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CAPSA: Controlling Access using Proximity-focused Semantic Analysis

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F131-034-0186
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF131-034
Solicitation Number:
2013.1
Small Business Information
CFD RESEARCH CORPORATION
215 WYNN DR, 5TH FL HUNTSVILLE, AL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: CAPSA: Controlling Access using Proximity-focused Semantic Analysis
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8750-13-C-0183
Award Amount: $149,981.00
 

Abstract:

ABSTRACT: Establishing adequate access controls that limit access to information without adversely denying access is critically needed by our warfighters in today"s complex battlefield environment. To address this need, CFDRC is proposing an innovative method called CAPSA (Controlling Access using Proximity-focused Semantic Analysis) for granting access based on a warfighters proximity to information. By leveraging CFDRC"s existing technology for numerically quantifying information relevance using fuzzy logic techniques based on the semantic web, CAPSA will provide a flexible method of determining proximity. CAPSA avoids a ridged definition of proximity, allowing it to identify proximity beyond the spatial, organizational, and operational realms. During Phase I, CFDRC will create an initial version of CAPSA based on its existing semantic-based technology to demonstrate the feasibility of this approach. At the end of Phase I, CFDRC will conduct a security analysis on CAPSA to confirm its security and its ability to detect insider threats. In Phase II, CAPSA will be expanded and optimized to utilize more proximity information available in various military systems and demonstrate scalability to the Global Information Grid (GIG). BENEFIT: The Air Force will greatly benefit from a proximity-based access control solution like CAPSA that provides a new dimension to access control. Additionally, CAPSA"s semantic-based approach to numerically quantifying proximity provides a more flexible, data-driven approach that other proximity-based access control solutions do not provide. Any military IT system, especially those using Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), can benefit from the CAPSA technology since it provides an extra dimension (proximity) of access control. Additionally, the CAPSA technology can help identify insider threats by their complete lack of proximity to information. Due to the semantic-based approach to determining proximity, detecting insider threats will have very low false positives since CAPSA can detect hidden connections between the individual and the information they are attempting to access. Commercial institutions will also benefit from the CAPSA technology and its ability to reduce the maintenance cost of access control. By using its data-driven approach, CAPSA can eliminate the manual process of defining and updating user"s roles and attributes. Therefore, CAPSA will result in better and automated access control while providing a cost savings to the organization.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Lee
Principal Engineer
(256) 726-4800
proposals-contracts@cfdrc.com

Business Contact:

Deb Phipps
Contracts Manager
(256) 726-4884
dap@cfdrc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr., 5th Floor Huntsville, AL -

EIN/Tax ID: 630944385
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No