ENGINEERING BEFORE SCIENCE.

SCIENCE BEFORE ART.

ART BEFORE PROFIT.

RED BALLOON SECURITY was founded by Dr. Ang Cui out of Columbia University’s Intrusion Detection Systems Lab in 2011 with its pioneering technology, Symbiote Defense. Today, its R&D has expanded to a team of world-class researchers and developers who continue to publish seminal research papers on embedded security and intrusion detection. 

 

Since its inception, the team at Red Balloon has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, performing on funded research activities and deploying its defensive technologies on a range of critical embedded systems. The company has also ethically disclosed vulnerabilities in hundreds of millions of embedded devices and continues to advance the state of embedded device security as part of its mission.

THE RED BALLOON STORY

WORLD-CLASS SECURITY CAPABILITIES

20+

research publications

25+

U.S. Government research & deployment contracts

2020

Tibbetts Award

SBIR achievements in US Government

2019

Pwnie Award

Most under-hyped research

2016

Greatest Tech of 2016

Popular Science

2015

DARPA Riser

Ang Cui

A HISTORY OF AWARD-WINNING WORK

Recipient of U.S. Government award for demonstrating significant economic and social impact from R&D funding

Red Balloon Security received a Tibbetts Award for its accomplishments in creating cutting-edge technologies from funding made available by U.S. Government small business innovation research programs.

2021

Red Balloon Security delivers proven cybersecurity protection to electric power segment

Red Balloon Security performs in the final DARPA RADICS exercise, demonstrating its embedded defense technologies in a range of power distribution devices manufactured by industry leading companies.

2020

Partnership with Siemens on building automation controllers

Red Balloon Security partners with Siemens Smart Infrastructure to deliver cybersecurity to building automation systems.

2019

Critical vulnerability disclosure in Cisco’s secure boot process

Red Balloon Security discovers critical vulnerability in millions of Cisco switches, routers, and firewalls.

2019

Series A financing of $21.9 million

Red Balloon Security raises $21.9 million in Series A funding, led by Bain Capital Ventures with additional investment from Greycroft, American Family Ventures, and Abstract Ventures.

2018

Strategic partnership and investment from In-Q-Tel

In-Q-Tel announces a strategic development agreement and investment in Red Balloon Security.

2018

Red Balloon Security launches cyber defense for automotive industry

Red Balloon Security launches embedded security for automotive ECUs and gateways.

2017

Commercial deployment with HP on enterprise printers

HP, Inc. partners with Red Balloon Security to deploy its embedded security technology on its enterprise printers.

2015

First U.S. Government SBIR contract awarded to develop Symbiote technology

DAPRA funds Red Balloon Security its first SBIR contract to perform research and development on its Symbiote technology to repair and secure vulnerable firmware.

2013

Red Balloon Security is founded

Red Balloon Security spins out from Columbia University’s Intrusion Detection Systems Lab and incorporates.

2011

A PIONEERING HISTORY

GUIDED BY OUR RESEARCH

Our team specializes in advancing research for embedded security.

DARPA RADICS PROGRAM

Protecting the power grid

Red Balloon provided embedded defense to protection relays, RTUs and network equipment to increase device protection, detect attacks and bring device level forensics.

PIADC Facility

Commercializing tech for deployment

U.S. Government funded Red Balloon research to bring advanced on-device security with real-time detection to production-network building controllers.

THRANGRYCAT

Defeating Cisco’s secure boot

Red Balloon discovered a vulnerability which allows an attacker to persistently bypass Cisco’s proprietary secure boot mechanism and lock out future updates.

DEFEND YOUR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS