Our research has shown that it is possible to create malware that is aware of the cloud dynamic environment it is in. This malware can then propagate through the system via hypervisors and even from one virtual machine to another.
The software is able to search for vulnerabilities in a system in the same way that malware does and block these gaps in security before anything can exploit them. Its ability to operate in a semi-autonomous fashion reduces the operational resources required.
The technology is suitable for the protection of any major cloudware installation. It can function either as a stand-alone protection system or complementary to an existing one.
The anti-malware system is currently at the proof-of-concept stage and is ready to license for development into a commercial product. The University is seeking an established security software provider as a partner and licensee. All avenues to the market will be considered.
UK patent number: 1604143.6