BrainChip teams for grid AI cyber threat detection

BrainChip teams for grid AI cyber threat detection

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By Nick Flaherty

BrainChip has teamed up with security researchers Quantum Ventura to use the Akida neuromorphic AI technology to develop new cyber threat-detection tools for the energy grid.

Quantum Ventura in the US is creating cybersecurity applications for the US Department of Energy under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programme. The program is focused on “Cyber threat-detection using neuromorphic computing,” which aims to develop an advanced approach to detect and prevent cyberattacks on computer networks and critical infrastructure using the event-driven neural network.

Event-driven, or neuromorphic, AI, is inherently lower power than conventional neural network accelerators, providing energy efficiency with high performance for chip designers to provide AI on battery-operated or fan-less embedded, edge devices.

The grid is a key vulnerability and there are several projects looking at new ways to make it more secure at the edge.

The Akida neural processor and AI IP can find unknown, repeating patterns in vast amounts of noisy data, which is an asset in cyber threat detection. Once Akida learns what normal network traffic patterns look like, it can detect malware, attack signatures, and other types of malicious activity. Akida has the ability to learn on device in a secure fashion, without the need for cloud retraining, allowing it to quickly learn new attack patterns and adapt to emerging threats.

BrainChip IP supports incremental learning, on-chip learning, and high-speed inference with unsurpassed performance in micro watt to milli-watt power budgets, ideal for advanced AI/ML devices such as intelligent sensors, medical devices, high-end video-object detection, and ADAS/autonomous systems.

“Neuromorphic computing is an ideal technology for threat detection because of its small size and power, accuracy, and in particular, its ability to learn and adapt, since attackers are constantly changing their tactics,” said Srini Vasan, President and CEO of Quantum Ventura Inc. “We believe that our solution incorporating BrainChip’s Akida will be a breakthrough for defending against cyber threats and address additional applications as well.”

“This project with the Department of Energy offers an ideal opportunity to demonstrate how Akida opens up new possibilities in cybersecurity, including the ability to run complex AI algorithms at the edge, reducing the dependency on the cloud” said Rob Telson, Vice President of Ecosystems & Partnerships at BrainChip. “We are excited about the progress that Quantum Ventura are making with BrainChip in this project which is extremely vital to the safety of the nation’s infrastructure.”;

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