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Company Information:

Company Name: Pikewerks Corporation
City: Madison
State: AL
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (256) 325-0010

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,183,809.00 22
SBIR Phase II $8,083,216.00 11
STTR Phase I $199,964.00 2
STTR Phase II $1,499,858.00 2

Award List:

Software Protection by Polymorphic and Metamorphic Transformations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Sandra Ring, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
Integrity and security of application programs critical to National Security are vulnerable to differential analysis, reverse engineering, and exploitation of static buffer overflows. Without incorporating software protection initiatives, these vulnerabilities can be leveraged by an attacker to… More

Software Protection Vulnerability Assessment through Kernel Analysis and Relationship Maps

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: PURDUE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Sandra Ring, CTO
Award Amount: $99,999.00
RI Contact: Eugene Spafford
Abstract:
Traditional development efforts leave software vulnerable to reverse engineering, tamper, and access by unauthorized individuals (insider threat). While these threats are not new, advancements in easily hidden removable media such as USB drives and memory cards make them more prevalent. One low-cost… More

Software Protection by Polymorphic and Metamorphic Transformations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Sandra Ring, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $746,370.00
Abstract:
Software critical to national security and essential to a corporation's survival can easily be exploited through reverse engineering and unauthorized access. Without innovative protection initiatives, these vulnerabilities can be leveraged by an attacker to distribute a program without proper… More

Anti-Forensics as a Countermeasure to Software Piracy and Reverse Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Irby Thompson, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,994.00
Abstract:
The ability to protect computer software against malicious attacks originating from an equal or greater privilege level remains exceedingly difficult even in "best case" operational scenarios. During situations such as this, the predominant tools for thwarting reverse-engineering and piracy efforts… More

Kernel-mode Software Protection to Prevent Piracy, Reverse Engineering, and Tampering of End-Node Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Michael Nordfelt, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,984.00
Abstract:
Traditional software developed for most general-purpose computing platforms conforms to some pre-determined standard file structure. This standardized structure is important because it allows files to be efficiently loaded by the operating system, easily debugged and analyzed, and makes them… More

Software Situational Awareness for End-node Authentication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Sandra Ring, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,693.00
Abstract:
The foundation of software protection is built around guarding against reverse engineering, tampering, privacy/theft, and unauthorized execution. One means of preventing a malicious attack is to use software-hardware locking to "bind" an application to a specific computer or set of computers so it… More

Dynamic Secure Virtualization Co-Processor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Sandra Ring, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,896.00
Abstract:
Software critical to National Security and essential to a corporation's survival can be exploited through reverse engineering and unauthorized access. Without innovative protection initiatives, these vulnerabilities can be leveraged to distribute programs or critical information without proper… More

Cross Platform Digital Rights Management (CP-DRM) System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Irby Thompson, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,976.00
Abstract:
The explosive growth of digital storage, transport, and processing technologies has allowed for enormous advances in the way that information is created, accessed, and disseminated. Unfortunately, data protection standards have failed to keep pace with advances in the digital revolution. With an… More

Data Authentication and Dissemination using Watermarking for Net-Centric Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Sandy Ring, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $99,985.00
Abstract:
There are many applications for a net-centric data dissemination and authentication capability, which utilizes emerging steganography and watermarking technology in addition to traditional encryption, hashing, and time stamping techniques. The Global Information Grid (GIG) would benefit greatly… More

Zero Condition Toolkit: Memory Forensics Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: PURDUE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Sandra Ring, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,885.00
RI Contact: Eugene Spafford
Abstract:
ZCT is a volatile memory forensics capability. In Phase I, Pikewerks implemented cross view detection to identify both known and unknown kernel rootkits; and other activity attempting to subvert the normal operations of the operating system. In Phase II Pikewerks proposes to 1) expand collection of… More

Autonomic Kernel Protections to Reduce Attack Susceptibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Ryan Knotts, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
Rootkits can be classified into four common variations: user-level, kernel-level, device-level and "other-level". Each differs in the level of complexity and ease of detection. Rootkit detection is not a new challenge and has been demonstrated for user and kernel-level rootkits using a number of… More

Covert Loading and Execution of Software Protections to Reduce Adversarial Detection

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Kline, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
Pikewerks proposes to research and develop methods to securely load and execute sensitive software modules in a covert manner that cannot easily be defeated by even the most dedicated adversaries. The mechanisms developed will enhance software protection systems by making them more robust against… More

Kernel-mode Software Protection to Prevent Piracy, Reverse Engineering, and Tampering of End-Node Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Ryan Knotts, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $734,318.00
Abstract:
The ability to protect software from piracy, unauthorized use, reverse-engineering, or other malicious analysis represents a valuable commodity in a currently underserved market. While existing techniques for protecting software applications are able to stop juvenile cracking attempts, a desperate… More

Cross Platform Digital Rights Management (CP-DRM) System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Irby Thompson, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $736,605.00
Abstract:
The explosive growth of digital storage, transport, and processing technologies has allowed for enormous advances in the way that information is created, accessed, and disseminated. Thus, sensitive information that used to be kept under physical lock-and-key is now quite often left completely… More

Akita: Software Situational Awareness for End-node Authentication

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Adam Bryant, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $743,227.00
Abstract:
Akita is a software-based situational awareness system that aids in the protection of sensitive applications by using inherent system characteristics to generate unique encryption/decryption keys. Similar to biometrics taken from humans, digital metrics can be used to create a unique fingerprint of… More

Anti-Forensics as a Countermeasure to Software Piracy and Reverse Engineering

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Irby Thompson, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,976.00
Abstract:
Anti-Forensics is the art and practice of obscuring data storage, transmission, and execution in such a way that it remains hidden from even a professional, dedicated examiner. Pikewerks has identified a number of additional anti-forensic research areas that would significantly enhance the… More

Autonomic Kernel Protections to Reduce Attack Susceptibility

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Ryan Knotts, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $749,996.00
Abstract:
Pikewerks will develop a method to autonomously self-organize, monitor, and repair Operating System kernels, modules, and protected applications across a network. The approach being proposed is a layered solution consisting of four parts: application healing, distributed host kernel healing, System… More

Data Aggregation and Visualization Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Erik Lotspeich, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,814.00
Abstract:
The rapid increase in diverse and interconnected Information Technology (IT) applications necessitates software solutions that can simultaneously provide cyber situation awareness and real-time status of health of the networked environment. There is a pressing need to aggregate and consolidate… More

Data Authentication and Dissemination using Watermarking for Net-Centric Operations

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: David Esler, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $741,525.00
Abstract:
The ability to provide positive identification and authentication of data as it is disseminated throughout a network environment remains unsolved for the vast majority of current operational deployments; however, recent advances in steganography and watermarking technology have now begun to provide… More

Deception Studio: Attacker Characterization and Dynamic Relocation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Cody Buntain, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,961.00
Abstract:
One of the most significant weaknesses that faces modern software protection solutions is the reliance on static policies and rule sets that are established based on "known" attack methods at the time of development. In reality, attacks are not static; they adapt over time, and evolve to defeat… More

Ballistic Missile Defense Anti-Tamper Penalty and Response Capabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Ben Tuttle, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,974.00
Abstract:
Tamper resistant systems play a key role in preventing and/or delaying the exploitation of critical technologies in U.S. weapons systems. Pikewerks has identified a number of additional tamper response mechanisms that would significantly enhance the effectiveness of tamper resistant systems. This… More

Assurance Validation of Commercial Products Containing IPv6 Transition and Tunneling Mechanisms on the Air Force Network

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jackie Smith-Cashion, President and CTO
Award Amount: $99,929.00
Abstract:
The co-existence of IPv6 communication on established IPv4 networks introduces new security risks. Pikewerks has identified a number of research areas that would significantly improve the network analysis toolset available to network and system administrators and provide transition-phase tunnel… More

Countermeasures to Covert Access Methods to Reduce Attack Susceptibility and Ensure Trust

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Jim Spadaro, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,780.00
Abstract:
The majority of existing computer security products and software development efforts have assumed that the OS kernel, firmware, and low-level subsystems of the underlying computer architecture are trusted entities. However, recent demonstrations of novel and sophisticated attacks on several… More

Improving Software and Data Security in Industrial Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Principal Investigator: Preston Wilson, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,965.00
RI Contact: Gregory Gaddy, Ph.D.
Abstract:
Industrial Control Systems (ICS) are critical elements in electrical, water, oil/gas, and manufacturing services involving supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), distributed control systems (DCS), and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). These systems allow operators to monitor sensor… More

Dark Droid: Securing Handheld Apps from Attack for Warfighters

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Adam Fraser, Director of Special Operations
Award Amount: $98,781.00
Abstract:
U.S. and coalition forces are increasingly becoming more technologically advanced. Technologies such as the Tactical Ground Reporting (TIGR) System and the Remote Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER) are but two technologies that use small form factor, ultra portable devices. Unfortunately,… More

Imbuing Trust in Untrusted Hardware to Improve Protections

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Cody Buntain, Director of Research
Award Amount: $97,559.00
Abstract:
The Pikewerks InTrust system is a two-stage system designed to detect malicious implants or alterations in COTS hardware and firmware. It is meant to be used during both the integration/pre-deployment and the deployment stages to first establish trust and then maintain that trust during fielding.… More

Attack Surface Mutation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Daniel Hallenbeck, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $99,909.00
Abstract:
When attackers decide they are going to try to attack a network, the first task they set out to do is research. They research and gather information about the network and its structure for possible inclusion in a future attack. All of the research and information gathered will still be valid if the… More

Ballistic Missile Defense Anti-Tamper Penalty and Response Capabilities

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Tuttle, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $999,763.00
Abstract:
Tamper-resistant systems play a key role in preventing and/or delaying the exploitation of critical technologies in U.S. weapons systems. The main focus of this effort is to identify methods for responding to tamper events and to develop innovative response techniques to protect CPI from… More

SharkIDS: A High Performance Self-Healing Protection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nate Cantelmo, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,934.00
Abstract:
With the ongoing involvement of computers in all facets of modern society, both private and public organizations increasingly rely on computer networks to support key portions of their critical infrastructure. Consequently, those networks contain increasingly more sensitive information, making them… More

Information Security and Trust in a Space Communications Network

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Billy Wilson, Research Engineer
Award Amount: $69,901.00
Abstract:
Even though the issues of security and trust of sensitive information have existed for hundreds of years, the increasing reliance on computer networks to transmit sensitive information has brought these matters to the forefront of information security. The old methods of relying on trusted couriers… More

Improving Software and Data Security in Industrial Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: AurLab Corporation
Principal Investigator: Ryan O'Neill, Research Engineer – (256) 325-0010
Award Amount: $749,973.00
RI Contact: Bryan L. Singer
Abstract:
Pikewerks'Protection for Industrial and Environmental Controls from Exploitation, or PIECE, will be a cross-platform suite of capabilities providing anti-exploitation and anti-reconnaissance for Industrial Control Systems. PIECE will provide a suite of capabilities for Windows, Linux, VxWorks,… More

De-Icer: Digital System Configuration Verification and Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeff Wheeler, Research Engineer – (256) 325-0010
Award Amount: $99,571.00
Abstract:
This proposal presents novel approaches for measuring, verifying, and assuring proper digital system configuration. The proposed research combines hardware and software to provide improved verification of trusted system components, including detecting circuit damage, electronic measuring probes and… More

Angler: Phishing Prevention and Defense Framework

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Nathan Cantelmo, Research Engineer – (256) 325-0010
Award Amount: $99,279.00
Abstract:
Criminal organizations, self-interested individuals, and many foreign militaries employ email-based attacks, referred to as phishing attacks, to deceive individuals into unwittingly divulging private, personal, sensitive, or proprietary information. One of the primary weaknesses in today"s… More

Deception Studio: Attacker Characterization and Dynamic Relocation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Cody Buntain, Research Engineer/Dir. of – (256) 325-0010
Award Amount: $745,519.00
Abstract:
Deception Studio (DS) is a learning, behavior-based defense system for ensuring service availability and trust. DS's learning capabilities include attack detection, prediction, and attribution and can react to attacks in real time by shaping an adversary's perception and creating an… More

GalaSec: Automatic, Mutating, Network Security and Trust

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Creekmore, Research Engineer – (256) 325-0010
Award Amount: $407,181.00
Abstract:
Security in and trust of sensitive information communication has been a critical issue as long as humans have been sending messages, but the increasing reliance on computer networks to transmit sensitive information has brought these matters to the forefront like never before. Old methods of trusted… More

SharkIDS: A High Performance Self-Healing Protection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Nate Cantelmo, Research Engineer – (256) 325-0010
Award Amount: $728,736.00
Abstract:
With the ongoing involvement of computers in all facets of modern society, both private and public organizations increasingly rely on computer networks to support key portions of their critical infrastructure. Consequently, those networks contain increasingly more sensitive information, making them… More

Countering Future Cyber Threats to Air Force Weapon Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Cody Buntain, Research Engineer – (256) 325-0010
Award Amount: $149,934.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: As modern technology has produced a highly-diversified suite of technologies to build upon, warfighting assets have grown, shrunk, become more powerful, and changed in almost every other quantifiable dimension. Following these changes and the proliferation of network-based systems, the… More