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TOKYO, Feb, 16 2017
Trillium Inc poised to Eliminate Cyber Threat to Autonomous Cars

– Auto cyber-security start-up in high gear with closure of Series A financing

– Plans 2018 launch of automotive ‘Security as a Service’ platform

TOKYO, Feb, 16 2017 – (JCN Newswire) – Tokyo-based Trillium Inc, a leading contender in the global race to close the cyber-security gap that threatens to stop self-driving cars in their tracks, today announced the successful closing of its Series A financing round with investments by lead investor Global Brain, with Mizuho Capital and DBJ Capital.

Tokyo-based Trillium designs and provides custom, multi-layer adaptive cyber-security systems, focused in the near-term on automotive needs – but applicable to the entire IoT spectrum.

“With funding now in place, we are set to move quickly to market with a robust and urgently needed solution,” said David Uze, Trillium’s CEO. “Hundreds of articles on autonomous driving appear in the media every day, but almost none mention the elephant in the room: automakers do not yet have a reliable defense against cyber-threats. Period. One serious hack could immediately halt progress in automated driving. But we have the remedy.”

Trillium’s robust, comprehensive and cost-effective solution secures all three key ‘cyber-threat domains’ in the car with a software-based approach that is compatible with any architecture or operating system. And it can be implemented for as little as 1/10th the cost of competing solutions – most of which are still under development.

“Meanwhile, our multi-layered solution is at an advanced stage,” Uze said. “We have moved into the real-world testing phase via partnerships with a legendary Japanese Super GT racing team and a leading maker of automotive semiconductors. We are now having in-depth discussions with several major automakers and tier-one suppliers. We’re ready to implement whenever they are.

“With this new investment,” Uze elaborated, “we intend to move ahead, quickly but prudently, on several fronts –

– Accelerate development and deployment of our Automotive IoT cyber-security platforms: ‘SecureCAR’ and ‘SecureIoT.’

– Expand in-vehicle implementation and testing of cyber-security retrofits on current-model connected vehicles.

– Expand business operations in Silicon Valley.

– Establish a satellite penetration testing and engineering hub in Michigan, USA.

“Trillium’s solution provides three solid and distinctive advantages,” Uze continued.

“One – where competitors offer a single firewall, we provide multi-layered defense-in-depth.

“Two – since defense must continually evolve, our infrastructure will deliver Security as a Service (SaaS) via real-time-update platforms that automakers or insurers can on-sell to car owners. We plan beta deployment in early 2018 and full commercialization by 2020.

“Three – our software-based approach is not only the lowest-cost solution on the horizon, for manufacturers the SaaS model shifts it from fixed cost to revenue generator.”

Trillium’s Series A investors expressed their confidence in the company’s prospects:

Yasuhiko Yurimoto, president and CEO of lead investor Global Brain, said, “We are confident that Trillium will be a great success because their solution is at an advanced stage and it meets three key criteria: robust security, universal applicability and low cost.”

Hajime Saito, president of Mizuho Capital Co. Ltd., said, “As we move rapidly into the era of connected cars and the IoT, cyber-security is becoming an urgent priority, and we are confident that Trillium’s solution is a timely and effective response.”

Fumiyuki Kashima, president & CEO of DBJ Capital Co. Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Development Bank of Japan), said, “Just as today’s connected cars have made cyber-security an imperative, Trillium has emerged as a global leader in developing software solutions to meet this urgent need. At the DBJ Group we anticipate that Trillium will be very successful worldwide and we will do our utmost to ensure its success.”

As Trillium moves into its next phase – rolling out a comprehensive, subscription-based security solution for all segments of the transportation industry – the company will consider executing a Series B investment round in the near future.

About Trillium Inc.

Trillium Inc. was founded in 2014 with a team of executives and engineers from Japan, Europe and the U.S. with extensive experience in relevant fields, backed by lead investment from Global Brain, a Tokyo-based venture capitalist.

For more details, visit:  http://www.trillium.co.jp/

For questions and to arrange executive interviews, contact  pr@trillium.co.jp

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Tokyo, Nov 21, 2016

Forbes JAPAN names Auto-cybersecurity Start-Up Trillium the ‘RISING STAR’ STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2017

Trillium on track to emerge as ‘Made-in-Japan Innovator’ CEO says

TOKYO, Nov 21, 2016 – (JCN Newswire) – Forbes Japan, the Tokyo-based edition of Forbes, one of the world’s most authoritative business news medias, celebrated entrepreneurs and Start-ups today at the Annual “JAPAN’S STARTUP” Awards, and the winner of the ‘RISING STAR’ STARTUP OF THE YEAR 2017 Award – Trillium Inc, a Tokyo-based Start-up that has developed a robust, comprehensive cybersecurity solution for the automotive industry.

The Awards promote start-ups ready to create a ‘New Japan’ – leading the Japanese economy into the next age through innovation and entrepreneurial efforts. Finalists for the ‘RISING STAR’ 2017 were selected by the Forbes Japan editorial team with input from online readers. The winning Start-ups will be featured in the magazine’s Jan 2017 edition, which will appear on Nov 25.

David Uze, Trillium CEO, an American who has lived in Japan for over 25 years, hopes Trillium can make a valuable contribution to his adopted country. “As autos and electronics are the bedrock of Japan’s prosperity, we believe our cybersecurity solution can help ensure the nation’s economic future. And we are grateful to Forbes Japan for recognizing the importance of our work.”

“This is another indication that Trillium is on track to emerge as that rarest of creatures, a ‘Made-in-Japan Innovator,'” said Uze. “For automakers, cybersecurity is a mission as urgent as ending hydrocarbon use. Plans for innovation across-the-board depend on digitizing tomorrow’s cars: in emissions, safety, autonomous drive, driving dynamics and infotainment. But until they find an adaptive, multi-layered solution to cyber threats, all plans could come screeching to a halt with one devastating hack. The industry doesn’t yet have a solution – but we do, and we’re ready to go.”

Trillium’s ‘Made-in-Japan solution’ strongly secures all three key ‘cyber-threat domains’ in the car with a software-based approach that is compatible with any architecture or operating system. More than just robust and comprehensive, it can be implemented for as little as 1/20th the cost of competing solutions – most of which are still under development.

“Meanwhile, our multi-layered solution is at an advanced stage,” Uze said. “We have moved into the real-world testing phase via partnerships with a legendary Japanese Super GT racing team and a leading maker of automotive semiconductors. And we are now in discussions with a wide range of automakers and tier-one component suppliers. We’re ready to implement whenever they are.”

Trillium Inc. was founded in 2014 with a team of executives and engineers from Japan, Europe and the U.S. with extensive experience in relevant fields, backed by lead investment from Global Brain Corp, a Tokyo-based venture capitalist.

For more details, visit:  http://www.trillium.co.jp/

For questions and to arrange executive interviews, contact  pr@trillium.co.jp

*Forbes Japan http://www.forbesjapan.com/

*Global Brain Corp http://globalbrains.com/en/

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Munich, Nov 16, 2016

Trillium and NXP join forces to boost auto cybersecurity as IoT takes to the highway

MUNICH, Nov.16, 2016 — Trillium Inc. today announced joint development efforts with NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) for next-generation automotive cybersecurity applications. The announcement was made at the Munich opening of ESCAR Europe, the leading global conference series on automotive cybersecurity.

The initiative involves non-invasive in-vehicle testing of Tokyo-based Trillium’s SecureCAR software on the next-generation S32K microcontroller (MCU) platform by NXP, the world’s leading semiconductor supplier for the automotive industry.

Focused on optimizing SecureCAR performance, the initial phase of research demonstrates the performance of Trillium’s software on NXP’s S32K MCUs. Follow-up efforts will expand the scope to include NXP’s Smart Secure Transceivers, and implement the complete solution in a production vehicle with a major Japanese OEM. The cooperative effort aims to deliver a combined hardware and software security solution to meet the demands of the automotive security market.

“NXP’s engagement with Trillium extends our leadership position in automotive cybersecurity. Trillium’s SecureCAR software nicely complements NXP’s hardware-based solutions as part of our expanding security solution ecosystem.” said Manuel Alves, VP and GM, Product Line General Purpose Automotive MCUs at NXP.

“This is an important step forward in a critical mission for the auto industry,” said David M. Uze, President and CEO of Trillium. “The connected car is the key to progress in safety, entertainment, and environmental performance. But until cybersecurity can be guaranteed with certainty, progress will stop in its tracks.”

Trillium’s SecureCAR software provides patent pending Authentication, Encryption, Dynamic Key Lock Pairing (symmetric session key exchange management) and Asymmetric master key generation for securely protecting vehicle network payloads.

The S32K offers a Cryptographic Services Engine (CSE) which includes a true random number generator plus secure flash for key storage among other innovative security features.

The combined S32K plus SecureCAR software solution enables real-time secure applications by reducing the security burden on automotive networks. The optimized approach requires up to three times lower bandwidth than standard approaches.

About Trillium Inc.

Trillium was established in 2014 to pursue development of advanced IoT and automotive cybersecurity software technology, including lightweight encryption, authentication, cryptographic key management, IDS/IPS and secure OTA software update technology. The Tokyo-based start-up plans to expand its scope to include cybersecurity for robotics, factory automation, medical, aerospace and other transport systems.

For more details, visit:  http://www.trillium.co.jp/

For questions and to arrange executive interviews, contact  pr@trillium.co.jp

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