WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Cybersecurity company Shift5, Inc., announces that it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the US Air Force through its SBIR AFWERX technology innovation program. This innovation program accelerates the development of cybersecurity technology for Air Force aircrafts and other operational technology (OT) platforms.

The contract recognizes Shift5’s excellence in designing cybersecurity products that provide resilience for operational technology (OT) systems through continuous monitoring, intrusion detection, and intrusion prevention capabilities.

The AFWERX program funds entities whose solutions stimulate technological innovation, strengthening the role of small businesses in meeting Department of Defense (DoD) research and development needs.

Shift 5 will use this award to conduct discovery, identify military customers, and collect demonstration requirements as required by Phase I funding awards.

“The SBIR program is a great vehicle to extend Shift5’s commercial OT cybersecurity solutions to Air Force users. This will allow us to grow the use cases for Shift5 and provide innovations that close security shortfalls for the military,” says Mike Weigand, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shift5.

“We look forward to rapidly deploying proofs of concepts to help the Air Force commands achieve their mission and add to the overall survivability and resiliency of critical systems,” says Jenny Kim, Head of Product at Shift5.