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Fast Network Information Scrambling Technology

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: FA8750-16-C-0307
Agency Tracking Number: O153-004-0054
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD153-004
Solicitation Number: 2015.3
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-03-15
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Prachee Sharma, Ph.D.
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

To address the OSDs need for a network defense technology based upon dynamic adaptation of a network or an intruders perception of it, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes a new Fast Network Information Scrambling Technology (FIST). FIST is based on an innovative low-complexity network information scrambler algorithm implemented on low-cost small-scale commercial off-the-shelf hardware components. FIST technology is designed to protect the network from intrusion by rapidly changing the network structure as perceived by the adversary; consequently, the attackers work factor increases dramatically with no impact on maintaining network operations. FISTs ability to thwart an adversarys network reconnaissance, attack, and compromise attempts directly addresses OSDs requirements. Key contributions of FIST are its transparency with respect to network operations, compliance with existing network standards, protocol-agnostic behavior, low complexity, and low-cost operation. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of FIST by creating a representative protected network in a laboratory environment, implementing key software components and demonstrating FISTs capability to rapidly change the perceived network structure. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a full-scale prototype reaching TRL-6, which will demonstrate that FIST can be deployed efficiently at a large scale and effectively protect enterprise-level networks from intrusions.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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