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Adaptive Network Security Management

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 35710
Amount: $98,791.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1997
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
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Arlington, VA 22201
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Scott Musman
 (703) 528-0334
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Research Institution

This project is dedicated to the development of an adaptive network security management tool that is analogous to implementing and incident/response paring mechanism on top of a universal remote control facility for a variety of network and security tools, network types and operating systems. Our proposed approach to accomplishing this is to integrate and agent architecture with a Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) mechanism. The purpose of the agent architecture will be to provide an integrated access to various COTS or public domain management tools that are available, and to provide the necessary substrate to implement response and user interaction mechanisms. Case-based reasoning will be used to define a set of incident/response pairs for network and security management. We will use our case-based reasoning tool to provide a way for network and security managers to update the case-base to match newly discovered threats, and investigate the process of automatic adaptation and decentralized updating of case-bases via an automated alert distribution process. Our research will concentrate on four basic components of the problem: interface requirements; an appropriate case-based reasoning tool; databases of known problems, system weaknesses, and associated response; and design of a network security management system.

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