Mission Secure, a UVA Defense Company, Closes Second Round to Accelerate Cyber Security Technology

Mission Secure Inc. (MSi), a leading cyber physical system defense company, has announced completion of a second round of financing with existing investors. The investment group includes a private equity firm and several high net worth angel investors. Funds will be used to accelerate deployment of its patent-pending MSi Secure Sentinel Platform technology.

MSi is focused on providing advanced protections for cyber physical systems, in particular industrial control systems that run these
important assets, in the energy, defense and transportation sectors. “Global companies and the military are challenged to find the most efficient and effective ways to protect the systems and components running their most critical assets from cyber, insider and supply chain attacks," said David Drescher, MSi's chief executive officer. "Our methodology and innovative technology are unique in their approach. The additional financing will accelerate our work and expand upon years of research focused on cyber security for physical assets.”

The company continues building upon five years of research and development started at the University of Virginia and funded by the U.S.Department of Defense. The latest refinements to the MSi technology arefocused on next generation cyber defense methods to improve cyber resiliency for critical cyber physical assets. The technology was field-tested through multiple pilot programs over the past 15 months transforming innovative research into a patent-pending hardware and software solution, the MSi Secure Sentinel Platform.

In parallel, the company refined its cyber physical asset assessment methodology by applying it to military systems, cars, autonomous air and ground vehicles and industrial control systems used in the oil and gas industry.

The company's future efforts are expected to be aided by the appointment of Dean Weber as MSi's chief cyber architect. Mr. Weber's physical and cyber security experience since the 1970s has included aiding in response efforts to major cyber physical attacks, working as the chief technology officer for Computer Sciences Corp’s cyber businessunit and, earlier, as CTO for Applied Identity, a venture funded developer of an identity-driven authorization mechanism for controlling access to networks and corporate information systems. He has also held several senior cyber leadership roles at companies including Terros Corp. and TruSecure Corporation, which merged with Betrusted Holdings in2004 to form Cybertrust, one of the largest privately held information security firms of its time, before being acquired by Verizon.

Mr. Weber will be joining an experienced management team at MSi that includes the former chief information officer of energy industry equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group and National Oil Well Varco, former White House chief information officer and senior FBI executive, as well as recognized industry experts in design and deployment of industrial control systems along with many other equally talented individuals. “Dean brings a wealth of cyber and physical security experience," Carlos Solari, MSi’s chief information officer said. "He will be a great addition to our cyber defense team and will help us evolve the product platform further and faster. I look forward to working with Dean again on this important issue.”

About Mission Secure Inc.: Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA Mission Secure™, Inc. (MSi) is a cyber defense technology company providing next generation cyber defense solutions to the defense, energy and transportation industries to protect their critical physical systems from cyber attacks.