Deepbits: An ExCITE Riverside Alumni Makes a Tool to Detect Malware from Binary Code

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Feb 1, 2022


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Deepbits‘ is an ExCITE Riverside, CA alumni, and the startup has come up with a tool to detect and disassemble malware from a computer’s binary code. They call it the ‘analytic toolchain for binary code“.

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Backers of Deepbits

Various organizations have backed Deepbits and its technology commercialization efforts. These include:

America’s SEED Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF SBIR/STTR)

  • Office of Naval Research (Science & Technology)
  • ExCITE Riverside
  • AFWERX, a United States Air Force program

The Journey of Deepbits

After being incubated in ExCITE Riverside, Deepbits earned an award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop an end-to-end late-stage binary customization system in 2017. One year later, it earned the National Science Foundation-led NSF SBIR Phase I award for developing an extensible and customizable binary code analytics engine for malware intelligence.

2019: It was in May 2019 that the startup released its product Dr. Binary, an AI-powered threat discovery platform for binary code, and said it identifies a vulnerability, malware, and code plagiarism in software assets.

It later released another product called DeepDi, a fast and accurate disassembler powered by AI.

Cyber Security Gains Traction and Funding

Palm Desert iHub Opens to Offer 3 University Programs in Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality Management: We reported that Palm Desert iHub, a new digital hub, was launched as a collaboration between the city of Palm Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and Cal State San Bernardino. This opens up new academic programs for the Coachella Valley as the digital hub will initially offer three university programs in Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality Management.

CSUSB to Use NSA’s $3M Grant to Build Cyber Security Talent: The National Science Foundation is spreading its bets across universities and startups where it seeks to prop up new cyber security talent and upstarts.

The National Security Agency (NSA) awarded a $3M grant to CSUSB to build cyber security talent in the country. The university will execute this project in collaboration with the Riverside Community College District’s LAUNCH Apprenticeship Network, San Bernardino County Schools, and the company Tomorrow’s Talent.

ExCITE Riverside: A Startup Accelerator Program offering Mentorship, Capital, and Connections: ExCITE Riverside is a startup accelerator that helps select startups with promising MVPs and founders as a way to rapidly scale growth. Led by UC Riverside, in partnership with the County of Riverside and the city of Riverside, the accelerator is located at 10th St. in downtown Riverside, California.

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