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Autonomic Kernel Protections to Reduce Attack Susceptibility

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
83154
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O072-I05-1016
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Pikewerks Corporation
105 A Church Street Madison, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Autonomic Kernel Protections to Reduce Attack Susceptibility
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-07-M-1229
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 freely available tools. The real challenge though is to repair the compromised system; to do so a defender must act as fast, or even faster, than the attacker. Past research, which Pikewerks will build upon, demonstrates that this can be accomplished. The challenge is in placing the protection mechanism(s) out-of-band. To accomplish this, Pikewerks will take advantage of it's own proprietary techniques and input from a strategic partner, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, to ensure that the protection schemes analyzed and recommended are out-of-band and safe from attackers. The proposed research and analysis will yield several prototypes capable of providing autonomic kernel protection through self-healing in an effort to reduce attack susceptibility.

Principal Investigator:

Ryan Knotts
Research Engineer
2563250010
ryan.knotts@pikewerks.com

Business Contact:

Michael Ring
COO
2563250010
michael.ring@pikewerks.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

PIKEWERKS CORP.
105 A Church Street Madison, AL 35758

EIN/Tax ID: 331040567
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No