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Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 08-028
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Small Business Information
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500 Ithaca, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Alcuin
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-10-C-6123
Award Amount: $747,594.00


The military, government, and commercial enterprises are all vulnerable to the crime of cyber attack. Digital forensics is the science of investigating digital devices, transmissions, and storage media to acquire and analyze evidence related to an incident or crime with the goal of providing solid information to assist decision makers in an organization, military, or legal context. The discipline is essential in addressing rising cyber crime rates, and acting as a deterrent to insider threats by providing attribution. There is need for advanced training capabilities to help students rapidly acquire the specialized skills needed to perform digital forensics investigations. Didactic instruction, abstract visualization, and simulation exercises are three powerful pedagogic techniques for knowledge transfer. ATC-NY will combine these three technologies to create Alcuin, an automated, online system for training rapid digital forensics. Alcuin will deliver remote learning content by seamlessly integrating both declarative and procedural teaching methods. ATC-NY has assembled a team of leading forensics, visualization, simulation, and learning experts to develop Alcuin based on the successful proof of concept demonstrated in Phase I. Alcuin's unique capabilities will greatly advance the state of the art in e-learning solutions. BENEFIT: Alcuin's incorporation of multiple learning strategies will improve skill acquisition and retention. Its online availability and automated evaluation capabilities will allow for anytime, anywhere training, greatly reducing training costs and instructor workload. Currently there is no comparable solution available at any price. The market for cyber training is rapidly expanding in all sectors due to the inability to maintain a sufficiently large, qualified work force capable of responding to the increasing rates of cyber attack.

Principal Investigator:

Steve Brueckner
Senior Principal Scientis

Business Contact:

Richard Smith
Small Business Information at Submission:

33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500 Ithaca, NY 14850

EIN/Tax ID: 161549760
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No