As we navigate the rapidly evolving landscape of cyber threats, our goal is to rapidly transition the latest defenses into real tools and protection. We are committed to staying at the forefront of technology, and we take great pride in our ability to bring novel, advanced cybersecurity technology products to the marketplace.
Our close ties to Columbia University have helped us to develop a culture of innovation and academic excellence. We are honored to carry on this legacy and to continue to contribute to the advancement of cybersecurity.
Thanks to our unique capabilities, the DoD has asked us to operate in the defense industrial base and has given us a deep appreciation for the importance of protection of our nation's critical systems, sensitive information and infrastructure. We are proud to be a part of this vital mission.
At Chip Scan, we are driven by a sense of purpose and pride in our work. We are committed to developing and delivering the best possible cybersecurity solutions to our clients, and we look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the industry for years to come.
Chip Scan was founded to commercialize innovative hardware assurance technologies developed at Dr. Sethumadhavan's lab and patented by Columbia University in 2010, 2011, and 2013. We were granted exclusive worldwide rights to translate these technologies into commercial products. The same year, we received our initial funding from the Office of the Secretary of Defense through an SBIR contract.
Chip Scan enters into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Air Force Research Labs in Rome to bring about advancements in identification of hardware vulnerabilities and detection of malicious components.
Columbia University filed additional patents in 2015 and 2016 that are exclusively licensed to Chip Scan. In the same year, we won a Phase 2 SBIR award to continue work on ESPY technology, which is now administered by the Department of Navy.
The Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) under the Office of the Secretary of Defense recognized Chip Scan's contributions to the advancement of trust for critical DoD and commercial programs. We signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with DMEA to further these goals for the benefit of the nation.
Chip Scan enters a prime contract to radically eliminate cyber attack surface in highly complex systems such as satellite communications.
Chip Scan doubles our headcount.
Chip Scan enters into an agreement with the US Navy to productize the YOLO technology originally invented at Columbia in Dr. Sethumadhavan's lab. A few years later, the YOLO product becomes the forerunner for cyber defense of shipboard operational technologies such as missile defense and other mission-critical systems.
This same year, Chip Scan's ESPY entered a new stage of maturity and began commercial engagements. ESPY becomes proven on commercial class designs.
Chip Scan completes the first of several waves of office build out before moving our headquarters into the historic Wave Building.
After a multi-year effort, we developed key experiences and insight into the emerging domain of Hardware Zero Trust. Our first peer-reviewed IEEE conference paper was accepted, showcasing the expertise and original methodologies developed at Columbia University. This methodology is now available as Hardware-Up.
Chip Scan doubles its headcount again.
Chip Scan is accredited by the DMEA as a Trusted Supplier, one of only a few dozen in the world authorized to work on our nation's most sensitive microelectronics designs. We are also the only approved Trusted Flow that specializes in detecting and eliminating reasonable threats to microelectronics designs.
Chip Scan participated in the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) held by the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) by demonstrating our YOLO cyber defense technology in a two-week afloat/ashore range exercise. We impressed flag officers, and Chip Scan was later awarded an ANTX Phase 2 Contract Vehicle for the purpose of enabling operational technology protections across DoD systems.
To allow DoD vendors to achieve this goal, DMEA accredited Chip Scan as a design specialist in digital microelectronics assurance. As a Trusted Supplier, we maintain a Trusted Flow that when used in partnership with other Trusted Suppliers, guarantees a unified and unbroken chain of custody. These components and systems are used in many of the DoD's most sensitive and mission-critical systems, from aircraft and ships to advanced weapon systems and communication networks.
Additionally, as required by DoDI 5200.39, use of Chip Scan's Trusted Flow is adequate for protection of Critical Program Information (CPI) protection within the Department of Defense.
In short, DoDI 5200.44 and Trusted Suppliers are critical to national security by ensuring the security and integrity of the DoD's most sensitive and mission-critical systems.
Small Minority Owned Business (SMB) are qualified to receive set-asides and allows the government to achieve fair award status for promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in the defense industry.