Atessa, Inc., Announces New Lifespan, Location-Based Security IP Feature

Collaboration with IARPA brings highest-level of embedded security to commercial applications

Pleasanton, Calif., (September 13, 2018) – Atessa, Inc., a leading provider of system IP with anti-tamper technology, announces a new high-speed encoding feature called Durata™. Based on a collaboration with the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the new feature solves a critical security issue in data communications and storage.

Durata addresses the significant vulnerability in information exchange that once a file is transferred the owner of the data no longer has absolute control over how it is seen or used. Supporting advanced system security and the protection of critical information, the new encoding feature allows the owner to set the lifespan of the information to be transferred – from millionths of a second to thousands of years. In addition, the anti-tamper (AT) protection embedded in Durata enables enforcement of a specified location and protects against unauthorized access at the highest levels of strength.

“Imagine information sent to a destination over the cloud that would only be useful at a specific location and only for a specific duration of time,” shared Edward King, CEO of Atessa. “Regardless of additional layers of transformation, encryption, the number of copies made, or even where the information is stored during its lifetime, the data’s end of life will occur simultaneously to all copies, including partial copies, as instructed by the owner.”

Engineered to protect information ranging from massive scale to single file transfers, such as a PIN, this new feature is applicable to systems supporting U.S. defense, critical infrastructure/SCADA, financial, communications/network, and Internet of Things (IOT) markets. This security countermeasure addresses both insider threats and external attacks.

“Durata is an example of IARPA teaming with a small business to create innovative solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the government,” said Dr. Carl McCants, the IARPA Circuit Analysis Tools Program Manager. “This technology can be employed across a wide range of cybersecurity applications, including critical infrastructure and essential government systems to protect U.S. intellectual property.”

As a feature of Atessa’s family of Bond Controllers, Durata will provide extended security to the company’s Anti-Tamper (AT) IP Kits. Applicable to FPGA, ASIC, and other logic-bearing devices, the kits include Trusted, soft core IP with hundreds of AT countermeasures that work together to protect Critical Program Information and critical technology during all system states.

To learn more about Durata and the company’s anti-tamper IP solutions, visit To learn more about IARPA and its dedicated research, visit

About Atessa, Inc.

Atessa, Inc.®, focuses on electronic system security. The company’s IP products, tools, and services enable system developers to address the security challenges organizations are facing today. By partnering with Atessa, companies can rapidly address the security of their complex systems and easily manage the system’s security throughout its lifetime. Founded in 2010, Atessa is headquartered in Pleasanton, California. For more information, visit


IARPA invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Additional information on IARPA and its research may be found on

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