Metis Accepted into US Air Force Technology Accelerator Program

Following Metis’ award of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 contract at the Air Force’s first Pitch Day, the company was accepted into the Air Force Technology Accelerator Program (TAP) class of 2019.  The SBIR TAP is a joint program between the Air Force SBIR/STTR Office, the Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) and The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC):

  • The Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), in formal partnership with its foundational stakeholder, the Air Force Research Laboratory, operates as a neutral enabler for multidisciplinary joint teams to come together in intense collaborations, which focus on complex problems and challenges. WBI provides direct support for technology transfer, technology transition, and commercialization;
  • The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) is a technology commercialization center that supports technology-focused start-ups and small businesses through a variety of programs, with clients primarily in the aerospace, advanced materials, and biosciences markets.  TEC and WBI have led the SBIR TAP since its inception in 2015;

The SBIR TAP is assisting Metis in commercialization of the company’s STIGAssist product, an application for cybersecurity risk management analysis, assessment and mitigation. STIGAssist functionality includes:

  • Ability to ingest DISA-based security standards Designed to accommodate Cybersecurity Risk Management
  • Automates assessment and mitigation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities
  • Increases accuracy and repeatability of vulnerability assessments and mitigations
  • Reduces total time of assessment, mitigation, and required cybersecurity professional man-hours
  • Provides consistent implementation of assessment and mitigations
  • Provides scalability to support a wide variety of system designs

“We are excited by the opportunity to work with the TAP program to commercialize this innovative technology,” said James Theiss, Space Division Manager of Metis. “Metis software engineers are advancing the technology rapidly, and we look forward to providing this product to our customers in the near future.”