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Efficient Domain Name Server Protection Techniques

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-A001
Agency Tracking Number: A092-077-0138
Amount: $69,691.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-077
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2009-12-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-06-10
Small Business Information
9977 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
United States
DUNS: 052062833
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Maher Kaddoura
 Computer Scientist
 (952) 829-5864
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thurber
Title: President
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Research Institution

The Domain Name Server (DNS) is a distributed database that provides name resolution between domain names and IP addresses. The DNS Infrastructure is vulnerable to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, which can result in catastrophic consequences for the both military and civilian users of the Internet. Currently, patching the DNS server and DNS security extensions (DNSSEC) are the only methods available for securing the DNS Infrastructure against DoS attacks. However, patching and DNSSEC only provide protection against a limited set of attacks that target the DNS infrastructure. Comprehensive protection of the DNS infrastructure requires a set of countermeasure techniques that can cover a wide range of possible attacks. These countermeasure techniques should complement each other and work with each other to provide total protection to the DNS infrastructure. To address this issue, Architecture Technology Corporation (ATC) proposes to design and implement DNSsentinel, a set of innovative DoS countermeasure techniques for protecting the DNS Infrastructure. DNSsentinel can be easily integrated into military and civilian networks. It can be deployed without making changes to the DNS Infrastructure and it utilizes existing network protocols.

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