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Novel OSINT Platform for Enhanced OSINT Collection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-16-P-0036
Agency Tracking Number: A16A-006-0151
Amount: $145,833.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T006
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-02-15
Small Business Information
620 South St.
Easton, MD 21601
United States
DUNS: 079797811
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Dan Cardin
 (872) 707-0926
Business Contact
 Barrett Mattison
Phone: (360) 319-2726
Research Institution
 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laborator
 Ashley Mowery
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723
United States

 (240) 228-4656
 Nonprofit College or University

The meteoric rise of personally identifying information (PII) created and shared online is unprecedented. The sheer volume of open source intelligence available on sites such Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, message forums, Instagram, etc. makes the task of collecting and organizing OSINT increasingly laborious for analysts. Zeuss has already built and tested an operational product that addresses this problem space in significant ways. Current versions of the product enable non-technical end users to concurrently conduct meta-searches across a multitude of online sources with a single, intuitive GUI. Results are then automatically organized and visualized. However, this software capability is currently built upon cloud-based architecture and does not provide the ability for persistent long term storage of collected open source results. For Phase 1, we propose to research and develop a functional prototype that leverages our existing core functionality and demonstrates the following: 1) Runs locally via an external USB drive and performs all data processing without connecting to a central server. 2) Stores collected OSINT data locally without the need to install files on the host machine. 3) Develop additional capability allows end users to easily point the system to new open source data without any advanced technical know-how.

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