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Software Protection to Deter Malicious Forensic Data Collection and Exploitation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
83060
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O063-IA9-1258
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GrammaTech, Inc
531 Esty Street Ithaca, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Software Protection to Deter Malicious Forensic Data Collection and Exploitation
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-07-M-8120
Award Amount: $99,999.00
 

Abstract:

Distributing applications across networks brings both new power and new risks. Mission-critical applications are increasingly spread over national or global networks to enable information gathering and sharing on an unprecedented scale. The Global Information Grid envisions diverse end-to-end information flows to enhance military effectiveness. While this large-scale information sharing promises new efficiencies, endpoints in these networks must be armored against attacks that exploit their new autonomy. Distributed applications must cope with the possibility that some network endpoints have been compromised and are gathering forensic data for malicious ends. We propose mimicry protection as a technique to make safety-critical applications indistinguishable from low-security applications for observers using forensic tools. This technique leverages techniques for automatically creating mimicry attacks that elude intrusion detection systems. By adapting mimicry techniques in the literature, we can offer mimicry protection that allows a security-critical application to mimic uninteresting applications, eluding all but the most intrusive and expensive forensic measures.

Principal Investigator:

Michael McDougall
Senior Scientist
6072737340
mcdougall@grammatech.com

Business Contact:

Ray Teitelbaum
CEO
6072737340
tt@grammatech.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

GRAMMATECH, INC.
317 N. Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850

EIN/Tax ID: 161338879
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No