Microsoft has acquired ReFirm Laboratories of Fulton, Md., the company behind the Binwalk open source software that identifies security vulnerabilities hidden in firmware, software programmed into device memory to provide basic hardware control.
The deal, announced Wednesday morning, is Microsoft’s latest effort to improve the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
“Device manufacturers typically integrate third-party software and components into their solution, but they lack the tools and expertise to analyze the components they consume and, as a result, may unknowingly deliver devices with security vulnerabilities, ”writes David Weston, director of Microsoft. Security of companies and operating systems, in a post announcing the agreement.
He adds, “This is where ReFirm Labs comes in. Microsoft believes firmware is not a future threat, but an imperative to secure now, as more devices flood the market and expand the available attack surface.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 2017, ReFirm Labs had around 12 employees last year, raising just under $ 2 million in funding over its lifetime, according to the Venture Capital and Investments Database. Pitchbook.
A year ago, Microsoft acquired CyberX, a Boston-area cybersecurity startup that helps businesses protect their IoT devices and networks.