News | Jan 10, 2018

Connecticut firm adds US Air Force software to network security products

High-value partnership between Department of Defense and industry sees leading technology transferred

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Evans, a cyber transport systems technician assigned to the 6th Communications Squadron, performs maintenance on a network server on June 15, 2017 at MacDill Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Nunez)

Owl Cyber Defense Solutions recently announced the acquisition and transferal of the Secure Cross-domain Orchestration Engine (SCORE) into their line of data diode cross-domain network security products.

Designed by the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Information Directorate in Rome, New York, SCORE is a software solution that helps to protect and import data into highly secure networks.

Owl Cyber Defense has licensed Air Force software.

SCORE technology enables cross-domain solutions to keep data secure while it is transferred from an unsecured source, for example, NOAA weather data, to a secure government network like the Department of Defense’s classified SIPRNET.

Owl, based in Ridgefield, Connecticut, will incorporate SCORE into its existing cross-domain products, delivering cutting-edge cross-domain data transfer capabilities to the U.S. government, military, and intelligence services.

OWL Cyber Defense CEO Michael Timan

OWL Cyber Defense CEO Michael Timan

“We defend many of the world’s most critical networks from cyber attacks every day, so we’re always looking for opportunities to improve our products, and continue to offer our clients the very best security available,” said Michael Timan, president and CEO of Owl.

Technology transfer from federal laboratories to private industry is completed through patent or software licensing agreements agreed to by both parties. Since 1999, TechLink has helped the Department of Defense to form technology transfer partnerships with small businesses.

“This is a testament to the work of AFRL’s software engineers and a boon for American taxpayers who get to see their investment better a product that’s protecting the nation’s classified data,” said Sean Patten, TechLink’s senior technology manager who guided the technology transfer with Owl.

The Griffiss Institute, co-located with the Air Force laboratory in Rome, also partnered in the successful technology transfer.

“This is a great example of Air Force engineering boosting industry capabilities in a way that will benefit government agencies,” said Frank Hoke, Griffiss Institute’s technical director. “Tech transfer is how we help small business leverage DoD’s research and development investment.”

TechLink Editor Troy Carter can be reached at or 406-994-7798.

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