The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $3.6 million grant to a team led by the University of Michigan to develop a computer technology that would avoid cyber hacks.
U-M said Tuesday the Morpheus project will utilize a new hardware design that works to rapidly transmit and destroy information as well as prevent unauthorized access to user data.
The university received the grant via the DARPA System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware program.
Linton Salmon, manager of the SSITH program, said the agency seeks to mitigate potential hardware vulnerabilities, security threats and causes of software attacks.
DARPA estimates that more than 40 percent of software entries hackers commonly use can be closed if hardware weaknesses involving buffer errors, code injection, crypto errors, information leakage, numeric errors, resource management, permissions and privileges are eliminated.
Professors from Princeton University and the University of Texas will also support the advancement of the Morpheus project, U-M added.