Cybersecurity: launch of the Cybi startup in Nancy

Artificial intelligence to anticipate cyberattacks. A breakthrough technology developed by Cybi’s team of researchers and engineers was patented in 2020.

The Cybi team: Abdelkader Lahmadi, Frédéric Beck, Jérôme François, Régis Lhoste, Fabian Osmond. Loria communication service credit

Information systems, connected objects, industrial systems… these environments face increasingly frequent and sophisticated computer attacks. Companies are prime targets for hackers and must protect themselves from this growing threat. The result of the cybersecurity expertise of the RESIST team at the Loria laboratory (CNRS, Inria, University of Lorraine), the Cybi startup offers solutions for analyzing computer attack paths and intelligently automating cybersecurity operations. Supported by the Lorrain Incubator and the Grand Est region, the
startup supported by Inria and the University of Lorraine has just been born in Nancy.

State-of-the-art technology: Scuba

The majority of cybersecurity solutions analyze individual vulnerabilities in computer systems. However, hackers are increasingly operating in attack paths, using not only critical vulnerabilities, but also other flaws as entry points to penetrate the computer network and infect the entire system. A connected object (connected socket, internet box, industrial automaton, etc.), with a good individual security score, can thus become a crossing point in an attack path to reach a critical target when it is networked with other other objects.

This breakthrough technology developed by Cybi’s team of researchers and engineers was patented in 2020. It relies on artificial intelligence models and algorithms to analyze all the attack paths present on a network and prioritize the vulnerabilities to be corrected, reducing risks and incident response times.

Detect and prioritize vulnerabilities with artificial intelligence

Scuba relies on corpora of vulnerabilities: when a flaw is discovered, during pentesting operations (methods for evaluating the security of a system), or bug bounty (reward program for bug hunting ), manufacturers must publish an open-access patch: this information is available in particular in the CVE (common vulnerabilities exposure) databases.

“Our tool is able to easily read and understand these large amounts of text thanks to automatic language processing and artificial intelligence methods. It can thus automatically analyze vulnerability reports and detect potential attack chains, the researchers explain. We are also working on a test platform dedicated to studying the vulnerabilities of connected objects, in order to assess product security levels. The team has also recently tested its technology on well-known viruses such as Pegasus and Puzzle-maker and was able to identify their attack paths.

Cybi, an essential ally for business security

The start-up is now open to cybersecurity experts, large companies and more particularly to SOCs (Security Operation Centers), whose mission is to guarantee information security. Scuba appears as an essential brick in the system security chain.

“Thanks to our vulnerability and vulnerability chain analysis solutions, Cybi offers a real decision support tool, an analysis of the real risk and personalized recommendations to implement the best techniques to correct the flaws”, specifies Régis Lhoste, president of the startup.

“The team’s expertise and maturity in cybersecurity position Cybi as an innovative and visionary startup. Our Scuba solution arrives at the right time on the cybersecurity market. Indeed, Scuba offers advanced features that are in high demand and too little addressed until now to respond to the threats of cyberattacks that are increasing every day. Our various exchanges with the main players in French cybersecurity are very positive. Scuba is THE solution expected by all structures, whatever their profile or size. », says Fabian Osmond, general manager
of the startup.

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