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CHIPS Articles: An NSA Cybersecurity Technology "Port Proofs" Your Computer

An NSA Cybersecurity Technology "Port Proofs" Your Computer
By CHIPS Magazine - October 17, 2018
You can protect your computer ports with an NSA technology -- available to the public -- that's as simple as a plug-in. These small plastic port protectors are used to deter intruders from breaking into your computer systems via open ports on computers, routers, and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone jacks. They provide visual proof of tampering, similar to anti-tamper seals on many items at the grocery store.

This NSA-developed technology has been shared across the Intelligence Community. It gained such popularity that NSA patented and licensed it through its Technology Transfer Program (TTP) to PadJack, a company based in Florida, according to an NSA release.

"Licensing NSA's port protector technology has allowed us to expand our market share and add new product lines. As a small business, we benefited from the NSA TTP's work to create a partnership that scales to our needs as we grow," PadJack Founder and CEO Jim Bolain said.

There are more than 120 NSA patented technologies available for licensing in cybersecurity, data science, internet of things and mobility. From entrepreneurs and startups, to Fortune 500 companies, NSA TTP works with business partners to use NSA technologies to build new businesses, create new jobs, and build new products. To view the available technologies, check out the NSA patent portfolio.

Looking for more information on cybersecurity? See NSA's cybersecurity page, or StopThinkConnect.org.

These small plastic port protectors are used to deter intruders from breaking into your computer systems via open ports on computers, routers, and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone jacks. NSA photo
These small plastic port protectors are used to deter intruders from breaking into your computer systems via open ports on computers, routers, and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) phone jacks. NSA photo
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