cync Program. This program, part of the Cyber Incubator at bwtech@UMBC, evaluates and supports product-based companies that develop new tools to protect the cyber- and technology-related security systems our nation relies upon on a daily basis.
“Oculis Labs develops unique cyber-security products to protect personal, commercial and government computer systems from visual eavesdropping,” said Bill Anderson, CEO of Oculis Labs. “Joining the Cync Program gives us a considerable business advantage as it allows us to work closely with Northrop Grumman and UMBC to further our product development and identify go-to-market strategies. The program’s business and technical resources, physical proximity to Ft. Meade, the NSA and DISA, and the access to UMBC’s IT graduates make the Cync Program a real asset to Oculis Labs.”
In addition to its current office space in Hunt Valley, Md., Oculis Labs will now have a presence in the Cyber Incubator at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park, enabling the company to access business, technical and financial advisory resources from both bwtech@UMBC, a 71-acre research and technology community home to nearly 90 technology and life science companies, including 25 cybersecurity and 25 life science companies, and Northrop Grumman.
There are nearly 400 million mobile business and government workers worldwide and three quarters of workers in the U.S. are mobile, working in shared or public spaces, often reviewing and utilizing confidential information. Eighty-nine percent of all people admit to reading over someone else’s shoulder, the easiest way to compromise data. To address this ongoing problem, Oculis Labs offers two products: PrivateEye and Chameleon:
— PrivateEye is a data privacy software solution that protects mobile and desktop computers from visual eavesdroppers. This new desktop security application employs computer vision, facial recognition and detection algorithms with a standard webcam to actively protect information displayed on computer screens.
— Chameleon addresses the current government market of 2.9 million users working with sensitive and classified materials as well as many large untapped new markets, including multi-agency or multi-national facilities, embassies and consulates, command centers, tactical forward bases, and in-field mobile personnel where information should be available on a need-to-know-only basis. Chameleon solves the unmet need of protecting data in the field against electronic or physical surveillance and insider espionage threats.
“We are excited to welcome Oculis Labs to bwtech’s growing community of cybersecurity companies,” said Ellen Hemmerly, executive director of bwtech@UMBC. “The company has developed a cost-effective way to secure highly-sensitive information used by CEOs, CFOs, auditors, consultants, lawyers, doctors, investigators, HR personnel and other users seeking greater privacy as well as compliance with the federal computer fraud and abuse statute, 18 U.S.C. 1030. Their team now has access to UMBC’s extensive research and resources as well as onsite support from senior representatives from Northrop Grumman that will provide technical and business advisory services to further the development and market readiness of Cync company technologies.”