Who We Are
At Dover Microsystems, our mission is to immunize the world’s processors from all network-based attacks. CoreGuard®, our unique silicon IP with proprietary micropolicies, acts as a bodyguard to the host processor, monitoring every instruction executed to ensure it meets a set of security, safety, and privacy rules. With CoreGuard, a processor can actively stop entire classes of network-based attacks and prevent the exploitation of software vulnerabilities.
Dover’s CoreGuard silicon IP integrates with RISC architectures to protect against cyberattacks, flawed software, and safety violations. The technology originated as part of the DARPA CRASH program in 2010, was developed at Draper in 2015, and was spun out through Dover as a commercial entity in 2017. Learn more from our founding team below.
While Dover Microsystems may have been founded in 2017, the core components of our CoreGuard technology have been in development since 2010. In fact, Dover’s revolutionary CoreGuard technology started as a DARPA CRASH program proposal submitted by Dover’s Founder and CEO, Jothy Rosenberg, and Dover’s Chief Scientist, Greg Sullivan, during their time with a leading multinational defense and aerospace company.
The clean-slate computer architecture optimized for security that Rosenberg and Sullivan had envisioned was accepted into the DARPA CRASH program and, over the next five years, was turned into a reality.
With their research having wrapped up at DARPA, Rosenberg, Sullivan, and their small team were invited by Draper President, Kaigham J. Gabriel—former DARPA Deputy Director—to develop the technology at Draper. A true breakthrough came when, in February 2016, Dover’s founding team demonstrated a processor-based security FPGA proof-of-concept that was immune to the Heartbleed cyberattack.
This proof-of-concept—which evolved into Dover’s CoreGuard silicon IP—helped Dover land its first commercial customer, NXP Semiconductors, while still developing the technology at Draper.
Within 18 months of incorporation, the founding team of nine has grown to more than 20 and the company has closed an initial $6 million round of seed funding. The future looks bright for Dover as our team continues to expand, awareness of our product grows, and more vendors see the value of integrating security directly into their hardware.
Founder & CEO Jothy Rosenberg and Chief Scientist Greg Sullivan have their project accepted into the DARPA CRASH program.
Rosenberg, Sullivan, and their team conclude their research as the largest performer in the DARPA CRASH program.
The founding Dover team is invited to develop the technology at Draper and begin working with Draper’s existing government customers.
Dover demonstrates a new technology at Draper that would eventually become CoreGuard. The processor-based security FPGA proves to be immune to the Heartbleed cyberattack.
While developing at Draper, the founding team lands its first commercial customer, NXP Semiconductors.
Rosenberg leaves Draper early to legally incorporate as Dover Microsystems, Inc. and commercialize the technology.
Dover spins out of Draper with an exclusive license agreement and opens its doors with a founding team of nine.
Dover announces its flagship, silicon IP cybersecurity solution, called CoreGuard.
An initial round of seed funding concludes with Dover closing $6 million in investments, noting it will further bolster their engineering, sales, and marketing efforts.
Collaborative. Driven. Creative.
Just three qualities that help define our high-performing and fast-growing team. Get to know the people who help make Dover a reality, today!
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Board of Advisors
While we’re a small, tight-knit group today, Dover is growing rapidly as we scale to meet our customers’ demands and push the frontiers of cybersecurity innovation. As we focus on growth, we also keep a keen eye on creating a work environment and culture that binds us together. That’s because, at Dover, we care about the person, not just the professional—and our attitudes toward work-life balance, benefits, and salary reflect that philosophy.
If you’re interested in working at Dover and believe in transparency, collaboration, and meritocracy, as well as bringing safety and security to our connected world, then we want to hear from you. We’re currently looking for driven, qualified, and detail-oriented individuals for these key roles:
Interested in joining our team? Contact us.
Dover Microsystems is a privately-held, venture-backed company based in the Greater Boston area. Our revolutionary technology and its development are happily backed by a creative and constructive group of supporters who share our passion for securing today’s embedded systems for a better tomorrow.
Marco Ciaffi, Co-founder & VP of Engineering at Dover Microsystems, will be presenting at this year’s DAC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stop by to see his presentation at 2:30 pm to learn about the security stack and its vulnerabilities, as well as how CoreGuard fills the hole in the stack and protects the rest of the layers.
Greg Sullivan, Co-founder & Chief Scientist at Dover Microsystems, will be presenting with Chris Casinghino of Draper Labs on “Security Policy Definition Language, Semantics, and Open Source Tools.”
Dover will be exhibiting at the 2019 Arm TechCon event in San Jose, CA. Visit Booth # 925 to see CoreGuard in action and learn how it can stop all network-based cyberattacks.
The issue of cybersecurity has never been more pressing. From businesses to government, maintaining the security, safety, and privacy of our systems and data is critical. As IoT continues to grow and the world becomes increasingly connected, Dover Microsystems is primed to deliver a proven solution for protecting embedded systems and fending off even the most sophisticated network-based cyberattacks
The market for cybersecurity is crowded with vendors who approach the problem in the same way – with layers of inherently flawed software. Dover’s hardware-based approach is truly a novel advancement as it flips the conventional wisdom about security upside down and solves the problem in an entirely new way.
We recognize the need for robust and scalable security in IoT nodes and are confident that the solutions enabled by Dover will be compelling in their ability to solve many common security issues in embedded processors.
Without a doubt, Dover will revolutionize cybersecurity. As attackers become more sophisticated, defensibility of processors will become a fundamental requirement for every system.