Cyber Innovation Series 2021/22: MLighter

Posted on: 04/02/2022


Find out more about MLighter, hear their pitch and evaluate their Proof of Concept – along with the other 9 CyberASAP finalists – at Demo Day on 17 February.

About MLighter

Of the greater AI market, Machine Learning (ML) is the most commonly implemented and significant form- a market that, according to 360 Research Reports, is expected to reach $8.81 billion by 2025.

Machine Learning models need to be evaluated to quantify the quality of the products; however, coders and QA testers of ML systems require knowledge in different aspects of the developed systems and the used ML libraries.

MLighter is the first tool to integrate and simplify multiple testing strategies to detect blind-spots in ML. It verifies the performance, security and functionality of an ML system, ahead of cyber-attacks.

MLighter’s solution includes the tools clients need for the automatic validation of ML systems in terms of performance, security and functionality; plus a database of blind-spots and vulnerabilities; and a flexible front-end designed to allow extensions.

The MLighter Team

MLighter has been developed by a team of two experienced cyber security academics, including:

  • Dr Hector Menendez, – A cyber security and software tester, ML developer and former research Associate at UCL. He is a lecturer at Middlesex University and he has been recently appointed as a lecturer at King’s College London
  • Dr Mahdi Aiash – A senior Lecturer in Computer Networks and Security at Middlesex University; a computer security researcher & practitioner with industrial, academic, and research experience focused on making the Internet a safer place.

“CyberASAP is a great opportunity to bridge our cybersecurity research with the social demands. It has taught us how to understand and connect with market needs to create a product that can be competitive and profitable by taking advantage of  that knowledge.”
Dr Hector Menendez

See them at Demo Day

Join us on Thursday 17 Feb 2022 and be the first to preview a range of highly promising cyber products and services from leading UK academic teams. Hear their pitches and assess their offerings in this unique showcase of ready-to-commercialise cyber innovations. Register here.

CyberASAP 2022/23

Funding for CyberASAP 2022/23 has just been confirmed for academic teams with a cyber security idea they would like to commercialise. The funding competition opens on Monday 7th February 2022 and closes at 12noon on Wednesday 2nd March. Details of the competition are available here. To receive details of and updates about the programme please provide your details here.

About CyberASAP

CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) is the only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cyber ecosystem which provides expertise, knowledge and support to convert academic research into commercial products and services.

CyberASAP is funded by the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK and Innovate UK KTN.

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