ReFirm Labs Named Cybersecurity Startup of the Year by Info Security Products Guide

by Mar 20, 2018

Company Redefines IoT Security for Enterprise with Revolutionary Firmware Validation Platform


FULTON, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ReFirm Labs, a trusted provider of firmware vetting and validation to the enterprise, today announced they have been named Cybersecurity Startup of the Year in the Info Security PG’s 2018 Global Excellence Awards®. The company is poised to redefine IoT Security throughout the enterprise sector with their flagship product, Centrifuge, which automatically detects security vulnerabilities in the firmware that runs billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, consumer electronics and other connected enterprise machines. These prestigious global awards recognize cybersecurity and information technology vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products, solutions, and services that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies.

According to BI Intelligence, the IoT epidemic is on track to reach 34 billion devices by 2020.

ReFirm Labs was founded in 2017 by Terry Dunlap and Peter Eacman, both elite NSA offensive cyber operators with nation-state levels of expertise in firmware security. In its first year, ReFirm Labs gained the trust of, and is currently supporting the IoT devices of, several household names, such as Disney and AT&T. Additionally, the company published a report on the state of firmware vulnerability, and received $1.5 million funding from the highly accredited cybersecurity company accelerator, DataTribe.

“According to BI Intelligence, the IoT epidemic is on track to reach 34 billion devices by 2020,” said Terry Dunlap, CEO and Co-Founder of ReFirm Labs. “There are over 8 billion existing IoT-connected devices, with millions more coming online every day, and no standards or regulations to ensure a security baseline. Our Centrifuge platform exposes the hidden dangers lurking inside firmware that, if left untreated, could result in a catastrophic outcome. We are thrilled to be recognized as an emerging leader bridging the gap between firmware protection and IoT security.”

Centrifuge is a highly scalable platform that empowers companies to uncover firmware abnormalities and report the vulnerabilities in under thirty minutes.

Firmware is a commonly unprotected attack surface in these devices that when hacked can result in devastating consequences. It is often developed with less attention to security than software and frequently involves the integration of 3rd party components with unknown security postures. Centrifuge is the first firmware validation platform to bring this capability to the commercial market, providing visibility into firmware vulnerabilities for practically every type of IoT device regardless of manufacturer or device application. Developed to identify zero-day vulnerabilities, hidden crypto keys, and backdoor passwords in firmware without access to source code, Centrifuge is a highly scalable platform that empowers companies to uncover firmware abnormalities and report the vulnerabilities in under thirty minutes. The efficiency and speed of the platform allows companies to integrate and perform scans of their firmware seamlessly, giving them the opportunity to respond quickly to potential weak spots.

ReFirm Labs will be attending RSA 2018 to be held in San Francisco from April 16-20, 2018, if you are interested in connecting with the team or learning more about their award-winning technology, please visit

About ReFirm Labs

ReFirm Labs is an enterprise, consumer, and IoT security company that has developed a radically new approach to securing connected devices through a process of firmware validation. By rapidly identifying security vulnerabilities in networked devices, ReFirm Labs helps protect manufacturers and large enterprises from the devastating technical, social, and financial costs of firmware-level attacks. Built by a group of world-class experts in IoT security, the company’s Centrifuge Platform automates a proprietary firmware analysis process developed for high-stakes security applications. ReFirm Labs is backed by DataTribe and headquartered in Fulton, MD.

About Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards

Info Security Products Guide sponsors the Global Excellence Awards and plays a vital role in keeping end-users informed of the choices they can make when it comes to protecting their digital resources and assets. It is written expressly for those who are adamant on staying informed of security threats and the preventive measure they can take. You will discover a wealth of information in this guide including tomorrow’s technology today, best deployment scenarios, people and technologies shaping cyber security and industry predictions & directions that facilitate in making the most pertinent security decisions. Visit for the complete list of winners.

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