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Countering Covert Access with SecureCore

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Award ID:
91402
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
O092-IA2-1135
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Countering Covert Access with SecureCore
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8650-10-M-1766
Award Amount: $99,742.00
 

Abstract:

The x86 architecture's inherent security model has a very large attack surface due to the fact that a large amount of software runs in a privileged level and has unfettered access to critical system state. Software used for data piracy or exfiltration, stealthy execution, malicious alteration of critical information, or control of network end-nodes takes advantage of this large attack surface to develop increasingly complex covert access methods. Countering such advanced attacks requires equally sophisticated techniques to reduce attack susceptibility and ensure trust. To this end, AIS, Inc. will leverage the SecureCore platform, a current AFRL/RI research program, to provide new capabilities that counter various classes of covert access methods. Using SecureCore to mitigate covert access effectively reduces the attack surface of the system. AIS, Inc. has already demonstrated the capability for SecureCore to prevent a number of specific covert access techniques; this effort will examine the feasibility of extending SecureCore to sufficiently address a wide variety of advanced access methods. These findings will lead to new opportunities to protect our systems from new and emerging threats and will pave the way for transition of the technology into a commercial product.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Sharkey
Senior Research Scientist
3153363306
sharkeyj@ainfosec.com

Business Contact:

Barry McKinney
Principal Engineer
3153363306
mckinneyb@ainfosec.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ASSURED INFORMATION SECURITY, INC.
245 Hill Road Rome, NY 13441

EIN/Tax ID: 043608903
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No